receiving testimonials from people, and to date we have not yet published any
But with the
permission of the people that have given them we would love to start sharing
some of the kind comments that people have made about us, our dogs, etc.
For example here is an
email that we have received from a family whose mother works at a rescue
wanted to say thank you for yesterday, you made us feel most welcome and for
the time you spent talking to us and showing us your family!! Your dogs
are absolutely gorgeous, a real credit to you, and it's clear you are not only
very knowledgeable about the breed, but that you really care about them, the
puppies you breed, and the breed in general. You obviously spend a lot of
time with the babies, ensuring they get the best start in life, which is
great. After meeting with you yesterday and seeing the dogs, I am in no
doubt I have chosen the best place to get my puppy from. I'm not
interested in the full German lines with the curved backs, nor lining the
pockets of back-street breeders who do not have the best interests of their own
dogs, the puppies, or the breed in mind. Looks, health and temperament
are what I want, and I know I've found these with your dogs.
and I didn't stop talking about your dogs and the pups all the way home - what
a lovely way to spend an afternoon - puppy cuddling!!! Sheer heaven!! We
are even more excited now (if that's possible!!) these next 4 weeks are
going to seem like months!!”
hours old Foss & Ando pup
the pups from Dave x Hope's 2009 litter
Puppies naturally fear the unknown. But exposing them
to different sights & sounds (etc.) helps them to overcome these
fears. A cognitively rich environment can also stimulate parts of the puppy’s
brain which can lead to them positively responding in stressful situations,
developing better problem solving skills, & being more trainable.
Puppies can also be inclined to chase livestock, but correct
exposure at an early age can help to overcome this.Obviously this is no guarantee & this
will be especially true if it is not maintained.But the same could be said about house training, etc.
We aim to show our pups sheep, cows, horses (down the road), hens & turkeys.
Puppy from a previous litter & a chicken safely behind chicken mesh
Puppy from a previous litter & a turkey chick safely behind chicken mesh
Puppy from a previous litter relaxing in front of the cows
A 3 1/2 week old sable female
A 6 day old sable female
Above: This puppy is a son of Ulla
As well as advertising any litters that we personally have if their owners wish me too I will also advertise any litters produced by a Merjuke female on here
I currently have no puppies, but please feel free to get back in contact at a later date.
As can be seen on our other webpages we go that extra mile when having a litter.
are weaned onto:
An EXTREMELY HIGH GRADE DIET of freshly laid free range
scrambled eggs in goat’s milk, probiotic goats milk yoghurt, organic honey,
organic heinz baby rice, aberdeen angus
beef & premium lamb & fresh fish slowly fried in a tiny bit of organic
For approximatetly a week this is then transferred to:
Royal Canin puppy meat & soaked Royal Canin Maxi starter commonly alongside human grade chicken (but please double check that the addition of chicken applies to your litter)
Then for the ease of their new homes the pups are transfered to:
Royal Canin Maxi starter only
(I can adapt
a puppy’s diet to a home’s request such as chicken, tripe, beef, duck, heart, pilchards in tomato sauce, etc.).
Research has shown that temperament is not
dependent upon genetics alone & that the more cognitively rich a puppy’s
environment is the more likely they are to develop a CORRECT TEMPERAMENT.
The puppies are:
Raised in a family environment alongside a TODDLER
Have contact with our CATS
TRAINING (house trained puppies choose to go outside whereas paper trained
puppies choose to go inside)
commence CRATE TRAINING (helps with the prevention of noise
Exposed to live stock / stock broken (Sheep, chickens (rescued x-battery hens), ducks, goats, and the farmer often has cows in the yard attached to our
Carried around town and a nature reserve to see wildfowl such as
geese & ducks in a specially designed puppy bag where people can NOT touch
them, and we also avoid walking on the same side of the road as any dogs that are out and about.
Held beside a main road so that they can watch traffic pass by
Exposed to planes taking off & landing
Exposed to a sound CD
Exposed to puzzle solving games as part of providing a cognitively rich environment
puppies are also:
Wormed every 2 weeks with Drontal puppy worming liquid.
We also believe that mum whom we adore needs protecting to our best
capabilities. Incorrect feeding & and a large singleton could affect her
Thus she will be:
Put on special Royal Canin whelping food prior to
Wormed prior to mating, every 2 weeks after giving birth, and 2 weeks after has last puppy has left with Drontal tablets.
Given the herpes vaccination
Ultra-sounded to confirm pregnancy
Taken to the
vets (usually out of hours) for a check oxytocin & antibiotic jab &
usually an ultra sound and x-ray to confirm that she has finished, as this breed
can suffer from inertia due to large pups & litter sizes.
A plane landing just in front of my house, and a plane landing just the other side of my fence. When the planes land they are quite loud, and when the engines of the plane occasionally point towards me it is extremely loud. This helps assist in the prevention of noise phobias in our puppies, and also makes their environment even more cognitively stimulating which can help with problem solving, etc. when a pup is older..
We only breed when we are
aiming to develop our lines, or when we are aiming to retain a puppy.
For example we did
not have one litter in 07 (due to being busy in the show ring) despite owning a
beautiful looking German import, and just as beautiful hip & elbow
scored girls, another girl that we had since a puppy did not have her own litter first litter until she was 4 1/2, etc.
also retain our oldies. For example we had to purchase one girl and
have a litter for her breeder (9), she had a singleton that we kept
& from her last litter we own all 3 of the pups (not all live with
us). After this point we decided to spay her, and to further develop
her lines via her progeny as opposed to letting her have another litter.
Due to our non-common raising techniques within the breed in the UK, our breeding goals, our dog’s pedigrees, hip &
elbow scores, & our dog’s aesthetics we often find that people ask for a
puppy months and even years before they are due to be born.
of this we recommend that people get in contact with us sooner as opposed to
later.Especially as it is common for
our litters to be fully confirmed prior to their birth.
Our puppies are raised alongside cats.
I have lots of wildlife in my back garden.
Our litters come with an above average high quality puppy pack including:
registration & transfer of KC ownership details
Soft toy (this can be used for fun, or it can be used to start a basic informal retrieve with the puppy)
Blanket to remind the puppy of the smell of home & mum to help them
for Royal Canin food worth approx. £20 +
Canin training treats
Canin training book / measuring cup
Information sheets containing important
information on the puppy (There is also a LOT of information on my
facebook group including advice on house & crate training, preventing
biting & dominance, obedience training, etc.)
after the puppy has left (I have undertaken an Animal science degree, won in
different dog displaces (including at Crufts level) & so I am able to give
my forever homes advise on a wide range of subjects.
a facebook group that is open to my forever homes only. I find that a facebook
group assists with giving people advice, as well as giving everyone an
opportunity to be able to see how the litter mates are developing.).
puppies will be extensively socialised, raised indoors within a family
environment alongside a toddler & cats, broken to stock (sheep & hens & ducks & goats), commence house & crate training, wormed every 2 weeks with Drontal puppy wormer, and weaned onto a high