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Friday, January 14, 2011

Puppies 5 days old

I am often asked how I tell them apart?  Sometimes it is very easy and other times it is only the tiniest little differences that sets one apart from the other.  Right from birth I make notes.  They are numbered according to the time they are born.  Then the easiest is the colour (fawn, brindle, black, merle), then of course the sex, male or female.  Any colour markings such as the common white snips on the chest and/or feet are noted.  Also the breed possesses dewclaws on their back legs so I note if they have single, double or no dewclaws.   It takes me a couple of weeks to become really familiar with each puppy and by the time they are a month old I can tell from a glance who is who.  Eventually, as I get to know their personalities a little better their names change from #1, #2, #3 & #4 Puppy to proper names.

Our first born is a male fawn puppy who has a little white snip on his nose and single dewclaws on both back legs.

Second to come along is another male puppy.  He is a fawn with a slight black overlay with one single-dewclaw and one double-dewclaw.

Third to be born is a little fawn female with single-dewclaws on both back legs.

The fourth puppy to be born is a fawn female with a double-dewclaw on her left leg and a single-dewclaw on her right hind leg.

All the puppies are quiet and content.  Pooka2 is a very calm mother.

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