The story
In the beginning of the 90th century the kennel prefix Vi'skaly's was registered, but already 1989 the female Dragskär's Cassandra became a part of our lives. The special ways and comic characteristics took us all with storm and 1992 we all went to the UK together to bring home 4 dogs. We went to the Laudley kennels and brought home Alex, Teddy, Tina and Donna. THANK YOU BERYL for these beautiful dogs and wonderful start for our breeding programme!

Over the years around 250 puppies have been born at our farm in Högseröd in central Scania in south of Sweden. Around 50 of them have been sold outside the borders of Sweden. All litters have been an adventure on its own and we're lucky to have had the joy of seeing all these pups grow up to special individuals. On top of this we've had the joy of getting to know equally special families! Our closest friends is mainly made out by dog people - puppy buyers and breeder colleagues - in our own breed as well as in other breeds.

We have always felt the warmth and friendliness offeres to us by the dog world, but in spring 2009 the people in this world proved to be the ones who really made out our security in life. Bo Sandström - husband, father and partner in kennel Vi'skaly's - suffered from Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) and passed away the 16th of March 2009. His work in kennel clubs and breed clubs was substantial and he is highly missed by the active people within the South Scanian Kennel Club, the Swedish Mountain Dog Club and the Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club of Sweden. Five days after the catastrophic event, we forced ourselves to pack the car, groom the dogs and go to the International Show in Malmö - something we've never regretted. The affection and love that met us is absolutely indescribable! We were even more touched when our whole international circle of acquaintances gathered around and shared their memories of Bosse - personally to us and by amazing mentionings in magazines.

Today kennel Vi'skaly's consist of mother and daughter and every day is a new adventure! Ingela is president of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club of Sweden and has been active in the same club since 1990. Besides this Ingela works with the Breeder's Committee within the South Scanian Kennel Club. Privately, Ingela is a specialized nurse and works with intensive care of premature babies. Pernilla started her in dog clubs as responsible for the Youth Committee in the South Scanian Kennel Club. After 6 months of working with Malamutes in the UK Pernilla was elected to be a part of the Swedish Mountain Dog Club's board. Privately, Pernilla is soon done with her University education towards being an financial accountant.

The health and the breeding
The Pyr is a breed who's looks and characteristics are very closely connected with its origin. It's a large but never heavy breed, which has spared it from many of the diseases that strike other heavier breeds. Besides, it's a small breed judging by the numbers that also is quite spared from some of those diseases striking breeds who's popularity has led to unthoughtful breeding. With this in mind, the Pyrs are not spared from all diseases and health problems.

The has been between 800 and 1000 Pyrs in Sweden for a long time, of course with some variation over the years. A problem clearly visible in the 80th and early 90th century was over-use of certain males. To understand and map out the problem as well as being able to handle it in the future, Ingela investigated which dogs that had been used in breeding between 1976 and 1992 - both males and females - and staked out which lines had given which problems etc. The mapping out showed clear signs and with these results in our back, we started to actively work for a wider breeding base of dogs in Sweden.

The breeding interest has only grown stronger over the years and when the breed club was assigned to work on RAS - an investigation on where the breed is at regarding health and other statistics - Ingela was quickly asked to help. Together with some other members of the board, the RAS was finished and has gotten lots of positive feedback from the Swedish Mountain Dog Club. 

The only official rule healthwise when it comes to breeding your Pyr, is that you do an official hipscore. We have always found it important to point out to our puppy buyers why they should hipscore their dog - careless of whether they plan to use it in breeding or not. Close to 60 percent of all our bred dogs have an official hipscore done - a result which we find very positive as it is far from all of these dogs that ever ar used in breeding. Around 85 percent of all hipscored dogs have got free hips (from UA, A or B as a result). Only a couple of dogs have ever been graded with worse than C-hips. We work deliberately on making the Pyrs' hips better and better for each year. We have chosen to always value to width in a hipscore - thus what results the dogs around the chosen dogs for breeding have (siblings and mother/father) - which by the Swedish Kennel Club is called a dog's hip index. There are not enough Pyrs hipscored to create a databasa for hip indexes, but what it basically means is that a dog with a C-hip but surrounded by dogs with excellent hips can be better breeding-wise than a dog with A-hips surrounded with dogs with less than excellent hips. This state of mind and philosophy has led to great results in our dogs' hipscores the last couple of years. All dogs that have been hipscored have got excellent hipscore results - around 95 percent of them with the hipscore result A. These results make us happy and proud and gives us strength to keep our minds in gear and follow our strategies and philosophies.

The future
The dogs meet us in the morning, are iwth us during the day and fall asleep together with us in the evening. Every day is a new adventure - but to breed Pyrs are not a hobby or business for us. We've chosen to live with this breed and to live WITH Pyrs equals living FOR Pyrs. Our goals and ambitions are the same yesterday as today as tomorrow - to always to our best for the breed's sake!