Pregnancy and Whelping

Pregnancy

When Ruby is two years old we will be breeding her with a red standard poodle stud. The two dogs will mate when Ruby is in her second week of the heat cycle or a rule of thumb of the 10th, 12th and 14th day of the cycle. Since we are having a planned pregnancy with Ruby and know that the pregnancy cycle for a dog is 56 to 60 days, we can be ready for her delivery. The dog breed info center has a great timeline of the gestation period month by month, take a look here. Around 28 days from conception you can bring your dam into the vet to see if she is pregnant. The vet will either do abdominal palpitations, x-rays, or an ultrasound to see if there are puppies. If the dam is pregnant this is a good time to talk with your vet about diet, health, and what to expect through pregnancy and delivery. Make sure to get the emergency phone number from your vet for any afterhour emergencies.

Whelping

When you know your dog is pregnant the next thing to do is make a whelping box. A whelping box should:

  • Be big enough for the dam and her puppies to stretch in and be comfortable with blankets or towels.

  • Have a doorway to go in and out of and big enough so the mom doesn’t jump over the box and squish her puppies.

  • Have a guardrail for the puppies protection so the dam doesn’t fall asleep on them or lay on them.

Get your dam accustomed to the whelping box early in pregnancy so she can deliver in the box and knows it is a safe, comfortable place for her and her puppies. Having a heating pad or blanket on half of the box floor is a good idea, but only half so the puppies and mom can leave the heat if need be. (Here is a great list of suggested supplies for whelping.)

Whelping Box

This picture is from a litter of the prospective stud we will be using. The puppies are only a couple days old. This picture just gets us so excited!!!

 Goldendoodle puppies

Do any of you have puppy fever now?

What is a Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodles are a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, and have only been around since the late 1990’s. Part of the reason for the crossbreed was to make a bigger dog that was hypoallergenic for humans. Also, the Golden Retriever and Poodle have amazing traits and make for highly intelligent companions.

Some traits of Goldendoodles are:

  • Non to light shedders, good for people with allergies
  • Excellent family dog
  • Gentle and affectionate
  • Easy to train
  • Great therapy and guide dogs
  • Highly social and gets along with everyone
  • Regular grooming and brushing
  • Goldendoodles are not watch or guard dogs
  • A medium to high energy level, minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily indoors or outdoors
  • Goldendoodles can get separation anxiety If left alone for too long or they do not get enough human contact

Goldendoodles range in size, color, coat type and generation. The sizes of Goldendoodles are miniature (up to 35lbs), Standard (40 to 55 lbs), and Large Standard (60+ lbs). The colors of Goldendoodles are not an exact science and can be just about any color, but usually depends on the dame and stud. Coat types are different with each Goldendoodle, the curlier or more wavy the coat the more hypoallergenic the dog will be. Since Goldendoodles are crossbred there are many different generations of dogs.

These generations include:

  • 1st Generation Goldendoodle (F1) – The product of a Golden Retriever and Poodle.
  • 1st Generation Backcross Goldendoodle (F1b) – product of a F1 Goldendoodle bred with either a pure bred Poodle or Golden Retriever. Most popular F1b is a F1 mixed with a Poodle.
  • 2nd Generation Goldendoodle (F2) – A goldendoodle bred with another Goldendoodle.
  • 2nd Generation Backcross Goldendoodle (F2b) – The product of a F1 bred with a F1b.

Ms. Ruby is a First Generation Goldendoodle (F1). Her Dad was a red colored standard Poodle and her Mom was a red Golden Retriever. Ruby is about 45 to 50 pounds and is almost a year old. Her coat is wavy to curly in some spots and we groom her every couple months. We plan on breeding Ruby with a red colored standard Poodle to make red F1b Goldendoodle puppies. Red Goldendoodles are rare in Wisconsin and that is why we want to breed Ruby with a red colored Poodle.

Look below at a couple different doodles, what do you think? Anything specific you like better about the colors and textures of one or the other better?

Here are Ruby’s Goldendoodle Friends.

Whiskey is a red male F1b, he is about 60lbs and has a very curly coat, almost like Jheri curls.

Has a very curly coat.

Has a very curly coat.

Bella is a female F1, she has a straighter apricot colored coat and is 60lbs.

Bella

Bella with a straighter coat

Ms. Ruby, with the wavy coat!

Ruby's coat is more wavy like.

Ruby’s coat is more wavy like.