Hannah Hix, Lorehound
I'm Hannah, full-time wedding & studio commercial photographer, and hobby painter & potter!
My love for beautiful things as an artist first drew me to Sighthounds when I was 12, and in a couple of years I purchase my first Saluki, pictured here. I was so captured by the gracefulness and power of sighthounds, and their balance of quiet royalty and loving nature. I stayed with the breed and learned to handle in conformation shows for my own dogs & for others, as well as train dogs for obedience and behavioral issues.
Eventually, in these ventures, I fell in love with Borzoi and brought my first home in 2017, sparking a new future for me in purebred dogs!
My husband Colby more than puts up with all my hobbies & pets- he helps me at shows and loves on our puppets while I am away at weddings or at the studio.
The animals we are creating should live very long lives free of joint issues, eye problems, and other genetic illnesses and structural problems that make life difficult. Did you know we can control those things, and even eliminate them in dogs? That's what ethical breeding does, and many people don't know this!
We owe it to man's best friend to breed with compassion and modern knowledge so that puppies are genetically healthy. Anything less is abusive and not an acceptable route to buy a purebred dog.
Puppy mills, backyard breeders and other for-profit breeding practices lack the genetic knowledge and scientific testing that marks an ethical breeder. Many of the issues mixed rescues & abusively bred dogs suffer from could be avoided if the parents and previous dogs in the pedigree were tested, meaning things like x-rays, echocardiograms, blood work, DNA testing and much more!
Properly health testing a single dog for breeding can cost up to $5,000, and you will only ever breed that dog once or twice, because we love our dogs and having a litter is physically taxing. It should really only be done in their prime of life, after 2-3 years of age or later for some breeds.
Ethical breeders do not make money off of this, we spend thousands just to ensure that our dogs are healthy and will only produce healthy puppies. A well-bred dog typically does not look, act, or live the same way as a purebred coming from a breeder who does not health test & show their dogs in conformation or enter them in sporting events. They are physically knit together better, are genetically healthier, and have a reliable and predictable temperament!
It is my hope that through education, people will learn the only two ways to own a dog are to adopt/rescue or buy from an ethical show breeder. I also wish to help people become a part of the community and show their own dogs, and have their own puppies someday! It is only through ethical breeding that we will continue to have dogs to own and love, so I hope to help others learn how to love their dogs deeply & contribute to the next generation of companions.