Category Archives: Litter 10 – February 2020

Week 1: busy doing nothing

border collie puppies

Nothing has changed

Oh no wait – they have DOUBLED in weight! And the rest – that was by Thursday. They just eat and sleep, but they do that very efficiently!

Ounce is a fantastically efficient mum – she feeds them and toilets them at the same time, clearing up after them so their bedding only needs changing once or twice a day.

Moving on down

All Dentbros puppies are supposed to be born upstairs, in the quiet of a bedroom. Things don’t always go according to plan, so the first three of this litter were born in my study, as Ounce didn’t tell me they were about to arrive! It was fine and we then moved upstairs to a better set-up.

border collie puppies
it’s hot work, feeding your babies

I sleep in the same room as them for at least a week, so that I know they are robust enough not to get squashed. Actually these pups have been tough from birth, so have never even been slightly in trouble. If the mother has had a difficult birth, she may be too exhausted to mind out of their way, but Ounce is young, fit and healthy, so that has never been an issue.

border collie puppies
noses getting darker

Now the puppies are downstairs. It’s easier for Ounce to get in and out and for visitors to see them.

Care required

During the first few weeks of a puppy’s life, they do not need much from the breeder. Dogs bred on farms are often left to get on with it, being kept in runs or barns outside. Not me.

border collie puppies
we sleep anywhere

First of all, I take a great deal of care of my mums. I make sure they are fed regularly, around six or seven times a day. I feed them a good quality food, with a mix of dry and wet food. They have goat’s milk and/or natural yogurt, to ensure good milk supply and bone growth. My mummy dogs do not generally lose weight while nursing.

border collie puppies
three boys

I keep my dogs company. I don’t leave them alone much and am generally around. I sit and watch the puppies, sleeping and squeaking (well you would, wouldn’t you?)

Giving cuddles

border collie puppies
snuggled up

I think being handled regularly right from birth ensures that my puppies are monitored and assessed. They are used to the feel and smell of people and this makes them super friendly towards people as adult dogs. A good breeder cares how their dogs turn out as adults and wants the best for the dog and its family.


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Happy valentines day!

Just arrived

The Lovely Litter have arrived!

On Friday 14th February, between 17.30 and 19.30, Ounce gave birth to 5 beautiful puppies! The dad is Goytre Frozen Memories (Jasper), who is a beautiful boy with a sweet nature.

Lovely litter - Jasper

What colours?

There were many possibilities for different colours, as Ounce is a lilac and white and Jasper is a black and white tricolour. Happily, they have produced four black and whites and one red and white, all with ‘classic’ markings. Very smart!

Lovely litter - one day old
Any way you can get it

The red and white is a boy and two of the black and whites are boys. There are two black and white girls.

Lovely litter - one day old
Snuggled up

I have decided to call this the ‘Lovely Litter’ since they were born on Valentine’s Day. Their Kennel Club names will all have the word ‘love’ or ‘lovely’ in them. More on that later…

At birth, the puppies weigh 200-300g. They gained 10% of their birth weight within 24 hours. I weigh them every day to start with, to check they are all feeding well. Once they are well established I don’t tend to worry too much.

All have homes

It’s a handful

I do have homes for ALL of these puppies, subject to confirmation. I look for a loving homes, suitable for a Border Collie. Read more about the breed if you are interested. Or read about what it is like to own one.

Family bliss

Visitors required

If you have known me a while, you will know that I like to have lots of visitors to see my puppies! I invite close friends and family (no children) for the first three weeks. After that, I like to see a wide variety of people I know, including children. So please do get in touch to book a visit?

Lovely litter - one day old.
Cuddles all round

The last couple of weeks are often quite busy, so don’t leave it too late. They will be gone by Easter! NB: Visits are by appointment only. There is someone here at all times.


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