Saturday, February 19, 2011

Aphrodite (Ditie) has 6 healthy puppies! 3 girls and 3 boys: We have pictures!

Written by 'Ditie' and her pups foster mom

It's happened! Aphrodite, the pregnant Cairn who was rescued from the OH hoarder has already given birth to 6 pups, 3 girls and 3 boys and all healthy weights!

This little girl truly IS the best dog ever. She walks beside you on a leash or dragging a leash in the backyard (while in labor). She comes when she's called. She waited until I'd had my shower this morning to whelp her puppies.

Ok, I was ALMOST dried off, but still, I think that's pretty good! And she was finished whelping 6 healthy puppies in 4 1/2 hours! (She'll even put her paws up on the side of the whelping box and give me kisses on my face.)

Here is a note from a very reputable breeder on why the babies are dark when she is so light:

With genetics, you are not breeding to the sire or the dam but rather to the grandparents and going back from there generations that compound in number if you breed in close family lines.

This is why when breeders who show spend so much time with pedigrees and traits, colors, health within those pedigrees. An example is that you can have a wheaten Mom and Dad but you can get the genes from compounded family members where in actuality you are introducing more BLACK from doubling up on other family members.

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