|Icy, the dam|
We've been eager for this breeding between Chilbrook Dreamlover (Bailey) and Chilbrook Black Ice (Icy). Dog breeding is a wonderful study of genetics. In order to get chocolate and yellow pups, both parents have to carry the gene for each color (remember the Punnett Square from high school biology?).
|Bailey, the sire|
Our other Mama dog, Jackie, does not carry the gene for yellow, so all of her litters have only produced black and chocolate.
BUT, Icy carries the gene for all three colors, so we finally have some Bailey Juniors!
Puppies started arriving on Sunday afternoon, catching us by surprise. We weren't expecting them until the end of the week. Although it was Icy's first whelping, thankfully it wasn't ours. We knew how to jump into whelping mode and quickly got the new Mama situated in the whelping room. Her first pup, a black male made his appearance shortly after 3:00 and the last, a yellow male finished up the pack five hours later. No complications to report from this whelping. WHEW!
As we expected from this sweet tempered dog, Icy took right to being a Mama. She's so devoted to her pups, it's hard to get her to come out of the whelping box to take a "break" and get a stretch. Mother and babies are doing fine.
Puppies will be available at the end of May. Contact us if you're in need of a pup to train for service work. But you better hurry-- they're going fast!