Golden Irish Wrap Up Post

I feel like I dropped the ball with my blogging a bit this summer. (I guess having a newborn baby will do that kind of thing to you!) Jade’s first litter was born in May, and our whole family had an amazing time raising those puppies! However, looking back, I realize I did very little blogging about them, especially the latter weeks. So I decided it would be good to share some pictures and give a quick wrap up to our first litter of Golden Irish puppies.

This litter is one of those life experiences I chalk up entirely as a “God thing.” The Golden/Irish mix wasn’t really in our plans. We love our Goldendoodles and our Irish Setters, and we were planning to stick with those two breeds. However, we tried twice to have Jade bred with a Miniature Poodle, and it failed both times. It was very discouraging. For some reason I didn’t understand at the time, God was closing a door for us. After over a year of trying for Mini Goldendoodles, we decided to give Jade one more chance at motherhood by using our own proven male. Breeding her at our home would eliminate the stress of being boarded at an unfamiliar kennel, and it would give me the most flexibility for the timing of the breeding.

And God blessed us with a large and healthy litter! I love all the litters that come through our home, but this was definitely one of my favorites! We loved everything about these puppies. The temperament was a combination of our favorite traits of the Goldens and the Setters, and it also was a beautiful combination of looks. The two breeds blend very well, and we fell in love with the Golden Irish breed. We were so pleased with the outcome of the breeding, that we are planning to add the Golden Irish into our breeding program! It wasn’t something we had originally planned, but our circumstances led us here. If God hadn’t allowed Jade to have two failed breedings, we never would have tried for the Golden Irish cross. Looking back, I am thankful that she didn’t conceive on our prior attempts, because I am so excited to begin working with this breed!

Here are some pictures of the puppies from this summer. Aren’t they just gorgeous?!

This beautiful lady here (picture above) is training to be a service dog for a military veteran. I was so honored that one of my pups gets to have such an important job. When her family first contacted me, my husband and I both agreed that a Golden Irish has incredible service potential. Golden Retrievers are known for their eager to please disposition. Irish Setters are confident and social, not easily frightened or overwhelmed. Irish Setters have a drive to work and are very intelligent. Setters are, however, prone to be hyper and excitable, but the calm and mellow Golden Retriever nature balances that perfectly. I am very excited to hear more from her in the future as she works in a very important role in her family!

And this handsome guy is one of the puppies at 5(ish) months old. These dogs are STUNNING.

Aaaannnd… our next litter is in the works! We’re potentially looking at a litter early in the new year. 🙂 Yay! More details will be posted about the upcoming litter in the next month or so!

I hope you all have a great Monday!

Puppy Update: 5 Weeks Old!

If I have learned anything in the past few weeks it has been that everyone needs a Golden Irish. Seriously, these puppies are ADORABLE! I see so many of the great attributes of both parent breeds all mixed together in a litter of floppy-eared puppy sweetness.

The puppies have the playful and confident Irish Setter nature, but it’s toned down just a bit by the affectionate and gentle Golden Retriever personality. All these puppies want to do is play and love on whoever is close by. When I bring food to the puppies in the morning, I am greeting with happy barks and wagging tails, and my feet are swarmed by a mob of fluffy, wiggly puppies. (Not a bad start to the day. I highly recommend it!)

And I’m certainly not the only one enjoying the puppies! At least a dozen times a day, my daughter asks to go play with them. This is definitely one of the biggest benefits of family-raised puppies. Every day the puppies are loved on (and carted around by) a toddler. Although my daughter does very well with the puppies, she’s still a toddler. Gentleness is a tough concept to grasp. The puppies become very accustomed to being picked up and squeezed by little arms. They aren’t frightened by her loud squeals and giggles. In fact, they learn to LOVE it!

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Besides playing and enjoying all the sweetness, there is a lot of work going on with the puppies, as well! At five weeks old, the puppies are well on their way to being weaned. I begin weaning at four weeks old, and I transition them slowly off of mama’s milk with the goal of having them fully weaned between six and seven weeks old.

Right now, the puppies are eating Life’s Abundance Large Breed Puppy Food mixed with raw goat milk. For the first while, the food needs to be softened. Once the puppies are used to chewing and using those needle-sharp teeth, I stop adding the goat milk. I like using goat milk over just water, because goat milk adds nutrients, protein, and healthy fat. This is beneficial for the puppies who are slower to wean.

Once the puppies are weaned off of their mother’s milk, their immunity is weakened. Because of this, each of the puppies will be started on NuVet Plus Immune System Supplements. These supplements help build and protect the young immune systems. Because of the antioxidants in the supplement, it’s also beneficial for the puppies to be receiving them during while getting their puppy shots. Some studies have shown that puppies who have received antioxidant supplements are able to give a better immune system response to their puppy vaccines.

In addition to the weaning process, the puppies are continuing their early training and socializing. They are getting to interact with our other dogs, and they are getting to experience new sights and sounds like lawn mowers, thunder, and vacuum cleaners. Next week, I will also begin crate training! I’m very pleased with how the puppies are doing with their potty training so far; and I’m sure that by eight weeks old, they will have a solid foundation to begin the house breaking process at their new homes.

This litter has been a lot of fun so far, and Jade has done a wonderful job as a first time momma! I am looking forward to the weeks ahead with these sweet little pups!

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Way to Go, Jade!

In a few short weeks, this house will be bursting with little puppy energy. My sweet Jade is a mommy to ten beautiful Golden Irish puppies. She actually had thirteen (gasp!), but we sadly lost three during delivery. It’s a shockingly large litter from the dog I wasn’t sure would ever have a litter.

I was very eager to see what Timber and Jade’s puppies would look like. There is a variety of shades, but most of the puppies are a medium golden/red, with one or two that are noticeably more golden. We also have exactly five boys and five girls!

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From left to right: Azure (female), Axel (male), Ajax (male), Autumn (female), Ariel (female), Almond (female), Achilles (male), Ava (female), Apollo (male), Archie (male)

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The first days have been mostly good, but I did make the decision to begin supplementing the puppies with homemade formula. Jade is being an excellent mother, but ten puppies is a lot to handle for an inexperienced first time mother. As can sometimes happen with first time mommas, I don’t think her milk is coming in fully yet. Her puppies are nursing well, but their weight gain has been lagging. They are remaining hydrated, which tells me they are getting something, but the milk supply hasn’t caught up to the demand yet. So to keep them from losing too much weight and becoming too weak, I am supplementing the ones who are struggling to gain. Currently, I am weighing each puppy morning and evening. After each weigh-in, I give a bottle to the puppies who have not gained much or any weight.

(For those who may have need of it, I will post the homemade puppy formula recipe next week. I highly recommend it, as my puppies have always done very well on it.)

We worked very hard to get this litter of puppies, and I am grateful to have ten gorgeous puppies! It’s going to be an exciting two months as we watch these Golden Irish boys and girls grow and see their dispositions develop.

As with our other puppies, these guys will have a two-year genetic guarantee, contingent on the puppies receiving our recommended diet. Jade and Timber are both registered with AKC; but because the puppies are a designer breed, they will be registered with ICA. Deposits are available, so if you are looking for an active, affectionate, and healthy companion, one of these sweeties may be just the one for you!