Puppies & Breeding…
I usually start with Although we live in credit crunching times…. if your first question is “how much are they?” please do not go any further. However, 2020 has seen some ridiculously inflated prices. DO NOT pay three or four thousand pounds unless they come with 22ct gold collars! In this area Springers are around £1200. Cockers are between £1500 and £2000. For these prices you should expect pups to be KC Registered, Vetted and microchipped. ALL health test certificates must be available and the dam should be at home for you to meet her. She should not still be nursing the pups after six weeks old. I saw unregistered Cockers with zero health tests in Southampton advertised for £3800 – disgraceful? They were marked as sold within days..
People should breed the very best that they can… for health and longevity and should provide unlimited help in the future to the new owners.
If money prevents you from buying the best available, why not consider giving a home to a rescue dog? Remember, putting size of the dog to one side, the costs of keeping a dog are the same no matter what the breed. If money is a consideration have you worked out annual feeding costs, fairly regular vet checks (lets not think of illnesses / accidents) and also care during holidays?
All my puppies are home reared – in and around my family.
The puppies are weaned on CSJ Adult Champ www.csjk9.com and BARF (bones and raw foods).
Dogs grow correctly and, in my experience, remain far more healthy when fed as near to a natural diet as possible. Very high protein all-in-one dried foods are all very well but are often over fed and used inappropriately, with dire results. It can cause over accelerated growth in, for example, the length of young bones. In later life there is too much strain on the digestive system trying to cope with excessive protein levels. n.b. I wean my puppies on Adult food. Nice low protein!
Puppies leave here microchipped, Kennel Club registered (with the KC’s 5 weeks free insurance cover), fully wormed and treated for fleas/ticks. Spaniel tails will be docked by a third and dew claws will be removed. There will be certification with each puppy signed by the Vet that performed the operation. The pups will have had their first vaccination and be fully vetted at nine weeks old. Puppies are supplied with full written instructions to help with their basic care, especially during those first important few days and months in their new home.
Help and advice is always freely given to new owners in the days and even years ahead. As an added safety net, it is my policy to always take back my pups at anytime, at any age. Happily, this is a very rare occurrence.
I promise to always take my dogs back – no matter what the reason…