|Barked: Sat Aug 25, '12 10:04am PST |
|It has been a while since I've been on here and I have a few updates.
First, the breeder we visited ended up not having pups. He though his female was carrying 2 and the breeding was unsuccessful. I was extremely disappointed.
On a positive note, the breeder we were originally going to go with was able to breed her dog since she finally came into heat. (Apparently it was delayed, and when she spoke with other Akita owners, they had the same issue.) So, I was hesitant to post. It's been a week, and clearly she is unable to tell herself whether or not her dog is carrying pups. Even though I liked the second breeder, I feel better about purchasing a pup from this one. Both parents have had all the appropriate tests done and everything came back with the best possible results. The bloodlines are fantastic on both sides, and I couldn't ask for a pup from better parents...wonderful dispositions. The owner of the male confirmed 3 successful breeding's, so now I suppose it is a waiting game for a little while longer. I was actually told, since I have first pick, that if I want to be there when the puppies are born I can be, and I am also able to come visit and get to know the pups before choosing one. I LOVE that. But again, I have to wait and see...I would hate to get my hopes up too much and then find out the breeding didn't "take". Though I know with a proven sire, and a vet-checked and ready to go female, that it is unlikely no pups will be produced.
So we are obviously going to do crate training for a puppy (though I know the pups will be working on being house broken before we bring one home), but what size of crate would we need? If we can, we will be getting a male from this litter. I know they are a little bigger than the females. The sire is around 120 lbs and the mother around 85. So I'm guessing somewhere in that range, though with a male, probably on the larger side of the spectrum. The crate will be used at night until the pup is potty trained, and while we are at work. Gradually, we will leave him lose for small periods of time until we can trust him alone in the house. So, crate size? Also, what kind of food do you give your Akitas?
Thanks! Please keep your fingers crossed for us! Hopefully in a few weeks I'll have more details!
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