PARENTS: Enormous Brilliant Vegas × Steinroller Odd-Leif HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 63 cm and 35 kg OPHTHALMIC EXAM: free of genetic eye diseases CARDIAC EXAM: free of genetic heart diseases DM TEST: N/N LOCUS TESTS: D/D and E/e THYROID TEST: Healthy (2018) HIPS: HD A/A EXAMS: NZB, B-BH, ZTP TITLES: International Champion, Grand Champion of Slovenia, Grand Champion of Croatia, Show Champion of Slovenia, Croatian Beauty Champion, Junior Club Slo Champion '17 + JBOB, Junior Champion of Austria, Junior Champion of Slovenia, Junior Champion of Croatia, Alpenjugendsiegerin '17, Special show Best puppy '17 More about Riva
BLUE PINUS ALPINIA - "BLUE"
PARENTS: Roy vom Wiener Stadtrand × Brinja von der Waldlichtung HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 69 cm and 41 kg OPHTHALMIC EXAM: free of genetic eye diseases DM TEST: N/N LOCUS TESTS: D/D and E/e THYROID TEST: Healthy (2018) HIPS AND ELBOWS: HD A/A, ED 0/0 EXAMS: NZB, B-BH, JB, ZTP SHOWS: International Show Champion C.I.E. Show Champion of Slovenia CH.SLO. Special show Best male + BOB Winner '18 Alpensieger '16 + BOB, R.CACA (2/20) Amstetten '16, Club show Best puppy '15 More about Blue www.hovawart-blue.com
Puppies before leaving to their new families (8-12 weeks)
Males: Rio, Rubik, Rhodos, Rufus, Rocco, Roy
Females: Reiwa, Rubia, Rosinante, Rubin, Rea, Raya
THE "R" LITTER STORY
RIVA & BLUE
VIDEOS AND GALLERIES
(ALMOST) WEEKLY NEWS
Our "R" litter was born on friday, 30.11.2018. Already a day before Riva was not behaving like she normally does, she didn't want to eat and she was checking out the dark places in the house but her temperature was not low enough yet. Because of that I stayed up all night, just in case - better safe than sorry. In the morning, at 7.30 the fist puppy was born. In total she gave birth to 12 puppies without any complications. We have 6 females (3 black and 3 black&tan) and 6 males (5 black and 1 black&tan). We are a little bit surprised by the amount of black puppies, but we find black hovawarts wonderful, something special. The delivery lasted 10h and it included 2h long brake. Puppies were born in the following order:
1. Male, black, light blue ribbon, 440g at 7.30
2. Female, black, violet ribbon, 470g at 8.30
3. Male, black, turquoise ribbon, 540g at 9.56
4. Female, black and tan, pink ribbon, 480g at 10.34
5. Female, black and tan, orange ribbon, 480g at 11.03
6. Female, black, green ribbon, 490g at 11.41
7. Female, black and tan, yellow ribbon, 490g at 12.17
8. Male, black and tan, grey ribbon, 460g at 12.59
9. Male, black, red ribbon, 460g at 13.35
10. Male, black, black ribbon, 530g at 15.00
11. Male, black, brown ribbon, 530g at 17.17
12. Female, black, dark blue ribbon, 440g at 17.49
We are publishing fast-made-phone pics, because puppies need all the free time we have. We promise to publish better and nicer photos as soon as possible.
It is almost impossible to believe how fast one week went by. It feels like puppies were born yesterday. We are very happy that all puppies are doing great and gaining weight. At the moment all they do is sleep, eat and repeat. They eat eight times per day, which means every 3h, also during the night and we supervise each feeding because there is 12 puppies and Riva has only 9 teats. Thus it is impossible to feed all puppies at once. With full bellies they fall asleep in few minutes. Riva is also doing fine. First few days after delivery she disliked most of the food so she ate only goodies such as cooked fish, baked fish, cottage cheese with honey, cooked chicken and so on. Thanks do this goodies she managed to provide enough milk for the puppies. First few days she also didn't want to move away from the whelping box but now, a week later, she is super happy when I take a leash and her collar - it's walk time!
Another week passed by so quickly it is impossible to believe it. Time truly flies by. The eyes started to open (first one was green female), slowly they start to realize they are not alone in the whelping box. They are also surprisingly good at walking. We noticed first attempts of playing with each other, so we put many toys in the whelping box and now they can start to explore. We cut their claws for the second time already. On Friday, when they were officially 2 weeks old, the biggest among males was the turquoise boy (1510g) and among girls the yellow one (1500g). All puppies are so equal, they are gaining weight nicely, and looking so similar - we have to admit that knowing which black puppy is who would be very hard without their colorful ribbons. Their hair is also getting longer, so the collars are lately hidden. On Friday we had the first photoshooting. It was quite a challenge and Riva was stealing toys all the time. Boys and girls got their names too, but we don't know who will get what name, yet.
The puppies are growing. Their teeth have started to come, playing is becoming more and more common, and attacks on their toys are constant. They are already curiously looking around and exploring the room. We have also already started with some individual meals every day, and they quite happily gobble down things like milk porridge and curd, raw minced beef, and baby starters.
We are beginning to allow visitors and are happy that the future owners are making appointments to come see them. The puppies have already had their first visit, the owners of their father, Alenka and her son Nejc. It was a real joy.
We also changed their collars as they were getting too small. The new ones are a lot more visible as well, since the old ones got lost in their fur and made it difficult to tell the puppies apart - yes, they are that similar.
Behavior-wise, like in any litter, some are livelier than others, some are happy with less sleep and more playtime, and some the other way around. We've trimmed their claws for the second time already as well, which was easier than the first time.
We are a bit late with updates about puppies. There is so much work with them and we spent almost all day in their company. They are growing up nicely, are eating well and they are now very active. Our smallest female weights 4kg, biggest male 4,8kg. As you can see, there is not a big difference between smallest and biggest - the litter is really very equal. They eat 5 times per day - raw meat, soaked kibble/dry food, cottage cheese, fruit... This week we set up also the outdoor playground. It was very interesting how they had to check every detail of the playground. True explorers. All puppies were / are very brave, no one was scared of anything. Our Naya loves spending time with the puppies and we think Riva is happy about that too. We (again) had many visits which is great for puppy socialization. Riva is friendly to every visitor, doesnt make any problem, everyone can pet her babies. Link to the gallery -
Week 6 passed by in the blink of an eye. Many visits, many happy visitors, happy new families. So wonderful families are waiting for the puppies to be old enough to leave us. We have huge luck, the weather is very nice all the time and puppies can play outside. Really unbelivebale how mild this winter is. Gallery of week 6: GALLERY WEEK 6/a>
WEEK 7, 8, 9
The last few weeks with the puppies have been focused on their socialization. They got familiar with rain, we started with walks around our neighborhood - they met a lof of people, kids, other dogs. They dont mind a cargo train passing by our house or the sound of a sport airplane above our house. We added new toys and items to their playground every week, we played them a videos from YouTube - farm animals, city sounds, I watched a lot of movies and cartoons while they slept. Because of a number of the puppies our vet visited us at our home, checked all puppies, vaccinate them and chipped them. No one was crying, all were brave. We also had a visit - "litter control" from the Kennel Club and the lady was surprised how balanced the litter is. At the end of week 8 some puppies already left to their new families, but some are staying with us few weeks more (import regulations of countries). Galleries of week 7, 8 and 9 are here: "R" litter ex Horto Albo.
WEEK 10, 11, 12
At the moment we are enjoying in a company of 5 puppies - Rhodos, Rubik, Rubin, Rubia and Rio. They are all waiting to be old enough to be imported to the countries where their new families live. Only Reiwa already traveled abroad - to Czech Republic.
The puppies are outside in the playground every day, they go on a walk (neighborhood), we are exploring meadows and forest, shopping mals, pet shops, city center and we are trying to get comfortable with car rides. We are box/crate training Rubik because a flight to his new home will last 11 hours.