Most people come to us saying “I’d like a light-coloured dog” or “the puppy has to be female” or “we’d like a dog about 30 lbs” or the like. For our part, however, we focus on matching the temperament of the dog to the lifestyle of the family. Colour, sex, and size are “first impression” external features. But what if that “perfect” puppy with all the right physical characteristics is a lively, energetic, go-getter when you really want a snuggly lap-warmer? It’s a recipe for disaster. So, while we will accept your indications of your preferred colour, sex and size, the questions on our application form focus on temperament, lifestyle, favourite activities and so on.
So, you ask, how can we possibly know at such a young age which puppy will have the best temperament for your family? If you’re a parent, you know that you kid’s character comes through pretty early! When the puppies are seven weeks old, we bring in a dog behaviourist who runs each puppy through a set of simple exercises and observes how they react. With her in-depth knowledge of dog behaviour and her ability to read their body language, she can quickly determine the puppy’s social characteristics and focus. She writes up a report on each pup.
Using this information, we match the pup’s temperament to your family’s lifestyle.Strting with the first family on our reserve list, we send you a choice of two puppies that we believe are the best match for you. Once the first family has made their selection, we move down the list. Note, however, that every family’s needs and preferences are kept in mind from the beginning, so being the last on the list does not mean you won’t get the best puppy for you.
Also between six and eight weeks of age, the puppies will have their first vaccinations (6-7 weeks old) and be neutered (7-9 weeks old). At this young age, they bounce back from surgery very quickly - a day later, you’d hardly know they just had surgery! We will also send you a copy of the draft contract and health guarantee for your review.