First litter born in the UK of rare breed of dogs almost wiped out in the Second World War

She added: “We have definitely had our hands full. They have taken over the whole house and garden and it’s a full-time job for two adults looking after them.

“I will be sad to see them go but also happy that they all have lovely homes to go to.

“We got our Stabyhoun and Wetterhoun because we knew they were lovely dogs with a nice nature that make a lovely family dog. But also we liked the whole idea of being part of a community and that such care was taken to make sure they have been appropriately tested and genetics looked at.

“We became very good friends with Aafke’s breeder. And the owners of Lex, the dog we bred her with, came over to meet the puppies. It’s just a lovely thing to be involved with.

“All three girl puppies are going to homes that will want to have puppies in the future if their dogs are suitable. And I think some of the boys’ owners will also be looking to stud them so it will be good for the breed.”

The species was originally bred 400 years ago in the Netherlands for hunting small game and waterfowl. It is now gaining popularity again due to its entertaining and loyal nature.

Jane Moss, breeding advisor for the UK Wetterhoun Association, said: “We are hoping that in the next decade we might see the Wetterhoun population rise to 50 to 100 in the UK.

“This litter is brilliant news and a huge boost for the breed to continue bouncing back.”

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