Photos and a couple bits of video of Teagol and her seven pups as they reach two days old. Everything seems to be going well. All pups are vigorous and gaining weight. The first week of tending her pups is hard on Mum, as the at birth pups are unable to regulate their own body temperature and their internal temperature is 3°C lower compared with what it will be by the time they are 5 weeks old (35.5°C instead of 38.5°C). They are very sensitive to the cold and as soon as they lack warmth. their movements slow down and they will then become unable to suckle.
Therefore the whelping box needs to be kept at an ambient temperature of at least 28°C to 30°C during the first week of their lives. This makes it hard for mother and she must be kept a close eye on and encouraged out of the whelping box at regular intervals for toilet breaks and in order to cool down from time to time.
Active, sporting, sound little spaniels
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“Humans are aware of very little, it seems to me, the artificial brainy side of life, the worries and bills and the mechanisms of jobs, the doltish psychologies we've placed over our lives like a stencil. A dog keeps his life simple and unadorned.” Brad Watson, Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories
Welcome to this blog. I am Jane, a hobby breeder, situated in North Devon, England, UK (map at bottom of page ,shows where we are) on a quest to breed a healthier small spaniel similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
WE DO NOT EXPORT PUPPIES
Why I don't export
Our breeding dogs are multi generational extensively health tested. With all our breeding stock having recommended and relevant DNA tests for their breed/breeds. We also have breeding stock annually eye examined on the BVA Hereditary Eye Disease Scheme for dogs, MRI scanned on the BVA scheme using the BVA chiari malformation /syringomyelia breeding protocol, and heart examined using The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles breeding protocol