My love for dogs stems from my childhood, which has naturally followed me into adulthood. For me, a house is not a home until you have a dog living there. In my case, several! My desire to breed started a few years ago, which I pursued with wanting to produce healthydogs for the future, as well as being placid and loving. This is why I looked towards the Cavapoo (King Charles Cavalier x Poodle). The biddable nature of these breeds, plus their intelligence, along with their genetic structure provides the foundations of a healthy pup with a superb temperament. With the poodle genes this will mean the puppies will have minimal moulting which allows people with allergies more freedom on having the joy of owning a dog. But please be aware, there are no guarantees that they will not moult, this is a misconception. Therefore if you really do want a non moulting dog then you may want to think about the breeds which do not moult like a pure bred Poodle or Bichon Frise for example. All the miniature puppies will be PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), Dry Eye Curly Coat and Episodic Falling hereditary clearwhich means that no puppy will suffer with any of these genetic illnesses.
Where do my dogs and puppies live?
All my dogs live in the home and are very much part of the family, if they aren't following me while I'm doing chores, more often than not I will find at least two or three curled up asleep on the sofa. After their afternoon off lead run the evening is spent between playing chase or chilling in front of the TV. It is therefore only natural that the pups are whelped and raised by myself within the home, as they are very much part of the family too. The puppies are handled from day one, then socialised with friends and family as they get older. I have 10 grandchildren of varying ages some with ADHD/Aspergers which offers the puppies great learning skills when interacting with children. Having grandchildren with ADHD/Aspergers also gives me the understanding and knowledge of the needs and challenges both children and their families face and work closely with each family ensuring the right puppy is chosen to go forward as both Therapy and Family dog. Because I work alongside families that have children with Autism/medical needs I work slightly different to many other breeders in as much I don't run a list where there is first pick etc. I ask all families to let me have a 'wish list' of what type of character/nature they would feel would 'fit' their family for example.... cheeky/mischievous; confident; sit back and think/assess; soft nature; loves cuddles; independent etc. Where I am with the puppies from day 1, I watch them very carefully as they grow and start interacting with each other and myself. This allows me to assess them alongside socialising them. From this and the 'wish list' I am able to pick a puppy that would be suitable for each family. I have done this for the last few years and it has worked amazing and each puppy and family have worked very well together. So please give me as much detail about your family as possible as that is very helpful. I have spoken extensively with Dogs For Good and Autism CiC to ensure that everything I cover in the first 8 weeks sets the puppies on the right road to success and gives a strong foundation for each family to continue building on going forward, whether with a child with Autism or not. The puppies also have interaction with my other dogs as of 3 weeks old, and will be used to day to day noises of the home from the moment they are born. They will be puppy pad trained from 2 weeks so that toilet training can begin followed at 4-5 weeks old where they will venture out into the garden for fun and stimulation as well and this is when toilet training in the garden begins. They follow a worming regime with Drontal puppy suspension at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks old. Weaned onto raw food at 31/2 weeks or as soon as they are confidently able to stand/toddle about. From approximately 4 weeks old they start having baths and being dried with a gentle dog dryer, have eyes, paws and hygiene areas trimmed along with their nails regularly clipped. At 5-6 weeks old they are then introduced to a crate, and where I begin crate training increasing their time over the remaining weeks, which can be followed on once home with their families. When they go home at 8 weeks with their families they are well on their way to being toilet and crate trained as well as being used to outside noises. I live in a busy town so they will be used to cars, lorries, buses, motorbikes and emergency vehicles with sirens sounding going past my garden as well as hearing school children, pedestrians talking etc. They also experience hearing neighbour's dogs one side and neighbour's young children the other side, wild birds and the odd squirrel popping into the garden and maybe once in a while a neighbourhood brave cat who likes to tease my dogs! At 7 weeks old, they all get to wear harnesses and start their adventures of travelling in a car daily, get to play in my friend's garden for something positive to have following the car journey, which also gives them different experiences with environment, smells and noises then home again. This prepares them for the journey to the vets and to help them not associate cars and vets as their first outdoor adventure. Of course while at the vets visit they get lots of cuddles from the reception staff and nurses, again to boost their human contact and provide positive experiences whilst at the vets. It is all about reinforcing positive experiences. All in all, they are well rounded and confident individuals when they leave to be with their forever families and everything I do is to try and ensure a smooth transition for both puppy and their family. The health and mental well being of all my dogs and puppies are and always will be of paramount importance. All the puppies will be micro-chipped but not inoculated, this is because my Vet will not inoculate a puppy until it is 8 weeks old plus not all Veterinary Surgeries have the same vaccines, but this is something I discuss with all confirmed families. They will come away with their extensive information packs which include copies of both parents KC registration certificates and DNA reports plus a copy of the puppy's vet report, their food, a scent blanket, toys, training treats as well as four weeks free insurance. I also offer life time support, and just love getting updates no matter what age they are!