Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Which puppy has the best personality?
A: People come to visit here and sometimes spend hours trying to decide which puppy has the best personality. After having received feedback from several thousand past puppy buyers, I have learned that there doesn't seem to be any significant difference between the personalities of mentally healthy dogs once they are adapted and settled into their new home. While some puppies may seem to be more shy or afraid when you take them out to the play area or take them to your home, remember that they have met you for the first time, and this should be interpreted as a show of intelligence because you can at least be sure that the puppy realizes that you are a total stranger that may be a threat to him. If you buy one of the girlie pets that has been subjected to 50+ years of breeding his cousins together just to make them pretty for the dog show, he may never quit wagging the tail and licking even total strangers in the face. You might think he's sweet, but you may always wonder if the dog can remember who you were from yesterday. Many visitors have commented over the years that many of these types of pets could never remember anything about their house training. Some purebred dogs are likely to consistently have a good personality, although it is normal for the more intelligent breeds, and also the older puppies to be slower to get comfortable when you take them home. It is best to buy a hybrid dog if you want the best opportunity for a consistently great kid friendly personality. For example, purebred Chihuahuas can be loud, snippy, and stubborn, while Chihuahua Hybrids are typically a warm, fun, sweet, reserved, easy to train, and low cost family pet that loves children.
Q: Why are ours some of the world's best AND cheapest pups?
A: Our care standard includes the following veterinary care ALREADY DONE at specific ages. Minimum recommended age of adoption is 10 weeks, with any pet older than 10 weeks being a better value and more secure investment because of decreased risk of disease and stress related adaptive issues (travel, playing with children or other pets, etc). 5 weeks-Neopar. 7 weeks-Nobivac 5way. 9-10 weeks-Neopar. 13 weeks-Nobivac. 16 weeks Nobivac. 20 weeks Nobivac. Rabies can be done at 16 weeks of age. Puppies also have had fecal analysis and correction for parasites and bacterial imbalances that can cause problems in the near future. They get Ivomec Topical to prevent Sarcoptic and Demodectic Mange, Ear Mites, Fleas, and Ticks. Specific wormers are also given as needed. Coccidiostat is used to prevent protozoa. Heart worm preventatives are also up to date. Because one of every three pups sold in the US die from parvo virus each year, and because Neopar seems to be the only vaccine that is protecting against mutated strains of the virus, our goal is that your pet get TWO doses of Neopar BEFORE it goes home, and does not need veterinary care until booster vaccines are due! NOTHING is more important for your puppy than 2 doses of Neopar. A wise buyer should not adopt even a free puppy that did not get 2 Neopar vaccines! For those who want a healthy puppy with no immediate vet bills, NO PUPPY, not even a FREE puppy, is likely to be CHEAPER than ours!
Q: I can't afford it now, or I need to wait until.....
A: Many things become a part of the decision to get a pet, such as waiting until after vacation or other special event. What about vacations in the future or special events in the future after you own the pet? What are you going to do for entertainment while you are waiting to "afford" the puppy. We all must be entertained in some way. Nothing is cheaper than a puppy, because a puppy is the entertainer that once home and trained, provides endless hours of repeated joy. Most people CAN afford to buy a puppy, because they WILL SPEND THAT MONEY in some way because they are bored and need to entertain themselves. As for when to buy, I have found that life is so busy for the average family, that there is never a time in life that is a perfectly convenient time to buy a puppy. My suggestion is to buy the puppy and let the puppy blend into your life events, instead of allowing the new pet to be a disruption and interfere with normal family function.
Q: How much do they shed?
A: Three basic coat choices are available in dogs of all breeds. Short-haired dogs do shed. Most of this is limited to shedding the winter coat in the springtime and indoor shedding can be reduced by brushing outdoors. New tools like the Furminator comb are available now that can reduce the shedding of short coated dogs by up to 90%. Some of the silky long-coated breeds are low or non-shedders. These types of pets have significant grooming and maintenance expenses over the life of your pet. The only other option to completely avoid both haircuts and shedding is to buy a hairless pet.
The idea that the pet does not shed is the single greatest factor that will complicate your pet ownership experience. Since most long haired non-shedding pets are old favorites that have in many cases been subjected to years of line breeding just to make them look pretty for the dog show, pets that don't shed are in my opinion more likely to be less healthy, less intelligent, and three times more expensive to own. I personally would much rather have an ugly dog that I truly loved than to have "Miss Canine America" not love my family or always urinate in my floor. We do have new tools now, such as the "Furminator" comb, that are quite effective in combing loose hair out of the coat of short haired dogs. These tools when used properly can almost eliminate hair loss indoors with your short haired pet. Choosing to deal with the shedding problem in this way can save megabucks in ownership costs that are related to long coats also. It is also a good way to get a more intelligent and healthier pet. Have you ever noticed that most owners of long haired dogs elect to keep them shaved short so they don't need to deal with mats and tangles? These are the folks who should have bought the Rat Terrier instead. If you are interested in a non-shedding dog because you have allergies, please also see our allergies link.
|"The Furminator" anti-shed comb! Using this tool when the short haired dog begins to lose his winter coat is said to reduce his shedding by up to 90%!
This large variety of this product costs approximately the same as just one haircut! Now it is possible for you to have a really healthy and more intelligent almost no shed pet without the mental and physical issues and related expenses that too often occur in the "girlie" pets. This would be much easier to use than brushing a long coat every day just to keep it from becoming matted or tangled, or bathing it enough to make it develop skin conditions while trying to prevent it from smelling like the urine that constantly gets in the hair when it squats to urinate. The only logical reasons to buy the long haired reduced shedding pets now would be that you enjoy doing hair or that you think they're really cute! Because some short haired dogs don't smell as badly as many long haired breeds and because less outdoor allergens are likely to become entrapped in the hair of a short coat breed, a short haired pet that has been properly combed may have more hypoallergenic value to some patients than the long coat non shedders. Now you can have almost no shedding and use that hair cut money for car payments, etc.!
Q: Should I buy a male or a female puppy?
A: Most male puppies neutered promply at 6 months of age will always squat to urinate like a female. Males are also often more confident than females, and are therefore less likely to urinate in the floor by accident when they get nervous or excited! With all other things in the environment being equal, male puppies seem to like women better, while female pups often prefer men! Although a high percentage of our puppies are likely to love most family members, there can sometimes be an advantage in choosing a pup opposite the sex of the pup's intended favorite person! So many women are in love with a look or with the idea of putting dresses on their pet or putting bows in its ears, that they improve the chances that the dog won't like them as their favorite person just because they bought a female puppy. The fact that so many of these female "girlie" pets are childish also contributes to this situation, because these are the pets that most often prefer men over female owners
Q: Which are your best pet for kids?
A: All of these pets that we raise here are excellent choices to befriend your children! Call me to discuss these issues in detail.
Q: How big do they get?
A: Most of the pets we sell here are in the 5-25 lb size range. Most people who are attracted to indoor pets generally agree that the smallest one is the cutest. Many think that 20+ lbs is too big for an indoor pet. My advice to every pet owner is to choose a house pet that's small enough, but not too small. Many of those dogs that mature less than 10 lbs can be handicapped by their size. Dogs that are too small are more likely to have shorter life spans and increased occurrences of diabetes, allergy problems, epilepsy, etc, later in life than are pets that are even slightly larger. Many of those who choose the smallest later wish that the dog had been big enough to climb the stairs without their constant assistance and to jump up and down off the furniture without damaging his knees.
Q: How long do they live?
A: Many factors can impact the life expectancy of a pet. Average life spans for a 3 lb pet are 4-7 years, while a 10-12 lb pet is likely to live 14-16 years. It is those 15-20 lb active breeds with healthy anatomy and no long hair to get in their eyes and make them go blind that seem to do the best. One visitor told me that his giant size 25 lb Rat Terrier lived 31 years; another that his Beagle lived to be 24.
Q: Should I buy a purebred puppy or a hybrid mix?
A: Hybrids are intentional mixes, some of which have an ("X") in their descriptions on our site, are typically mentally and physically healthier than most purebreds. Rat Terriers, Beagles, and a few of the purebreds are a healthy genetics pet, while most purebred dogs are much more likely to have health problems than a hybrid. I am sometimes dumbfounded by the questions people ask when calling about pets. Some ask "are they registered", as if this makes them a greater prize. I would estimate that at least one-third of the registered dogs that I have seen over the past 25 years were not purebreds AND I would also estimate that purebred line bred pedigreed show dogs are three times more likely to be mentally incompetent and have weird health problems and die young than Rat Terriers or hybrid mixes. I will never understand why some pet owners are dumb enough to think expensive registered show dogs are better. You would be surprised if you knew how many of these tiny show champions don't live more than 3 years before having liver disease, kidney failure, or "too small" health problems because their health has been compromised by line breeding for show purposes just to make them look pretty. There was a time when your pedigreed show dog was once a mutt or mongrel before the word hybrid became popular. Line breeding for genetic refinement just to make them look pretty is likely the main thing that has in so many cases changed their mental and physical health while being bred to look as they do today. The linebred dogs with fancy pedigrees have many genetic defects as a result of refinements to improve their size and appearance. After having to give away many expensive dogs that we have bought for breeding purposes because they produced genetic defects and many were mentally retarded, I feel that common dogs not subject to line/show breeding are healthier. As a result of this, we breed many dogs without pedigrees and with hearsay genetics, and we represent them as they have been represented to us. This approach seems to have eliminated the genetic defects in our breedings, but the offspring of some breedings can show atypical physical characteristics. I apologize in advance if your pet does not prove as represented in a DNA test, Veterinary Doctors remain divided regarding the accuracy of these tests results, and I have seem some erractic and improbable results which cause me to question the validity of the tests also. A few months ago, I read a post from someone whose registered yellow lab's DNA results tested 75% toy poodle. To buy a hybrid mix is one of the best ways to undo the damage that line breeding has done to so many of these pets. However, some of the hybridized pups will have atypical physical characteristics, as compared to traditional breedings. In short, the true value of a pet lies in the happiness it brings to our families, and not in its pedigree.
Q: How much are they?
A: Prices are posted under each video in the breed links. You should also consider ownership costs if you really don't want to spend lots of money on a pet. It is important that you think an affordable dog is cute, so avoid less healthy genetics, pets that weigh less than 5 lbs, and also pets with long hair! Many look at our girlie pets and complain of purchase price. I always respond by saying that it's not my fault that you think this expensive pet is cute. We have many other more affordable and practical choices!
Q: Which breeds do people seem to like the best?
A: Hybrid mixes are favorites. The only people who don't like these are those buyers who would not do a good job with training and discipline. Most first time buyers feel that this is the best all around pet they've ever owned. Some pure bred dogs can be difficult to house train and have serious personality and size-related health problems. Some breeds can be mischievous and destructive of personal property if not properly crate trained. For example, 30% who buy pure bred Jack Russells give them away at some point, because they are so hyper when young, and often bite, causing serious injury when older. All of those who buy pure bred Boston Terriers think they're sweet, but many are disappointed in their out-of-control rudeness and potential for expensive health problems. Many who buy long-coated girlie pets don't want another one next time because of maintenance expenses or housetraining difficulties.
Q: How old are the puppies or when can they go home with me?
A: We recommend that all smaller breeds be at least 10 weeks old before going home with you, but 11 or 12 weeks is a better age for some pets if a stressful situation waits at your home. Puppies that are 10 weeks old have been vaccinated at least 3 times, so chances that the pup will get a virus are very slim. Puppies that are 10 weeks old can handle the stress of adapting better, and are a great value, because more puppy shots will have been given, so fewer vet visits resulting in tremendous savings are required between 8 and 20 weeks of age. For example, a 10 week old pup will need to go to the vet for puppy shots again at 13, 16, and 20 weeks. If you choose an available 20 week pup, these vaccines have already been given, and you don't pay to finish the puppy shot schedule. Because small breed puppies grow into their young adult frames by 5 months old, it is also an advantage to be able to tell just how big the dog is going to get and to be able to tell more about his adult appearance.
Q: Shouldn't your child's pet be raised by an experienced professional?
A: Our pups are born INDOORS on computer controlled heating pads. Our puppies will touch the ground for the first time when you bring him home! ! BACKYARD BREEDERS OR HOME HOBBY BREEDERS don't have a USDA standard facility because they are not willing to spend the money. (Our kennel facility cost $100,000.00). Instead, they choose to exploit the dogs in unsanitary environment and call those of us who care enough to maintain a nice facility "puppy mills". Those who raise puppies in the back yard or in the back room are the people who are truly guilty of animal exploitation because the pups often get sick and die. Want to be able to tell the difference between an animal care professional and a back room puppy miller? Ask to see their kennel facility or photos made in it! You should be thankful for any person who provides a good place from which to get a pet. It is my opinion that no one can make a huge amount of money raising and selling puppies if they care for them properly. I do this because I enjoy the animals and I also enjoy the happiness that they bring to people. If you question the need for our puppies, you should get out and try to find another USDA standard nursery from which to buy a healthy puppy or go to the shelter and try to find a small breed puppy exactly like you want! Just last week, I sold a puppy to a vet tech who works for the Humane Society. After watching the shelter every day for more than 2 years to try to find a small breed pup that she wanted as a house pet, she finally gave up on adoption because "all of those available were too big to keep in my apartment".
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