The boy

Ruby will be mated with an excellent male, Schipdale’s Rebus, owned and bred by Mrs. Lesley Thorne of Schipdale Schipperkes in England. Rebus is a beautiful Schipperke who charmed me when we met at Crufts, 2019. Rebus has just recently been awarded his third and crowning Challenge Certificate. Rebus has also been Embark tested.

Their litter will have a genetic (not pedigree) Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI) of 10%. By comparison, I used Embark’s Matchmaker tool to search for a good quality North American male in their database. Of over 150 possible matches, most would have produced a litter of about 26%. That COI is about the same as if two siblings from unrelated parents, have offspring.

The puppies from the Ruby-Rebus litter will be more heterozygous and will have a comparatively lower risk of genetic diseases.

A picture of health

Ruby’s health is excellent. She has been CERF tested (eye exam) and passed. Her hips and elbows are good and thyroid is normal, tested in November 2019. You can find the OFA results here.

She is 12 inches at the withers. She’s well balanced and strong with good reach and drive.

She has been genetically tested clear for 162 genetic diseases that Embark tests for. She is a carrier for Canine Retinopathy,  She is also a carrier of the dilute gene, a recessive gene that dilutes the dominant black colour to a grey. While you will find ‘blue’ Schipperkes advertised on the internet as exotic and desirable, this is not true. The dilute gene is often associated with other diseases, including alopecia. Since she is a carrier of these variants, (not affected)  I ensured that prospective males did not carry these variants.

A Recallers Pup

Ruby was raised with Susan Garrett’s Recallers program. That program uses games, to build joyful relationships between dogs and their handlers. All of her skills, have been taught with positive reinforcement. She’s achieved titles in Rally (RN both CKC and AKC) Obedience (PCD) and Agility (ADC)

She’s done well in the conformation show ring. She achieved her Canadian Championship in Fall, 2017 and gathered points towards her Grand Championship in Spring 2018, all in limited showing. She was Best of Opposite, 4 days in a row at the Northern Alberta Canine Association shows, and Select Bitch at the Canadian National Specialty, June 2, 2018.

May 25, 2019, she was awarded her first group placement at a CKC show.


I have decided to breed Ruby. Her next season will occur June 2020. If the breeding is successful, she will have puppies in August, 2020.

Ruby was born on January 25, 2015. She was bred by Kathy Lytle and Pat Boggs. They bred their Schipperkes to be successful both in the conformation ring and as performance dogs. Kathy enjoyed carting with her dogs and both she and Pat’s dogs have excelled in obedience, rally and agility. Pat trained many of her Schips to be service dogs but she is perhaps best known for training Search and Rescue Schipperkes.

Ruby’s grandsire, Magic, (see photo) was an Arkansas Search and Rescue dog specializing in water finds.


Pat Boggs and Kathy Lytle’s dogs are known for their excellent temperaments and Ruby is a credit to them. She is playful and mischievous and she loves everyone. She’s a wonderful companion. True to her breed, she’s very alert, watchful and aware of her environment.

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