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".
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.
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) is dedicated to the advancement in canine health, by testing and screening animals for breed specific genetic diseases. At Chesley Hill Cockapoos we obtain OFA certification for: Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA eye), Cardiac Evaluation (Heart) and Hip Dysplasia.
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").
Keeping a Proven bloodline As Part of our Program
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.
Starla, our beautiful red and white AKC registered Cocker Spaniel has been an amazing and proven momma. She has produced gorgeous, healthy, and smart Cockapoo pups for many families that gush over not only their beauty & handsomeness but their loving and affectionate personality.
And so, we have decided to have a litter with her and plan to keep a female or two as part of our Chesley Hill Cockapoos breeding program.
We anticipate Starla to have this litter July 2021.