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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An Anara Puppy Comes With:

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 vaccination 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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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 past and 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.

 

 

2017

 

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN OLDER PUPPY / YOUNG ADULT:   I probably don't have any young adults available at this time. It's possible that could change. Contact me if you're looking for an adult Cavalier and I will do my best to direct you to reputable breeders who may be considering placing out an older puppy or young adult.

 

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PUPPY:   I hope to breed Honey in the summer of 2017.

I expect Honey to come into season in June or July. If she comes into season on schedule and everything goes well, she should be due somewhere in September or thereabouts, with puppies ready to go to new homes in early December.

Honey is not my most glamorous girl, though she is pretty enough.  She finished 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 adult wins were out of the Bred-By-Exhibitor class; she was always owner-handled.

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-ranked CKCSC Cavaliers in 1999.  Obviously he offers genes for both top glamour and outstanding vigor and longevity.  Scroll down for pictures of Kenya and Sanickro Enchanter.

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 Teddy.

By carefully breeding Honey, I hope to produce puppies that possess beauty, soundness, vigor, and longevity.  Honey produced three lovely puppies in January 2017 (scroll down to see them) and I hope she will be able to give me another beautiful litter when she is bred again. Honey has current heart and eye clearances. Her hips are OFA "good" and her patellas are sound.

The stud dog I'll be using for Honey's second litter will be ACK Ch Snowbird Wicked Good Wizard, called Merlin by his friends.  Merlin is a Best in Specialty Show winner; he won Best of Breed at the Cavalier Club of Greater Chicago specialty in 2016. Merlin's father was the well-known CKCSC and AKC Ch Turretbank Magic Spell, who was the top-ranked male Cavalier in the entire CKCSC in 2015. Merlin's mother was AKC Ch Willowyn Surprise Me, also a black-and-tan. Merlin is carrying red but not particolor; bred to Honey, he could  produce ruby puppies or black-and-tan puppies.

Merlin has all his health clearances, including a quite good MRI scan. He is a handsome dude with plenty of coat, so he may help improve Honey's less glamorous head and rather short coat. In addition, his maternal line is very strong reproductively, with none of the premature labor issues that have beset Honey and her close female relatives.

If Honey successfully produces puppies to Merlin, I expect given her history and her mother's history that she may have only three or fewer. Contact me soon if you are interested in a puppy from this litter.

 

Ch Anara Honeysuckle Rose RN RA Merlin
 

 

 

Scroll down to read about Honey and her first litter of puppies.

 

Coming up in 2018

 

I hope to breed Chloe in the spring/summer of 2018. I will breed her to my beautiful boy Ishmael.

 

Chloe -- Fox Creek Demeter, RN Ish -- Anara Call Me Ishmael, RN RA
 

 

Chloe is is a manic pixie dream girl of a Cavalier. Excitable and intense, she has not been shown in the breed ring and only one weekend in the Rally ring. She did bounce her way to her first title in that weekend, though! Her structure is great. She is super-athletic. Her head is pretty and her eyes are beautiful. She also has extremely dark pigment, a plus in the show world. Ishmael has all the glamour in the world, but his bite is a tiny bit off. He has a wonderful, sweet temperament and he's very intelligent; he may be the easiest dog I've ever trained. He would have earned his Rally Excellent title in one weekend except I messed him up by doing the Moving Stand exercise wrong.

Bred to Ish, I hope Chloe will produce puppies with lots of glamour, beautiful heads and eyes, correct bites, excellent structure, and sweet, easy temperaments. The most likely cosmetic fault from this breeding will be freckles. It is also possible puppies might have incorrect bites. These things don't matter a bit to a pet, of course! Obviously since both of them are Blenheim, all puppies would also be Blenheim.

 

 

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2017 so far

 

In early November, I bred my girl Honey, AKC Ch. Anara Honeysuckle Rose RN RA, to CKCSC and AKC Ch. Fox Creek Hear Me Roar JW (Leo).  She had three beautiful puppies on January 4th, two girls and a boy -- pictures are below.

 

Honey

Leo

 

 

 

 

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

Girl 1has nicely symmetrical facial markings, always preferable in the show ring.

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.

 

 

 

Boy, now Conner, shown here at five weeks and at nine weeks. I'm definitely keeping him. He is a very good looking puppy, with a beautiful head and plenty of bone. He looks very nice all around, though ideally I might like a little more neck.

Though Conner has that mustache mark down on his lip, I am sure I will be able to finish him as long as no other cosmetic issues turn up -- and I don't think they will. His bite has been good all along and his eyes look like they will be big, round, and dark. He is a very good looking puppy. Overall a very nice puppy who takes after his father in glamour.

Girl 1, now Kimmie, captured first in a (brief) pensive mood at five weeks and then in a somewhat blurry picture at nine weeks. I don't believe her rear is quite as good as Conner's, but her shoulder and neck are good. Her face is lovely, her head beautiful. She is now quite a bit smaller than her brother. I think she will have adequate bone, but I also think she will be small and feminine.

I have high hopes for Kimmie, who is a little spitfire who believes she owns the world.

 

 

 

Girl 2, now Livvie, has gone to a great pet home where she is the pride and joy of a wonderful eight-year-old boy. She is pictured here at five weeks and then nine weeks. She is a very nice puppy and most likely could have finished her championship despite her asymmetrical face markings, but keeping all three puppies seemed a bit much. Her head is quite pretty; her eyes are beautiful. She is cobbier and heavier than Kimmie, almost as big as her brother, with plenty of bone. Her front is probably better than Kimmie's, though she does fall off a bit in the croup. It could have been tough deciding which girl to keep, but Kimmie's lovely face and super-confident attitude make her a superior show prospect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

However, at just over a year old, it is clear that Jos will never have his father's glamour. Jos is now available to the right pet home.

 

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 also affectionate and eager to WIN THE TREAT. He easily earned his Novice Rally title when he was about seven months old.

Jos became available to a pet home early in 2017. He is now spoken for, though, and should be heading off to a new home with a wonderful family in a few weeks.

 

 

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