In Kennel Curia we have approximately one litter every year. This is always a joyful and long expected event and a profound and ever fascinating project taking a lot of planning and preparation and one that we give much attention.
The Dalmatian bitch usually gives birth to 8 - 12 puppies, but we have had litters with only 3 and a massive 18 puppies.
We take great care to make the surroundings to the delivering bitch safe and comfortable up until the birth so that this can take place without much stress.
Our bitches deliver in a specially build puppy box, delicately fitted to the purpose.
The puppies are born all white, deaf and blind.
In a short time after the birth, the spots are momentarily visible through the thin fur, and on the nose and around the ears the colour of the spots is prominent. When the puppies are 14 days old, the spots begin to appear in the fur and gets clearer and clearer. The puppies opens their eyes in the age of 2-3 weeks, but they first develop a functional hearing when they are five years old.
Until the puppies starts walking and has a clear sight we keep them in the puppy box where their mother tidies them and where they won't loose their way. As they grow we expand the puppy pen, and they get a part of it with news papers and shavings for faeces and a cuddle-corner with blankets and things like that.
We make an extensive effort to engage the puppies at all times. Right from the birth they are in human hands and when old enough they get a lot of toys to play with and are taken for strolls in the garden and around the house, depending on the season. As quite a lot of people comes and visits the puppies they get used to different kind of smells and to a busy activity around them. Our grown dogs are often helping the bitch taking care of and playing with the puppies, as in that way the puppies have a close contact to other dogs than their mother and siblings early after their birth.
The puppies are gradually accustomed to solid food. They drink milk from their mother up until they are about 6 to 7 weeks old, but by this time the milk is not their primary food anymore. From the age of 4 weeks the puppies are offered breast milk substitute mixes with egg yolk and maizena in small cups. We hold the cups until they learn to lick it up by reflex. Later the milk substitute mixture are supplemented with fat milk products and macerated dry food, and when they leave they can eat ordinary dry food for puppies. We feed the puppies as well as our older dogs with dog food from Royal Canin.
GET OF ON A GOOD START WITH YOU CURIA PUPPY
We are always ready to offer the buyers of our puppies advice and guidance. On the links below you will find information and some tips about how to handle your young dog in the beginning as well.
43 Tips for New Puppy Owners
Surviving Your First 30 Days With a New Puppy
Puppy Care 101
Raising a puppy
When the puppies are five to six weeks old we test their hearing abilities and ID-chip mark them. The hearing test is a very precise examination also known as the BAER-test and is done by attaching electrodes measuring nerve impulses from the brainstem to the head of the puppies. The examination shows hereafter if the puppy can hear on both or only one ear. Deafness is a heritable flaw with the Dalmatian breed. Luckily we have a exceptionally neat statistic counting only two deaf puppies in more than 30 years. With the ID-chip marking the puppies are registered in the Danish Dog Register after the existing legislation.
Before the puppies leave the kennel they are vaccinated and undergo a health check to ensure their well being.
The puppies are collected when they are 8 weeks old and by that time the new owners often have visited several times before hand. We do our best to ensure a easy and gentle change to the new home with thorough advising and guidance.
When the new owners has brought the puppy home, they are always welcome to contact us for further advises at any time..