Inbreeding Coefficient of Litter - 4 generations 0.00%, 6 generations 1.14%, all generations 31.60%
It feels like the first week of life has been almost completely taken up with tube feeding and obsessive weighing of Mieko, the little cleft pup. After a very steep learning curve, he is doing just great and although I haven't relaxed, it feels like the immediate danger has subsided. I feel bad that I haven't really enjoyed the other 'normal' pups much, though we have as always made sure that they are well handled, putting on weight and have had their first nail trim! They will be very well travelled - coming to work with me at the vets as Mieko needs tube feeding every two hours. Needless to say, this bunch will probably be our best socialised litter ever! More photos next week...I promise!
After an uneventful labour - apart from refusing to birth anywhere but the sofa bed upstairs (seriously!) Mieke gave birth to four puppies, 3 boys and 1 girl. There must be something in our water...our ratio of boys to girls is heavily favoured to the boys! One of the boys has a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. We thought to begin with that he would need to be euthanised, but he was a strong little thing, and upon examination at the Vets, the conclusion was that he has a narrow cleft that may well naturally close up as he grows, or if not would be able to be repaired surgically. As he was a little fighter, the decision was made to give him a chance. You can follow his story here: Meiko the Cleftie Stabyhoun
Here they are, just after birth, with their registered names.