Claudio Da Cruz Conceicao
BREEDER INTERVIEW BY ALLAN REZNIK
Where did you grow up? I am 47 years old, and I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have lived for two years in the USA, in North Carolina. Do you come from a doggy family? If not, how did the interest in breeding and showing pure- bred dogs begin. No, I do not come from a family of dog breeders or exhibitors. This passion started natu- rally when I was very young. I had always liked dogs. I started working and learning with obedience dogs. Eventually, I got to know the world of show dogs and I am still in it today. Who were your mentors in the sport? Please elaborate on their influence. I always had good people by my side. As a professional handler of all breeds, I had Sr. Divoney Rasera. With Basset Hounds, I was lucky enough to have one of the best breeders and handlers to learn from, Sr. Jorge Algusto Dias of Park Melody Kennels. I also worked for 13 years with breeder Tatiana Pagliane of Canil Brave Basset Hounds. I showed her Bassets and it served as a great learning experience. What breeding philosophies do you adhere to? The first thing I prioritize is good health. I always try to study pedigrees and genetic issues, as well as correct breed type. How many Bassets do you currently house? Tell us about your facilities and how the dogs are maintained. Today, I live in North Carolina with my wife, Dr. Lisa Sarvas, a veterinarian and a breeder of Miniature Schnauzers. We have a beautiful kennel with great accommodations and lots of space for the dogs to play. Our priority is the physical and emotional well-being of our dogs. As a professional handler, we have our clients’ dogs here, as well as our own Basset Hounds.
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