Indie has gone to her new home with a lovely retired couple in Uffculme, who she is already making very happy! She has been an utter joy to have around and we are totally sold on having pure Cocker spaniels again! She's a bright little spark, who has certainly kept Bonnie and Rusty on their toes. We will miss her greatly (there were tears when she left) but know she has gone to a very experienced home - her new owners have had several Cockers over the years, so know what they're in for! Once again, the superb temperament of this line of dogs has shone through, and whilst there may have only been one of her, she is totally perfect in every way.
In the wee small hours of 26th October (our wedding anniversary), Bonnie naturally delivered a super little bitch pup, who we have named Farrantshayes Indian Victory- if you're a rugby fan you'll 'get' the name! She's black with a smart white flash on her chest. Well done Bonnie!
Bonnie absolutely adores her and she is putting on weight really well. She's getting plenty of gentle cuddles from everyone.
We will be very tentatively looking for a home for her. Obviously this will be challenging with the impending lockdown- we will have to see how that will work!
We've had Bonnie scanned on three separate occasions (twice by a professional scanner and once by our trusted vet) and it seems that she is carrying just one precious cocker spaniel puppy, due on October 25th 2020. There can be dangers associated with the delivery of a 'singleton' puppy- sometimes they grow too big prior to delivery and have to be delivered by C section. We are fervently hopping this isn't the case in our situation and are working hard to keep Bonnie fit and not putting on too much weight - the fitter she is, the more likely a natural delivery is!
Breeding, eh? You spend thousands on health testing, hundreds on the most carefully selected stud dog and put your heart and soul into planning for the best possible future for your pups. It can just break your heart! We shall be keeping all our fingers and toes crossed for a safe delivery of the world' most precious (and expensive) puppy!
We are thrilled that you are interested in having one of our pups. This is the second litter we have bred from Bonnie- we also own her father Rusty, who you will doubtless meet. This means that we can vouch for the temperament of this particular bloodline- there is no temperament test they wouldn’t pass. They are our only dogs and live inside with us- though we are a farm, we are definitely not a puppy farm!
Both Bonnie (Farrantshayes Ebony) and the sire (Lynwater Diamond Cut- look up his bloodlines- he’s amazing!) are negative for PRA and FN. Bonnie was blood tested with our own vet and Hamish is hereditary negative. We also had Rusty hip scored- this isn’t a requirement for the breed, but an added extra that we felt we wanted to do. His hips are fully ‘disco-fit’!
We will have a few questions that we would like to ask before we carry on the process of seeing if one of our pups is right for you. It’s hugely important to us that they go to the right homes for life- people who are fully prepared for the highs and inevitable lows of taking on what is potentially a sixteen year commitment. We offer a cast iron guarantee that we will take back any dog we have bred at any time in its life- but we hope that by asking some searching questions first, we may avoid this situation.
How many people are in your household and what ages are they? Is everyone ‘on board’ with having a puppy?
Have you owned a dog before? If so, what breed?
What makes you want a cocker spaniel?
What daily exercise do you intend to offer the dog?
What are your working arrangements? If you work, who will look after the dog whilst you are at work?
Is having a male or a female pup important to you? If so, why?
All of our pups will come with a breeding exemption. This means that none of their offspring will be registered with the Kennel Club unless the breeder (that’s us) ‘lifts’ the exemption- we may do this if your dog turns out to be exceptional, but it isn’t a given. This is to prevent the indiscriminate breeding of dogs that may turn out to be not of breeding quality. Is this a problem?
Do you have a dog trainer or puppy class in mind? Raising a puppy often needs support from a knowledgable recommended trainer- so it’s good to have one waiting in the wings!
Of course, you will have lots of questions to ask us- ask away, as we have nothing to hide. If you wish, we can put you in touch with one of our three previous puppy owners, who can talk to you about their puppies, the process of watching them grow up with us and how they’ve turned out. We now count them as personal friends and have a long running WhatsApp group, where the new owners share photos and videos of their adventures!
Your puppy will grow up in our farmhouse kitchen, which is a busy place, with people coming and going (all of whom want a puppy cuddle) and various household appliances operating! Bonnie is a super mum and never minds us handling her babies.
From birth, they will be obsessively weighed every day to check they are on track. We share information on the WhatsApp group from the day they are born- photos, videos, messages. We’ve found the group to be an invaluable way to share training tips and even the odd moan and groan! They will visit the vets twice- once to be checked over at about four weeks and once to have their microchip fitted just before eight weeks of age. We do not give them their first vaccination- there are two difference types of vaccination and we don’t know if our vet uses the same one as yours, so we find it best if you take pup to your own vet a few days after you collect him or her. This also gives you a chance to have your own vet throughly check them over.
This litter are due around October 25th 2020. This means that they are due to go to their new homes on December 20th. Believe me when I say this is truly unfortunate, as it means I now have the unenviable task of trying to work our whether people want a puppy ‘for life’ or just ‘for Christmas.’ It certainly wasn't planned that Bonnie would have a litter at Christmas- it's just the way her seasons fall. Of course, many people have extra time off work over the festive season, so that can be a bonus, but it goes without saying that bringing an eight week old puppy into a new environment on the busiest day of the year isn’t a good call. We are happy to chat about when would be the best time for you to welcome your new addition- preferably on a nice quiet 'Twixmas' day.
Pricing this litter has been a nightmare. The media have been very quick to condemn breeders for raising their prices, but unfortunately if you price a litter too low, you run the very real risk of someone buying a pup only to sell it on at a tidy profit. I have seen Cocker litters advertised for anything up to £3.5k and sadly there seems to be little correlation between the quality of the breeder and the price of the pup. Suffice to say that we will be less pricey than some and more pricey than others!
Well, it can't have been that bad having puppies, as we are doing it again! This time we are going to breed a litter of pure Cocker Spaniels, who will be fully K.C registered. The sire will be the stunning stud dog, 'Lynwater Diamond Cut'- a show type Cocker. Bonnie is herself three quarters working lines and a quarter show, so the resulting puppies should have enough 'show type' blood to be sensible but enough 'working' blood to be seriously trainable. All being well, the litter would be due in October and ready to go in December. This is most DEFINITELY NOT because we want puppies at Christmas- it's an unfortunate consequence of Bonnie coming into season in August!
Contact me if you'd like to discuss going on the waiting list or to know more. We aren't professional breeders- this is our second litter from our pet girl. Like the last litter, they will be raised in front of the Aga in our busy family kitchen with no expense spared.
We are incredibly chuffed to announce that our little cocker spaniel, Farrantshayes Ebony (Bonnie for short) has been scanned in pup and all being well we will be having 4-6 Cockapoo puppies around November 10th 2019!
The sire is a KC registered, fully health tested red Miniature Poodle who we selected for his even, kind disposition- he regularly trains in obedience. Bonnie herself is a delight of a dog- sweet natured, fun and recently tested clear for PRA and FN. She is also KC registered and her father, our beautiful orange roan Rusty Roo- my dog of a lifetime- is here to see.
These puppies have been several years and thousands of pounds of health testing in the planning. All the visitors to the farm love our spaniels- they're so easy going, gentle and have such bombproof temperaments, so we hope to find very special homes for these little ones. Good homes are the most important thing for me with these little ones- we aren't professional dog breeders and I want to know that they're going to people prepared for the hard work as well as the rewards of having a puppy!
I will be keeping this page updated with the progress of the litter. They should be ready to go after Christmas- please don't ask me to let them go for Christmas Eve/Day. Bringing a puppy into the chaos of Christmas Day in most households is a recipe for disaster! We certainly didn't plan for the litter to be ready at this time of year, but it happened to be the time Bonnie came into season. Early January is the earliest date I had in mind for them going, at which point they will be eight weeks old.
Please do drop me a line on email@example.com if you're interested in adding your name to the list or coming to meet Bonnie and Rusty. I will be adding to this page in the coming weeks.
*(P)UPDATE*- As of this morning (20th October) I have four names on the 'waiting list.' The scanner has said there are 4-6 pups present, but obviously cannot guarantee that. So I can take a few more names but cannot give a cast iron guarantee there will be a pup. Of course when they are born we will have a clearer picture!
Bonnie's three puppies were born on November 13th. Of course- as per usual- Jon played midwife as I was at work. I seem to miss everything around here! Bonnie was an amazing mum from the get-go to her two boys (one red, one black) and girl (red). Sadly we had to sift our way through the waiting list of seven names- some people's circumstances had changed or simply just changed their mind on whether a puppy was right for them at this moment in time. We ended up with three names of very special sets of people to let these little ones go to and set up a WhatsApp group to share photos and news. The first few nights we spent sleeping downstairs next to the whelping pen on a campbed, worrying that something would go wrong and jolting awake at every squeak! Pups can't see or hear at this stage- they're virtually completely helpless. Here's a pic of the little girl at six days old- she's seriously photogenic.
At two weeks old the pups eyes are just starting to open, though their vision is still very poor. They are starting to attempt to try to walk- little black boy is the keenest to get mobile! Thankfully for us they still sleep most of the time- the room has to be kept very warm, but with the combined heat of the AGA and their heat pad this isn't too much of a problem, though we are sweltering and living on jacket potatoes (might as well make the most of having th!). When we aren't in the room we keep on eye on them via the webcam, which has proved an absolute Godsend. We weigh the pups twice a day to check their progress; Bonnie is such a good mum that they've packed on the pounds and are proper little chunkies! Their weight is charted on an incredibly complex spreadsheet devised by Jon- I steer clear of this and focus on giving out regular cuddles.
At four and a half weeks old the pups are now very much mobile and into everything! They're beginning to try solid food and lapping water from a bowl. Their teeth are starting to come through and individual characters are really becoming evident. They still sleep a lot but they like to come out to explore the kitchen several times a day. They are meeting lots of different people- having them in the kitchen is great as when visitors come they can have a cuddle, which means they're meeting men, women and careful children of all ages- hopefully this means they won't have any social anxieties when they go off to their new lives. We have set up a WhatsApp group for our three new owners (who we now think of as friends) and we share photos and videos of their progress daily.
All three of the little lovelies are now in their new homes. Strangely enough all have gone to the South coast! We had a lovely time raising them and it was quite a wrench to see them go off but we know that the lovely folks who have them will truly appreciate their 'Farrantshayes' puppies. Little Cooper on the left here is settling in beautifully with Kim and Tosha-he is as laid back as his grandad, Rusty Roo.
We are looking forward to welcoming all three puppies back for a reunion BBQ this Summer! It will be lovely to see if they remember us and the farm and we are looking forward to seeing how much they have grown.
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