General Questions

  • Do you ship puppies? I prefer puppies be picked up, however I know that is not always possible for a variety of reasons. I have shipped in the past without issue using the Delta Pet Safe program. All shipping charges and damages are assumed by the buyer. Shipping charges are 550.00 this includes pre flight vet check, crate and dishes, airfare, transport to Minneapolis/St Paul airport. I use Delta Pet Safe pet priority. It is a bit more expensive than some other carries, but "dash" pets get the priority placement and service over all other live cargo.

  • Where are you located: We are in Hope, MN approx 1 hour south of Minneapolis just off of I-35

 

  • Do you ground transport/deliver puppies? Short distances (under an hour) may be an option

 

  • Do you have both parents on site? Often but not always. I will at times use an outside stud if it furthers my breeding endeavors; such as bringing in a desired trait. If I choose to use an outside stud, it will still have to meet my exacting standards on temperament, health and conformation.

 

  • What is "health testing"? Health testing is much more than taking a dog to the vets and proclaiming it "healthy". When breeders or potential buyers are looking at "health testing" they should be looking at what testing has been done on the parents of the litter. Health testing includes, but not limited to: OFA (OVC or Pennhip) certification on hips/elbows, testing for vWD (von Willebrands disease), NE (Neonatal Encephalopathy), DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) and others. By testing breeding dogs, a breeder is trying to winnow out ailments common to the breed, and provide the healthiest of pups.

 

  • How much are deposits? 200.00 deposit will hold your puppy. I will accept personal checks for deposits only. Balance is due in cash on pickup. If you wish to pay balance using a personal check, it will need to be paid two weeks prior to puppy leaving.

 

  • Are deposits refundable? The short answer is: Yes. I understand that unexpected life events happen and situations change where bringing in a new puppy is suddenly not feasible. I cannot in good conscience keep anyone's money that does not get a puppy from me nor do I wish to force a puppy on to someone who may no longer be in a position to care for the puppy. I just ask for a serious commitment prior to sending a deposit and making your decision to bring a puppy into your life.

 

 

  • Do you accept deposits on future litters or pups not yet born? Sorry, as a general rule, no I do not. A dog for many reasons may only have a couple puppies, or the breeding doesn't take. I do not mass produce puppies, so holding onto someone's money could be a long prospect. I start to take deposits after puppies have been born.

 

  • Do you have a waiting list? Not really, it has proven too difficult to keep up with. However, I do announce on Facebook page and here, when a litter is due. If you see one of these announcements, contact me then, and that is when I build my list. Once the puppies are born, I go through my applicant list  in order of received and they are given the opportunity to put a deposit down before I advertise puppies.

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  • What is the difference between Full AKC and Limited AKC registration: Most people will purchase a puppy on limited registration. This means the dog cannot be used for breeding. The purebred puppy can compete in all AKC events except Conformation, and all UKC events. Full AKC registration is for people who wish to show their dogs and/or breed. 

 

  • Do you warranty your puppies for genetic defects? Yes, please visit the Contract page for details.

 

  • Do you sell your puppies with breeding rights? Breeding rights are on a case by case basis. I am more than willing to work with breeders or potential breeders that have a solid breeding plan as well as warranty and return policy on pups born. Puppy Mills need not apply.

 

  • Do you sell your puppies to pet stores? That would be a big fat NO! I want to get to know potential owners, make sure the puppy will have a great home. as well as keep in touch with their new owners.

  • Why do you want puppies to wait for a year before spaying and neutering?

  • Please read THIS and watch THIS. That being said, I am not the "spay/neuter police"..and I will never say anyone is a "bad" owner for spaying or neutering younger than a year...everyone has to make their own decisions based on family and lifestyle, just note that some of my warranties alter if done earlier than a year.