Back to better subjects for the blog. Here are Suzie’s week old pups sired by River. Two of the males are beltons (no patches) and have ribbons to tell them apart. There is only one belton female so no ribbon on her. Two pups, a blue male and a chestnut female, have patches on their left eyes. The female’s patch is a little bigger. She’s the one sleeping at the end.
Just a quick announcement for everyone who has been waiting for the news. Pepper finally had her pups last night- 3 girls and 4 boys. Everything went smoothly. Pictures to follow before long.
We have just begun breeding Suzie (October Blackeyed Susan) to River, and if successful her pups will be ready to go the first week of October. This breeding should produce dogs a little smaller but similar in looks and performance to Paint x River. We are really looking forward to seeing what Suzie produces, as she has turned out to be a great young dog with exceptional conformation. She turned two in February and her final OFA’s are Elbows Normal, Hips Excellent. Photos of Suzie from last hunting season can be seen here: https://octobersetters.com/blog/?p=366
Paint and Blair both whelped their litters on Tuesday. Paint had six pups. The first was born just after 11 PM Monday night, the rest through the early morning hours Tuesday. She had two girls and four boys. Here they are this afternoon.
Blair had three pups Tuesday evening- two girls and a boy. She had a bit of a rough time with whelping and needed a c-section. Fortunately she couldn’t be in better hands than Walt’s. Blair is doing a good job for a first time mom. She and the pups are doing fine.
We have three litters due late May/early June. Paint x River is due around May 22nd, and Pepper x Heath is due around June 2nd. Paint is definitely pregnant, we’ll know about Pepper within the week. These are repeat breedings that produced excellent pups. There are pictures of several pups from both litters in our Feb. 6th post “2011 Pups“.
The third litter will be out of Blair x Heath. Blair is a very nice example from our Bess x Sage breeding owned by our good friend (and extraordinary veterinarian) Walt Cottrell. She is 47 lbs, OFA Excellent, athletic, and hunts close. She also looks a LOT like Bess. Bred to Heath, we expect her to produce medium sized, athletic pups with great conformation. Walt will raise Blair’s litter in PA.
Spice whelped her pups Monday! She ended up with five males and four females. Three of the males are beltons so could be any color (the ones wearing ribbons in the video), one is tricolor, the other has small black patches on both ears so he’s either blue or tricolor. Two of the females are tricolor, one is blue, the fourth has a black patch on her left ear and is blue or tricolor.
Just a quick post to update our breeding plans for this spring/summer. Spice has been bred to River and is due to whelp around March 6th. We would also like to have two or three more litters by early summer. The planned pairings are Camas x Heath, Pepper x Heath, and Paint x River.
Which of the females get bred will depend in part on how their heat cycles are timed. If they stay on their normal schedules, which are not all that predictable, all should come in heat within the next couple of months. Although everything went exceptionally smoothly with last year’s three litters whelped within a short period of time, we are not anxious to tempt fate and do a repeat of that any time soon. If something doesn’t work out with one of the above females, we may be able to fill in with Suzie, who will be two years old next month.
Pepper had her pups starting at 9 Thursday night- three boys and four girls. One of the girls is a belton so she could be any color, the rest have patches and are either blue or tricolor. This is Pepper’s second litter and she is doing a great job. She is a little worried about what the camera might be doing though.
Two down! Paint had her first pup at 2 AM Sunday morning, and finished with four boys and four girls just like Camas. There are two beltons with no patching- a male and a female. The rest have patches and are either blue or tricolor. Pepper is in and we expect her pups before long.
Camas whelped her litter yesterday. There are four boys and four girls. Three of the males are blue or tricolor, and one is orange. There are two belton females (no patches) that could be any color, one blue or tricolor, and one chestnut. Everyone is doing great. Here are some pictures taken today- one day of age.
Breeders of Classic foot hunting English Setters from Ryman and other close working bloodlines.