So it looked like it would be the end of that line. Come this Spring, Primrose was looking well and I wondered about breeding one more litter from her and to see if a mating with Henry our Brittany was possible. So just over 7 weeks ago things did happen and now we have a heavily pregnant Primrose looking like she is carrying a good size litter. She was scanned and at least four pups could be seen, but palpating her abdominal area and the amount of movement of the pups I think and hope that we are looking at a good chance of around six pups. Although more pups obviously means more revenue from a litter, it also gives me an indication that this coupling is a good one. A high conception rate is a good indicator of health in the male and female. Fertility should never be ignored, it is a very good indicator of overall health in a breed or species.
So I'm mixed with excitement waiting for the arrival of this litter along with concern as I have with each litter to get the bitch through it safe and sound. I have a very close relationship with all our bitches, which really helps when it comes to them giving birth. They seem to have no concern with my presence when whelping or if a little assistance is needed.
Primrose from her first mating is due on the 21st July, but with her record of producing a few days early and her size, I would not be surprised to be on around the clock watch from next weekend.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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