Our breeding program
We strive to breed the best Cockapoo Puppies we can! The process of breeding the best Cockapoo Puppies begins with selecting sires and dams that are of sound mind, quality lines and excellent health. At Chesley Hill Cockapoos, we health test our breeding dogs to make sure we are bettering breed health in Cockapoos.
Importance of Health testing
Many breeders will claim to "health test" their dogs. Depending on the breeder and the program they run, the term "health testing" can vary in actual testing and care; it can simply mean that the dog has been seen by a vet or it could mean they've taken the time and care to be a good, reputable, ethical breeder devoted to the health and safety of their dogs and puppies. It's your job to "Sniff Out A Good Dog Breeder".
"The term responsible breeder is one that is earned, not assigned based on number of litters bred.......Complacency over health issues........equates to irresponsibility. As responsible breeders, we must recognize health issues where they exist, educate ourselves on the issues, and incorporate health issues into our breeding selection criteria with a specific goal of reducing
inherited disease. All breeders are urged to breed responsibly and use these tools for the improved genetic health."
~ Eddie Dziuk, COO OFA
(The OFA and the Role of Canine Health Databases, Tufts' Canine and Feline Breeding and Genetics Conference, 2003)
Health testing helps a breeder better understand the kind of genes their dogs may pass on to their pups, it provides the information required to avoid producing puppies affected by health issues. Making informed decisions based on these health test results enables a breeder to adapt their breeding program, and make wise choices when selecting mates for their dogs that complement them and reduce the risk of the diseases appearing in their puppies.
All puppies are cute, not all puppies are healthy! I choose to be a responsible breeder and do health screening to make sure my Cockapoo puppies will be both! ❤️🐾❤️
Each of our females are purebred Cocker Spaniels registered with the AKC.
We plan to include F1 Cockapoos registered with the ACC to our breeding program, 2023.
Before being added to our breeding program, all of our dogs are checked by our licensed Veterinarian practice - Broadview Animal Hospital and Reproductive Care. They undergo a thorough examination to include a Breeding Soundness exam with a Reproductive specialist and a full bloodwork panel.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA/CHIC) is dedicated to the advancement in canine health, by testing and screening animals for breed specific genetic diseases. At Chesley Hill Cockapoos we refer to CHIC guidelines on recommended health screenings by breed, for the certifications we obtain.
Genetic testing through Embark, provides us with breed-relevant disease screening as well as information on traits such as size and color. This helps us to improve the genetic health and diversity in our breeding program. All of our moms have been cleared of breed-relevant genetic conditions as well as 200 additional genetic conditions (per Embark, they "do not have variants tested for").
On occasion, we may decide to have a litter with one of our mommas, where we will keep a pup or two in hopes of raising as part of our next generation. We make the decision based on several criteria, to include - mother's excellent health, whelping history and feedback from families on the mother's pups' health and temperament. Keeping this mother's bloodline in our breeding program helps to ensure future generations with the same desireable characteristics and vigor.
Noel, our beautiful buff AKC registered Cocker Spaniel has grown up in our home and with our children. She is a fun and playful girl who transitions to loving and caring momma when she has little ones and becomes a silly and sassy momma as her pups get bigger and enjoy play. She has had beautiful pups with good health and great demeanors.
We decided to keep one of Noel's female Cockapoo puppies (May 2021), Aria, to remain here in our home and as part of our family. We hope to have Aria join our breeding program after she comes of age (2) and passes all of our CHC health testing requirements for all CHC paw-rents.
Apple, our beautiful buff AKC registered Cocker Spaniel is a much loved part of our family. She is a gentle girl, who helps to keep peace and adores our boys and all the puppies she meets (not just hers). She has a wonderful temperament that she passes on to her adorable pups.
We decided to keep one of Apple's female Cockapoo puppies (January 2022), Charlotte Ann, to remain here in our home and as part of our family. We hope to have Charlotte join our breeding program after she comes of age (2) and passes all of our CHC health testing requirements for all CHC paw-rents.