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Puppy News
Cocker Spaniel Puppies

January 2017 I regret to say that we lost a litter of puppies 7 weeks into the pregnancy and therefore there are no puppies available at present.

It was heartbreaking for the mum to be and myself, luckily she is now fine.

f I am keeping a puppy for myself, please note that it may not be possible to tell you what will be available until they are at least 6 weeks old as I will keep the pick of the litter to show myself and it is not always possible to decide until they are at least that age if not 8 weeks old, I do normally have an idea which one I will keep at about 6 weeks of age.

I normally then ask a small non refundable deposit which will secure your puppy for you. All new puppy owners are invited to call me to arrange to come and see the puppies when they are 6 weeks old. I would advise you to bring a blanket and toy which will be put into the puppies bed and will then be able to be taken home with your new puppy to help it settle into its new enviroment.

Puppies are home reared and well socialised and regularly wormed, vet checked and come complete with a puppy contract, hint & tips and diet sheet as well as a puppy pack to help you settle your new puppy in.They arrive Kennel Club Registered and have 4 weeks free insurance as well.

Please telephone 07867893674 or email me via the contact page for further information.

 

Now what's in here?                                        Me? I wouldn't destroy mum's plant!!!

A typical Thurness puppy 7weeks of age         3.5 weeks old

Health and temperament come before looks when breeding, but I do admit to breeding good looking ones as well! However I cannot guarantee no health problems in the future, no one can! All my puppies are well socialised with the help of my customers, family and friends. Which is evident by the never ending waggy tails when they meet someone new!

All my puppies are endorsed by the KC as ' not to be bred from' or 'exported abroad'. Why do I do that some of you may ask? All to often these days people think that breeding dogs is 'easy money' and will do so without due care and attention to both the health of both mother and any subsequent puppies. By endorsing my puppies it ensures that if you wished to breed from your puppy you would have to contact me first asking me to lift the endorsement, it also ensures that my puppies do not end up in 'Puppy farmer's' hands. With regard to the exporting abroad I am happy to lift it if you are relocating for work or family commitments.

Cockers make wonderful family pets and are easily trained but if you're not careful they will train you first! They are an intelligent dog and are very people orientated. They are equally happy going for a 5 mile hike as sitting on your knee. They are normally very food orientated so if they do not get enough exercise then you will have to watch their waistline!

I normally ask owners to limit exercise periods until they are over 12 months of age. This is to give them time to grow up and muscles to develop in the right places. So lots of jumping up is not recommended either. It is very easy to put undue strain on growing puppies and of course they have to be fed a correct diet.

Each puppy comes with its own diet and hint and tips sheet as well as kennel Club registration and pedigree.They are wormed to date and also frontlined as a precaution. They are reared in the house to help them become accustomed to both people and household noises, once they are on solid food they go outside during the day, health and weather permitting, which helps them become accustomed to going outside to do their 'business' as they learn a lot from mum.

They do need regular grooming by a professional groomer and a word of warning if you get your puppy spayed or castrated it may end up looking like a fluffy Teddy bear as well as putting the pounds on. Many groomers will just strip your dog's coat off completely, so be sure to ask and say what you want to be done to your pet, before you leave your puppy in their hands. Traditionally Cockers are 'hand stripped', this is quite a hard job for the average pet owner and is one reason why the majority end up clipped off. However if you are prepared to brush and comb your dog on a regular basis then there is no reason why you can still not have a dog that looks like a Cocker. If it gets matts in its coat however be prepared for the fact the groomer may be able to nothing but take the whole coat off.

If anyone in the family has shown an allergic reaction, I would recommend that you get them tested to see if they have any allergic reaction to dogs before buying a puppy.

Many new owners ask what are the DNA tests? Basicly you can now get your dog DNA tested for known hereditary diseases, and as a breeder you can now say whether or not any puppies you breed will develop these diseases, so here is some information for you. All my dogs have all either been tested or are hereditary clear for these diseases.

PRA - PROGRESSIVE RETINAL ATROPHY
PRA is a descriptive term applied to retinal diseases that affect all breeds of dogs. The same clinical signs are present in all PRA affected animals. Affected animals will show night blindness and a progressive loss of day vision. Many PRA affected English Cockers can be diagnosed between three and five years of age. It is during this age period subtle retinal changes can be noted by the experienced ophthalmologist. Even though the same clinical signs will be present in all PRA affected animals, the age of onset of disease differs from breed to breed. The onset period is divided into three approximate age groups: early, middle, and late. The English Cocker falls into the late-onset group (4-7 years old). This late-onset form of the disease is now called Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRCD). PRCD is inherited RECESSIVELY

Dogs are tested with results of either A totally clear,B a carrier ( if you put to another A dog then the puppies will not have any problems, but should be tested before breeding with) or C afflicted (the dog will at some point in its life develop the disease, and even if put to an A dog the puppies will be carriers)

FN   -   FAMILIAL NEPHROPATHY
A recessively inherited renal disease that has been recognized in the English Cocker for more than 50 years.  FN is a form of "hereditary nephritis" which refers to a group of glomerular diseases that are linked to genetic collagen defects.  Onset of renal failure due to FN typically occurs between six and 24 months of age.  Clinical signs may include polydipsia (drinks more), polyuria (urinates more), weight loss, lack of appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea.  These symptoms are commonly associated with any type of renal failure.

Dogs are either tested clear or not clear.

GONIOSCOPY  - A one off test which shows if there is a predisposition for Glaucoma. Dogs are either clear or not.

INNOCULATIONS

New owners are advised that their new puppy cannot go out in any public area until it is one week clear of it's second innoculation. Your vet will advise when these may start and most vet's begin them from 9 weeks of age, with a second innoculation two weeks later.