PEPPER IN SEASON. ALL BLACK LITTER. ESTIMATED BIRTH DATE 18th May ready to go 2nd week July. Here we go! Being mated in seven days!
BRONWEN showing all signs of coming in to season in the next few days. All chocolate litter.
HEAVEN showing signs of coming in to season early in the next 2/3 weeks. All black litter.
Tuppence in season. 18th February 2019. Hopefully this will speed Bronwen up!
Another one in season. Cant see who yet but will know in 24hrs.
Saturday 2nd February. Now totally in the hands of nature! Bag packed, BB on notice and stud dogs waiting ! Once they come in to season we blood test at 10 days then again at 12. Mating is normally day 12 or 13 although Heaven is day 19! Gestation is 63 days and once born choosing at four weeks, leaving at eight.
Early stages of coming in to season for Bronwen. Pepper not far behind followed by Heaven !
My apologies for not up dating but tablet died over Christmas along with all login codes.
Bag now packed for mating trips order of litters as follows.
Bronwen. All Chocolate
Pepper. All Black
Heaven. All Black
Tuppence. All Chocolate
Arwen. All Black
Stella. All Chocolate
Tuppence. All chocolate.
Pepper. All Black
For those that have waited so patiently, thank you. Please check web site regularly . Once a litter is born we will contact you three days after to arrange a visit after four weeks to choose a pup and confirm collection time. Things will start to happen quickly now.
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our new owners and current owners.
ARWEN in season. PEPPER due in season shortly. BRONWEN due in season very shortly.
A SPECIAL PLEA.
With 5 litters due in 2019 and 4 in 2020 EVERYONE who has reserved a pup will get what they want. If you want us to look after your pup/dog during 2019/2020 PLEASE BOOK EARLY-especially during peak school holiday times. There is a maximum we can accommodate at any one time and with the litters due 2019/2020 will be full on.
We have found a superb, fully health tested young chocolate stud in South Wales which we will use for Stella and BETHAN. This completes our list of stud dogs for the foreseable future and will enable us to gave the lowest breeding coefficient possible with the new Welsh boy giving us 2.4!
06/11/2018 Heaven just finishing season. ARWEN started season today.
Preparing now for what will be a full on 2019.
With Bronwen, Tuppence, Heaven, Arwen, Pepper all having litters one after the other and early 2020 Stella we are trying to be as prepared as possible. Short break holidays have been put on hold although we feel safe in going to Sicily for four days in April.
Please monitor the web site for news or feel free to call us.
Having gone through the very difficult period described below it was an uplifting experience to meet so many pups from the last two litters last Saturday when dropping off food. They are all magnificent and living proof of what we seek to achieve. Thank you to all our owners.
This has not been an easy time for us.
In all the time we have been breeding we have never not produced a litter after mating. 2/3 blood tests before and using a well proven stud dog has meant we have been lulled in to a false sense of security.
Firstly, Bronwen failed to become pregnant having instead a full blown phantom pregnancy. Now Pepper who everyone ,including the vet thinking she was pregnant also developed the same.
There is no real reason for this. All the dogs were healthy. All had good matings and according to the vet will no doubt produce a litter next season.
This means we will have three black litters ready to go by June/ July/August at the latest with Heaven and Bronwen being first in March. We will also be having two chocolate litters from BRONWEN and Tuppence with a third due early 2020.
We thank all those waiting patiently and assure them they will have a pup in the first half of 2019.
On top of these problems, Cocoa somehow managed to break her toe on the beach. The break was so bad that we had two options, either to amputate the toe or immobilise for six weeks to allow fusion to take place which is what we elected to do.
Then Tuppence was attacked and ended up with two large bites in her back which immediately became infected. She is now recovering.
My wife was bitten through the hand by one of our boarders missing bone and tendon but this also became immediately infected. She ended up in hospital being monitored for sepsis. It tracked half way up her arm but the anti biotics worked.
All in all not a good two months.
With the new dogs act coming in to force on 1st October we are receiving a regular two calls a day enquiring about pups. From now anyone breeding even one litter but selling a pup for profit will be required to be licenced and meet strict standards. At a stroke this will end all those who think it would be nice to have a litter from their bitch unless they will be prepared to pay a considerable sum in licence fees. It will also mean that any profit made will be taxable and not cash in hand. It means that puppy farms will be put under pressure although I am sure they will find a way to circumvent the regulations.
We go far beyond the set requirements and take pride in the pups we produce. We offer a lifetime of support and are super selective in choosing our new owners turning down 70% of those that contact us for which we make NO apologies. We consider our responsibility for the pup does NOT end when we are paid but lasts the lifetime of the dog. For those making an appointment to meet us and then cancelling at the last moment we will NOT offer a second opportunity. Our lists are almost closed for 2019 and we are taking reservations well in to 2020.
Anyone buying a pup should ask these questions as a MINIMUM in many cases a breach of the new regulations which came in on October 1st is a CRIMINAL offence.
Is the breeder licenced by their local authority and is the licence document displayed.
Do they have insurance. Is it available to be seen.
Will they supply a contract of sale which guarantees the health of the pup at point of sale and the on going support and advice of the breeder.
Is the pup KENNEL Club registered and is the transfer document available at point of sale.
Is the pup micro chipped and has it received its first set of vaccinations.
Has the pup been wormed
At point of sale will the new owner receive copies of the sire and dams health tests.
Will they offer a lifetime of support and advice including advice on feeding and exercise.
Will a receipt for monies paid be given
Are the premises available to be seen and inspected
Will the bitch be able to be seen with her pups as well as contact be made available to the owner of the stud.
Has the bitch and stud been hip/elbow scored and are the eye tests up to date. Have they both been DNA tested for the recommended genetic markers and are the papers available.
Then, and only then consider buying a pup!
WITH INSURANCE AND VET CHARGES INCREASING BY BETWEEN 10%-20%, from 2019 are puppy prices will increase to £1000. For those that have already booked a pup we will honour the quoted price. We are aware that others charge up to £1500 and we may have to review prices again in the future. We have yet again increased the number of health tests that our bitches will have and as new DNA tests become available we will add those. We want to give our owners the healthiest pup possible by only using fully health/DNA tested and proven stud dogs that meet the standards we set for our own bitches.
12th April 2018. Today we put to sleep our wonderful Stella, mother to Isla and Cocoa and grandmother to so many wonderful dogs. Difficult to explain the pain we feel. She will run free now without pain and find PEPSI and TSAR to spend eternity with. Thank you my wonderful girl for all you gave us. You will always be in our hearts and never forgotten. Your children miss you. Xxx
WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE DEFINITIONS OF SHOW AND WORKING LABRADORS. WE BREED FOR HEALTH AND TEMPERMENT TRAVELLING VERY LONG DISTANCES TO FIND STUD DOGS FULLY HEALTH TESTED AND FULLY DNA TESTED. WE LOOK TO ACHIEVE THE LOWEST LINK BETWEEN STUD AND BITCH AS WE CAN. WHILST ALL OUR DOGS ARE HIP SCORED WE ARE AWARE OF THE VERY GREAT LIMITATIONS OF THIS. MORE IMPORTANTLY OUR DOGS ARE ELBOW SCORED. WE DO NOT SHOW OUR DOGS ANYMORE BEING TOTALLY OPPOSED TO WHAT IS HAPPENING TO BREEDS IN GENERAL WITH DECLINING LONGEVITY AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS MADE WORSE BY INTERBREEDING TO ACHIEVE A LOOK AT THE EXPENSE OF HEALTH. WE ARE ALWAYS GRATEFUL TO HEAR THAT THERE ARE THOSE THAT AGREE WITH US.
We believe our pups are worth waiting for. We understand the urgency behind every request and will never promise what we can not deliver. With four or five litters expected in 2019 all requests will be met and we look forward to placing a puppy in the homes we have approved.
We will be keeping a puppy from Arwens second litter and a pup from Stellas first.
We will always do our UTMOST to accommdate our dogs when owners require BUT ask that we are given as much notice as possible especially during holiday periods.
Walking dogs IS NOT a simple task. These days too many uncontrollable dogs are off lead and whilst we only EVER take two out at a time we are constantly scanning for potential problems which we recognise from experience whilst attempting to give our own dogs an enjoyable walk. It amazes us when we see more than ten dogs being walked at any one time.
We have now entered the 21st century and are able to accept credit and debit cards although we still prefer bank transfer.
ARWEN, BRONWEN, COCOA, ISLA, HEAVEN STELLA TUPPENCE
As soon as the season starts we wait 11 days and then she will have a blood test to confirm ovulation which, in her case is always day 12. They are then scanned again two weeks later to get a vague idea of numbers and see that things are developing normally.
Another room has been converted as an overflow whelping room and a medical floor will be put down shortly.
Busy time ahead.
We are always upset that we cannot fully meet the demand for our dogs which is why we will only guarantee a pup if we know that within the time frame we have given that guarantee can be honoured.
With this in mind, within the next twelve months, and spread evenly throughout that time, we will be having 5 litters. Two chocolate, two black and one mixed.
ALL those waiting patiently for a pup will have one in that time.