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Breeding Practices  Arahu Irish Wolfhound with litter of puppies.

We are in no rush to breed our girls, as we breed for ourselves, and we can only care for so many hounds at one time. We like to wait until our btiches are 4 years of age to breed them, to rule out early onset heart disease.  We test our brood bitches' hearts prior to breeding them, and then annually for the rest of their lives.

 

Puppies are whelped in the privacy of our guest room, so that the dam is not overly stressed with the other hounds wanting to know what is going on. Once the puppies are around 3-4 weeks, they are moved into the central family room/kitchen area of our house. There they are exposed to all of our hounds, and the sights, smells, and sounds of life. At around 6-7 weeks of age,the puppies are moved to the kennel, to help them get a start on house breaking.  Our puppies all get loads of one on one time with us, and  we work at handling them so that they will be better prepared for things like veterinary exams. We do not expose young puppies to the vet office, but rather have our vet come out here for house calls to do vet checks.  All of our puppies are livershunt tested at 9 weeks of age.  We let our puppies go to their new homes around the age of 12 weeks.