Puppies

(and sometimes young adults)

 

I've had occasional trouble getting email from this site.  If you have any trouble, please send email directly to rneumeie@gmail.com and that should work!

ALSO:  Want to see how puppies turn out as they grow up?  'Cause it's interesting to see how they grow and change.

PLUS:  Curious about what it's like to breed a litter?  Here's my take on the experience.

 

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Stuff that comes with an Anara puppy:

Dual registry with the CKCSC and AKC.

A microchip registration form -- Anara puppies are generally microchipped before they are sold.

Copies of relevant health certificates for the parents.

A statement from my vet that the puppy's patellas are sound at the time of sale, plus a shot record.

A guarantee covering the puppy's heart and hips.

A detailed handout on housetraining, plus a handout of general tips about Cavalier puppies.

A money-back return clause in case you find after purchase that the puppy isn't working out for you.

And an offer to reimburse you for routine heart and eye checks on your puppy, as long as I have related dogs in my breeding program -- I always want to know about health issues if any occur.

 

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2017

 

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN OLDER PUPPY / YOUNG ADULT: Scroll down and take a look at Jos. This youngster turned a year old in December 2016. I will probably be keeping an eye out for a pet home for Jos in 2017. As always, older puppies / young adults are available only to the sort of pet home that would suit the individual. The description below makes it clear what Jos is like and what kind of home would be suitable for him.

 

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PUPPY: In early November, I bred my girl, AKC Ch. Anara Honeysuckle Rose RN RA, to CKCSC and AKC Ch. Fox Creek Hear Me Roar JW (Leo).  She had three beautiful Blenheim puppies on January 4th, two girls and a boy -- pictures are below. One of the girls and maaaaybe the boy will be available to pet homes. They will be ready to go to new homes in March.

Both Honey and Leo have cleared heart and eye checks.

Honey is not my most glamorous girl, though she is pretty enough.  She won her championship on her outstanding structure and flawless movement, as well as her cheerful attitude.  She is indeed as sweet as her name! As soon as I started showing Honey, she won three majors in the puppy classes; then of course it took forever to pick up those last few single points.  She finished her championship when she was two. All her wins were out of the Bred-By-Exhibitor class; she was always owner-handled.

Leo also has fine structure and movement, and of course he is super-glamorous, as you'd expect for a dual champion. Hopefully he will give me beautiful puppies who excel in both structure and glamour.

Honey's mother, Ch. Roycroft Kenya Cameroon, is heart-clear at six. She is more glamorous than Honey, but a terrible producer, managing a single living puppy in each of three litters -- she had just awful trouble with premature labor.  The reason I tried so hard to get puppies from her despite this problem is that Kenya's father, Honey's grandfather, is AKC and CKCSC Ch Sanickro Enchanter at Heartsong, a dog who lived to eighteen and never developed a heart murmur. He was a producing stud dog until sixteen.  He was also one of the top-rated CKCSC Cavaliers in 1999.  Obviously he offers genes for both top glamour and outstanding vigor and longevity.  Scroll down for a picture of Enchanter.

By carefully breeding Honey, Enchanter's granddaughter, I hope to produce puppies that will follow in his footsteps for both beauty and longevity. 

Honey's father is CKCSC and AKC Ch Truluv Kiss N Tell at Jayba, JW, ROM (Teddy). He is a wonderful dog who has produced many top-quality puppies.  He was heart clear at eight when Honey was born. Keep scrolling down for pictures of both Kenya and Teddy.

In case you are curious, a JW is a Junior Warrant and means the dog won a lot of points as a youngster, between 6 and 18 months old. A ROM is a Register Of Merit and means the dog is a top producer of champion offspring.

If you are interested in one of Honey's puppies, I will now be taking reservations. If it turns out I cannot provide you with a puppy, I will be happy to direct you to other reputable breeders in the Midwest.

 

 

Honey

Leo

From left to right, Girl 1, Girl 2 and Boy.

I will probably be keeping Girl 1. She has nicely symmetrical facial markings, always preferable in the show ring. However, I will not know for certain which girl I am keeping until later, after they are up on their feet and their eyes are open. I hope both girls will turn out to have excellent structure and beautiful dark eyes.

Girl 2 has somewhat asymmetrical facial markings, with the color coming down farther toward her mouth on the left side of her face.

Boy has a "mustache" mark on the left side of his face, right down by his mouth -- no doubt he got that from Honey, who has a similar face marking. That didn't stop her from easily finishing her championship. If this boy is lovely in other ways, I'll be happy to keep him and I'll expect him to follow in his mother's footsteps.

 

I will be evaluating these puppies seriously when they are eight weeks old and I will hope to make firm decisions about which ones I'm keeping by the time they are 12 weeks old.

 

Boy, at five weeks, out in the living room for the first time. Boy, quite the confident little explorer, ventured out of the puppy room two days before his sisters.

Boy is looking very nice, with a good round head and plenty of bone.

It's still hard to be sure, but it's looking like Boy K's eyes will be dark and his bite correct. I'm hoping he will turn out beautiful, despite that mustache mark. It adds character to his face, right?

Girl 1, captured at five weeks, in a rare moment of quiet contemplation. She is also looking nice at this age. Pretty little face and head, good sturdy bone. She is by far the smallest puppy now, a full half-pound smaller than her siblings. It would be fine with me if this means she winds up a smaller adult, but you can't necessarily guess about adult size by looking at the puppies at this age.

 

 

 

Girl 2, also very difficult to capture in a moment of stillness, but here she is, in front of the puppy den, trying to eviscerate this toy. Girl 2 started out the smallest at 6.5 oz, but wow, look at her now. She caught up to her sister when she was three weeks old and then she caught up to her brother at five weeks. Now she is the largest puppy (by about half an ounce). She is very determined about pushing her siblings out of the way when nursing.

All the puppies are eating solid food, but they will still nurse for a while, as long as Honey will put up with it. Cavalier mothers are often very tolerant of their puppies.

Even though it is the middle of February, the weather is not too terrible. I will be starting to housetrain these puppies right now, in the hopes that by eight weeks, they will kind of sort of have the basic idea.

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in an Anara puppy (or young adult), then --

 

Please write a real email.  Tell me your name, plus a little bit about yourself and your family and your current pets and why your family would be a good fit for a Cavalier -- just tell me something more than that you are looking for a puppy.  Cavalier puppies are suitable for many, many homes, but they are not suitable for every single home!  And besides that, every specific puppy is suitable only for some good homes.  I need to know enough about you to make sure that your home is actually a good fit for a puppy and make a reasonable guess about which individual puppy would be a good fit for your home.

BTW, if you are looking for a quality, healthy, pretty Cavalier for a pet, I really urge you to think hard about whether you HAVE to have a female.  And I know everybody's got their color preferences, and yes of course you want a puppy you will enjoy looking at -- I don't personally like freckles, for example, so honestly I do understand preferences for color and markings.  But if you are flexible about color and sex, it is a LOT easier to get a really nice puppy. 

My bet is that if you buy a puppy, you will never regret making health and sound structure and a nice personality your priorities and letting color and sex come later in your list of criteria.  I promise you, no matter what color is your favorite, when a puppy of some other color crawls into your lap, you will be charmed by that puppy in nothing flat.

 

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Previous Litters

 

 

In late 2015, I bred Honey's mother, Ch. Roycroft Kenya Cameroon RN RA, to my glamorous young boy Anara Call Me Ishmael RN RA.  Kenya has been a terrible producer, with very serious premature labor issues.  This was my final attempt to get a really beautiful male puppy from her, and I did get a single living puppy, a male.

 

Kenya Ish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's Puppy J at three and a half weeks, surrounded by the stuffed animal buddies that take the place of real siblings.  That llama toy is just right for a newborn puppy to drape itself over, so I always keep it away from older dogs that might destroy it, saving it for singleton puppies.

At this age, Puppy J is just starting to show play behavior, though he is not very steady on his feet yet.

All one can really be sure of at this point is that the puppy has good markings.  I personally prefer more color on the face, but that's just me -- all you really need is symmetry and preferably no obvious freckles.  Freckles often don't appear till the puppy is three months old or more, so there's no way of telling about that yet.

 

Here is Puppy J, now Anara Justinian (Jos for short) at ten weeks.  No freckles! His markings are just fine. He's a nice puppy structurally, and quite confident and outgoing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Jos at nearly a year, engaged in a favorite activity -- chasing the broom back into the closet. He's a good youngster -- nice structure and bone and proportions. I don't believe he will match his parents for glamour, though, and he has a white sclera in both eyes. His mother finished her championship with a white sclera in one eye, but I don't expect to show Jos since he has this cosmetic failing in both eyes.

Jos is an independent little cuss and filled with mischief, but affectionate and eager to WIN THE TREAT. He easily earned his Novice Rally title when he was about seven months old.

I may be keeping an eye out for a pet home for Jos in 2017.

If I place Jos, his new home must be an active home with plenty to engage an energetic youngster and keep him busy. An owner who is into positive reward-based training and interested in showing in Agility, Rally, or other performance events would be preferred. Other activities such as Therapy work would also be fine. Despite his independent attitude, Jos is sensitive and a positive, happy training style is crucial. Another young, playful dog in the home would be a plus.

Sorry, but this youngster is not suitable for a sedentary owner who wants a Cavalier who will lie on the couch and provide a glamorous ambiance for the home. He would not be okay in a home where he is left at home alone for ten hours a day and then expected to sit on the couch with his owner and watch TV. Some Cavaliers are fine for that kind of home, but not Jos.

I don't want to exaggerate how demanding he is -- he will not have the exercise requirements of a teenage Labrador or be as restless and energetic as a Belgian or anything like that. He is a normal Cavalier. But still, he needs an active, engaged owner who wants to do fun stuff with him.

 

 

 

Timmy -- AKC and CKCSC Ch Sanickro Enchanter at Heartsong

 

 

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Previous Litters

 

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2013's Single Puppy

 

 

Kenya's puppy from 2013's litter, Honey

Honey at four weeks Honey at eight weeks

 

Honey was the only surviving puppy from Kenya's litter with Ch Truluv Kiss N Tell at Jayba. 

Kenya won her Graduate Puppy class at the 2011 Indianapolis CKCSC specialty, from the renowned movement-and-structure judge Frank Kane, who said she was "the convincing winner" of the class. She recently won her second AKC major over a large entry of top-quality bitches.  Kenya has finished her Rally Advanced title.

Teddy is the incomparable AKC and CKCSC Ch Truluv Kiss N Tell of Jayba.  Teddy, Gene, Gene's brother DJ, and other Jayba dogs are some of the most beautiful Cavaliers in the country today -- there are plenty of details on the Jayba Cavaliers website.  It just kills me that I only got one puppy from this breeding.

 

Ch Roycroft Kenya CameroonRN

Ch Truluv Kiss N Tell at Jayba (Teddy)

 

 

 

 

 

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2012's Puppies

 

 

The first dog I bred Kenya to:  AKC and CKCSC Ch Jayba Pucker Up (Gene)

 

 

 

Puppy "G" -- Kenya's only puppy by Gene:

 

 

Puppy "G"  is a very nicely marked girl.  She was remarkably well developed for a very early preemie and, after a slow 48 hours to adjust to the real world, took off like a little rocket.  She is shown here at six days old, or the day she should have been born.  She was under four oz at birth, but at the time I took this picture, she was up to 7.25 oz, a perfectly normal weight for a newborn Cavalier.
 

 

 

Seven and a half weeks old and time to take a good hard look at the baby!  Her registered name is now Anara Give Me A Break and her call name is Giedre, which is Lithuanian, btw.  This baby was just AMAZING in the housetraining department.  It's like she just absorbed the idea from the other dogs because she basically never made a mistake.  I wish all puppies could be as clever with that!

Giedre was just an astonishing puppy.  She had excellent markings, ideal proportions, excellent bone, wonderful angulation, great tailset, low-set hocks -- the whole package.  Except her bite was a tight underbite!  (And still is, alas.)  I am hoping very much that this will correct, obviously.  Many underbites do correct in Cavaliers.  But she is just too superb for me to place her out as a pet just yet, regardless of her bite.  I now plan to breed her once, in 2014.  After that, if her bite has not corrected, I may well place her out.

Giedre has a very nice personality, outgoing and confident.  I credit her "big sister" Folly (scroll down to see Folly) for giving her a fine role model to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adora

Grand Champion Closeburn Graham MacInnes

 

The "F" litter -- Adora's puppies by Graham:

 

Every puppy conceived had a 75% chance of being ruby and a 25% chance of being blenheim, but as you see, I managed to get one of each.  The little ruby is (yay!) a girl!  !!!   Which is what I wanted from this litter.  The blenheim is a boy. 

 

 

   

 

Anara Fiddlesticks, now Benji, has gone to his new home, where I am assured he is doted on by all who see him.

Anara Frivolity, called Folly for short, is a wonderful little spitfire . . . can't wait till she's old enough to hit the puppy classes! 

 

 

 

2010's litter

 

Bree had three puppies May 5th, one tri boy, one tri girl, and one blenheim girl.

 

This is Myrddin Emrys (Merlin to his friends). 

Merlin got his mother's wonderful temperament, excellent structure, and great movement. 

It's hard not to sound like a used-car salesman when I talk about Merlin.  He has just about the most perfect personality imaginable -- laid back but playful, a lap dog but not too demanding, moderate in energy level, accepting of virtually everything, not a trace of shyness or nervousness.

Merlin's only fault, if you can even call it that, is uneven markings on his body - as you can see, though, the markings on his head are beautifully symmetrical.  He's in a fabulous pet home now, and no doubt still charming everybody he meets.

 

 

Here is Eilionoir -- Elli for short.

Elli is the smallest of the puppies, very feminine and sweet.

I really wanted a beautifully marked tri girl from this litter, and look!  Here she is!  Her markings are lovely and symmetrical.  But those freckles on her face are definitely not desirable for a show dog, even though many people personally appreciate freckles on a Cavalier.  And freckles on a tricolor show up so clearly!

So Elli went to a great pet home, where she will be beautiful, sweet, and elegant and no one will mind her freckles.

 

 

This is Eibhlin -- Eve for short.  She is only seven weeks here, but this picture shows exactly the body you look for in a show puppy.  A bit long in the body, yes, but angulation to die for, fantastic neck and shoulder, tremendous bone, wonderful topline and tail set.  Just an amazing puppy!

Eve is incredibly active and outgoing.  All three of Bree's puppies were 'born socialized', but Eve takes it a whole order of magnitude farther than her siblings.  Her attitude just screams that SHE is the WINNER.  She doesn't live with me anymore, but she was shown to her International Championship by her new owners!

 

The father of this litter is such a great dog!  Take a look at Guy and then scroll down to read all about him.

Bree

Guy

Now, Guy is a pretty special dog, which is the only reason I'd have considered driving all the way to Minneapolis to breed Bree to him, believe me!  He's from Scotland.  His show name is Kinvaar Obsession.  Guy is seven years old and heart clear, but the thing about Guy (besides his beauty!) is the back of his skull.  He's one of the go-to dogs if you're really *serious* about trying to avoid syringomyelia.  He's racking up an impressive record as a producer -- that is, his offspring tend to look really good as far as avoiding SM goes, way better than average.  And he's siring really beautiful offspring, definitely a plus.

 

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2009's single puppy:

Eff's puppy, the sole Anara puppy born in 2009.   This puppy's sire was Sanicro Enchanter at Heartsong, a fabulous dog (Kenya's father, too) but unfortunately, Eff only had the one puppy.

 

 

Born 9-22-09, Dara was 11 oz at birth, which I thought was huge until Bree's 12 oz tri girl beat her. 

Here she is three and a half weeks -- with her 'siblings'!  Because she was a single puppy, she needed substitutes to take the place of her littermates.  She still loves her bear!
Dara at three months old.  She turned out to have great structure, but a rather "old-fashioned" style of head -- and freckles, alas.  I finally placed her in a great pet home when she was three, where she now divides her time between sleeping upside down on laps and eradicating the neighborhood chipmunk population.

 

Dara's daddy --

Timmy

Timmy.  'Timmy' is CKCSC and AKC Ch Sanickro Enchanter at Heartsong.  (Also Kenya's father, if you recall -- Kenya and Dara are half-sisters through this dog.)   He's just as good as it gets as far as heart quality goes.  Timmy won all kinds of Best in Shows at Cavalier specialties under any number of top breeder-judges.  He is a totally fantastic dog.  He was the top Cavalier in the country in 1999.  It is just luck that I saw Linda Dupuy's ad in the 2009 CKCSC yearbook, because I assumed he was long retired as a stud dog.  But far from being retired, he his still siring puppies just as well as any two-year-old.  Plus because he has offspring that are eight and nine years old, we can also see that his puppies tend to get his outstanding heart quality, too!  As far as Linda knows, he's never sired a puppy with SM -- and since she never sells puppies out of state, she would probably know.

Update:  as of 2014, Timmy is pushing 18 and still going strong.  He is losing strength in the rear, but he is still a cheerful and vigorous old man.  This is the longevity and vigor I am trying to capture in my breeding program.

 

See Previous Litters here