Blimey - I never thought I would be asking this question and feel a bit of a numpty - but hey ho here goes!! Before I start - BOTH parents have excellent hipscores and perfect elbows, both hold current clear eye certificates and both are DNA test for PRA Optigen and CNM. They are BOTH KC registered, with temperaments to die for, and have both held their own in the showring - both dogs are 2.5 years old and would be a first litter for both of them; they are a good match both physically and on paper and will be a 4th generation linebreed to a single dog with the remainder outcrossed and a 5 generation COI of less than 1%. ================================== Bringing the dogs together was intentional - we didn't pre-mate test as advised by others as we wanted to test out the boy's 'instincts' as much as anything and bless him, in that respect he was spot on. We had a very quick slip mating on the Saturday, and another on the Sunday and were intending to try again on the Monday; unfortunately, I was rushed into hospital very seriously ill overnight on the Sunday - and TBH - was in so much of a drug and pain fueled haze for a few days it went completely out of my mind. I was pretty certain there is no way on this earth she would have caught - BUT - since I got home as I've got back on my feet, I've noticed she is refusing point blank to play with my youngest girl (their play was very rough) and this is exactly how her own mother was from the day she got home from mating. She's quite small and her rib-cage definitely seems to be deepening - although it is only 3 weeks and 2 days from the first slip mating. In truth, I don't mind whether she has caught or not this time, she is young enough to try again - but there are certain elements of her behaviour that make me suspect she just might have. So - how common is it that two slip matings produce babies - and is there a high chance the litter is going to be smal? Obviously - if she continues the way she is, I will be getting her scanned and watching her like a hawk / implementing diet changes etc - it's not going to make much difference if she turns out not to be - I am not worried in the least if she is, or isn't pregnant, I guess I am more concerned with what steps I need to take if we only have one or two babies in there - could we be looking at a definite C-section? Will a vets scan pick up if there is only a couple of babies in there or should I be looking for a sheep scanner?