Dave Chupp - Dog Breeder, Investor, and Outdoorsman

As a professional dog breeder based in Nappanee, Indiana, Dave Chupp focuses on raising healthy, happy puppies. He raises French bulldogs, Coton de Tulear, and Havanese dogs, all of which he strives to nurture into friendly family pets. After caring for each puppy for 8 to 10 weeks, during which time it plays with his children and learns about family life, Dave Chupp sends the puppy off to its new home fully up to date with vaccinations and deworming. Puppies’ new homes are located across the Upper Midwest, though Mr. Chupp can arrange for transportation to any location in the United States.

A part-time private equity manager as well, Dave Chupp finances small mining interests. He has also leveraged his financial acumen to serve as a tax preparer and has led fundraisers for the board of his church's parochial school. Mr. Chupp maintains an active personal life and plays a variety of sports, including softball and basketball. An avid outdoorsman, he has visited such natural wonders as the Grand Canyon, the California redwoods, and Yellowstone National Park.

The Coton de Tulear’s Royal History

For the past decade, Indiana-based businessman Dave Chupp and his family have owned and managed their own dog-breeding company. The family works carefully to provide a nurturing environment in which the dogs learn to be loving and gentle pets until they are old enough to be delivered to their new homes. And as a member of the Northern Indiana Pet Breeders Association and other organizations dedicated to animal welfare, Dave Chupp understands best practices in breeding, training, and ensuring health certification for the wide variety of breeds he raises.

These include the Coton de Tulear, a friendly, fun-loving, and very intelligent breed that is a relative of the Maltese and the Bichon Frise. This small dog gets its name from its cotton-soft coat and its origin on the African island of Madagascar, at the Bay of Tulear. But the breed’s history remains shrouded in legend.

The ultimate origin of the Coton de Tulear may lie in Central Asia. Ancient stories mention little white dogs of a similar description gracing Greek and Roman households. Some experts theorize that from the heart of Asia, the little dogs traveled on trade caravans to end up on Madagascar.

One dramatic tale even features a shipwreck off the island’s coast that killed all the humans on board but allowed the hardy Cotons to survive and swim ashore through the shark-infested waters of the Bay of Tulear. In 1974, Madagascar issued a stamp in their honor, calling them the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.”

Top Three Recently-Published History Books

As the owner of a dog-breeding business in Nappanee, Indiana, Dave Chupp breeds and raises different types of pure-bred dogs, maintains the puppies’ health, and registers them with the American Kennel Club. When he is not managing his business, Dave Chupp enjoys reading informative and educational books, particularly books on history.

Thanks to the efforts of a number of great scholars, there are many newly-published history books designed to guide readers through past events from new angles and perspectives. The following are described by the Independent as the best history books written recently:

1. The English and Their History, by Robert Tombs. The book is a compressed history of England. According to Tombs, reading it is a journey through the eras that explores the true essence of being English.

2. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard. It covers the history of Ancient Rome, spanning 1,000 years of its civilization from its roots as a small village up until the age of its notoriety as an infamous and powerful empire.

3. Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science - and the World, by Rachel Swaby. This book covers the lives of 52 lesser-known female scientists, including Ada Lovelace and Rosalind Franklin.

Preparing the Home for a New Puppy

Dave Chupp has bred dogs of various kinds in Indiana for more than a decade. Dedicated to preparing all puppies to go to loving homes, Dave Chupp also offers support to owners when they have questions about their new pets.

When a family is preparing to bring home a new puppy, establishing the dog's routine and care is just as important as buying the proper equipment. Experts recommend that the family get together and decide who will feed and toilet the dog and when. Family members will also need to discuss training expectations, including who will be the primary trainer and how others in the household will participate.

For consistency's sake, all individuals involved in training should use the same vocabulary to give commands. If one person says “sit,” for example, another family member should not say “sit down.” Those in charge of training should also decide what the dog should be allowed to do and not do, and all who are around the dog should agree to enforce these rules.

The family must know where the dog will spend the majority of its days, as this area will need puppy-proofing. Curious young dogs tend to explore and chew, so dangerous chemicals, shoes, and plants should be kept out of reach, and breakables should be in another area.

Finally, family members need to arrange care for whenever no one is home. Young puppies often need bathroom breaks on an hourly basis, so it is generally best if someone can stay home with the puppy or take it to work. Outside care arrangements are also an option, but the puppy sitter must be reliable.