A small hobby breeder is someone that takes much pride in their dogs, the breed, and providing the best quality dog to the best homes! This means my dogs are a part of the family, they are not left outside in kennels, a lot of time and money goes into picking the right dog to potentially breed (even then they dont all make it into my program and have to rehomed at a lesser price than paid), a lot of time and money goes into choosing quality, genetic tested lines, a lot of time is spent training and showing my dogs to make sure they are a good representation of the breed before breeding them, but most of all this means breeding is not my source of income! I do not have a lot of dogs having litters year round. It also means I happily provide lifetime support to all of my puppy buyers, and love to receive updates on the puppies I poured my heart and soul into raising! The Responsible Hobby Breeder…
1. Is dedicated to producing quality dogs as a serious avocation. Has so much invested in dogs that s/he struggles to break even, rarely making a "profit." Will sell pups only to approved buyers!
2. Can explain how and why the breeding was planned, with emphasis on specific qualities through linebreeding or outcrossing.
3. Has breeding stock proven in the show, agility, or other competion venues. Has all breeding stock genetic tested and can produce certification to prove claims.
4. Lifetime support of the puppies they sell, and commitment to replace a dog with genetic faults or to help owner deal with problem.
5. Loves the breed and can talk at length about the breed's history, background, uses, and ideal type.
6. Has a serious investment in dog equipment such as puppy pens, crates and grooming tables and knows how to use it.
7. Belongs to and is actively involved with local or national dog clubs which indicates a love for the sport and welfare of dogs as a whole. Exhibits his/her own dogs at dog shows on a regular basis as an objective test of how their stock measures up to The Standard. Can identify ownership and whereabouts of all dogs listed on pedigrees.
8. Shows litter and other family members in a sanitary environment.
9. Prices will be at medium to high end of local range, not cut-rate. Price won't reflect all that is invested in pups.
10. After purchase, will help with grooming or training problems. Will take back pup you can't keep rather than see it disposed of inappropriately.
Why are puppies priced as they are?
A lot of time and money goes into each litter. From making sure both parents are tested and vet checked before breeding, to the food and supplements provided to the mom during pregnancy, to the vet supplies needed during whelp, the extra food and supplements needed for growing puppies, the vaccinations, dewormers, vet checks, tail and dewclaw removal done by a vet, the time that goes into raising each litter correctly, the time that is spent training and socializing each puppy, the time that goes into evaluating each puppy to ensure it is being placed into the right home, the time it takes to advertise and take pictures. This all adds up, and it is not cheap when it is done right! This does not even allow for the cost if there is an emergency vet visit, or a c-section.
Do you allow visitors?
The short answer is no! The long and detailed answer can be seen by clicking on the tab on the home page! It is mainly for biohazard and security reasons. If you are leery because of this, just ask me to live chat with you and/or the puppies. Ask for a specific video of the puppy you are interested in! I always provide weekly updated photos of each puppy, frequent updates on each puppy's weight, and videos when they are old enough. This can all be seen on my Facebook page! This gives you a more in depth look at each puppy, the living environment, and each puppy's personality! Along with lots of helpful information on each puppy, their parents, and their personality.
Do you socialize your litters?
Yes! My puppies are handled from day 1, I work with my litters extensively doing ENS (Early neurological stimulation) and raise them with the Puppy Culture Method. This allows them to adjust easily to new environments, people, and situations with ease. We work with them on potty training, crate training, socialization to livestock, dogs, children, noises, and new environments!