Rosie was mated over six days and is now 58 days from her first mating and 52 days from her last mating. Gestation for a bitch is roughly 9 weeks (63 days). Puppies can arrive from 56 days, but a week early they would be on the cusp of survival. Once they pass 8 weeks and especially carrying a large litter every day is a bonus to the survival of the pups. So you need to be careful with them, making sure they are getting good rest and don't get to involved in the hurly burly of the pack. Most bitches as they get close to their time slow up and don't need to much encouragement to rest. Rosie has stepped back from playing vigorously in the evenings as she did before pregnant and when the pack get ready to greet anyone coming home from work. She lies and waits for the returnee to come to her and give her a smooth.
Due to the timings of movement being felt and seen, I consider that Rosie has conceived to an earlier mating, than later mating and I would not be surprised to see her going into labour by the weekend. It is now a waiting and watching game. She has become very fussy about her food, as often bitches do as they come into the later stages. So it is offering her food, little and often with hand feeding them sometimes, to keep her calories up in preparation for the rigours of birth.
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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 type Cavalier King Charles(small) type Spaniel.
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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