Proud breeders

We are today incredibly proud breeders.  Although Maggie (Amiryck Chasing a Dream) has given her owners Michael and Hazel Caine the run around she has also done us all proud.  Today Michael handled Maggie, who is not quite 2, to win her second ever Novice Work test in a class of 54, with a total 0f 96 points including 40/40 in hunting.  This means she has to now compete at open level when she next competes at a working test.

Our sincerest congratulations to Hazel and Michael this is a just reward for all the efforts they have put into Maggie.

Hazel and Michael with Maggie and Richard with her sister Phoebe at a puppy working test last year.

Maggie at the HWVA show 2017

HWVA working test

We had a lovely day out at the HWVA working test today.  Our Amiryck puppies made us super proud with Hazel and Michael Caine’s “Amiryck Chasing a Dream” being placed the top HWV in the puppy class and in addition being awarded the Bardantop trophy for top scoring HWV in the whole test.  Meanwhile Richard and Phoebe were the second placed HWV in the puppy test.

Thank you to Sharon for the photos of Phoebe below

Phoebe at the HWVA working test Sep 16

Phoebe at the HWVA working test Sep 16

Phoebe at the HWVA working test Sep 16

Phoebe at the HWVA working test Sep 16

A few snaps of Phoebe and Pearl enjoying the water at the end:

New arrivals

We are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Kato and Netties 9 bouncing babies on 3 August 2016.  It is a case of girl power with only one boy!  You can follow their progress here.

nettie_pups

Another season over…

The 2015/16 shooting season has come and gone already.  We were lucky enough that all bar the oldest of our wires have been able to enjoy a days work.  On one of the last shoots of the season we were joined by a professional photographer who snapped a few pictures of Daisy and Nettie, who were with me that day.  Thank you to Kit Houghton for these lovely photos.

3 weeks old

The puppies are doing really well and have now been moved into the room next to the kitchen where they will be slightly more involved in the hustle bustle of family life.

Netties pups

We are pleased to welcome 8 bouncing babies to the brood.  Nettie gave birth very easily to 5 girls and 3 boys on  and all are thriving.

Nettie's newborn brood

Nettie’s newborn brood

4 days old, all present and correct

4 days old, all present and correct

1 week old

1 week old


13 days old…

Full of the joys of spring

Today has been a lovely day, reminding us that the better weather will hopefully soon be making a more frequent appearance.

For some reason Cezar has a spring in his step

For some reason Cezar has a spring in his step

Pearl thinks there is something in the water

Pearl thinks there is something in the water

Lovely daffs!

Lovely daffs!

We had a lovely day at Okehampton Open Show on Saturday.  It was the HWVs first show in nearly a year and Pearls first show in about two!  They all did me proud!

Nettie won her class and came BOB, Cezar second and reserve BOB and Pomme, handled by Isla was awarded reserve.  Pearl won her class.  We may have to get out more often!

February Already!

It’s incredible to think that January is already at an end and with it the end of the shooting season.  We have had a brilliant season.  The girls have really clicked enough with what is required that I am able to take three of them out when we are short and the boys have experienced three new shoots with Richard during the season.

Daisy, Pomme and Nettie on the last day of the shoot.

Daisy, Pomme and Nettie on the last day of the shoot.

It is always lovely to receive photos of puppies/dogs that we have had a hand in breeding, it reminds us why we do it because sometimes despite our best efforts it can be tough!  The following photo was sent to me today; his dad is our Cezar and his granddad our Herby!

Zethar

Zethar

 

Great news for our “HUU normal” HWV boys

We have recently been made aware of a genetic condition that can affect HWV.  Urate Stone Disorder causes an increased production of uric acid in affected dogs which can lead to the formation of stones in the bladder and urinary tract.  Whilst it doesn’t appear that we have large numbers of HWV that develop problematic stones it is a serious problem when they do which sometimes requires surgery.

Luckily, unlike a large number of health problems dog breeders encounter this has a very simple inheritance and a test that can predict the genetic status of a dog.  This means it is possible to breed puppies that you can guarantee will never suffer from this genetic condition.

Despite the fact that it could affect our future breeding plans we decided to test the dogs who we would potentially still breed from to ensure we won’t ever produce an affected puppy.

Nettie has tested as a carrier of the affected gene which means she will never develop the condition herself but needs to be mated to a genetically “normal” dog who does not carry a copy of the mutated gene in order to guarantee none of her progeny will be affected.

The good news though is that both Cezar and Tennant (owned by Sam Clark or Farlap) are both genetically “normal” and so don’t carry any copies of the mutated gene.  This is the best news we could have hoped for and means our mating plans remain on course and we will not produce any puppies affected by Urate Stone Disorder.

Cezar

Cezar

The multitalented Tennant -  Photo courtesy of Farlap Photography

Tennant –
Photo courtesy of Farlap Photography

Further details on Urate Stone Disorder can be found here.