Here at PetSafe® Brand, we really think providing pets and their owners with their best moments together is so important. So, we wanted to write the Diary of Dexter! And this entry is the first of a number of series’ following a beloved pet through their best moments with their owner.
Starting at the beginning, here’s the story of Molly’s pregnancy… aka Dexter’s mum!
A dog’s pregnancy can last around two months, however, sometimes it isn’t immediately obvious that anything has changed. Though a dogs’ pregnancy signs are quite similar to humans – morning sickness, increased appetite, and ‘nesting’ behaviour.
In September, Emma (Molly’s owner), noticed that Molly was becoming more tired and had an increased appetite. After a trip to the vet they confirmed the exciting news – Molly was going to be a mum!
During Molly’s Pregnancy
The mum-to-be taking it easy
As soon as the owners found out that Molly was pregnant they gradually changed her food over to a high nutrient diet so that the puppies would have the best start in life. They created a whelping area for Molly with her blanket in a quiet corner of the house where she could settle.
Molly’s whelping area with her new-borns
When it came to giving birth, Molly was very calm and Emma was on hand in case she needed any assistance. It’s best for dogs to carry out the birth and immediate care alone, but sometimes in the case of multiple puppies being born, the mother isn’t always able to manoeuvre the new-born’s up to begin feeding.
After five hours, Molly had six healthy pups, three male and three females. They all fed immediately and cuddled up with each other and their mum, ready for a nap before life’s big adventures!
The new family all snuggled up
About Cocker Spaniels
Cocker Spaniels have been a firm favourite in the UK for many years – featuring as the Lady in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp with an elegant and gentle temperament. Even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Wills and Kate have chosen a Cocker Spaniel as a companion for their family.
The origins of the Spaniel breed stem from being used as a working and hunting dog, the breed initially included Springers and Cockers with size used as a differentiator. The two were defined as separate breeds in 1893 when the Spaniel Club created breed standards, and since the two breeds have separated further than just in weight.
On average, a Cocker Spaniel will have a life span of between 12-15 years. A female will have a height of between 36-41 cm and a male can be from 38cm to 43cm. They are well known for their affectionate and playful nature which make them the perfect family companion!
We’ll be following the pups whilst they stay with their mum, and continuing on with the Diary of Dexter where we’ll keep you up to date with the puppy milestones, everything from meeting his new home to lead training!