Its been a lovely day for my husband's Birthday and our Wedding Anniversary, a bit fresh but dry. Got all the chores done at home and dogs run out by 11 am, so then we treated ourselves in a trip to the beach with Smudge, Millie and Henry, with lunch out as well. This was Henry's first beach run. Millie was the anchor dog, the one most likely to come back and her daughter Smudge was teaching Henry in the way of selective hearing which is very much a spaniel thing. I laugh when I read accounts of the Marlborough Spaniel laterly the Blenheim Spaniel bred at Blenheim by the Duke of Marlborough, this spaniel the smaller cousin to the then cocker type spaniels and where used to flush from deep and dense cover and very often it was for hare to be sprung up for the Lurchers, accounts say, what wonderful noses these dogs had and where quite indefatigable but the funny bit is when they say, they where prone to breaking ( to go off on a jolly, seemingly unaware of you calling them). I could not imagine hunting any spaniel breed as a pack unless you have all day set aside for retrieving them but what fun you would have.
I took along the camera and got some video footage of Henry enjoying the open space and chasing the seagulls with Smudge and Millie. Please excuse my husbands burp and my one expletive, "bloody". You will also note at times a thicker Devonian accent, its hard keeping up a facade and in my own time I am fluent in the Devonian dialect. Lol . Someone once said I sound like a Devonshire Cockney and I said to them, "That's funny, as my stepfather was a Cockney and brought me up from the age of 3 years old."
In the video you will hopefully see how active Cavaliers can be and although they can be happy fast asleep on the couch, they also are proper little sporting spaniels. Smudge is thicker set than her Mum and I often laugh and say, I think she's part Cumber Spaniel, her mum and her have very good noses and love to hunt. You will see that Henry is built to cover the ground but in more open country, although he would work woodland, he might struggle to follow Smudge and Millie into very dense cover. Smudge is like watching a bulldozer when she enters dense cover and she has real stamina, what she lacks in speed in the open she makes up for in determination.
Love watching dogs being dogs. They fit in with us so well, its nice to give them times that we fit in with them and we are the bystanders as they show us who they are, dog !
Our next litter will be from Smudge hopefully and Millie will be the Granny to the litter. Enjoy the video and beware the high pitch whistling, so might be best to keep the volume down.
Looks like the excitement of his Birthday has been to much for my husband, who is now fast asleep on the sofa beside me as I type. Lol. I think I might join him, "room for a little one ?"
P.S, Just thought that I would mention that I know it is illegal to shoot seagulls unless causing damage, and the comment in the video is a joke. The seagulls in the video are taking advantage of the tide going out, not nesting or with any young.
All went well today with Reggie, Smudge and Primrose being given the all clear when eye examined by Vet Chris Warren. Reggie being a Poodle (Miniature) although is clear for prcd genetically is annually checked for Generalised PRA which does not have a DNA test yet. The Cavalier girls are checked each time before breeding for Multifocal retinal dysplasia and Hereditary cataract.
Quick blog tonight as its my husband's Birthday tomorrow and our Wedding Anniversary also. Yes, 14 years ago tomorrow morning on my husband's Birthday I entered the bedroom holding the cocked shotgun steady and as I asked him if he would like to get married today I gentle raised the barrel to his head height and said, "No pressure of course." No. actually it went more like this, I entered the bedroom with a Birthday Cake with candles and said, "We could get married today, no pressure this licence last 12 months" and I then knelt and did the puppy eyed looking up at him and he said , "Yes."
See I thought getting married on my husbands birthday would be a plus for him to remember our wedding anniversary and a year later I produced a birthday present and proclaimed , "Happy Birthday !" for my husband to then present me with a present, did confused look and asked, "Why are you giving me a present, " and he reminded me we had been married a year. Looks like we got married on the wrong persons birthday ! I'm off now to decorate his Birthday cake now.
Full house tonight for updates . A couple days ago I sent out emails to all the families who had pups from our last litter, that left us in October from Ysobel with Dad being our Reggie. I send out emails around a couple of weeks or so after pups have left us just to make sure all is going well and that any problems I'm here to help. All have already replied, so a full litter of updates tonight.
In the whole things are going well with all the pups but two of them are showing some separation anxiety, in the daytime rather than being left at night. Dogs are pack animals and when left on their own they don't like it, some cope with separation with little outward stress shown and some need to have help to cope with the stress of separation. Its a good one to talk through with the trainer at puppy training classes but if they cannot help and things are not improving it is a good idea to seek help from an animal behaviourist. An animal behaviourist will normally come to your home and go through the routine that you do with your pup when leaving them and can really help you in showing you ways to decrease your dogs separation anxiety before it escalates into a bigger issue. Nipping things in the bud with a puppy is a must and this is one that really benefits getting help sooner rather than later with for the novice dog owner.
We start the updates with Dexter.
Lovely to hear from you.
Thank you Jane. Yes everything is going very well. Dexter is adorable and has certainly grown in the last six weeks.
He's doing really well with his training and will sit and stay, down and stay, rollover and is brilliant at fetch then dropping the item.His recall is also good with Steve and I at the park, spread out, with yummy treats in hand, Dexter cheerily comes to each when called. The only time he didn't come to me was today when he found a dead mouse, put it in his mouth and ran off. Thankfully he eventually dropped it. Yuk!!.
He doesn't particularly like being left in his pen and will whimper and pant and feels really sorry for himself. So leaving him in there for anytime other than bed time really pulls on the heart strings. Thankfully he's great at bed time and will sleep from 9.30-10.00 until 6-7am. Any advice on this?. I have had people tell me that I need to leave him and go out for a couple of hours, which I have done but always wondering wether he's alright.
Hope you are all really well at
I've attached a few photos, one of
Dexter in his Christmas jumper ( just to take a cute photo and not to wear all
Love Caroline & Dexter
Yes mate all is going good thank you.
Charlie has settled really well however he still doesn't like to be left on his own, & continues to bark quite a lot when left. He loves his walks & has lots of doggy friends as well as human friends :-) He has gone for his first shampoo & trim today so a nice smelling boy he should come back lol :-)
I hope you are all keeping well
Tracey :-) xx
Charlie has had his first shampoo & set lol Fay said he didn't stop crying all the time she was doing him it must be a boy thing lol she even gave him a little trim xx :-)
Sorry for the late reply. Yes it's been 6 weeks today!
We can't really imagine life without Olive now, she is part of our family. She is so funny!
Since her arrival she has given us many laughs. She is very clever and a quick learner, and she is doing well at puppy training. She has been really quickly house trained too.
The 1st photo is after her first bath she found a dummy in the boys room and the other I took a few moments ago.
Thank you very much for your very professional and helpful approach, and knowing you are at the end of the phone
We will keep in touch and let you know updates.
I think the E-mail you sent me has gone to the wrong person.
But it does give me time to catch up with you about Bailey
Sorry I haven't been in contact, time has gone so quick.
All ok with Bailey, he is learning very quick at puppy
class will go to the toilet on command ( we use the word "empty”)
starting to walk to heal, leave his treats until told, now doing a
puzzle board to find his treats.plus lots more. being good most of the time, his mum & dad will be proud of him.
Bailey loves meeting new friends, Human or Animal. He will
chase our cat around (she does put him in his place if he gets too
Everyone who meets him love his colour, and soft fur. we also
get a lot of comments on how big he is getting. Hhoto’s attached.
Carol & Paul Blomfield
(Licks from Bailey xx)
Sorry Carol about the email mix up, I must of sent yours to someone else. Thanks for sending me the photo you took of Molly with Bailey at around 4 weeks old.
Thanks Caroline, Tracey, Fay and Carol for the lovely updates and cute photos of Ysobel's last litter of pups.
Off to Tavistock tomorrow with Smudge, Primrose and Reggie for eye tests and my bacon and egg butty at Sourton. No sign of MRI scans still but I have had my tape measure out measuring noses and craniums. Seems stupid that I have not thought before to record these measurements. Interesting and I will publish my findings in a blog soon which will be like a Brachcephalic Breed part 2, as I will look at the cephalic index and breeding a dog away from being brachycephalic.
I'm going to blog on a subject close to my heart , dogs being bred to be brachycephalic because the Cavalier falls into this group. A basic description of a brachycephalic breed is a dog with a broad, short cranium and most often coupled with a short muzzle. This look is man-made and we do not see any undomesticated Canid's that are brachycephalic. It serves no purpose for the dog. Other breeds included in this brachycephalic group are Pug, Bulldog, French Bulldog, Affenpinscher, Bosten Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Pekingese, Shit Tzu, King Charles, Boxer, Chihuahua, Bull-mastiff, American Cocker Spaniel, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Tibetan Spaniel to name a few, as the list does not stop there but I will. Those are just some off the top of my head, so you can see that this is not a small problem in dog breeds and not isolated to just a couple breeds.
Now lets look at the health issues it will predispose a dog when it has deliberately been bred to be brachycephalic. The common health issues of the brachycephalic dog is Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome, Elongated Soft Palate, Stenotic Nares, Everted Laryngeal Saccules and Laryngeal collapse. Information of these conditions can be found at CavalierHealth.org on this link :
Brachycephalic dogs on the extreme end of brachycephalic group like Pugs, Pekingese and French Bulldogs often suffer with over heating problems and the snorting and snuffling that is heard from these breeds that some find so endearing and cute, is the dog struggling to breath. A dog can also like humans breath through its mouth but if a dog breaths in more often through its mouth because of obstruction of its airway through being brachycephalic it predisposes them to pneumonia, due to air not being filtered or heated or cooled by the nasal chamber before reaching the lungs. We also know from research that the nose contains a cavity which when they breath in cool area passes through and helps regulate the dogs temperature and in brachycephalic dogs this cavity is reduced or even none existant in some, hence that brachycephalic dogs can struggle to regulate body temperature and have a tendency to over heat. Basically it is really hard to just breath and regulate body temperature being an extreme brachycephalic breed dog.
Research is on going in brachycephalic dogs and already in Europe we see countries legislating against exaggerations in breeding of dogs that effects their health and welfare.
I regularly read the Pedigree Dog exposed blog and recently saw a post which informed people of a upcoming conference on Building Better Brachycephalics, personally I would rather a conference on Not Breeding brachycephalics but little steps.
I have an email feed from the Kennel Club (KC) and not once have they sent any information about this event, as I would of made the effort to attend if I had known in time, as in London so a bit of moving around would of had to be done but if I had some notice in time I would of got there.
Thankfully though someone on Pedigree Dogs Exposed website put the link to a write up about the evenings events
The article about the conference is very interesting and is heartening to hear the vets and researchers basically saying breeding dogs to be brachycephalic is bad for them, so that's a positive and stepping forward. Then though you read the comments by my old mate Bill Lambert representing the KC. Apparently the KC is surprised by Cavaliers and Staffords being in the brachycephalic group. What planet are the KC on or was Bill Lambert puffing on a bit of wacky backy (although I believe cocaine is all the rage at the moment for people in places of authority) before he got asked for a comment and he also thinks there maybe some confusion in what the dog folk and KC think is brachycephalic to the researchers, because he reckons on none of those researchers being dog folk like him, do you want a hand with digging that pit you're digging for yourself there Bill, I suspect not as you're doing a mighty fine job digging it yourself for the KC. So email to KC sent asking to clarify Bill Lamberts comment.
could you please let me know the link on your website for information about the Brachycephalic conference that you attended on the 11th November given by the RVC ? This was an important event for health and welfare of breeding dogs and I would hope to see you have given it some space on your website. It would be nice to see it listed on the home page.
Also could you clarify a comment made at the event by Bill Lambert. He is reported to of said,"we are surprised at the inclusion of the Cavalier and Stafford among brachycephalic breeds." Is the Kennel Club saying that the Cavalier is not brachycephalic ?
I can assure you as a breeder of this dog and knowing many vets that deal with the problems caused by dogs being brachycephalic, we are in agreement that the Cavalier is most certainly a brachycephalic breed. Just looking at the Stafford you can see it is brachycephalic through head and jaw alignment but to a milder
extent. So could you also tell me why Bill Lambert thinks the KC is so surprised by these two breeds inclusion as a brachycephalic breeds ? His statement worries me that either the KC are incompetent or it is Bill Lambert who is.
See I have no problem with people breeding any of the breeds I mention on this blog or people wanting to show etc their dogs but breed them without them being brachycephalic or any exaggeration that only serves your purpose and predisposes the dog to a life of struggle, so next time you hear that cute little flat faced dog snuffling, snorting, choking or panting excessively remember its not trying to be cute its struggling to breath.
Breeding a dog away from being brachycephalic is actually easier than to keep breeding them brachycephalic, the only down fall of breeding away from it is you might not be breeding book ends, dogs that look almost identical.
If the KC don't soon get there act together we could be looking at legislation to control the deliberate breeding of exaggerations that predispose dogs to poor health.
I will await the KC reply to my email on Bill Lamberts comments at the Brachycephalic conference with interest.
We decided to get a new arm chair but after the last weeks activities in the chair, the dogs are pretty sure I have got them a rather up market dog bed.Lol
Photo's below of the dogs enjoying the new chair, I mean dog bed.
We also have just put in a new multifuel burner after the old one after 13 years hard labour decided to spring a leak from the back boiler. All our heat and hot water comes from the multifuel burner, so it was important to get it replaced as soon as possible. My husband proudly with a little help from me removed the old one and put the new one in himself. Showing his alpha male status of putting metal box in home with fire. Lol.
The dogs rightly consider its nice that the humans have replaced their old fire with one that seems to throw out even more heat than the old one. Henry below enjoys the heat from the new fire. We are also in the process of repainting the front room or should I say covering up all the childrens hand prints, hence the two tone colouring around the fireplace.
We have yet to have news of Smudge's, Primrose's and Belle's MRI scans. On the 25th we have Smudge, Primrose and Reggie booked in at Tavistock for their eye tests. Smudge is due any time now to come on heat, she has cycled 7 months and has gone 8 months. Seven months will be December but with it being forecast for a very cold winter, we may be looking at January. Although condition of the bitch plays a part , I also do believe that the weather and light plays its part as it does in other animals. Smudge's Mum Millie cycled every 12 months and came on in the early Spring and once went 10 months but we had a very mild January which is why I think she may of come on a bit earlier than her usual 12 months. This type of cycle is throwing back more to her wild ancestors, as most small domestic dogs come on heat, on average every 6 months.
In the last group of photo's tonight you will see a group of Henry with Dolly who is watching out the window, she likes doing this and I believe a few of her offspring also like sitting watching out the window like their mum.
Just a quick one to say, "Today Smudge and Primrose on examination by Cardiologist Vet Mark Paterson, no heart murmur was detected on auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) to the heart of both dogs", I'm now going to wipe my brow and say, "Phew !" This is the test I worry about the most and to get a thumb up from the vet just as he finishes listening then jump starts me into breathing again.
Watching Mark Paterson as he embarks on listening to my dogs hearts I think he might be praying or saying to himself, "Please let this dog not have a heart murmur." Forgot to ask him if he is offering up a little prayer, hoping for divine intervention, I'll ask him next time, as I seem to be able to have a joke with him and he did say with my ideas that I ought to talk at the lectures he does, well that will be a sell out then, not.
Unless there is divine intervention crossbreeding is the only other option for the Cavalier and if this is not generally excepted soon it might even be to late for even that to help.
I will get on with the POUNDLANE Spaniel page soon, so many ideas its condensing it to be manageable not to bore people. My free time (When I'm asleep) is spent doing breeding strategies and doing generational lines running in together using the Poodle and Brittany with the Cavalier. I'm even thinking Springer might even be an option to bring in. Saw a Springer cross Cavalier dog the other day and it looked like Toby but slightly taller and a longer nose. I must stop now as this was meant to be quick and once the mind starts rolling the finger follows on the key board. I think this may be evoking madness upon me but as my husband says, "How can it be making you mad, when you already are mad, Jane." Lol
The nights are closing in and time seems to be flying by with such short days. Tonight I start with some updates. The first is from Tracey who has Roxy and Charlie. Roxy is from Lucy's litter back the end of 2010 and Charlie is from Ysobel's litter born this year on the 31st July. Thanks Tracey for the update, photos and video of your two. Lovely to hear all is going well and Roxy is getting on well with her new canine companion.
Just a quick update the let you know Charlie has really settled in with us now. After making the decision to let Roxy & Charlie sleep together he no longer barks at night anymore & he is a lot more settled during the day!
He is a dear little soul & he & Roxy get on like a house on fire! Everyday Charlie will have a mad ten minutes where he will run around the dining room like a nutter letting off steam as he goes lol he is so funny to watch :-)
I hope you enjoy the photos & will update you again soon.
Tracey, Roxy & Charlie Xx Whoof Whoof
Next is an email received from the Sutton family about Pippa who is from Dolly's litter born this year on the 14th June. Thanks for this Sheridon and you are a great example of how you should go about getting a pup. You did your reasearch and most importantly you where patient.
All is quiet in our house this weekend with 3 of the children and Martin at their grandparents, so I'm getting around to emails and one to you is long overdue. Pippa is sat next to me on the sofa
while I type this trying to have a sneaking chew of the laptop, she just loves being with people but is also very good when left in the house on her own, which is never for more than a couple of hours at the moment. A friendlier puppy you could not meet, she gets so excited meeting people and has become well known in our neighbourhood, though I have learnt to read peoples expressions as to whether they want to be ambushed by a wet, dirty puppy or not. There has a lot of comments on how pretty she is and lovely colouring but the most important thing for us as a family with 4 children was to have a well socialised, good tempered, loving dog and that is what we have, the look of the dog was unimportant. The vet made a comment about how if more people took the time as we
did to research the right breed and then as importantly the right breeder they would not see the problems they do and the amount of dogs being rehomed and he said Pippa was a great example of when buying a puppy how it should be done. Never having had a dog before we are learning as we go along but she is making things quite easy for us and just fits in to our busy everyday family life. She
loves being outdoors, walks, her recall is great and chasing leaves but most of all just being with us, we adore her and hopefully we make her as happy as she makes us, she certainly seems very content.
Hope all is well with your family and enjoying the half term break.
Now a quick hello from Archie. Archie is from Smudge's litter born Spring 2012 and Archie came and stayed with us this summer for two weeks while Angie and her family went to France on holiday. Thanks Angie, good to hear from you.
Thought you would
like this photo of Archie ! He is full of beans but chilled out with it!
Friends call him the surfer dude!
Hope all good with you all and Reggie back to full fitness.
Last update is from the Pearce family and Milly who is from Primroses litter born Autumn last year. Thanks Lindsey for the cute photos and update on Milly, and around two they tend to start acting more grown up.
Hope you, your family and all the dogs are well!
Just wanted to update you on Milly's progress. She is turning into a lovely dog! Although we have hit her teenae period and she can be rather cheeky and she is a master thief of socks (well anything she can get her paws and mouth on/anything is thinks she can steal) and is prone to over-excitement on meeting people and dogs for the first time , when she has got over her excitement, she is amazingly gentle and docile (especially when we are all just at home, and with the girls).
I am hoping she might calm down a bit when she is older :)
I have attached some pictures for you to see what a fine dog is she growing to be, they are the latest pictures we have and we're taken on her 1st birthday.
Now for some Poundlane news. No news on scans yet for Belle Primrose and Smudge. Smudge and Primrose are off to Abbotskerswell tomorrow to have heart examinations with the cardiologist vet. Fingers crossed. Smudge and Primrose are both over three years old now, so I would hope no murmurs are heard and being MRI scanned a couple weeks ago nothing was picked up then when they where put under anesthetic.
Now for some pictures of the pack and I have singled this one out as it shows in profile Belle our Cavapoo that is two years old with her half sister Primrose who has the same Mum, Ysobel but is a pure Cavalier. You can already see how much change has occured in the face with lengthening of nose and more slope to the front of the skull. Lets hope the MRI scan confirms an improvement to the back of the skull.
Lastly some photos my son Bert took of me after returning from milking on Sunday morning, having a cup of coffee and a piece of toast with Henry giving me some good old cupboard love. Thank fully my son was more interested in capturing Henry than me in the photos.
That's me done, quick blog tonight and will be back as soon as possible with news of heart examinations.
Got the footage this afternoon of Henry and his little sidekick Treacle chasing him and generally terrorizing him. I loaded the children and dogs Henry, Treacle, Millie and Dolly up in the car and headed over to a lovely wood near us which is Forestry Commission woodland, so open to the public.
Keep the volume down as you will also hear me whistling without a whistle to recall Henry and call him verbally. Henry is now six months old and Treacle is around five months old, they happily coped with this two and a half mile walk, which took with the children about an hour and a half to do. I really enjoy watching dogs running free and its the joy they get from this freedom which is the most enjoyable to see.
Some photos below of the walk through the woods and a couple of the dogs and me at home with one of Henry removing a ball from my mouth. All our dogs will on command gently remove or recceive food from our mouths. I have never had a problem with a dog licking my face and I do know the foul things they eat but they don't get tummy bugs like we do if a healthy robust dog, so I guess their lick probably does more good than bad and I beleive its an important bonding to allow a dog controlled and mannerly access to your face from being a puppy. All our pups will try with me the licking of the mouth to produce regurgitation as they try with Mum (as they get older licking of the corner of the mouth is seen more as a submissive gesture) and I will oblige them from time to time by having a treat for them between my teeth or even produce some mouth saliva for them to lick (I probably have just grossed most out with that) but this for me is part of the imprint process of the human on the dogs psyche.
I'm not the only one who adopts this method, as a few years ago my brother-in -law decided to get a new herding dog for his farm and instead of going for another Border collie he decided on looking at the Australian Kelpie which is apparently as much at home with cattle as sheep, so with him reducing his sheep and increasing the dairy side of the farm this dog looked an ideal choice. When he got his young dog which was partly trained the breeder who was also the trainer told him, "If you spit in a dogs mouth, he will work for you and will be loyal to you." On getting the young dog home my brother-in -law let the dog lick his mouth and produced saliva for him and the dog did work well and he was loyal. I believe there is a few Kelpie cross Border Collies around his way now due to the noted prowess of this dogs working ability, just like the landraces of old because farmers just want the dogs to help get the work done and aestetics mean little in the pouring rain and you just want those sheep inside quickly.
Hope I've not grossed to many out with tonights blog but if you want your dog to be close to you, you will need to get close to them to allow this to happen, so get puckering. Lol.
I'm just going to put a warning. What I do is not kissing in a human way or forcing of the dog to take or remove things from your mouth and if your dog has not had this process adopted with them as a pup they may not wish to start doing it now.
Lastly I would like to say, "Henry does look a handsome chap with a tail." Why this breed of pointer is docked is questionable, especially as most would consider they have a good tail (unlike the Poodle breeders who's constant gripe with the Poodle is they have not been breeding for tails, so the dogs don't have good tails and that's why they would like to still be able to hack this limb off still), its also not because they might damage the tail, as if this was the case all pointer breeds would have docked tails and they don't. As I see it it seems its done just to make the dog look more cobby, as the breed standard decrees but I think Henry's happy looking long and not so cobby.
As you can guess I don't agree with docking and breeding tailless dogs or surgically making a dogs ears pricked. If the tail was such an encumbrance for a working dog, would we not see this reflected in wild canids such as wolves, who live a much more harder life and hunt everything they eat. If we apply the ideology of people who believe docking is a plus for a working dog, most wolves would be walking around with damaged or no tails, especially if evolution proved it was an advantage to be tailless, but being social is an evolution plus and having a tail enables a canid to communicate better than without a tail, so a tail is an evolutionary plus for a canid and I also believe this for the canid breed domestic dog. Yes, I believe the breed is Domestic dogs and the so called breeds are variants of the domestic dog and unfortunately for the dog, some think closing off gene pools and breeding severe exaggerations into a dog is beneficial to the domestic dog but as evolution shows us reducing individuals below 100 in a gene pool (most if not all purebreeds are below 80 individuals in their gene pool) and breeding for exaggeration you ain't going to be around for the long haul. Its breeding for the now not for the dogs future.
An interesting article to read about genetic variation can be found at this link : http://www.pawpeds.com/pawacademy/general/naturalprotection/
This website has some very interesting articles on genetics and breeding in general and is worth a look around for the aspiring breeder or prospective puppy owner.
This was going to be a quick blog but then turned into a long rant. Lol.
“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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