Although we are small hobby breeders, we are committed to doing our very best to be responsible breeders. We are committed to using the best information available to us to influence our breeding program, to use the best recommendations available to influence our practices, and to using the best tools available to assist us in this wonderful task of producing and rearing puppies. Above all, we are committed to remembering that we are entrusted with these wonderful puppies for just a short time, that ultimately they will become your companions for many years to come.
~Health Screening & Genetic Testing ~
Gone are the days where 'shots and wormed' or 'vet checked' were acceptable standards for producing healthy puppies. With the advance of science we now have the ability to go beyond this and test for the commonly known issues of each breed. Health screening & genetic testing should include breed specific as outlined by the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC). For further information, see the AKC article on Dog Breed Health Testing Requirements.
We believe that healthy dogs and puppies involves regular veterinary care but health clearances are more than that. We are committed to taking every precaution we can to ensure we are producing litters that have the best chance of being healthy for years to come .
The way we do this is to start with parents that have had proper health screenings to ensure they are not inflicted with any health conditions as well as genetic testing to ensure they do not carry any inheritable genetic diseases that could be passed on to the puppies. This commitment is not a cheap or easy one, it takes more effort and money than many breeders are willing to put forward.
We take these extra steps to ensure we are starting with the healthiest parents and producing the healthiest puppies we can.
However it must be noted that these steps cannot altogether prevent or guarantee against
the occurrence of a health conditions or inheritable diseases.
These steps can assure both breeder and buyer that every precaution has been taken to avoid the occurrence and it most certainly decreases the possibility of producing puppies with health conditions or inheritable diseases. Purchasing puppies from breeders that are committed to proper veterinary care, health screening and genetic testing provides you with the healthiest puppy possible. It also supports the success of responsible breeders and sets a standard for other breeders to work towards.
~ Puppy Culture: a gold standard in puppy rearing and early socialization ~
We are committed to using the Puppy Culture Program so that you each puppy has the very best start to life.
The Puppy Culture program was developed by Jane Killion, professional dog trainer and breeder. It is a comprehensive, organized program for breeders to follow during the first weeks of a puppy's life. The first 12 weeks of a puppy's life are incredibly important.
The program is divided into week-by-week protocols, proven by science to ensure the best outcomes for our puppies. By following this program, we as breeders have an opportunity to make a dramatic impact on each puppy’s ultimate personality. Preparing our puppy buyers is as important as breeding good puppies. We will give you checklists and key points to help prepare you to follow through with the Puppy Culture program after you take your puppy home.
We're not just putting puppies on the ground, we're putting new relationships into the world.
The Puppy Culture program covers:
Preparation and Prenatal Care
Early Neurological Stimulation
Weaning Setup and Suggestions
Preparing Your Puppy Buyers
~ Memberships and Affiliations ~
We are committed to ongoing professional development in our breeding program through our memberships and affiliations with many well recognized sources. These include: