When I came home from Nationals last November, I had three or four stud dogs that I was considering for Tiny’s next litter. I did my research and had some great conversations with breeders & stud dog owners who were very candid and generous with information about their dogs. I carefully considered my goals and the information that I’d attained and narrowed the list of potential stud dogs to one, a dog that will feature in my future plans but, in the end, I made a choice that I had not anticipated…
Shipping a bitch to a stud dog during the winter months can be tricky. Cold temperatures at either end can prevent shipping a bitch when the time is right. Knowing that Tiny would be ready to breed in February, I considered a back-up plan. What if I repeated last year’s litter? I proposed the possibility to my breeding partner, German Carignano (Dukeang Kennel) and the stud dog owner. Between us, in less than an hour, we had seven potential homes for the litter. The 2016 litter was a very successful liter. Tiny free-whelped eight puppies in two hours – six girls and two boys, all tri-color. Six of the puppies are in show homes, three placed in their classes at Nationals (6 months of age, at their first show), and one puppy was the 2016 NBC Specialty 13″ RWD. All of the puppies have marvelous temperaments and are moderate in size – most just above or just below 13″.
Earlier this week, we had nine inches of snow in Seattle – a RARE event! – and as Tiny approached the time for breeding, I was glad that I had made the decision to repeat last year’s breeding. My other choice would have required shipping her to another cold area of the US and as a big believer in “things happen for a reason”, I prepared to act on my back-up plan.
CH. Dukeang Tiny has been bred to 13″ GCH Kinsglo Road to Rhode Island with the litter due Easter weekend 2017. I kept one bitch from last year’s litter and co-own three other puppies from that litter so I don’t need to keep any puppies from my 2017 litter. Instead, it will enable be to proceed with goals for the next generation. I invite breeders, exhibitors, and existing Talbot Hill families to contact me (Facebook preferred) at this time if you are interested in a puppy. Pet inquiries will be accepted once the litter is here and I’ve had a chance to evaluate the puppies.