"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion"
~ Cicero ~

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Tervueren & Groenendael puppy plans 2020/2021

Click links for information about our Groenendael Litters and Tervueren Litters

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If you would like to be added to our puppy plans email list please read the info below first,
when enquiring please include the variety you're interested in and whether your preference is for a male or female.

You can Lumineux puppy plans email list or click HERE here to fill in a form to be added to our "Expressions of Interest email list" to receive the latest updates

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For our PUPPY OWNERS ~ If you have one of our puppies and have a facebook account, we invite you to join our Lumineux Belgians group.
Please either
Lumineux puppy owners me or send a friend request to my fb page ~ A place to interact with us or chat to other owners of our Belgian Shepherds and some of our lovely friends with Belgians. It's an excellent way to keep in touch and to share information, ask questions and share photos of your dogs, you can particopate as much or as little as you like, but the option is always there :)

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ACCREDITATION

We are registered breeders with Dogs Victoria.

What is the difference between a “Registered Breeder” and a “Registered Breeder with Dogs Victoria”?

A person may advertise as a “Registered Breeder” but this does not mean that they are a member of Dogs Victoria, as they may just be registered with their local council as a Domestic Animal Business. Being members of Dogs Victoria, we are bound by the rules, regulations & a code of ethics in regards to breeding.

Registered breeder check, simply enter the breeder's prefix or membership number in the database of the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd Registered Breeder Check, our prefix is Lumineux, our membership number is 3008828920, or, please contact Dogs Victoria on email: office@dogsvictoria.org.au to verify our membership.

and

Any person or business advertising to sell or give away a dog, cat, puppy or kitten in Victoria needs to be enrolled on the Pet Exchange Register, and include their source number along with the individual animal’s microchip number in all advertisements. It is an offence to advertise a dog or cat for sale or to give away unless the advertisement includes both * the individual animal’s microchip number * a source number generated by the Pet Exchange Register.

The Pet Exchange Register allows you to check the validity of a source number Access the Pet Exchange Register, our source number is RB111402

Animal Welfare Victoria, Email: per@agriculture.vic.gov.au Telephone: 136 186


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OUR PUPPY PLANS 2020 & 2021

After our July 2016 llitter, I had decided (for a number of reasons) I would no longer breed another litter. I have since changed my mind and had plans for litters in 2020 & 2021.

2020 came and everything changed ~ I had the plans for a litter earlier in the year, but made the decision not to breed any of my girls based on the COVID situation and restrictions in Australia and around the world.

It is important that puppies be socialized properly and that wasn't able to happen in Lockdown, I also had to take vet visits into consideration, puppies should have their owners with them when visiting the vet for check ups and vaccinations and many vets were not able to allow this.

Lastly, many people were/are facing financial difficulties and may not be able to care for their puppies adequately, there was also difficulty with transporting puppies - especially interstate.

UPDATE: As most of Australia reduces restriction levels, we have made the decision to proceed with our puppy plans ........


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Please read the information below before enquiring about one of our pups. 9th January 2021

Preference is usually given to people who have had one of our pups previously, however this does not guarantee a puppy from one of litters.

We do not take deposits until puppies are born and we can then be sure of what we have available.

 

Before enquiring

IMPORTANT: If you haven't owned a Belgian Shepherd before, please research the breed before enquiring about one, these are active dogs and require exercise and mental stimulation.

They are not a dog you can just leave in your backyard, they need to be part of the family - as does any dog for that matter.

If you scroll down the page, you will find links to breed info, health info and other resources.

When enquiring it would be helpful if you could provide some information about yourself, lifestyle, other dogs, other animals, kids, what you're looking for (a family companion, show, obedience, herding or other performance prospect) and whether you have owned a Belgian Shepherd before.

Our puppies

Lumineux puppies are ONLY available to homes where they will be much loved members of the family, we do not breed dogs for guard or protection work!

All of our pups/dogs are sold on the condition that they be returned to us if their owners can no longer care for them.

Our puppies are born and raised in our house and are lovingly handled from birth (early handling is an important first step in getting them used to people and being held).
The puppies spend their first weeks inside our home, then they are gradually introduced and acclimatised to the outdoors, time spent outdoors is dependent on their age and the weather, they puppy yard is adjacent to our back porch and they have a closed in section of that as shelter.
Up untill the time they leave us they have supervised time indoors so they can get used to household noises and environment.

Much importance is placed on producing pups with biddable characters suitable for family homes, we try to match the right pup to the right home which is one of the reasons we ask prospective puppy owners to provide as much info about themselves and lifestyle as possible when enquiring about our pups.

* We offer Lifetime breeder support and hope that you will keep in contact with us and let us know how your puppy is doing.

* We feed a combination of premium dry food, enhanced with veg/fruits, yoghurt and raw meats (excluding beef and beef offal), diet sheet provided.

* We provide puppy packs (which include info booklets, food, toys, worming tablets, samples etc) to our new puppy owners and complimentary 6 weeks puppy insurance.

* Our pups are vaccinated as per the Australian Veterinary Association guidelines

 

As per Dogs Vic regulations we provide;

* Written details of breed characteristics - (this is included in our Puppy Booklet).

* ANKC pedigree registration papers, click HERE to see the difference between the Main and Limited Register.

* Responsible dog ownership information (please refer to the information in the following urls)

Dogs Victoria Information for new puppy owners and all pet owners - Caring for your dog - Responsible dog ownership - Keeping your dog safe - The law and you - Dog walks and travel Health & Nutrition - Grooming

Animal Welfare Victoria - Domestic Animals Act If you are not in Victoria please familiarise yourself with your State's Legislation

Animal Welfare Victoria - Pets and Emergencies

Animal Welfare Victoria - Dogs Legal requirements for dog owners - Travelling with dogs - Your dog's welfare needs - Toxic plants for dogs - Common dog poisons - Heat and pets - Dog training and behavioural problems - Pets during fireworks and thunderstorms

Animal Welfare Victoria - Code of practice for the private keeping of dogs

* Vaccination record and/or requirements including the due date of the next vaccination or recommended timing for next titre test.

* Record of internal and external parasite control (we use and only recommend Advocate, or where ticks are an issue Advantix and for worming only we use Drontal). For a natural flea deterrent you may prefer to use diatomaceous earth (Must be food grade) a safer non toxic alternative.

* Microchip number and signed transfer of owner form.

* A written health declaration by our Vet (this is your proof of the vet check).

 

When do our puppies leave for their new homes

Our puppies leave for their new homes between 9 - 12 weeks

 

Desexing is not included in our puppy price

We do not desex our pet puppies prior to leaving us as some breeders do, early age desexing is not in the best interest of the pups.

New owners will need to sign an agreement which states bitches will not be bred from and will be desexed prior to 15 months of age and males prior to 2 years (unless otherwise agreed upon).

Note: We have recently been researching ovary sparing speys for females and tubal ligation for males, this should negate any future issues caused by loss of hormones, this seems to be the way to go for the future but locating vets that can/will do these procedures may be difficult

References Effects of Spay/ Neuter on Orthopedic Disease and Cancer in Dogs and Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for 35 Breeds of Dogs: Associated Joint Disorders, Cancers, and Urinary Incontinence

Desexing also exposes puppies to unnecessary risk - Belgians are sensitive to anaesthesia.

These MUST READ pages should be printed out and given to every Belgian owners veterinarian, please don't disregard this info as BSD's still needlessly die under anesthetic when undergoing the simplest procedures.

Belgians and Anesthetic by Libbye Miller DVM and Basic facts of Anesthesia by Michael J Kibelbek ready to print

Veterinary Notes on the Belgian Breeds pdf flyer to print and hand out

 

Pedigrees and Registrations

What is a pedigree?

A pedigree is essentially a birth certificate for your dog showing the 3 generation family tree and also proves that your dog is in fact a purebred.  ANKC Certified pedigrees are also recognised pedigrees with the state government and local councils for the purpose of cheaper registration and desexing exemptions.

There are two different types - the blue coloured Main Register Pedigree and the yellow Limited Register pedigree.

Main Register Pedigree (Blue)

This is the full register pedigree which allows a dog to be shown in conformation & performance events, and if there are no conditions against a dog, the dog can be used for breeding.  In the state of Victoria, to hold a blue main register pedigree you must be a financial member, otherwise transfer to the Limited Register will be required.

Limited Register Pedigree (Yellow)

Dogs on this pedigree are not eligible for breeding, export or conformation shows, however the dog can compete in performance related disciplines. You do not need to join Dogs Victoria as a member to transfer the dog into your ownership.

More here https://dogsvictoria.org.au/family-pet/about-dogs-victoria/frequently-asked-questions/faq-prefixes-breeding/

 

Show/Breeding prospects

An explanation of being able to be bred - we don't sell puppies "for breeding" when we sell a pup as a show prospect, the puppy is registered on the Main register (see above) it is then that the pup is considered "able to be bred" (as long as there are no conditions in the agreement of sale and it has passed all of it's health tests), otherwise the puppy is registered on the limit register and can only be bred from if he/she is upgraded to the main register (with our agreement).

Show/breeding prospects are more expensive than companion (limit register) puppies as we are basically handing over our painstakingly researched breeding lines. However, we very rarely sell our pups to show/breeding homes, usually only to someone we know, or someone known by one of our friends or previous puppy owners (references from other Belgian Shepherd owners or breeders will be considered).


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The Breeder

I love my little puppy; she makes my house a home. 
She is my sweetest little friend; I never feel alone.         
She makes me smile; She makes me laugh;
She fills my heart with  love. 
Did some person breed her, or did she just fall from above?         

I've never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes; 
I hold my little puppy and just sit and criticize.         
I've never known their anguish; I've never felt their pain, 
the caring of their charges, through snow or wind or rain.           

I've never waited the whole night through for babies to be born, 
The stress and trepidation when they're still not there by morn.         
The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands, 
This darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams.               

Should you do that instead of this . . . or maybe that was wrong? 
Alone you fight and hope, one day, he'll grow up proud and strong.        
You pray he'll live to bring great joy to someone else's home. 
You know it's all just up to you; you'll fight this fight alone.          

Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right, 
two-hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.        
Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight, 
To save this little baby, but God willing . . . you just  MIGHT.        

Day one; he's in there fighting; you say a silent prayer. 
Day two & three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care.        
Day four & five . . . he's still alive; your hopes soar to the heavens.        
Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands, day seven.       
You take this little angel, and bury him alone. 
With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan,        
You ask yourself, "Why do this? . . . Why suffer through this pain?" 
Yet watch the joy your puppies bring, and everything's explained.           

So, when you think of breeders and label them with "Greed," 
Think of all that they endure to fill another's need.        
For when you buy your puppy, with your precious dollars part, 
You only pay with money. . . while they pay with all their heart.          

~ Author Unknown ~