Welsh Springer Spaniels

Gabe X Jasmine Puppies Were Born October 19th

October 26th, 2017

Jasmine delivered five healthy puppies (one girl and four boys) on Thursday, October 19, 2017. I have not committed to new homes yet, but will be taking deposits for three of the boys in the next week or two. Feel free to submit a puppy application if you are interested in a male puppy from this litter. Pick male puppy may be available. Please fill out my puppy application if you are interested in a show puppy. Everything is going extremely well with this litter and Jasmine is doing great, so we are planning her third and final litter in Summer 2018.

You can follow along with the progress of this litter:

Jasmine’s 2nd Litter Is Due October 17

October 4th, 2017
Jasmine at 8 weeks old

Jasmine at 8 weeks old

Jasmine second litter is due October 17, 2017 and she is obviously pregnant.  I won’t know the exactly how many puppies she’s having until she’s X-rayed on October 10th.    I’ve been busy getting the puppy room ready since we have not had a litter in two years.  If you are interested in a puppy from this litter, you can find out more info about this litter and read about the sire, Gabe on my Puppies page.  Fill out my online application to be considered for a puppy from this upcoming litter.

Two New Champions for Rufous and Jasmine

September 28th, 2017

Last month two puppies from the Rufous and Jasmine litter finished their AKC championships.

Darby finished her championship with a 5-point major at the Harrisburg dog shows in August.  Darby is now CH Cryslen’s Pride o’ Worth CGC. Congratulations again to her owner JoAnn Dolan. I can’t wait to see what they do next.


A couple weeks later Wynn got two 5-point majors in Minnesota.  Wynn is now CH Cryslen’s Worth a Million. Congratulations to his owners Karen and Lauren Gaines! Thanks to Sandy Holmes for taking this fabulous photo of CH Wynn.

Wynn, CH Cryslen's Worth A Million

Darby and Wynn are out of Jasmine’s first litter. They are Merit’s littermates. Jasmine’s second litter is due October 17, 2017.

Junior Handling

September 16th, 2015

Junior handlers are the future of the sport of dog shows. Most professional handlers were junior handlers when they were younger and there is no better way for young handlers to gain confidence in the ring.  As a junior handler, children can gain confidence and experience that will carry over to other areas of their lives.  Taking care of a dog also teaches responsibility. Junior showmanship is open to children and teens between nine and 18 years old age.

I am happy to place puppies in homes where they will be shown by junior handlers as long as their parents completely support this hobby and are dedicated to making sure their puppy will be a part of the family as well as the junior’s show dog.  I enjoy mentoring people who are new to the breed and need to learn grooming, which shows to enter and more.

Everything you want to know about AKC Junior Showmanship is available on the AKC Website.

Male Versus Female Puppies

September 8th, 2015

Most puppy buyers have a preference for a certain gender of puppy.  Usually this preference is based on past experiences or what they’ve heard about one gender or the other so I wanted to give perspective buyers my thoughts on both genders.

Many people believe that female dogs are sweeter than males.  This is typically not true.  Most welshies no matter which gender you get love to cuddle, but there are exceptions to this rule.  Even if they don’t love to snuggle with people, all welshies want to stick close to their owners.  All welshies have different temperaments just like people.  Some are more mellow and easy going and others are very active and will find trouble if you don’t keep them busy and it really has nothing to do with gender.  That’s why it’s important to discuss your lifestyle and activity level with your breeder so they can pick out the perfect puppy for you.

Puppies Due October 25, 2015

September 6th, 2015

2013-07-28 14.22.14We just bred our Jasmine, CH Mystic Acres Cryslen’s Kung Fu Princess (pictured right) to Rufous, Trystyn’s Counting Crows. So far Rufous has produced beautiful puppies so we are excited about this upcoming litter. We will know whether Jasmine is expecting near the beginning of October and I am starting to review applications now.  Review our puppies page for pictures and information about Jasmine and Rufous.  Fill out our application if you are interested in this upcoming litter. The puppies will be going home the first weekend in January.

The Cost of Raising a Responsibly Bred Litter of Puppies

September 6th, 2015

Below is a summary of the costs associated with raising a litter of puppies responsibly.

Pre-Puppy Expenses
Expense Description Minimum Maximum Average
Show dog at AKC events to ascertain quality (avg. cost to attain championship) $3,000.00 $8,000.00 $5,500.00
Travel to meet and compare various stud dogs (if not own stud) $0.00 $1,000.00 $500.00
OFA and CERF certifications of health for Mom $382.00 $480.00 $431.00
2-4 Progesterone tests to pinpoint accuracy of timing @75/every 2 days $276.00 $512.00 $394.00
Brucellous test & health check for bitch $80.00 $175.00 $127.50
Stud Fee to Stud Owner $1,000.00 $1,500.00 $1,250.00
Lost wages (time off work to travel to stud dog or vet for breeding) $400.00 $1,200.00 $800.00
Travel to Stud dog (gas, tolls, meals) (local vs. out of state $500.00 $0.00 $250.00
4 nights at mid-priced dog-friendly lodging @$80/night (not counting hours on phone finding it) + pet deposit $0.00 $400.00 $200.00
OR Airline fare and boarding to fly bitch to dog $0.00 $400.00 $200.00
Semen Collection of Stud (if needed) $0.00 $500.00 $250.00
Implantation (surgery) or 2 Transcervical insemination of collected sperm into bitch $0.00 $1,000.00 $500.00
Ultrasound to check on status of breeding – did it take? $0.00 $150.00 $75.00
Pre-puppy Total: NO PUPPIES YET, just preliminaries (double if breeding doesn’t take) $5,638.00 $15,317.00 $10,477.50
Puppy Expenses
Accumulate needed birthing supplies (clamps, heat lamp, heat mat, siphon bulb, replacement milk, etc.) assuming already have some things from previous litters $50.00 $250.00 $150.00
Update website & get puppycam ready (hosting) $50.00 $200.00 $125.00
Extra food in anticipation of pregnancy $100.00 $200.00 $150.00
Prenatal vitamins for bitch $0.00 $50.00 $25.00
X-ray to confirm pregnancy $0.00 $150.00 $75.00
Miss work to deliver puppies (sick time or lost wages) $400.00 $1,200.00 $800.00
Birth Expenses – Natural (have oxytocin, other drugs on hand for complications) $0.00 $200.00 $100.00
Birth Expenses – C-section/Complications $0.00 $3,000.00 $1,500.00
Emergency visit cost (weekend, after hours or fading puppy vet visit) $0.00 $200.00 $100.00
AKC litter registration $25 + $2 per puppy $41.00 $45.00 $43.00
More premium food for nursing mom & puppies (once weaned) $300.00 $300.00 $300.00
Nursing Mom refuses eat premium food, demands steak and cottage cheese instead $0.00 $100.00 $50.00
Vet Emergency that always happens (stepped on puppy, Mastitis in mom) $0.00 $500.00 $250.00
Start puppies on solid food (hamburger, cottage cheese, premium Puppy food varies by breeder) $200.00 $500.00 $350.00
Worm puppies 3 times (assuming 4-10 puppies) – stool sample $35 each & meds $140.00 $350.00 $245.00
First Parvo/Distemper shots for 4-12 puppies (1 shots each) & Vet checkup $400.00 $400.00 $400.00
New & replacement puppy toys, towels, baby gates, other misc. necessities $50.00 $100.00 $75.00
Home Destruction (replace chewed woodwork, cords, repair furniture & rugs etc.) $0.00 $300.00 $150.00
24/7 job of supervising new mom, making sure puppies are safe & fed, laundress, playmate and poop picker upper $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Assemble puppy “going home” packets (copying, food samples, collar, toys, poop bags, etc.) $75.00 $250.00 $162.50
Photos/developing, communication w/puppy buyers (digital/film – email/cell phone minutes) $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Added utility bills and laundry costs for washing puppy blankets and heating for puppies when they are first born. $200.00 $200.00 $200.00
Eventual Sleep and a Healthy Mom & Puppies – Puppy breath and cuddles PRICELESS PRICELESS PRICELESS
Total Cost of Whelping/Raising Litter $2,106.00 $8,595.00 $5,350.50

Penny finished her AKC Grand Championship

August 18th, 2015

PennRidge0814Mid-July at the Nita Nee and Chambersburg Area Kennel Clubs near State College, PA Penny won Best of Breed three of the four days of shows and finished her grand championship in very limited showing. She’s won six majors as a special and beaten other champions at five shows. Penny was also Best of Breed on Sunday at Skyline Kennel Club in June.   Penny will be taking a break from showing the remainder of 2015 while we concentrate on breeding Jasmine.

Thank you to Penny’s handler, Katie Shepard for all she has done to make Penny shine.

Tracking and K9 Nosework

February 1st, 2015

Leeloo and Penny started tracking class in December. This is Leeloo’s third year of tracking and Penny’s first year of tracking.  Leeloo quickly remembered what she was doing and up to 450 yards, 4-5 turns and tracks aged up to one hour and 20 minutes. I’m planning to have her certified so she can enter a tracking test in the next couple months. Penny started out slowly, but she now loves tracking. She has learned about right and left turns and will be continuing her tracking classes next year.

Penny and Leeloo also started taking nose work classes a few weeks ago and they both love it. Nose work allows them to use the great sense of smell to detect herbal scents inside and outside of buildings, in boxes and around vehicles.  Most dogs love it and it is a great way for them to build confidence.  Nose work also works well with to keep them using their nose during the warmer months when we don’t do much tracking.

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