Vixen’s Puppies – Day 38

Today is litter day 38.  Yesterday we did our first Parvo vaccination.  For Parvo, I use NEOPAR by NEOTECH, LLC: Early Age Protection Stimulates antibody production in the presence of existing maternal antibodies First Dose Protection Antibody production begins after the first dose. Other canine parvovirus vaccines require two or three doses to stimulate an … Read more

Vixen’s Litter Day 21 – Sounds from the Farm

Vixen’s Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd puppies began to spend daytime hours outside yesterday.  That was a big step, so we didn’t throw much more than that at them. Today, when we went back outside, we started exposing them to the rural sounds of the farm.  At first, these sounds are introduced from a … Read more

Whelping Box Day 18 – Masters of Their Universe

After about 4 sessions over a 24-hour period, our smart and determined puppies have learned to scale the barrier. The nuance of this seemingly small feat should not be overlooked. This is the biggest challenge these pups have ever faced. Every time they scale the barrier, they build coordination and confidence. Puppy enrichment is progressive, … Read more

Of English Shepherds and Landrace Conservation

In this brief essay, I will describe the genetic organization of a landrace breed, and I will compare it to the closed nucleus system used by most standardized breeds.  I will touch on the surface of four possible conservation strategies for a landrace breed, and finally, I will conclude with my personal experience in breeding … Read more