Another Update

The more updates I post, the more updates I get! ūüėÄ #NewStrategy¬†I just got another one from Rio down in Florida. He looks so much like his mama, just more white. His family has him groomed so handsomely. His owners say that Rio “loves to cuddle and watch tv!¬† He loves to take long walks and smell everything in his path while protecting his mom! He is a great watch dog and enjoys playing fetch with us!”

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That last pic…¬†#TooCute

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Puppies on the Way

Someone is in labor!! Please pray for a safe delivery and healthy puppies! There was a last-minute change of plans, as Nikki wanted to be close to me, and I am sick in bed today. So, I set up a small whelping pen right next to my bed for her.
Nikki in New Whelping Pen

Dover at 6.5 Months

Dover’s family recently sent me an updated picture of him. Isn’t he the most adorable little fluff ball!!! He¬†is now¬†about 11 pounds. Peter said, “He is a sweet dog. He loves everyone. He just wants to give kisses to everyone. No big changes from puppyhood. He’s a great dog.” Below is a picture of Dover at 7 weeks old to compare with his 6.5-month-old picture.

Dover @ 6.5 Months

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Grooming Nikki (Time-lapse)

Gearing up for puppies to arrive by giving Nikki a full grooming! Here is an action-packed 3 minute version of the process! Boy, do I ever wish it only took 3 minutes give Nikki a full trim! In reality, this grooming took an hour-and-a-half.

If you want to see a slower version so you can get an idea of my techniques, try my 10 minute version of the same grooming. The sounds are HILARIOUS, being sped up and high-pitched. I assure you that any squeaks you hear are MY voice, and NOT Nikki whining!

Check out those fur-covered socks! Now you know why I wear the grooming outfit to protect my clothes from all the clingy fur, but, unfortunately, the outfit didn’t come with sock-covers. Next time I think I will wear plastic bags over my socks!

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Here she is after her trim! Check out that big pregnant belly!! I wonder how many puppies she’s got in there!! We’ll just have to wait and see!

Nikki is On the Nest

Today marked the start of Nikki’s “nesting” period. We set up her whelping pen in the kitchen today. She was so excited and happy to see it! She’s been “asking for it” with her eyes for the past few days now.¬†Her puppies are due either¬†sometime next week or¬†early the week after¬†(March 22-29). It’s so exciting to think–in just a couple weeks the puppies will be here!!

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Updates from Litter 2015

This post is for all of you who have been asking me what our Cavapoochon puppies will look like when they’re grown! ūüôā

I got two updates from our Litter 2015 puppies today, and both of them warmed my heart–not to mention how interesting it was to see how our puppies have changed since they were little tykes living with us.

The first update was from Kim and Cindi, who have Jackson and Piper (the latter formerly known as Topeka).

Kim said: “This was taken today about half way through a 3 mike hike, which the puppies can do with ease (and a lot of energy left!). They were at the groomer on Friday and still have some of their ‘puff’. J [on the¬†left]¬†is about 12 pounds and P [on the right]¬†is probably 7 pounds.” Little Piper (aka Topeka)–only 7 pounds! She always was the littlest of the bunch, but with lots of spunk to make up for it!

Jackson & Piper

Just look at how much these tykes have changed since they were 5 weeks old (picture below: Topeka on the L and Jackson on the R)!¬†And check out how Topeka kept her dark red coloring, while Jackson’s coat color lightened a little bit!

Week 5 - Topeka & Jackson

Now, compare these two with the update I¬†got of¬†their brother, Marvin (formerly known as Denver). Didn’t Angie do a good job grooming him?! You can see that Marvin’s coloring is very similar to Jackson’s, maybe a bit darker. However, Marvin has the more Cavalier features of face, while Jackson and Topeka inherited the more Poodle-like face features.

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Here is a pic of Denver as a little 5 week old:

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I hope that helps all of you who might be wondering what our Cavapoochon puppies look like when they’re grown! As you can see, we can get a variety of colors, features, and sizes.

Parents of Litter 2016

Nikki is now at the breeders, spending some quality¬†time with Aristan! We’re hoping for a successful breeding and looking forward to a litter of puppies born around mid-March!

Aristan is a purebred, male¬†Poodle¬†owned by Aria’s Friends. He has a dusky red-brown coloring and¬†has about the ideal personality: calm and laid-back, but not lazy; playful, but not aggressive; and reserved and cautious, but not shy. He weighs about 12 pounds, but makes up for his small size by having a big heart. We were so happy with the puppies he sired in 2015, and can’t wait to see what kind of puppies we get in Litter 2016!

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Nikki is a female Cavachon (Cavalier x Bichon hybrid) owned by us at Countryside Cavachons. She is mostly white in color, with peach-colored ears and a couple small peach-colored spots on her back. Nikki is very sweet and very loyal. She loves to imagine that she is a big, 100-pound dog even though she’s only a 15-pounder.

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A Cavachon¬†is a hybrid mix between a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. This is called a first generation cross (F1). This is what most Cavachon breeders do. We’re a little unique¬†at Countryside Cavachons, though.¬†Usually¬†our litters are a cross between a first generation (F1)¬†Cavachon (Nikki) and¬†a purebred Bichon.¬†This is called a back cross (F1b). The puppies from this cross¬†are more likely to be non-shedding and hypoallergenic than the puppies from first and second generation crosses. Since Litter 2015, however, we have chosen¬†to breed Nikki to a purebred Poodle instead of a purebred Bichon, which makes the puppies Cavapoochons. This is probably the best type of cross to do, because it is guaranteed that every puppy will have at least some Poodle traits. Since Poodles are a hypoallergenic/non-shedding breed, puppies from this cross are way more likely to be non-shedding and hypoallergenic than puppies from any other type of cross.

Feel free to Contact Us if you have any other questions, or would like to be put on our mailing list to get updates on Litter 2016!

 

Update on Dover

I should have posted these pictures that Peter and Jay sent of Dover ages ago. I’ve been swamped with finals week in college, fighting a bad flu, and then the start of my new term. Anyway, better late than never! ūüôā

Dover’s new owners have decided to keep his original name. Doesn’t he just¬†look so cute and little when you see him next to the big patio chair? Don’t worry, he’ll grow!

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Enjoying the sunshine!

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Catching a nap.

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Dover got introduced to a new kind of creature at his new home: Chickens! Here at Countryside Cavachons, our puppies got quite used to our cats and our other dog, but they had never been exposed to anything with feathers that clucked. Apparently Dover enjoys playing with the loose chicken feathers he finds. ūüôā

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Thank you, Peter and Jay, for these photos, and for giving Dover such a good home!

Meet Marvin

Actually, you already know him… as Denver. Denver, now known as Marvin, went to his new home with Angie and Jeremy from Minnesota just yesterday!

What a beautiful boy! His new owners are enchanted with him!

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He’s definitely destined to be a bird dog! Cavapoochons have Cavaliers in their background, a breed which is often used for small game hunting.

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And here is Marvin in the Marv Inn!

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It’s always sad to see a puppy go, but we’re so happy and relieved to know that he has gone to such a wonderful new home!

 

**Photo credit: Angie L.**

Brother & Sister for Life

I posted a Congratulations message at the beginning of this week to Kim and Cindi from Minnesota, who chose Topeka, but I forgot to post the update that I heard from them a day or so later: They have decided to get not only Topeka, but also Jackson! So, I guess these two get to be brother and sister for the rest of their lives!

Week 5 - Topeka & Jackson

I think Topeka & Jackson complement each other perfectly! They are the littlest and the biggest in the litter. Topeka is adventurous; Jackson is more cautious. Topeka is¬†full¬†of energy and spark; Jackson is laid back and calmer. Put together, they make the perfect balance. Congratulations, Kim & Cindi! I’m so happy that Topeka and Jackson get to be brother and sister for life!

Week 5 - Cheyenne, Topeka, Jackson

(Topeka bounces over and gives Jackson a kiss: “I love you, Jackie!”¬†¬†Jackson says: “Ewww! Don’t be so mushy!” Shakes his head: “Sisters!”)

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