After many years of sharing our Barbet news and writing about the growth and development of our Barbet puppies we retired the blog at the end of 2020. All of the past entries remain posted so feel free to take a look around and scroll through previous posts to get a feel for the breed, our dogs and how we raise our litters. More information about the Barbet (French Water Dog) can be found on our website: www.northrockbarbets.com
The puppies turned 2 weeks old on Saturday and Lexi and the Muppets continue to do well. Gains have been steady and we have some puppies that are weighing in at over two pounds now. It truly is amazing how quickly they grow. All of the littles have opened their eyes and they are all up on their legs, toddling albeit somewhat unsteadily, around the whelping box.
We had some special visitors come to see the puppies last weekend. Delia, Lexi's co-owner and her family arrived to snuggle with the puppies and complement Lexi on her new brood. Lexi was as always delighted to show off her progeny and the boys were gentle and calm with the little ones.
A little glimpse into the whelping box.
During the past week the puppies' eyes were opening so we kept the lights dim in the room. We have the television on and the shifting light that it emits creates a visual stimulation for the puppies. A video of a fireplace is often on the tv - the perfect background of soft flickering light. We also play music throughout the day, usually classical although for this litter they have been exposed to an array of Christmas songs instead! The music offers further stimulation for the pups' developing brains.
Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress please like our page and join us there!