We breed occasionally. Pups do not leave here until they are 9 weeks of age; New Hampshire State law requires they be at least 8 weeks.
All pups are born in the house under supervision. They do not go outside until they have their eyes open and can walk.
All pups will have had their first puppy shot of parvo and distemper, will have been wormed several times, and been to the vet for a full examination. Each pup will have received a detailed health certificate signed by my vet (as is required by New Hampshire State Law).
All our pups are microchipped at the vet's when the have their health exams.
All pups leave with a puppy packet which includes instruction sheets, explanations on spaying and neutering, vaccinations and general care. All pups go under contract that they will be spayed/neutered after they are done growing.
We firmly believe that all puppies need to go to puppy kindergarten and/or basic obedience; we require you train the pup.
If some unforeseen event happens and you find you cannot keep the dog, we require immediate notification. We do not believe that a humane society or animal shelter is the best place for an animal to go. We will either help you find a good home for your dog or take it back until a home can be found.
We temperament test all of our pups prior to their leaving here. We place our pups according to temperament and activity in the household. We do not let you pick the pup you want though we will listen to your reasons for wanting a specific pup; we have the final say where pups are going to go.
We do not sell pups on full registration for breeding. All our pups are sold as companion pets not for breeding. Any breeding potential pup either stays here with us or is placed with good breeder friends. We are not going to sell you a show dog.
We do not place more than one pup in the same home from the same litter. This has to do with pups bonding to each other and not with their humans. We recommend that you wait 6 months to 1 year before adding another pup. We will let you pick gender and color but the less specific you are in what you want is easier for all involved.
We do not place pups with anyone as a gift without meeting the person the “gift” is intended for. We need to know that the person that the pup is being purchased for wants the pup. At no time will we place pups as Christmas gifts. Christmas is too busy and too stimulating for babies.
We do not allow visitors to see pups until pups are 5 weeks old and then only if we can have this visit outside. Our pups are born and raised in the house and are subject to picking up germs that are carried in so we do not allow people in the house. We do send weekly updates with photos of pups and a description of what stage of growth they are at.
If you are interested in one of our pups, you may email us initially, but at some point, we will require a telephone interview.
(To protect our pups against outside health risks, we ask that you only plan to visit one breeder a day. If you have been to another breeder before visiting us in the same day please be sure to go home, change foot wear and sanitize before coming to us.)
Our girls are not bred until they are at least 24 months old (when they are determined to be fully mature and not puppies) and have had their final health clearances.
Prior to breeding our dogs are tested for the following:
- Hips and Elbows, Rated through OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)
- OFA Eye Exams (annually)
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)
- Retinal Dysplasia/OSD (RD/OSD)
- Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK)
- Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM)
- Heart rated through OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)
We have recently started to test for the following:
- SD2 (Skeletal Dysplasia)
- Dilute (coat that produces unacceptable colors like silver)
- Copper Toxicosis
- Macular Corneal Dystrophy
Copies of all the above-listed health certificates go home with each puppy.