“Which puppy will be ours!?” This is the first question I am asked. Of course you want to know! Adding a puppy to the family is exciting and knowing exactly which puppy you are bringing home matters!
We take great care and pride in our breeding program–the health of our puppies and the socialization they receive as they develop.
Along with these important factors, we also spend countless hours observing each individual puppy to help determine which one will thrive in each type of lifestyle and family.
Our “Choosing a puppy” process is a two-fold system. We ask for, and welcome, input from potential puppy families and ask each family to give us their top choices in the litter, once they reach the age of 3-4 weeks. Raising our puppies using “Puppy Culture” gives us a huge advantage to recognizing small differences between each puppy. We begin sharing these observations with waiting families, as well as sharing many videos and photos.
As the puppies age and are being selected in appropriate order (order deposits were received), we will do our very best to give you an idea of who may or may not be available.
We will send out a questionnaire to each waiting family asking for specific details such as their training experience, lifestyle and more. This helps us have a better idea of what temperament may fit best with their family. We take the information from each family and make suggestions based on what they are asking for along with the observations we have made in each puppy. Although we do place puppies based on the order of deposits received, we also will only place a puppy in your home if it is a good fit. We ask families to be open-minded when it comes to the many varied specifics such as gender and color. The more open-minded you are in the allocation process, the sooner we will be to place a puppy in your home. That being said, if you are very confident of your color and/or gender preference, we do promise to do everything possible to help you get your desired puppy as soon as possible. But please remember that matching temperament with lifestyle is our first priority! When your deposit placement brings you to “your turn”, you will have the option to choose a puppy from those available (and who fits your family’s lifestyle) or you can “pass” and roll the the top of the list at the next litter if you are hoping for a different size, color, gender or temperament.
We have yet to have a family that is anything but thrilled and appreciative of the perfect placement of their new puppy.
We hope this answers all of your questions about how “choosing your puppy” works.
Puppies go home between 8 weeks and 9 weeks of age. Whether shipping or picking up in person, we ask that you arrange to have your puppy come home as close to 8 weeks as possible. Puppies are ready to bond and their minds come into a new season where they need more one-on-one attention and want to develop their bond to their family. If you need us to hold your puppy for up to 10 additional days beyond 9 weeks, we ask for $12 day to help cover extra time and expenses.
We will look forward to hearing from you!