Lovely update for Laika, who is from Ernest and Blottie's litter of ten puppies again.
We hope you and your family are all well! We've loved watching Rosie and her puppies over the past few weeks. It already seems like an eternity since Laika was at that stage and we can hardly imagine life without her now.
Laika is such a lovely girl. Over the months, she's gone through the usual puppy stages but recently she's become much calmer and more settled at home. She absolutely adores her walks, and enthusiastically pursues the larger birds such as crows and magpies. She has recently discovered squirrels, but hasn't yet realised that they can climb trees, so runs round and round the base of the tree, looking for them. Surprisingly for a spaniel, she doesn't like water. I think this is because she toppled into a nearby pond a couple of months ago. She was fine, but since then she's regarded any body of water larger than her drinking bowl with deep suspicion. However, she doesn't mind going for a walk in the rain, which is handy because we've had rather a wet spring and summer so far. She is very good with other dogs. She has a definite preference for dogs of a similar size to her, and will tend to sit down and assess larger dogs for a few moments, before approaching them. She has a best friend in our neighbours' cockapoo, and they will play together tirelessly. They have even been known to dig under the fence to get to each other! We have put heavy potted plants along that fence now, as we don't want the patter of little paws!
Apart from when she's playing Juliet to next door's Romeo, she's very good at home. She likes to lie in a patch of sun in the living room, or in the garden, with her legs stretched out behind her like a spatchcock chicken. If we are watching TV, she loves to snuggle up next to us on the sofa with a chew. She is fascinated by our cat, and always wants to make friends (unfortunately for poor Laika, the cat does not reciprocate these feelings). They both enjoy eating each other's food - and sometimes only the other's food, in Laika's case. She still isn't terribly interested in her own food but I find that as long as I don't offer the same type of food for two consecutive meals, she will usually eat it. However, she seems healthy, has loads of energy, and weighs 7.5kg, so I think she's eating enough.
She is completely house-trained, sleeps all night through in the kitchen, and knows lots of basic commands: fetch (a favourite of hers), sit, stay, no, where's the sausage (another favourite), drop, wee-wee. Her recall is great on walks (but not quite so great on coming in from the garden!). She has a mischievous streak (sock thief!), but that just adds to her charm, and overall she’s been a very good girl so far (I'm expecting the "teenager stage" to kick in any day now!) and she fits in with the whole family so well. She even did a long drive up to Yorkshire at the end of May, and just slept on my daughter's lap for almost the whole journey.
Thank you for breeding such a wonderful little dog - we all love her dearly.
With best wishes
Amanda and family"
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