Breeding Coco has not been a simple process. Coco is very mysterious in these matters and she does not show the signs that most dogs show which give clear indication that they have started their fertility cycle. In fact, if someone did not have experience, they would likely never know she was in heat.
But I learned my lesson last August when I tried to breed Coco too late. This time I was not going to rely on the usual signs. I was going to look for the most subtle signs! In this case, all Coco did was stand up on her hind legs and put her front paws around Misty's neck. That is not normal behavior for our dogs. But remembered her doing something similar last August. So I called my friend who keeps our stud to make arrangements for Coco to meet up with him right away. I was not going to risk missing Coco's fertile time.
|Ricky is just the right size stud dog for Coco. The two of them will make beautiful Schnoodle Puppies!|
|Ricky in his winter coat.|
When I got the pair together, Coco did not know what a fine catch Ricky was. He was just another pretty boy to her. And Ricky didn't help the situation by acting super goofy like a love struck teenager. Coco was not impressed. She was super aloof and wasn't even giving him the time of day. But I was hopeful. Ricky was acting too nutty for Coco to NOT be in heat. That was the best sign yet! The first visit was uneventful. But the second day I let the two hang out for several hours and little by little Ricky managed to win her attention. By late afternoon Ricky had his way. I have every confidence that we will have a fat Coco in another month.
I have calculated the due date for Coco's litter as May 19, 2015. I will contact the first 3-5 people on the list to give them a heads up that they need to mark their calendars. Coco was born into a litter of 5 puppies I would expect she would have 3-5 puppies herself. She has tiny toy brothers, so she could produce a range of toy sizes.
We are so excited! These will be the cutest puppies ever!