Bringing up baby

Our latest puppies are now three weeks old and growing fast. They’ve all just opened their eyes and they’re starting to play with each other. Two of them are bigger than the third, but they’re all growing at a rapid pace, probably because it’s such a small litter and there is plenty of nutrition available from mummy.

One of the things we take great care to do is monitor each puppy’s growth in their first eight weeks. In their first week we weigh them twice a day, and make notes about any special observations or issues we find. We also have a strict schedule of things we have to make sure happens to ensure they are growing healthily.

However, our records start way before birth. We begin when Mum comes into season, and we have to record each and every mating, recording who the mating partner was, how they mated, for how long, and what day of the season we think it was. Keeping this information helps us roughly predict when Mum will go into labour, as it’s usually stressful and we need to ensure we are available if any complications arise. Around day 58 of Mum’s season, a few days before labour typically starts, we start measuring Mum’s temperature regularly, as a drop in body temperature tells us that labour is on the way within 24 hours.

The day of birth is especially difficult: we have to ensure the puppies start nursing from their mummy as soon as possible to ensure they get the essential nutrients that kick-starts their immune systems. Puppies should have doubled their weight in the first seven days, and they all must be treated for parasitic worms at 2 and 5 weeks age.

Any unusual observations are documented as they may become important in later healthcare decisions. Puppies can and do occasionally fall ill and this can easily impact their development, so tracing back the start of an illness is made easier when you have a record of their early growth.

We keep all this information way beyond our puppies have gone to their new home, not only because it might turn out to be useful later in life, but also because doing so helps us learn about the unusual patterns of growth and what to expect. We can compare the growth rates of the current litter with previous ones, and identify how changes in Mum’s diets might affect the puppies.

It’s also just one of the things we do to comply with the strict requirements of being an Assured Kennel Club Breeder.

Tuppence’s first litter

Litter photo 1

We are ever so proud of our beautiful tan and white girl, Tuppence, giving birth to no less than seven healthy pups the day after New Years Day 2020. The offspring of Gladstyle Lemon Bonbon x Jewelston Treasure of Erlenbek, this is her first litter but Barnaby’s third. All of the pups were tricolour except for one tan and white.

All of the litter have now gone to their new loving homes, and we wish all the families the best of luck and joy with their new bundles of mayhem.

Proud winners

We’re so excited that two of our beagles have won prizes in a photo competition in support of Service Dogs UK, F.A.I.T.H Animal Rescue near Norwich, and Nelson’s Journey.

Our beloved Erlenbek Watson won 1st place in the Most Handsome Dog category.

In addition, Erlenbek Gatsby, won 3rd place in the Cutest Puppy category.

We’re really happy to have supported the fantastic causes championed by the competition, and would like to thank the organisers and judges for selecting our photos.

Beautiful tricolour puppies – all sold

Our current litter of puppies out of Erlenbek Piper Maru x Gladstyle Google Me have now all been reserved and have wonderful new homes to look forward to.

All our puppies are fully Kennel Club registered, wormed, microchipped, come with a comprehensive puppy pack and pedigree, five weeks of free insurance from The Kennel Club, and buyers have the peace of mind of buying from an Assured Breeder, part of The Kennel Club’s accredited breeder programme. As is routine, all parents have been fully DNA screened so all our puppies are fully clear of MLS, NCCD, IGS and Lafora.

Currently we do not know when our next litter will be available, however if you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please fill in our New Owner questionnaire to express interest.

Erlenbek Wizard

Wizard was born with a white zigzag marking on his neck, reminding us of Harry Potter, which is how he got his name. Wizard is a sweet and cuddly dog, who will happily pass you his paws for cleaning and nail cutting.

Wizard will need some strong will to break his habit of chewing… fingers. He is very much like his father therefore – in more ways than one. Wizard is great with other dogs and once asleep, he does not wake up from any noise. There is just one thing… the noise is usually his snoring!

Erlenbek Watson

Watson is the calmest of the puppies and a real show off. He will try to get your attention by sitting nicely and very still, giving lots of fantastic photo opportunities. Watson is a very handsome dog, and he loves playing with his siblings.

This puppy is content with being the quiet side-kick, which is how he got the name of the famous friend of Sherlock Holmes. He is also somewhat of an escape artist, sitting silently back to view his options and cleverly planning to get what he wants.

Erlenbek Dotcom

Dotcom is a beautiful, strong and also very fluffy puppy. With gorgeous markings and a lovely teddy face, you can’t help but want to cuddle him. He loves chewing things, so he will need lots of toys to help him use his little teeth. He may look innocent but he is a cheeky chappy who will keep you on your toes.

Unlike his brothers Dotcom has a lighter brown undercoat. He likes his food and will need to stay very active in order to watch his weight. Having been the smallest of the boys at birth he is now growing fast!

Dotcom is very intelligent and will thoroughly enjoy training (if there is food that is).