Bioko Dog Cener
Specialized Breeder for German Shepherd and Shih Tzu
The illusion and the project of a family that wanted to make a passion the central axis of their lives is what has prompted us to create BIOKO.
The passion that we already developed in our Working German Shepherds is now extended to the care of the little ones that you entrust to us in our Hotel. A legal and responsible center, with a Zoological Nucleus for Breeding and Accommodation, with all the permits, members of ASCELCRE, who will take care of your companion while they enjoy themselves.
A passion, a way of life
“I have been in the dog world for 30 years, there is not a day that you do not learn something, and that a dog does not surprise you, so everything contributes to achieve the necessary skills to dedicate themselves to professional care.”
When did you start with the Canine Center?
In my beginnings I spent the whole afternoon, after leaving work, preparing dogs for the competition and at the same time I began to have my first experiences in the residence owned by the person with whom I started. This person proposed to me to associate with him, but since I had a permanent job we agreed to try for a month, after that time I had to give him an answer. I worked throughout August 8 hours in the morning at the kennel and 8 hours in the afternoon at my job, but I was very young and I was afraid of leaving a permanent job and I said no for an answer. From then on I was hooked on the dog world, and I have always had in mind to dedicate myself 100% to it.
All this started when my wife and I signed up as entrepreneurs for the Business Marathon of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. There we presented our Canine Center project, and people found it very interesting, but it was just an idea in our heads.
At the end of the Marathon something had stirred us inside and we began to search for our dream. The first thing was to find a plot where to make that dream come true. 2 years after a lot of visited and consulted plots, we found the plot where the Bioko Canino Center is currently located. Just 1 km. from Elche and on the same road from Elche to Aspe!
We bought the farm and began to build our project on paper and request all the permits to obtain the Zoological Nucleus.
What kind of animals do you take care of in the Canine Residence?
For the future, when we can expand the facilities, since we have just finished the first phase, after 6 months of construction, we would like to make stays for the care of other types of animals, especially cats. But so far it has been a great effort, since we believe that things must be done well.
What types of services do you offer?
All dogs eat high-end feed, but we recommend our clients to bring their own feed to avoid maladjustments in the dog due to the change in food, since there are 2 adaptations to food, when they leave it and when they return home and from again they take their feed.
The dogs go out 3 times a day, in the parks we have or on the 15,000m2 plot.
As soon as we can, we will offer additional pick-up and delivery services and grooming for the housed dogs.
Describe your center a bit
Our Bioko Canine Center has an exceptional location as we are close to the ITV of Elche, just 1 km from Elche, at the Elche-Aspe Exit of the A-7 motorway (direction to Aspe) and 15 minutes from Alicante and very close to many other towns.
We have 45 individual rooms between the breeding area and the residence. In addition, there are 3 other quarantine rooms in a remote area in case a specimen becomes ill and thus be able to separate it from the rest. All rooms are made of sandwich panel walls and ceiling. This material has extraordinary insulating properties (thermal and acoustic) that are very important for the rest of the animals housed in our facilities, since we are in a very hot area in summer and dogs need to rest and not bark constantly. Another of the properties of the sandwich panel is that it is an impermeable barrier that does not create bacteria or fungi and does not generate odors.
The rooms are 4 m2 and 6 m2, depending on the needs of each dog, depending on the weight and why not say it on his character, which gives us a capacity of about 60 dogs.
Around there is a lot of accommodation offered by individuals and illegal, which do not comply with hygienic-sanitary regulations and that have not passed the technical inspections that we have passed, so choosing our services gives our clients great peace of mind.
How did you get your Zoo Nucleus?
We bought the plot, and we began to build our project on paper. We consulted the Ministry and the City Council, and we verified that if the search for the plot had been difficult, the path that remained to us was going to be very complicated and a constant struggle since it is a very long procedure.
First, ask for the urban compatibility of the plot, to have confirmation that the Canine Center could be built on the plot. After requesting the work permit from the City Council, which requested a report from the Ministry for the Promotion of Aeronautical Servitude, since we were affected by the Airport, it also reported to the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development, and various studies were presented , such as Waste Management, since we have to have a watertight deposit for waste disposal. At the same time, we processed the Opening License for the establishment at the Town Hall and once the works were completed we received 3 technical visits, the Urban Planning visit from our Town Hall, for the completion of the works, the Opening visit and the Zoological Nucleus visit, from the Consellería.
Finally, after 6 long months of works, we obtained the completion of the works, the Opening License and our Zoological Nucleus, which we are very proud of for the great effort made, we offer to all our clients: 065A4043.
Without the effort and family support in all aspects, the Bioko Canine Center would not have been possible.
What do you think are the necessary skills to dedicate yourself to professional care?
I have been in the dog world for 30 years, there is not a day that you do not learn something, and that a dog does not surprise you, so everything contributes to achieve the necessary skills to dedicate themselves to professional care. And because it was a dream and my wife and I are fighting for it.
Do you think there should be regulated studies for animal care?
It is also true that you must know who trains you, because there is a lot of professional intrusion that makes things happen that should not happen, anyone offers themselves as a caregiver, as a behavior modification instructor, even as a breeder, and they do not know that a Zoological Nucleus that supports you, where to carry out this training and those activities and where to raise or house the animals. There are many people with a lot of ignorance of what the law requires.
I miss more training on dog physiology and diseases. In the end, it is oneself who buys books, constantly consults with the vet and tries to catch up on these issues.
How do you see the panorama of animal care in Spain?
We have relied on the Association of Legal Centers for Responsible Breeding and Care (ASCELCRE), because we believe that people have to have a place to go in search of services for their pets with the guarantee that everything is in order.
Let’s hope that the panorama changes, for the good of the animals and of our own clients, who are tired of meeting unreliable people.
Why did you decide to dedicate yourself to breeding professionally?
I have had German Shepherds for 30 years and I have always liked this breed. I bought my dog Gora, a working German Shepherd, and I korung her and IPO I and crossed her with the WUSV world champion, Sam Beit Haboxer Mehagiva, following all the requirements that the German Shepherd Club asks for the brood. From this cross, as no one knew us as breeders, we had to give away the eight puppies, despite the quality of the cross. We donated one of them, Asterix d’Altabix, and he was trained to defend a battered woman, who had come to defend her on 2 occasions from her attacker on the street, in fact it has appeared in the press and on television.
After this experience we spent 3 years without breeding. But having the passion for the breeding and selection of the breed, one always tries again. That is why we bred with Gora again, and this time we have already sold all the puppies.
In time we bought Donna, Gera and Holly in Germany, and Fencci in the Czech Republic, who have been our breeding females to date.
I already knew that I am passionate about training my dogs, but I have discovered another passion, which is breeding and enjoying every moment with the females and their puppies.
Why did you choose the breed(s) you breed?
I do not rule out raising some other breed to which I feel attracted.
Where does your affix come from?
What does raising mean to you?
As a breeder, I am excited that the puppies of my kennel name will gradually achieve goals in the sporting world and also leave their stamp on the breeding. It is a job that doing things well will be achieved.
Have you participated in any exhibition or championship?
At work I have dedicated myself more to training, attending, promoting and translating highly competitive Seminars. I have also prepared the necessary tests for the use of the specimen in breeding according to the regulations of the club.
What do you think are the necessary skills to dedicate yourself to professional breeding?
Each breeder has their particular taste in the type of dog they like within the breed. The objective is to know the different bloodlines, to find out what these lines genetically contribute to their progeny and to take advantage of this information to achieve the type of dog that is sought and try to obtain it in our litters.
Do you think there should be regulated studies for animal breeding?
How do you see the panorama of breeding in Spain?
Few of us breeders have stopped making excuses and have made the decision to comply with the Law by obtaining the Zoological Nucleus. Fortunately we are growing more and more but there is still a lot of work to be done.
How do you help customers choose the right puppy?
Our philosophy is based on animal welfare and respect for each of our canine companions. To us, each dog is a unique individual with distinct needs and personalities, and we work to understand and meet these needs as effectively as possible.