We welcomed a baby in early summer 2021! Over the last 9 years, we have had the privilege of seeing families grow by four paws and we will joyfully, but necessarily, be adjusting our puppy rearing plans to fit with the changes in our family life.
Our programme will remain closed to considering new interested families and accepting new applications until 2023 due to the volume of amazing waiting families who are already in contact with us and have approved applications.
We do not anticipate that any of our female dogs will be in heat again until the very end 2021 (likely November/December). We do hope to welcome puppies in early 2022 on a limited basis. Our Cobberdog females only come into heat and are able to be bred 1-2 times a year. Female dogs ovulate about two weeks after starting their heat, are pregnant for 9 weeks after ovulation, and have puppies that go home 9 weeks after birth. We will be sure to keep our website updated.
If you are looking to welcome home a puppy sooner than Hillmeadow can accommodate, we would recommend that you choose a breeder who does thorough health testing on all parent dogs (at minimum, breeding dogs should have a full DNA panel and hip/elbow certification) and it would be ideal to only partner with a breeder who raises puppies in their home as a part of their family (the experiences that a puppy has in its first months of life are foundational to their adult behaviour: https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2019/12/puppies-raised-in-home-are-better.html, https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf).
We do not and will not have any adult dogs or older puppies available to rehome.