Re: Non-GSD: Chinese Crested litter - 07/02/1003:52 AM
Hey Lauri, I tried to find the picture you posted of Kaynya at her biggest during her last litter. i was going to compare side by side (because I am silly) but the links must have been broken. Any way you could show us a comparison shot of the lovely miss Kaynya?
We just had a scare. We were sitting on the couch watching tv and I hear this wet cough come from the whelping box. Not sure what I heard I tune out the tv and concentrate on the box - and I hear it again.
Pup #1 sounded VERY wet (breathing). I call the vet and rush over there to find out ... he's fine. No wet sounds in his chest, checked for cleft palate (nope) and they checked in his mouth and it looked fine.
He's going to be trouble - I just KNOW it!
Now I just have to get my heart rate back down to below 200!!!
He's NOT mine. You know I have to always have a favorite every litter that is posted. Last CC litter was the brown girl. This one is puff boy. Only fitting that Mauser was the Poofinator and I loved him best out of his litter.
Everyone is doing great. Pups #1 & 2 lost some weight over the first two days (I think because the room got too hot at night) but have gained that back and a bit more. Pup #3 is doing fine - gained 1.75 ounces since birth.
The Moose (#4) has gained almost 3 ounces since birth!! That almost 37% of his birth weight!!
They are very mobile already AND vocal!! When they are hungry the whole house knows!
No names yet - I like to allow the owners to name them. I will ask that they use my kennel name - Piqiun's. A piquin is a small but VERY hot pepper. That's what I thought of when we first got Kaynya - small but spicy!
I'd also like to have the new owners keep with my theme - something to do with spices or heat.
Kaynya is Chimane's Spice It Up Piquin and Spike is Piquin's Some Like It Hot. If there had been a bitch in this litter that I wanted to keep she would have been Piquin's Red Hot Chile Peppers with a call name Pepper.
IF I keep the puff (and that's a big IF), I'll need a male name.
They are all so cute especially when they have their little wrinkles going on. Although I think pup #2 (?) was not napping. He looked milk drunk. lol.
Pryo's coat is gorgeous. If you don keep him (although can't imagine why you wouldn't want to. lol) whoever his new owner will be needs to have a clause added on his contract. You must receive weekly updates with photos included (a minimum of 3 per week) and a video monthly.... that is all.
The pups have had 2 official 'outings' already! The first was on Monday, 7/5, right after the 4th of July parade (which goes down our street). I brought the pups out so the neighbor kids could see them. No-one got to hold them but me but they heard lots of new voices and were touched alot.
Today I took 2 out at a time to meet with people here lure coursing. Adults got to hold them, kids got to pet them and the dogs got to sniff them (with very close supervision).
Re: Non-GSD: Chinese Crested litter - 07/10/1005:03 AM
Will they be old enough that we can play with them at the meetup next month? The puff's coloring is really neat! I am still planning to get a Powderpuff for my next dog (as soon as I can convince the rest of my family that 2 dogs and 5+ cats is not too many...)
Re: Non-GSD: Chinese Crested litter - 07/18/1001:06 AM
Came home from the dog show today and DH was watching tv with the gang. I had the sire's owner with to see the pups and we walk into the office/whelping room to find a pile of puppies ... OUTSIDE the box!!
What the ... ??
At 2 weeks old they have figured out how to climb over the first rail. It's about 3.5" tall.
Heck, they aren't even up on their legs completely yet and they managed to get out!!
Re: Non-GSD: Chinese Crested litter - 07/18/1009:33 PM
Originally Posted By: Lauri & the Gang
Heck, they aren't even up on their legs completely yet and they managed to get out!!
I believe Pyro is to blame. I was watching and he was almost completely walking around, not the swimming puppy crawl that they do. I was amazed. I hope you're keeping him - for other than my selfish reasons - because he seems to be full of life and personality!!
Re: Non-GSD: Chinese Crested litter - 07/19/1003:19 AM
I'm REALLY tempted to keep Pyro but if the right home came along I'd let him go.
I really want another bitch. My plans are to get Kaynya in the show ring once she's back in form and then do another breeding next year. I don't know if I'd go back to the same stud but finding a raw fed, minimally vaccinated Crested with outstanding temperament and good health is NOT easy!
Re: Non-GSD: Chinese Crested litter - 07/19/1010:06 PM
Pups went in for dew claw removal today. I totally spaced on getting done earlier. My vet normally does it between 5-7 days of age. I prefer to wait a little longer with the Crested pups - usually about 10 days.
They are officially 17 days today. They came through it like troopers - with just a bit of crying during the actually cutting.
The down side to the visit - we encountered a dog with Parvo! ARGH!!!! Why didn't they tell the staff the dog had Parvo when they signed in?? Why did they let the dog just walk all OVER the place??
I had Winnie with me to get her butt squeezed and she walked right where the Parvo dog had been laying.
The vet did the pups first, then Winnie. Once she was done he washed her paws with Parvocide. She rode in the front seat and the pups rode in the back. When I got home I took off my shoes and left them in the car. I had DH bring the Clorox wipes outside and I wiped down my hands and Winnie's feet again.
The pups never touched the ground so they were ok.
Now they are all nursing happily and don't even remember what happened to them.
Re: Non-GSD: Chinese Crested litter - 07/19/1011:04 PM
AW MAN.....how rude!!!! Any dog or cat that comes in coughing/sneezing/nasal discharge is put into a room immediately - carried if possible - or asked politely to wait in the car. People like that really burn my toast!!!!
Hope everyone's ok!!!!
Me thinks it's time for more pictures (yesterday was too long ago!!!!!).
7-25 Pupdates ... Pups meet people and pooches! - 07/26/1001:53 AM
Today we hosted a birthday lure coursing party for Simon the Iggie (Italian Greyhound). His owners have been bringing Simon, Brodie, Sophie (all Iggies) and Caina (mix) to our lure coursing place for several years.
I brought the pups outside and let two young boys puppysit. They were passed around from person to person and got to sit in the x-pen and listen to a dozen or more dogs barking like crazy (waiting their turn to chase the bunny).
Re: 7-28 Pupdates ... More outside time - 07/29/1002:27 AM
I am unfamiliar with the breed. You are talking about shaving them...could you explain a little about that...the reasoning behind it ...where you shave...etc just curious. And do you always shave them their whole lives then?
Re: 7-28 Pupdates ... More outside time - 07/29/1005:24 PM
The breed comes in two coat types - Hairless and Powder Puff.
The PP (Powder Puff) has an undercoat. They are usually shaved on the face and sometimes ears:
The Hairless are supposed to have hair only in certain spots - the feet, the tail and the crest (around the neck and head).
But - there are different degrees of hairlessness.
A TRUE hairless is a dog that truly only grows hair in those places. That usually means they have very little hair - like this one:
A HAIRY Hairless is one that grows almost as much hair as a PP but has no undercoat. In order to show them you need to shave the areas where there should NOT be hair.
Kaynya is a Very Hairy Hairless. This is her with about 5 months of hair growth (and after chewing off alot of her tail hair):
This is Kaynya when she is cleaned up (and has more tail hair):
Spike is almost a True Hairless. He grows just a bit of extra hair along his back bone and up his legs.
This is Spike pre-grooming:
And post grooming:
Cresteds are the only breed where the hairless gene is dominant.
The downside of the hairless gene is it include the gene for improper dentition. You've probably seen or heard of the Ulgiest Dog contest. The past several years winners have all been Hairless Cresteds, at an advanced age, with bad or lots of missing teeth:
Without proper dental care the few teeth that they may have will fall out at a young age and then the jaw bone starts to recede and the tongue is always hanging out.
Hairless Cresteds can also suffer from skin issues. I believe much of that comes from lack of good nutrition as well as genetics.
So, back to my pups. Here's the four of them together at about 2 weeks of age. From left to right it's Pyro (PP), Blaze (HH - Hairy Hairless), Smoke (HH or possible Very HH) and Flash (likje Spike - almost a True Hairless):
Re: Non-GSD: Chinese Crested litter - 07/31/1004:47 PM
If you haven't watched this, you must! I couldn't stop For about 30 seconds they go like gang-busters beating on each other, then slowly they start to pass out exhausted!! They are hysterical!!!! and cute, cute, cute!!!
Ok, someone injected some GSD genes into these guys!! I'm sitting at my computer, catching up on e-stuff and the boys are tugging on my pants!! Maybe not up to working line standards but more than I would expect from a Crested!!
I replaced the whelping box with an x-pen and blocked off the underside of the dresser. The pups were NOT happy. But now they are actively exploring more of the porch/office and starting to wander into the other areas of the house.
I bought puppy pads to get them started on housetraining. My goal is to have just one or two pads in their pen and have them use those to go - instead of anywhere in the pen.
I will be putting the webcam back up today.
They will be getting out and about more this week. Tomorrow is a trip to my breeders house to see her and the stud dog owner. We'll probably go visit the vet today - depends on the weather and how busy they are.
8/10 - Pups, cat, Mauser and a Pack of Cresteds! - 08/11/1006:29 PM
I took the pups to my breeders house so she and the stud dog owner could see them. They really like them!! I didn't get any pictures of the pups while we were there but I did get a picture of the Pack O' Cresteds!
From the left it's Kaynya, Spike (in the back), Violet (Spike's Lady Love), Martini (4 month old pup) and Lexi (Spike's litter sister).
I got this picture of Spike and Violet, caught in the act on the couch:
After we came home the pups decided to romp and play. First they started with Cloe:
But quickly decided Cloe was too rough for them so Pyro tried Tazer:
Tazer said "Go away, kid - you bother me." so Pyro tried Sasha (please ignore the dirty carpet):
But she became a little too rough also. All the pups finally decided on Uncle Mauser!!
Just came back in from mowing the back field. I had everyone out - including the pups. They were a little freaked when I started the riding mower but soon were totally ignoring it.
I took a long board and set it on top of a ball for them to play on - they LOVED it!! I also took out an old tire and laid that on the ground for them. They had fun climbing and jumping in and out of it!!
I had the pool filled up all the way so they got their first taste of actual swimming. I want to know that even with it filled they can swim and find the edge and climb out - which they did. Then they ran around trying to dry off!
They also did stairs for the first time. All 4 were able to go down the stairs (some took more coaxing than others) and Pyro and Blaze were able to climb up the stairs with no problem. The other two weren't ready to try UP.
Next week I am taking them to meet up with the stud dog owner at a dog training center near her. The conformation class instructor is also a judge and she is going to evaluate them for us.
I know, I know - I'm BAAAAD!! I've been so busy with the pups lately I haven't had a chance to pupdate! The webcam if off because the only time they are in the pen is at night, and I want the light off now.
Ok, I'm off by one day ... but it was worth the wait!!
The pups went to the dog park for the first time today. The park has a big and little dog area and they had the little dog area to themselves for the most part.
Here you can see how excited they are to be out and about!!
Just when I'm trying to get Kaynya on the long line (so we can walk to the river) the pups decide to get frisky!
This is the pups first time at the river. They weren't thrilled but they DID go in the water readily (well, most of them did). Kaynya wears the long line because she will try to bolt after a squirrel or chipmunk if she sees them.
After we get home I take the pups out to the kiddie pool to rinse them off - they were very sandy and dirty! Here I am, trying to get the pups to follow me into the house but they are NOT cooperating!
Wow, are they ever adorable. I didn't realize their ears didn't stand on their own. I missed that part from the last litter, I guess.
Are they naturally swimming dogs?
Some of them have no problems with their ears going up. Pyro and Smoke have very big ears and heavy ear leather so they might have had problems. Since I had to do theirs anyway I decided to do everyone, just to be sure. Of course the taping lasted less than 24 hours on everyone but Smoke!
They don't 'naturally' take to the water, really - but Kaynya LOVES to swim and Spike is learning to like it. I'll bring Spike (and maybe the puppies) down to lake Michigan either today or tomorrow - depends on the weather.
Thanks, Lauri, for not making it obvious how little I know!
I'm sure glad I don't have to decide which one to pick because that would definitely be a hard, if not impossible, choice. I think I tend to lean toward the hairless ones simply because that sets them apart, but then again, I love the frou-frou look of a show poodle, so ya gotta love the hair too...
They are just ridiculously cute!! The videos made me laugh out loud, especially when they were zooming around in the yard. Don't know which one it was, but one of them looked like a little llama. Wow, I'd have a hard time picking, but Pyro is just so unique. But they are all adorable. Okay, just keep all four and that solves it!!
Pyro left yesterday. He is going to a friend. She owns, breeds, trials and shows Newfies. She also feeds raw and does only Rabies vax!
I talked to her today and while Pyro was a bit overwhelmed by all the HUUUUUGE black heads trying to sniff him yesterday he's doing better today. Except when one of her 2 yr old Newf's tried to playbow at him - scared the CRAP out of him!
We will be co-owning him and showing him in conformation IF he turns out ok and his heart is fine.
I took the pups to my vet for a pupcheck. All 4 pups knees were good. All but Pyro had good hearts.
Pyro has a skipping heartbeat. While most dogs hearts go ta-dump, ta-dump, ta-dump, ta-dump, ta-dump, - Pyro's went ta-dump, ta-dump ....... ta-dump, ta-dump, ta-dump ....... ta-dump ..... ta-dump, ta-dump (and so on).
Doc listened for a couple minutes and said that his heartbeat leveled out after a bit and was fine. He will go back for a recheck in a couple weeks to see if it was just the excitement of being at the vet or something more serious.
Flash is leaving tomorrow. He is going with the stud dog owner. She may have a show home for him, she's waiting to hear back.
That leaves me with Blaze (who's bite is off a bit - further confirming his status as a pet puppy) and Smoke (who is growing more and more on me).
I will be sure to get pictures of Pyro with his new herd o'Newfies and share them with everyone. He may just become the first Chinese Crested with a Water Dog title!!