The puppies all looked exactly alike: black with tan markings.
This is odd since they are mixed breed puppies. We are guessing Adele is a German Shepherd mix and we do not know who dad is but would guess he is a German Shepherd. That would be my guess because the puppies look so much alike, so much so that I could not tell them apart.
Adele took great care of her pups and all went well until they were about 6 weeks of age at which time they became ill.
After eliminating the worse scenarios we think it was a combination of mom’s milk, too many rich foods (canned food and puppy food) and perhaps Ghiardia. We simply are not sure. We did loose three of the puppies. The remaining pups were put on Purina One Adult Lamb and Rice, taken off mom’s milk and all the other foods. They were also put on a couple antibiotics. The remaining nine pups started to do better and eventually thrive. The runt of the litter, Aggie, took this all hard and was skinny for quite awhile. It has taken her longer but the vet finally gave her the clear too!
This is the thing with a pregnant dog and the puppies, we just never know what we are getting. But all is well now.
The pups have been spayed or neutered, are up to date on their shots, on heart worm preventative as well as a flea and tick preventative and they are micro chipped.
The pups, except Aggie, sleep together in a kennel. Aggie is in a crate by herself. The pups have become really good at keeping their sleeping quarters clean.
The pups are expected to get big. Mom weighs 75 pounds and is a bit under weight. The larger pups could reach 100.
The pups enjoy being outside. They have a very large kennel area with trees and dirt to dig, and toys to play with and climbing structures. They also really love to go for walks in our woods. They follow us down the trails, sometimes running ahead. They have been great about coming when called.