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All photos on this site are of our "Happy Customers". Should you wish to see your litter here, please send us your photogragh, clearly showing the whelping box with your "New Family" inside.

All photos posted on the site will be entitled to a £10 discount off their next box purchase.

Rae with her pups
In the picture, Rae with her eight two-day old German Shepherd puppies, owned by Çaroline McCarron.

Lola and her puppies
"Just to let you know that we have been delighted with your product. Our bitch Lola had 9 bouncy pups 4 weeks ago and the whelping box is still going strong. Many thanks  Yvonne Wheeler - Gron-De-Mon Groenendaels

Charlie, a 6 week old boxer pup
This is Charlie the boxer pup 6 weeks old weighing up the big wide world outside of his cosy box.

We would also love to hear of any of your comments regarding our whelping boxes.

 

Whelping & Kittening Boxes

Medium and Small Boxes

The boxes come flat-packed with easy-to-understand assembly instructions: but don't do what I do(!) it's best if you read the instructions first and check and identify the components.

Pig rails for these boxes, if required (and they rarely are in the case of the small box) come in sets of three. They are made of pine doweling, 22 mm dia. The doweling rails, slightly longer than the width of each side, are threaded through perforations in the walls (it's best to slide from the inside out, pushing one side through a little more than required through one perforation, then sliding it back through the opposite perforation).

Large and Extra Large Boxes

The larger boxes were developed at the request of a significant number of breeders who were very keen to have them. Of course, handling and cost had to be taken into account.

As a breeder myself, cost is a consideration, so taking many ideas and suggestions which had been presented to us, we built into the design as many savings as we could without jeopardising the comfort of the bitch her puppies.

We reasoned that because bitches tend to lie on their sides when feeding their puppies, an oblong box would be most satisfactory and this would also make handling easier. Also because bitches have never been seen to lie against their 'entrance way', if was decided that the entrance way would be placed at one end of a shorter side.

Much heavier cardboard has been used which has served several purposes. It is stronger so it will accommodate larger and heavier breeds. It also supports the necessary broomstick size 22 mm whelping rails when required. These are fixed on exactly the same principle as the small and medium size boxes and work very well.

As well as keeping the bottom of the box clean, the tray also holds the inner walls and the front 'entrance flap' in their places. So many breeders of large were positive in that they did not want lids for the large box, that the lid was dispensed with. However, already one or two have since said that they liked this feature and, innovatively, used part of the cardboard wrapping, in which the box is delivered, as a lid whilst the bitch is in labour.

General

Heated pads may be used with the boxes, although if all round room heating at an acceptable level (around 70') is provided (a convector heater is ideal), the dam's tummy will take care of the rest, especially as the cardboard is a natural insulator. If, as indicated, many breeders of larger dogs use heat lamps, then it is worth noting that cardboard has low combustibility and overhead, infra-red lamps can be used, although of course a sensible height is recommended if only to keep the bitch comfortable.

We also recommend that thick layers of newspaper should line the bottom of the box whilst the bitch is whelping. Subsequently, you should use the type of bedding you prefer.


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