The first thing that I was impressed with was how similar the genetics in these puppies are (to what we have been breeding in the past) genetic qualities which allow only those qualities which enhance our puppies and because Pat has our genetics i.e. she bought both her cavalier and her toy poodle from our breeding stock and over the years I had gone to great pains to source and breeding dogs with the cleanest (genetically) Toy Poodle sire available we could find. We even waited and were looking for 5 years to find the things we have been looking for in making our selection of dogs we brought in (to extend or enhance our gene pool was very simply 1) To trace back at least five generations to see there was no discernible in breeding as so often happens with show dogs. 2) Health of the parents and where possible grandparents and past generations. It was also key to establish and prove with written evidence from the books that they only ever bred once a year because so many breeders say they do but in fact breed twice a year's and this really leeches the nutrients out of the mother, and as a result, she doesn't have them to put into her puppies. 3) Temperament was the third important area to get right and our toy poodle sire produced that.
We were most fortunate to find a lady who had gone to extreme lengths to buy two imported animals (both male and female) whose grandparents had been imported from different countries by different breeders (worth in the order of $10,000 each) so bringing slightly different genes from different countries creating an expanded gene pool then mated with Australian champions to further expand the gene pool. This is important because the greater the genetic diversity the greater the opportunity for a stronger immune system, also where the opposite occurs through inbreeding and reducing genetic diversity the weaker the immune and the greater chance of the puppy carrying genetic diseases and costing much more money over the dog's lifetime at the vets.
Finally when we mate a male and female from two different pure bred animals we achieve what in cattle breeding we call a genetic explosion. The senior health officer from the RSPCA in the UK is on the record of saying that the first generation of this crossbreeding has a 20 fold less chance of carrying genetic diseases than a pure bred and as you can see from above there has been an number of smaller genetic explosions each time the pure bred animal was brought from one national gene pool and mated with the opposite sex from another national gene pool a similar but less genetic expansion takes place.
This is a major contributing factor why our litters are so even and uniform and it is striking just how uniform these puppies are. One could almost shut their eyes and take a pick and have a puppy just as good at spending all day to choose one. That said as four of the five puppies are going to people interstate who are relying on us to help them choose the optimum puppy for them I have taken Pat's observations over the past six weeks and my own knowledge in order to fine tune the selection for you.
You will notice that within the photos of each puppy there are substantial colour variations due to the available lighting and the angle Julia was standing relative to the direction of the sunlight. I will note under the photographs which is the closest to their natural colour. It is also interesting to note that the camera picks up these variations where our eyes tend to adjust to the lighting.
It must also be understood that in the next two weeks these puppies will roughly double in weight and the potential for substantial variation in colours over that period but in order to get the paperwork done and registrations etc we can't wait for the last moment particularly with all bar one having to be flown interstate or overseas.
We developed a method creating an expectation in puppy of a good experience with every human without bonding to us so that when the new owner first receives the puppy they should be a very strong and quick bonding process bonding to the new family.
I will be phoning you just before delivery date and sharing some ideas which have proved successful making puppies introduction to your family even more and enjoyable for everyone particularly puppy.
This is closer to Sapphy's natural colour.
In this photo Julia has turned about 15° and if you notice the change in colour not only of Sapphy but also Julia's top that's how sensitive cameras are to light changes
With this great start in life your puppy will have a better than normal chance of being a healthy, great temperament and long living pet. You can further enhance this by feeding it a home made diet as recommended earlier in this blog. Here is a link and whilst it mentions Arthritis it really applies to Total Wellness and soon I'm doing a similar informational blog for children and grandchildren. If you would like to receive that when it's done please drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org