In what activities do your dogs participate?
We think it is important for people do to more than just breed their dogs. Our dogs are run on sled and used as hiking partners (pack animals) and are competed in agility, obedience, and showing. However we do this on a FUN level. By this I mean we ENJOY our dogs and the events we compete in, we do not treat it like a job. We have six children, from 4-24 yrs old, full time jobs, and we still run and actively hike, and compete with our dogs. We feel it is important for others who chose to breed their dogs to participate in some sort of competitive activity with their dogs. These are working dogs and are not meant to be cooped up in a kennel and used only for breeding. I do not show with the AKC at this time, I have inquired on getting a professional handler as with 2 very young kids I do not want to put them through extensive traveling, but the world is so political and many of the seasoned show people are so vicious. It seems to be a "who you know" sport. So I stick to doing activities that are more fun and less stressful with my dogs.
Do you keep a "waiting list"?
Yes I do go here
Will you hold a certain puppy for me without a deposit if I ask you to?
Not without a deposit. Purchasing a puppy is a serious commitment, and I will not hold a puppy without a deposit, However if you are serious and want that puppy, you can lay down a deposit.
Will you accept a deposit for "first choice" in a litter?
Yes, I take deposit's down for the 1st and 2nd choice of males and females (after us of course). If what you requested isn't in the litter, you can wait for the next litter, or you may have first choice of the available puppies.
What is your deposit policy?
Most people who send us a deposit do so because they seen some of our dogs and are impressed with them and the guarantee. In order to hold a puppy, a non-refundable deposit of $400 is required. It is applied towards the purchase price of the puppy andthe remaining balance is due at pickup or 5 days prior to shipping.
We post puppy pictures on our website, generally on a bi-weekly basis. Typically, when the puppies are around 6-7 weeks old, we will begin contacting pet-puppy deposit-holders to determine pet picks. If a deposit holder wants to meet the puppies prior to making a selection, appointments can be scheduled accordingly; however, we cannot hold off on the selection process due to someone's inability to make a separate trip.
We try to accommodate coat and eye color preferences as much as possible however, if you are offered puppies that do not suit what you are looking for, you are not required to take one at that time. You are welcome to wait for a future litter that may contain your preference. Your deposit would move up in the order once people above you had selected their puppies, but will not be refunded.
At what age do you let puppies go to their new homes?
Puppies are generally sold at 8 weeks of age. The earliest, by law, that they can leave is 8 weeks. However, we may hold them until 4-6 months if we are evaluating breeding/sledding quality or work potential.
Do You Ship?
Yes we do ship. See our shipping section for all the details, price, requirements etc.
What is the average gestation period for a dog?
Nine weeks, plus or minus three days. The expected delivery dates I post on my homepage are based on 63 days from the day of the first breeding (I breed thrice during a heat cycle.)
Does a health certificate guarantee a puppy is in perfect health?
No. A puppy incubating a disease can appear healthy when the vet examines it, but become ill the next day. Some congenital defects might not show up until later in life. A health certificate does say that the puppy appeared healthy on the date of examination. We do however make every possible attempt to make sure you get a very happy healthy puppy.
Can I come look at your puppies before they are 7 weeks of age?
NO, Doing just that is one of the primary methods disease is spread from one litter to another. You can carry it on your hands, shoes or clothes. This may sound extreme, but I always ask people to take a shower and wear clean clothes and shoes when they come to my house. Vaccines do not cover every variation of parvo. However I do keep updated pics (and occasionally video) on the website.
How much do you sell your puppies for?
Prices vary according to the pups conformation, color, bloodlines, etc. Prices are listed next to the puppies pictures with all other pertinent information. Some pups may sound like a lot of money, but when you actually work that out - over an average lifespan of 12 years it really isn't that much, considering the health and genetics behind the dog as well as the knowledge and support at your beck and call.
When you adopt/purchase a puppy, you are paying for more than just the quality of the dog. You are paying for the dog's excellent ancestry, the breeder's assistance, the time given to the puppy while in the breeder's care, and the care given to the parent dogs. The socialization, handling, care, feeding, cleaning will be a major factor in it's future life. Knowledge and experience in raising puppies and health care can make the difference between life and death for a puppy. Raising a litter of puppies requires alot of time, patience, food, vet care (i.e., vaccinations are a "must"), record keeping, puppy health records, starter kits, guarantees, written information, advertising, the proper equipment (e.g., whelping pens, kennels, outdoor runs), puppy grooming, adult dog grooming & care, and so much more. And, after all these things... there is the breeder's integrity. We do not believe in sacrificing anything in the process. Without that, all the above will be suspect.
Remember that buying from a reputable breeder who has carefully selected their breeding stock vastly improves the odds that your Dog will lead a long, healthy and active life. If our price is more than your budget allows, consider adopting a rescue Dog rather than encouraging non-reputable breeders. But please remember that there are expenses that will remain the same - or be even more - for an adult dog of unknown origin. Wherever you get your dog from, you must be prepared to deal with the expense of veterinary care.
We understand that some of these amounts are a hefty price for many families to pay for a puppy. Considering the forethought, genetic, health and other testing having been applied to the breeding processes, the time and energy that goes ito raising a happy healthy litter that is well socialized and the fact that the puppy will be with you for a long time, and you have me at your beck and call for any issues that may arise, it is a worthwhile price to pay for a healthy, happy dog.
What do the puppies come with?
Puppies are vaccinated, and de-wormed before they are placed with their new families. They come with our health guarantee. We firmly stand behind the health and temperament of our dogs, and offer a comprehensive lifetime replacement guarantee as detailed in our sales contract.
Each puppy comes with:
1. AKC Registration Papers (You will get these after pup is spayed/neutered)
2. 5 Generation Pedigree (You will get these after pup is spayed/neutered)
3. Health Record, they are vaccinated at 4, 6, 9, & 12, weeks of age, they are wormed every 7-10 days from the time they are 2-weeks-old.
4. A Lifetime Health and Temperament Guarantee for Hereditary/Congenital Defects.
5. A puppy starter kit (Food, Lead, Toy, Vitamins, Puppy Owners Manual)
6. A Puppy Information Packet (House Training, Puppy Proofing, Obedience Training etc.)
7. My Contact info for Lifetime Support
8. Copies of all Health Testing parents have had done.
ALSO available but at additional cost are:
Double Fleece Serged Blanket (great for taking home mom's smell)
(See our Store)
Have the puppies received any vaccinations?
Yes the puppies will have the following vaccinations when leaving.
We provide a health record and a recommended shot schedule for future vaccinations, worming, neutering/spaying.
5 weeks: Proguard Puppy (Canine Infectious Distemper, Parvovirus,)
7 weeks: Proguard Puppy 5 + cvk- (Canine Infectious Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Corona)
9 weeks: Proguard Puppy 5 + cvk- Booster
12 weeks: Proguard Puppy 5 + cvk- Booster
They are wormed every 7-10 days from the time they are 2-weeks-old.
Please take the time to visit this site C.A.R.E.S and learn more about the latest canine vaccine research, education, and how you can help make a difference!
Would you take back a dog if I could no longer keep the dog for whatever reason?
OF COURSE!!! One of the items on our sales contract is regarding returns. Any puppy produced by us is always welcome to come back. We have had some puppies come back due to family crisis, illnesses, unplanned events etc. We keep them until we can place them in new homes. We love our puppies and have the belief that because we created them we are responsible for their well being the entirety of their life.
Why do your Dogs cost more than dogs sold in newspaper ads? I only want a pet.
We understand that you 'only want a pet'. We've 'been there, done that'! Our first Dog was purchased from a backyard breeder at a price we felt comfortable with. Within the first year of his life, he had cost us over $1800 in vet bills! Buying from a backyard breeder can be a false economy especially when you 'only want a pet' as you re investing much more into your puppy then any breeder/show person is. You are investing your heart and soul and when that puppy comes down sick or has to be euthanized, how much would you have paid then?
1. Our puppies' ancestors are not only AKC registered but most are AKC Champions. Thus, they all have been judged by experienced judges to excel as outstanding representatives of the breed. This competitive judging process is time-consuming and expensive. But, because we are breeding to the Standard, our puppies will grow up to LOOK like the breed intend! The puppies you find advertised in the paper come from questionable backgrounds at best. They may well be 'pure-bred' and 'registered', but that is no guarantee that they will look or even have the temperament like tehbreed standard or your idea of the dog you want.
2. Our puppies parents have been health tested as have thier parents and thier parents and so on and our pups have their health carefully monitored, have had preventative de-worming, and are current on all of their vaccinations. We guarantee they are healthy when you get them. Only healthy dogs of the breed standard are used in our breeding program.
3. It takes a big effort and investment to acquire and breed dogs that are sound, healthy, good-natured, and excellent physical representatives of the breed.
4. We are not in this to make money (the idea is funnier than you may think! reputable breeders are SO in the red!)- our aim is to improve the breed as a whole while we enjoy our own dogs at our home and on our laps.
Are there ways to buy a good puppy (not show quality) at a less expensive price?
All good breeders are breeding for show quality, meaning they conform to the AKC standard. Dogs that are sold to pet homes have had the same amount of time put into them as dogs bred for the AKC standard. Logically, it is not possible to show all the dogs coming from a quality litter. Many times people who are aiming for "pet quality" dogs charge as much for their "pets" as those who breed show quality and have to find 'pet' homes for the puppies they are not going to show.
'Pet' and 'Show' quality explained.
Breeding Goals: Potential pet buyers should know that our purpose is to breed show dogs that exemplify the breed standard and
make improvements within the breed in temperament, health and structure. Pet puppies which end up being produced are a delightful by-product of our goals. Consequently, we appreciate your understanding when show puppies are kept by us or by other show breeders. A 'pet quality' puppy could be considered that for one of several reasons in the breed standard - round eyes, too soft (incorrect) coat texture, a tendency to carry the tail too 'gaily' or too low- the list goes on and on. These puppies are still beautiful; probably only a breeder or judge would recognize these faults, and many of these puppies could achieve their Championship. But - we are extremely fussy about the quality the Dog world associates with our kennel name, and so we will choose to place in pet homes some very nice puppies rather than have them exhibited in the show ring.
'Show quality' means that this puppy, in my opinion, has the conformation potential to become a champion. Certainly some puppies I produce that are of this standard I will choose to keep myself - that is why I bred the litter in the first place! If I am lucky, a litter may produce more than one beautiful puppy, and I may consider placing it in a show home. My main interest here is the satisfaction it gives me as a breeder to have produced a champion quality dog; whether it lives with me or in another show home. I place show puppies mostly with people I've developed a relationship with so I know they are committed to showing and bettering the breed.
What is the quality of the puppies?
We are committed to breeding dogs with excellent temperament, health and conformation. We work very hard to make sure the puppies are well socialized. We make every effort to keep up with the latest research about how to breed and raise healthy, well-tempered dogs that meet the breed standard. Our puppies are first-rate quality in terms of structure, health,temperament and socialization.
Do you guarantee the puppies?
Our Puppies come with a Full Lifetime Health Guarantee and Temperament Guarantee.
Our first concern is for the well-being of our puppies throughout their lifetimes.
Therefore, if - for any reason and at any time - you choose not to keep your dog, return the dog to us.
The health of the puppies we produce is of vital concern to us - both for sentimental reasons and because we need to monitor the health of all dogs we produce over their lifetimes to be sure we've not missed anything in our breeding research. We'd appreciate being notified of any and all health issues you encounter in your dog's lifetime.
We make every effort to see that all of the puppies are physically and mentally sound. However, as with all living creatures there are still occasionally defects that are out of our control. This is why we offer these guarantees and stand behind our pups.
If the dogs vet determines that the dog's quality of life is seriously affected because of a genetic defect, Provided the contract terms have been met, we will replace the puppy with another as soon as one becomes available.
What defects are your puppies examined for?
All of our puppies are checked for conformation defects at birth and when leaving for their new home. If any are found they are noted on sales contract. The majority of hereditary diseases are not detectable when a puppy is under 6 months of age. We do offer a lifetime health guarantee against hereditary and congenital diseases and defects.
What kind of health clearances are performed on your dogs?
The health and well-being of our dogs is very important to us.We do health test our dogs and register the results with the OFA (www.offa.org) We test for Hip Dysplasia, Eyes, Cardio and PRA. Occasionally we have dogs older than 2 years, upon which screenings have not yet have been performed. In those cases, their backgrounds and production records will have been clear of any indications of HD, Eye problems or health issues of any kind.
Why do you want me to have my puppy fixed?
We sell our pet puppies either already fixed or with spay/neuter agreements because we know that a fixed dog overall is a happier one. By fixing your dog you avoid unwanted tumors, cysts--unwanted heats -- unwanted litters -- unwanted marking by males -- unwanted wandering.
A fixed pet is a focused pet -- it loses all desires to do anything but be with and please you. If you are not going to breed or show your dog, it is healthier fixed.
This also insures us that the pup will not end up in a puppy mill if sold as it is of no use to a breeder when spayed/neutered. It insures the dog will have a happy healthy home.
What is the difference between a Backyard Breeder and a Reputable Breeder?
First and Foremost is Honesty, I see MANY breeders hide, by this I mean they do not list contact information or if they do they use P.O. Boxes or just list there cities and not their address.
Our requirements for someone to be reputable are as follows:
Do something with the dogs other than just breed them (conformation, sledding, agility, obedience, therapy, field trials, weight pulls, etc.)
Health screenings on the parents
Written Health Guarantee - Less than 24 months is a waste of time because many health problems won't show up until after two years of age. We started the Lifetime Guarantee and are happy to see many breeders following suit however you must still be careful and read through the contract terms as many say lifetime but if you read carefully tends to be only for hips etc. and not the whole dog.
d. Extensive screening procedures for buyers, anyone who is in a big hurry to sell you a dog and does not ask lots of questions is not reputable and are just in it for the money.
Spay/neuter requirements for pets, anyone who sells dogs for breeding purposes to "just anyone" is not reputable and should be avoided at all costs.
Reputable breeders do not breed for coat or eye color but for the overall dog.
Reputable breeders will accept back thier pups/dogs if the owners cannot keep them.
NO REPUTABLE BREEDER will ever raffle a dog off. I have seen breeders claiming to be reputable yet they raffle off thier pups with no concern of who is getting the pup, if they know anything about the breed and if that pup will end up in a bad home or worse a puppy mill.
Do you offer stud service?
Due to Brucellosis running rampant around the country and a few kennels in MN having had it we do not, We keep a closed kennel for the protection of our dogs, our children and our customers. Brucellosis is non curable and passable to humans.
I want to breed my dog and would like to know how to go about it. Will you tell me what to do?
Your dog may not be suitable for breeding, so you should seek the advise of a professional experienced in the breed near you to examine the dog. If your dog came from a pet store or is not AKC registered or was sold by a breeder who had no concern for spay/neuter contracts, health testing, temperament etc. then you should NOT breed your dog.
Why do some puppies eat poop?
When puppies are just little babies, their moms clean up after them. Puppies can learn this behavior from their moms. If your puppy is eating poop, you can sprinkle a little Adolph's meat tenderizer on his food - this makes the poop taste bad. Do this consistently for about a week for best results.
What about the differences in sexes?
There are subtle differences between the sexes but overall there is little difference once your dog has been spayed/neutered. If your puppy is fixed at around 6 months of age, it has not yet started producing nor will it ever produce sex hormones. So behaviors classed/caused by sex are somewhat nonexistent. We will say though having had quite a few males and females, if we had to pick between the two, we like our boys best. Why? The males seem just a little more loyal and dedicated. The females are a little busier than males and a bit more self absorbed. We love those girls too though! It really is a personal preference. Also See Males vs Females
Why is training and housebreaking a life or death matter?
Many adult dogs that end up at animal shelters on death row got there due to neglect in proper training. Time taken, especially in the first two weeks can literally be a lifesaver if you should have to give your dog up. It can also prevent you from being forced to give up your dog due to neighbor's complaints or the law forcing you to put your dog down (in the case of biting.)
What is a microchip? Why would my puppy need one?
A microchip implant is for permanent identification in case your puppy is ever lost or stolen. It is about the size of a grain of rice and is imbedded in the muscle between the shoulder blades of your puppy. It is a near painless procedure (like getting a shot) that takes about 3 seconds. If your puppy was ever lost and found by a Humane Society or Animal Control, it would be scanned and then you would be notified of where your puppy was limiting the time your puppy spent away from home.
All of our dogs are microchipped. It gives us piece of mind. We have recently started micro-chipping all puppies as part of the AKC Puppy Packet. It is required because we have had 3 pups returned to owners/us that otherwise would have ended up in the system and who knows what would have happened to them.
I hope this has answered all your questions; if not please contact me and I will also post your question here.
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