~ WE ARE TAKING DEPOSITS ON UPCOMING LITTERS ~
Our puppies are usually all sold before they’re born, so you’ll want to be sure to get on the waiting list. We require a nonrefundable $200 deposit that is deducted from the price of your puppy. Give Christopher a call and he’ll tell you how to get on the waiting list.
Something Christopher always tells people is that color and gender doesn’t hunt: The pedigree hunts. In other words, our breeders have pedigrees with multiple field trial champions in their background. That’s your assurance you’re going to get a puppy that will be a great field dog. That same pedigree shows these dogs are smart and disciplined. For people that are only looking for a pet, that’s what you want, a puppy that is super smart and easy to train.
Puppies are born around 63 days from when the dogs are bred. Add six weeks to that date if you’re going to pick your puppy up, or eight weeks if it will be shipped. For planning purposes, this will give you a pretty good idea when you’re going to be able to get your puppy.
After the puppies are a few days old, Christopher will call you and tell you what the mama had. If the color or sex of puppy you want isn’t available, then your name will roll over to the top of the list for the next litter. When the puppy you want has been born, Christopher will tell you the dates of the weekend it will be ready to be picked up if it’s not being shipped. If you have a vacation or something planned at that pick-up or shipping time, then you may want to wait for the next litter. It’s no fun for the puppy after all its litter mates are gone. If we have to hold the puppy more than 3 days beyond the ship or pick-up date, there will be a $25 per day fee for boarding unless arrangements are made with Christopher in advance.
Timing is critical for their development. We’re often asked why we let the puppies go at six weeks instead of eight weeks. Large breed dogs develop more slowly and need to stay with their mothers and litter mates longer. It’s not unusual for a breeder to hold them until they’re twelve weeks old. We’ve found with English cockers by the time the puppy is six weeks old, it has been eating dry food out of its mom’s bowl since it was three weeks old; it has been weaned for more than a week; and it’s had two weeks to play rough and tumble with their litter mates without mom’s supervision. By six weeks they are at a perfect age for bonding with their new owners. It also puts them in a new environment with new stimuli. Owners miss out on that extra-special bonding time if they wait until the puppy is older. At six weeks they’re very sweet and you’ll have a little time with them before they get to the chewing stage and start acting like … well, a puppy!