As most of you know, we have two litters due this week. Well, I can actually say “had” because Raven decided to do her own thing early!

While I was at the vet on Friday with Glory’s gang and a couple adults, she decided to be sneaky and have her pups then! Thankfully hubby and the kids were home to take care of things for me.

I really expected all black and tans or tricolors with lots of black, but didn’t think about the chocolate in both Raven and Rumor’s genetics. Raven’s half sister (same mom) Hazel was born chocolate but turned into a cafe au lait. And Rumor’s mom is Reba our brown Poodle.

So what did we get? We got two black and tan girls with white strips all the way down their undersides, one tricolor girl (with lots of white) and a brown phantom parti boy with lots of white.

Let me explain the terminology. When we have a dog with two colors, like Phyllis here…

….in the Cavalier world she is called a black & tan. But if she were a Poodle she would be called black phantom.

Stanley, we call a tricolor (in the Cavalier world) but if he were a Poodle we would call him a black phantom parti. And when we say “parti” it means the main color is white, with patches of other colors. (Think about Little Joe on Bonanza and his “pinto” pony; white with spots. Kind of the same idea. I know, I know, I’m totally dating myself with that reference!) 😉

So the little brown phantom parti (in Poodle terms) could also be a tricolor, but with two tones of brown instead of black and brown. So instead of a black tri, it would be a chocolate tri.

Since we are dealing with two different parent breeds with different terminology that basically describes the same thing it can be a bit confusing. I hope I haven’t made it more confusing!

Anyways, we have four gorgeous, uniquely marked F1b Cavapoo puppies. Raven is settling into motherhood nicely. The puppies were very small at birth (but Raven is a little girl herself) and her milk took a while to come in well but the pups are steadily gaining.

Oh, and back to the vet appointment on Friday. I took Smudgie in for an x-ray so we’d know how many puppies were hiding in her little belly. Her last litter was one ginormous puppy which I had to help into the world and I did not want that surprise again! If there is only one puppy getting all the nutrients, it can grow quite big. If there are multiple puppies they tend to be more even in weight and size (although not always). I figured she’d have an easier delivery and I wouldn’t worry so much if I knew it wasn’t one huge pup again.

Well, the x-ray machine was on the fritz and even after calling tech support the staff could not get it working! *sigh

So Smudgie came back home and thankfully hubby and I were able to do an ultrasound and determine she has at least two pups in there! And now we wait for her. (I wrote this last night and she is nesting!)

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22 Responses to Raven

  1. Mylynn says:

    Oh gosh! How exciting! The colors and references to their genetics are a bit confusing, but it kinda does make sense!

  2. Cathy Husen says:

    Congrats! You’re very busy! I just love your pups.

  3. Cathy Husen says:

    Congrats! You’re very busy! Thank you for the explanation of the coloring.

  4. Karen Holman says:

    Hi there. Are any of these puppies available? How do I get on a waiting list?

    Thank you! Katen

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    • Thank you for reaching out. We do not have available puppies. All of our puppies are matched with families that have gone through the application process and are patiently waiting on our waiting list (which is currently closed). If you’d like you can go to our website and sign up for email notifications so you don’t miss any news or announcements about when it reopens and we are accepting applications again please visit http://www.pinewoodcavapoos.com and hit the “FOLLOW” button on the right-hand side under the Pinewood Pups photo album.

  5. Judy Taormina says:

    I’m new to this F1 etc. In January when I decided to get a puppy, I only knew I wanted a cavapoo. Besides F1b having more poodle is their a difference in temperament, looks etc. I’m confused. Judy

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    • Judy, mostly when people refer to a “Cavapoo” it’s the first generation which is referred to as F1. This has a purebred Poodle parent and a purebred Cavalier parent. The next most popular mix is the F1b which seems to be a better fit for people with severe allergies. An F1b is an F1 Cavapoo (from a purebred Poodle and a purebred Poodle) bred to a Poodle. So it’s basically 3/4 Poodle and 1/4 Cavalier. I hope that makes sense. 🙂 The F1b are similar in temperament to an F1. The difference mostly is in an F1b litter about 50% of the puppies will have the curlier Poodle-type coat and 50% will have the wavy coat like the F1 mix.

  6. Nolan Agena says:

    Can Nolan Agena be out on the list for Raven’s puppies?

    Thank you, Nolan Agena

  7. Bahareh Keith says:

    How adorable! I can’t wait till your list opens again. Lauren Rose, a friend who works at the hospital with me and has one of your babies, recommended you and we love how well you do things and are willing to wait. Thanks Bahareh


  8. D&J Herr says:

    Congrats Raven on your first bundles of fluff!

  9. karen beaver says:

    beautiful new litter and thanks for the insight on the colors –

  10. Christina says:

    Yay!! I love the parti boy. And is it possible to tell the texture of the fur already? The tricolor girl looks to have wavier fur. 🙂 Sigh, I miss our puppy dates!!! But I always read every one of your blog posts. 💕

    • Aww..thanks! Yes, you can see she has the curlier poodle coat. The other three look like F1 Cavapoo coats. I miss having you guys over too!!!! Thanks for reading <3

  11. Didi says:

    Your info is so informative ! Thank you , Didi

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