My diagnoses by palpation was confirmed by my vet scanning Blottie this evening, and she is carrying another good sized litter. The vet conservatively said, "At least 6." I'm considering from what I saw, that it might be closer to 8 pups at least. Even the vet commented on her looking further on than she is, but with only 4 days between first to last mating, she can't be much further on than 4 weeks.
I took Blottie's last cardiologist heart check certificate along for my GP vet to take a look at. He was very interested, and asked if I minded if he took a listen to her heart. I told him that the cardiologist vet said, "This type of murmur can come and go." He could not hear a thing. Starting now to get a bit excited about this litter, tinged as usual with concern that we get Mum, Blottie through it safe and sound.
I have suggested to some visiting before the litter is on the ground, and I'm sorry, but I'm going to keep to what is up on the website page Getting A Puppy From Poundlane. I don't mind anyone at this stage wanting to have a chat, but I want to sit back now and enjoy Blottie blossoming and getting her through the birth.
Forgot to put this up last night when I blogged about Blottie's pregnancy. Someone just emailed me asking me about it, and reminded me. Her dates for the hopefully safe arrival of the pups she is carrying.
A bitches gestation is around 9 weeks, smaller dogs tend to have a slightly shorter gestation. A bitch can whelp (give birth) anytime from around 58 days gestation, and the pups should be viable. Blottie was mated over 5 days on the 2nd February to the 6th February, so pups should arrive anytime around the 6th March to the 10th March. Her last litter she was mated over 4 days, and she gave birth 61 days from her first mating, and 58 days from her last mating. Both times she had her first mating on the 12 day of her heat. This could suggest with her carrying a good size litter again, we may have pups anytime from the 4th March.
Blottie is now around 4 weeks pregnant. By the feel of her stomach, I think she is carrying another good sized litter. We hopefully will know a bit more on Monday, when she has her pregnancy scan.
I managed to get out with Ernest yesterday for the last day of the shooting season. He has done five shoots, and has proven to be a lovely steady little flushing spaniel. He has been a joy to take out. As it was also "Beaters day", (which is where anyone who beats wants to shoot gets a free days shooting, a thank you from the family we all beat for), it was a long day, doing seven drives, and bitterly cold. To cold to worry about getting photos of the day. We only stopped on our feet for ten minutes for a cup of soup and slice of pork pie at lunchtime due to the cold. Ernest along with his daughter, Teagol done the whole day on their feet for seven hours. We were all ready to get back for supper, when the whistle went up at the end of the last drive. So a good rub down with a towel for Teagol and Ernest back at the car, a drink of water, and a bowl of food each. Tucked them up in the crate in the back of the car with a couple of thermal duvets, and left them to settle, and have a well earned nap, whilst me and the four of our children that were also beating and one shooting went in for supper with the rest of the shooters and beaters. We all slept well last night.
Although a bit disappointed with Teagol being CM 1 you would have to be blind not to see she is a vast improvement on the over caricatured look of the Cavalier. She has done 6 days this season out on a local shoot on the drives beating with our daughter, Florrie. Proving to be every bit a little flushing spaniel. With yesterday on the last day of the season, cocking up four pheasants with style from a tight patch of brambles on the second to last drive.
Rosie and Teagol digging in the sunshine we had here today. These two have become firm playmates.
Blottie is booked for her pregnancy scan on Monday, 4th February at 5.30 pm. Although I am pretty sure on manipulating her tummy, that she is pregnant now at nearly 4 weeks gone. The scan will reassure me that it is pretty definitely pups I'm feeling. The Dad to the pups she is hopefully carrying is our Casper.
So we are nearly at the end of the first month of 2019, and the end of 2017 into 2018 we had three litters. Blottie and Ernest's litter producing ten lovely spaniel type pups, then Bumble and Ernest's litter producing another eight beautiful spaniel type pups, and lastly Casper and Treacle's litter where we got to see what Casper was capable of producing, five very sweet tempered spaniel pups. So we know that the mixture of Cavalier, Poodle (miniature) and Brittany can produce a very nice athletic small spaniel type with a sweet nature and seem on the whole very trainable.
Two weeks before Christmas we were off to Bristol with the pup we kept from Blottie's litter,
Teagol and another of our first cross Brittany girls Sasha to be MRI scanned on the BVA - CM / SM scheme. A couple days ago I got their grading on the scheme. Sasha at 2 years and 5 months old is CM 1, and SM 0c. Teagol at 12 months old is CM 1 and SM 0c. They both have mild Chiari-like Malformation (CM). CM from research and grading on schemes does not seem to change, so once graded for this, you would not expect the grade to change, but the condition syringomyelia (SM) is a progressive condition in most cases. So a dog graded SM 0 under 3 years old, could have SM 2 by five years old.
Amazingly the mother, Primrose of Sasha although CM 2, like nearly every Cavalier, is SM clear, and so is her mother, Ysobel over five, although some of Ysobel's litter siblings had SM at 18 months old. The mother, Smudge of our other two Cavalier/Brittany crosses Bumble and Blottie who have been MRI scanned clear of CM, is CM 2, but has SM 1 (none symptomatic). So you would think you would get at least as good a result, but size I think is a factor here and also the level of inbreeding in the mums. Smudge is a very big Cavalier and far less extreme looking. Smudge's breeding with a very low Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI) for a Cavalier, with her breeding being far less Homogeneous than Primrose's, who is very book end show bred with a lot higher COI. So using a lower inbred Cavalier when crossing I consider gives a higher chance for diversity in offspring. You could see as puppies that Smudge's whole litter had much better head conformation, and although Primrose's litter the skull shape was vastly improved, but not on the same level we saw with Smudge's.
So to Teagol's result. I have to say, "It is tinged with a bit of disappointment." I so wanted to see CM 0. Ernest though is CM 2, so this is not a bad result with Cavalier coming in from both parents, and I'm pretty confident that her 9 litter siblings are somewhere between CM 0 to 1, so no CM to mild CM. Mild CM with the longer muzzle and better neck length, should make the likelihood of progression to symptomatic SM very very low. It will be interesting to see the results of the pup we kept back from Bumble's litter, Lottie's MRI scan later on in the year when she passes one year old. She has an even better head than Teagol.
So where are we now. We have Blottie pregnant by Casper, and feeling her stomach as she gets towards three weeks pregnant. I think she is pretty well pregnant. This will produce 3/4 Cavalier and 1/4 Brittany pups. I just get a feeling in my water, that we might get a better result with this, but I might live to regret saying that. Although I think the prettiness and elegance the Poodle puts in the mix and intelligence is undeniable. I wonder that change has to be more careful and maybe the dolichocephalic skull of the Poodle is to extreme and I have just been kidding myself (You know you have to doubt yourself at times), and crossing is better done with the mesaticephalic skull dogs (which wild canines have) like the Brittany, who so far with MRI scanning has shown far better results than crossing with the Poodle. Maybe just maybe the answer is in being not so pretty.
wishing you all a Happy New Year.
I have attached the boys Christmas photo, which took some time to get, as both like to move around. Charlie seems happy to go inside Rowans cage & Rowan is not fussed. Charlie has his routine check up & took Rowan, thus allowing him the chance to meet the vet. They think he is adorable & say that he appears to be very smart.
The alteration to our working hours is going well, which means that Rowan is not left to long on his own. He is getting a suitable amount of exercise each day. He enjoys the woods behind & for the time being is still on a lead.
He enjoys wildlife programs & is confused why the animals do not reply when he barks at them.
All our love,
Charlie, Rowan, Sheila & Vincent."
thanks for the update, and we all wish you a "Happy New Year!"
Lovely to see the two of them together. The children had a lovely Christmas.
Look forward to seeing you all later in the year.
Love from us all
New year greetings and update for Dimpsey from Anne
First of all a belated Happy New Year to you all at Poundlane .
We are enjoying this crisp and dry cold weather ,it makes walks so much more pleasant ,we usually manage around 2:1/2 to 3 miles a day ( I have a Fitbit ) which can take anything up to an hour and a half depending on how many doggy friends we meet, I know all the dogs names ,but not necessarily their owners names !
Dimpsey is a joy ,great company ,a wonderful little dog ,She does get very excited when any of the family arrive ,she has a mad few minutes but is gradually realising that she is ignored until she sits ,so we are getting there . Her recall is pretty good now ,last Sunday when we were out we met a friendly Mini Schnauzer and his owner on the community field , both dogs had a wonderful game playing chase , when we called them from the far end of the field Dimpsey came immediately,when eventually Max came back ,his owner told him to sit ,which he totally ignored but Dimpsey sat ,straight away ,I was so proud !
Well ,I think it is time to go and make a cup of coffee , I’ll say cheerio for now ,and keep hoping for good news for you with the MRI results ,
Anne and Dimpsey"
and a Happy New year to Dimpsey and you!
Interesting to hear how Dimpsey's recall is going. You may know her Dad, Ernest and her sister, Teagol have been on a local shoot on the line beating. Ernest has been really good, and on his last day out I felt confident to let him flush a whole line off leash. He had three birds cock up right in front of him, and he stood as if to pursue, but then glanced back at me as if for permission, and I shouted, "Ernest leave." and he did. I was mighty chuffed with him. Taking him out beating this season has been a real joy. We have one more day we can do a week this Saturday, before the end of the season.
Teagol being younger, and still a bit more impulsive. It has been for her to watch and learn, and she is allowed off lease at the end of each drive, when it does not matter if she has selective hearing. She has been really good though, and her recall, and to sit when needed to go back on leash has been very good. In all I've been really pleased with both of them. It was a shame that I could only get one day with Mum, Blottie, as she came on heat, she loved it.
I have been really pleased with Dimpsey and her sibling's mix, they all seem pretty trainable smart loving little dogs. I'm off to get lunch now, and still waiting on those MRI results. Fingers crossed!
Love from us all at Poundlane
Hope to get back in the swing of things in the next few days. Still got a couple New Year greetings to get up on here.
Our daughter, Molly rests with Rosie. Rosie is growing in to a lovely dog. Lovely character to her. Rosie is turning out to be a real find.
Casper is the lucky guy to be partnered with Blottie for her next litter, which all going well, will be here sometime around the 6th to the 10th March. She had a stunning litter with Ernest, and with a bitch of this calibre, unless just pumping out pups to sell. You try to match her with a different sire each time. Not putting your eggs in one basket.
Would of loved to have had Blottie's daughter, Teagol's MRI results back before doing this pairing, but nature has conspired against me, and I've had to follow my gut with this pairing. We have decided to leave Sasha this time, as it would be to close to Blottie giving birth. I have bred litters close together before, and from that I have learnt it is hard to give them the level of care we like to give hem before leaving us, and it can take away the enjoyment of rearing them. I'm having a re-think about things which I will blog about soon on the last instalment of the Twelve month review
I think this pairing will give us some lovely pups. I would be surprised if we have anything other than Blenheim (orange and white), although Casper's Mum is tricoloured.
The end of last week husband, David decided to clean the drain on our patio that the kitchen sink drains in to. It had not been draining that well. We have our own septic tank. The stuff he got out was not that nice, and as he went to get a shovel and wheel barrow to discard of it. He did not firmly latch the gate to the patio, and Ysobel was found eating what had been removed from the drain. Over the weekend she started getting sick and was totally not interested in eating. Her saving grace was she was drinking well. Sunday evening she seemed to be turning a corner on her own, but Monday morning she was urging up again. I suspected pancreatitis, as the crap she was found eating from the drain would of been very fatty, and she was confirmed by the vet on Monday to have a mild attack of it. Her bloods showed that everything else was functioning okay, but with her age of nearly twelve, two days of not eating and being sick had made her very frail, and she was admitted for the night. Tuesday afternoon I picked her up. She does not like being in the vets, and looked very frail and within herself when I picked her up. I was relieved to see her perching on the car window ledge, looking out the window of the car wagging her tail at me, as I returned from popping in a super market to stock up on chicken breasts for her on the way home. My son, Thomas had waited in the car with her while I popped in the shop. She seems on the mend, her appetite back and her wag back.
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After Bumble and Ernest's litter we decided to see what our new boy Casper could produce with Treacle. Casper and Treacle were mated and in May last year Treacle produced five beautiful pups. I was very pleased with the litter, although one of the males at six months still had a retained testicle, which I doubt will drop now, and the only girl had a slightly undershot jaw. The retained testicle is not to much of a worry, and an undershot jaw unfortunately does pop up occasionally breeding from any breed, but with the Cavalier King Charles only being separated from the undershot jaw breed the King Charles Spaniel in 1945, we see it a bit more when breeding Cavaliers.
We did not keep any from the litter, as we already had retained two pups from the previous ones, and this was to check that Casper was firing on all cylinders. Casper showed us that he has a good appetite for the ladies, puts lovely dark pigment to nose and eyes and that he can produce pups with a generally longer skull in the cranium and muzzle areas, with two of the pups having very long muzzles. A lovely litter of artful and sweet natured pups. That was the last litter for 2018, and now we are in 2019, and waiting on MRI results.
Just a couple photos of shooting today, as us beaters wait for lunch to arrive
Tomorrow I'm off with Teagol and Ernest on the line beating again for a small local shoot. I've really enjoyed getting out with the dogs beating so far this season. Ernest has shown to be a total sound dog as a small flushing spaniel, and his daughter, Teagol looks to be following in his paw prints. I hope to catch up next week with two more Twelve month reviews, and then news on what's happening, as we have three of our bitches Blottie, Lily and Sasha all on heat together at the moment. I was going to ring the BVA the start of next week, but I've chased them up today for the MRI scan results. They hope to have them graded by next week. Jessica and Sasha have come on a good six weeks earlier than expected, and at this moment my thinking is to breed Blottie with Casper (I really want to see what we get with 3/4 Cavalier and 1/4 Brittany), and Sasha with Ernest, which should produce some very nice small spaniel types.
“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 with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.