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New puppies for spring

Well, spring is here, and so are Polly's first litter of puppies.

Black and tan wire-haired dachshund bitch.

The proud mum, Polly - Wirelinc Black Velvet.

The pregnancy had been one of the easiest for us, with no problems at all. An ultrasound at 5 weeks confirmed the pregnancy. But did suggest we might be looking at a large litter.

Kitchen scales, pen and pad.

Monitoring puppy weights over the first few days is crucial.

Polly ballooned outward over the next 4 weeks much to our expectations, but in the end it was the SIZE of the puppies, not the number that was her undoing.

Black and tan wire-haired dachshund having a drink of milk in bed with her puppies.

Milk in means milk out (full fat of course).

The litter was delivered by caesarian section on Monday 15th April. Three boys and three girls. All the puppies were a very good weight, being between 260 and 280 grammes.

Over the first few of days a couple of the puppies lost more weight than we would have liked, but a bit of a top-up on puppy formula set matters right. With seven nipples and only six puppies all are now feeding well and gaining weight under their own steam.

1 day old wire-haired dachshund puppy.

Pink girl - 1 day old.

1 day old wire-haired dachshund puppy.

Green girl - 1 day old.

1 day old wire-haired dachshund puppy.

Orange girl - 1 day old.

1 day old wire-haired dachshund puppy.

Blue boy - 1 day old.

1 day old wire-haired dachshund puppy.

Yellow boy - 1 day old (no collar).

1 day old wire-haired dachshund puppy.

Purple boy - 1 day old.

If anyone is interested in a puppy please get in touch at the usual email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .