|THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF YOUR PUPPY.
PLEASE READ THIS; IT IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
STORY OF THE RAISING OF PUPPIES HERE AT BUTTERBALL KENNEL.
Raising Jack Russells is a well though out process.
Temperament is the most important quality our dogs have to possess. Sweetness(Friendly to a fault!),
calmness, and lots of smarts. Pretty is as pretty does.
The color and coat depends on this matching process. Personality is already a given as the parents already
have been screened and their personalities approved. A visit to our facility will show you the gentleness of
our adult dogs and how the mothers welcome you to visit their young.
With that said and done...we proceed with the mating process and wait for the puppies to be born. Normally
63 days later we have a birth announcement to make.
Nearing the birthing date, the Jack Russell mothers are moved to the nursery to give birth to their puppies.
This nursery is specially kept warm for birthing puppies only. Heat is very important during birth and for
the 10 days following.
The Jack Russell mother stays in the nursery caring for her young while they are nursing. Jack Russell
mothers nurse their puppies 99% of the time the first week or so. As the pups get old enough to wattle
around on their legs, they venture out of the whelping box and onto mats on the floor. At this point they
start eating soft food. Up to this time the Jack Russell mother is both food dispenser and janitor. When the
puppies start eating solid food and their stools change form, the Jack Russell mother quits her janitorial
duties and looks to us for puppy cleanup services. Then the fun begins!
The switch from mom to man usually occurs at 4 1/2 weeks up to 6 weeks of age. Some mothers will still
clean up after her pups longer, but usually it is at least at 5 weeks. At this point in their growth,they move
into the main kennel which originally was a very large horse barn with a 24' isle in the middle. We converted
it into a state of the art dog kennel for Jack Russell's several years ago.
The new home for mom and the pups allows the mother to teach her young to use a shavings area at the
rear of their pen and sets the stage for growth and development. This is the first step in potty training as
well. To distinguish between the living area and bathroom. Once the pup realizes the difference, it is a
learned trait for life. As the puppies grow, they play with mom and siblings until the time the mother would
rather leave and go to her other life. As this time approaches, she will become irritated and bare at them.
Time for relief! She then stays out during the day and in at night with her pups. This is okay for a while, but
then she will decide she would much rather remain outdoors at which time the pups will then be weaned
permanently from their mother.
With this happening, the pups then become independent and their personalities are easier to see. We
welcome you to come and visit the kennel and see what we do. Your puppy just was not born by accident. It
is a labor of love and a dream come true. Each and every puppy deserves the best home and you deserve a