Here we try to answer all the Questions that people ask most often. Such as: "pricing", "sizing"....
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1. Is this puppy available?
2. How do i buy this puppy?
3. Can you send me more pictures?
4. Is shipping safe?
5. Are the puppies home raised?
6. What determines price?
7. Are Prices Negotiable?
8. Are local neighborhood mixed breed cheaper puppies just as good?
9. Is there any difference between male female?
10. How many breeds do we breed?
11. What age can puppy go into new home?
12. What is your Vaccine & med. schedule?
13. How many litters do you have a year?
14. How often do you breed the mother?
15. What type of dog food do we feed?
16. Do you have References?
17. What Guarantee's do you offer?
18. Do you sell your puppies on a spay / neuter contract?
19. Will you take puppy back, in event we are no longer able to provide care?
20. Is Adopting a "Rescue" puppy dog safe?
21. Does having a "Waiting List" for puppies determine a "Reputable Breeder"?
22. Does the offspring look like the parents?
23. Does Size Matter?
24. Are the puppies Socialized?
25. Why are the older puppies still here? What's wrong with them?
1. Is this puppy available? ....check the list of puppies posted. Puppies are all available unless there is a posted sign "on hold, or sold" @ top right corner of the puppys ad description. When you see "on hold" that means the sale of this puppy is pending per the process of paperwork, and deposit being mailed. Also, a post of "Sold" means that the we recieved paperwork and deposit for that puppy and therefore puppy is sold @ this point.
2. How do I buy a puppy? ... Basically, what you need to do is call Me asap. So, we can discuss the pet screening questions, and we answer all of your questions. Just to confirm this is the right puppy for you. Then the paperwork (sales contract, pet screening form, and $150. deposit needs to be mailed to us. Unless your local, we'll then make a appointment @ your earliest convenience to meet your new puppy.
3. Can you send me more pictures? Yes, but not on a weekly basis. We normally take the puppies pic's @ 8 wks. of age. If we have time we do newborns pics but those are optional. We try to keep pics current fitting the puppies actual look. Some puppy pic's although taken a short time earlier still show what the puppy actually looks like.
4. Is Shipping Safe? .... Yes. In our opinion via a VIP Puppy Dash Service. Since 2018 Delta no shorkie puppies can be shipped. We've been shipping for 20+ yrs. now. We like to stay with what works. We never lost a puppy nor have any damages...We have tried other airlines and find Delta the best for us. Details on the the Shipping page of what exactly happens when puppy is shipped.
5. Are the Puppies Home Raised? Some have been born in the home w/ us or in a Nursery Designed for Whelping puppies. They are touched, talked too, played with, enjoy their yummy foods including moist & dry kibble at approx.
6 wks. of age. Bigger litters are offered more food so Mom isn't overworked with Nursing. Note: We work along with other Breeders who are part of our Breeding Program. We all follow the same protocol - in regards to Whelping, Socializing, and Health Care...
6. What determines price?
- First pick of litter is always the highest. As this is the best in litter.
- Our Time is Precious. We shutter to think of how many hrs. we spend in caring for Sires/dams/puppies from birth. 24/7. Rain or shine. Despite special gatherings, such as weddings, funerals, vacations....
- Expense's (hold onto your hat): Advertising alone is really high, USDA Federal License, DATCP State License, and Oconto County License. New Law Expense's. Supplies & material Costs for safe-stress friendly facility: Indoor & Outdoor, and complete Indoor office. This Includes, High Quality Survalance System, Infloor Heating, Kitchen and Grooming Stations (pet dryers: one for bledding/towels/clothes and another higher end one for drying puppy dogs, all grooming equipment- clippers, shampoos...), Vet bills for any spay, neuter, c section, rabies, requested testing (for Breeding Program) and teething cleaning..(which can and has- run the risk of losing the dog and needing to replace her/him). Chew toys, collars, Blankets....Diet: dog foods, human grade fresh meats, butcher bones, some fruits/vegetable's, dairy products and costly vitamins/herbs. Kennel Help and Babysitters when needed. There is more but one might get the idea with what's mentioned here. All these expenses can vary pending the Breeder. One we work with from time to time makes their own premium organic gruel for weaning puppies in a stainless steel kitchen with walk in cooler. We do not do that here.
- Any unique rare exotic colors can affect the price.
- Any teacups, pocket, minnie puppys due to the extra consisderable time & expense we put into raising them.
- Gender or Sex of puppy determines price as there are far less females in litters born then males. So, females can be more.
- Developed Quality Breeding Program. We have proven sires & dams as our foundation breeding stock that have taken us several years to develope into a sound clean proven line. We don't interbreed, so we need to "buy" outside lines to maintain a higher quality. And, I have to tell you, after all this > we don't buy junk. You might notice the quality of our puppies. Safe clean breeding is a must at all cost.
7. Are Price's Negotiable? Normally No. The economy has been hard on us w/ raising Quality dogs. It cost alot more to raise them today than any other time. We run sales, and offer discounts for any handicapped, special needs, and nursing homes, if the dog lives at the home.
8. Are the local neighborhood backyard breeders just as good? No! The cheaper priced puppies run more risk of uninvited problems down the road. Offspring from their puppy dogs are of poor quality.
Also, They Operate Without a code of Ethics.
- Some Do not claim their sales on their taxes.
- Most do not offer Quality Vaccine's, Dewormers, and certainly not Heartwormer. And Inexperience
with vaccines is very harmful. Example: they want to vaccinate their new litter of puppies, so
many go to Fleetfarm to buy an over-the-counter 7way vaccine. (that's the only puppy vacc.
fleetfarm carries).Only it has "Lepo" in it. Which is major dangerous for toy breeds such as morkies and shorkies.
- Most have no or little "Health Guarantee". And, the "Temperament Guarantee" is Unheard of.
Buyers can easily fall into more vet bills. The cheaper dog price turns out to not be so cheap after all.
- Most do not have their puppies Vet Checked.
- In general, there is no "Proven Breeding Program". Many will breed their dog with any other convenient male they can find. Desipte the health and temperament of stud.
Example of True Experience. An ill tempered bitch can yield many ill tempered puppies. One prospective buyer went to check out a purebred yorkie puppy locally here in Green Bay, Wisconsin. While there at the sellers home, the dog jumped up and bit the Prospective Buyer twice on the hand leaving her with a bleeding and
scratched hand. The Owner - remarked, "Oh - just a nibble she does to people from time to time."
The dog they used was nervous, high energy, overly vocal, and didn't like strangers.
In this case, would one breed this dog? Enter - Little barky - anke's bitter are born. So, ask yourself, is a cheaper
price worth the risk for you or your family?
So, it goes w/ many backyard breeders offering cheaper puppies and poor quality puppies.
- Operating without a License for the number of dogs their county allows. In most cases, cities only
allow 2 dogs per household. Most backyard breeders have far more than that.
- Did you know the DATCP (State of Wisconsin) Legally allows anyone to sell up to 24 puppies per year. With or without vaccines, dewormings, health guarantee, vet check, license fee, inspections, regulations....when asked about this to the State Inspector here...at that time - her comment was: ...."Well, a buyer falls under the consumer protection per state. So, after the fact of getting a shoddy bred puppy that goes bad, the buyers have to take the breeder to small claims court."
9. Is there any difference between male female? In most cases, yes. We have found over several years time, and after asking two vets, a few dog trainers, alot of our customers over the years, the far majority prefer the nuetered male as opposed to the spayed female, hands down. Yes, the boys have it here! One noticable reason for this is that the fixed male "matures gracefully". That male is a "happy camper" well into his senior yrs. Whereas the fixed female, CAN Possibly age with more difficulty in jealousy, clingy, and less tolerance for children.... Not all females age the same. There are differet levels. Same with males but, the majority of males are real sweet at 15 yrs of age. This is why we place many males in handicapped and nursing homes for 'therapy dogs'.
10. How many breeds do we breed? Updated to morkies, shorkies, Teddy Bears (bichon/shihtzu)
Purebred Yorkie and Maltese at least 1-2x Year. We strongly believe in them due to their small, nonshed, healthy, beautiful teddy bear or dollface's and loving quality. At least from our breeding program anyway.
11. What age can Puppy go into new home? 8 wks. and older. The Tcups need to stay longer. And,
pending on where the puppy is going. Is the new home have a person experienced with Tcups and know of their care? Is the Teacup going into a quiet stress friendly home? ???
12. What is your vaccine & med. schedule? We also give Neopar which is a more costly but the best vaccine for parvo. then follow with NeoVac. Or a combo vacc. of variety of distemper / parainfluenza....all recieve dewormers from Panacur to Pyrantel, some get marquis and heartwormer.
13. How many litters do you have a year? We normally have 1-2 a month. As of 2019 we are starting to cut back.
14. How often do you breed the Mother? Normally till 5 yrs.of age, if all goes well. Unless we decide she should be spayed. Some who have a difficult time in whelp (labor)... we place in forever homes. Or Donate to Homes in need.These girls are very adoptable and find homes easy. All the work is done w/ rabies, socializing, care...they adapt easy and are Sold on a Spay requirement if they're not done already.
15. What type of dog food do we feed? Normally 'Diamond Puppy'. But, some puppies start out on a homemade gruel of fresh meats / potatoe's/ beets...then to a hard kibble, which is normally "Purina Puppy Chow". Mixed with Vitamins. In addition to that - we do alot of fresh ground human grade turkey, beef, or chicken, liver, eggs, vegetables, cheese, romain salade's, chicken soup, carrots/apples, baby rice cereal, some veggies.
18. Do you sell your puppies on a spay / neuter contract? Yes, it is required. Unless it is agreed upon by us and new owners. The cost of the puppy reflects this position.
19. Will you take puppy back, in event you are no longer able to provide care? Yes. But, this is done by owners surrendering puppy to our home. This is done @ no cost to Ohpuppylove. We will do our best to rehome puppy. We actually never had to do that, but it can happen. Unforseen things can befall us all.
20. Is adopting a "Rescue" puppy dog safe? Honestly, it's a gamble. In terms of health, and temperaments. Some rescues have hidden health issues. And, from not knowing the parents of some how can you tell...and a temperament issue can develope later.
I use to work @ the Milwaukee Humane Society years ago. And soon I was finding homes for all kinds of dogs. All my friends, family, and extended family (greyhound to step mother) recieved a dog. The greyhound lived out a long spoiled life and died of old age. But, some had temperament issues. Yet, some were great! There is a real need to "Rescue" a dog from sheer death. It's a self sacraficing, generous, and loving act for a person who can deal with the dog > come what may. Gamble or not. Now, that's love alright! But, some families with kids cannot take the risk of any possible future problems.
21. Does Having a "Waiting List" for puppies determine a "Reputable Breeder" ? NO. (just my two cents) It's not even close in telling if a Breeder is Reputable or not. That belief actually started years ago but is rather outdated. Back then, AKC show quality dog owners who worked the show circut, encouraged all the breeders to only breed a litter when they had buyers for the puppies. This was a very long unsure way to get what everyone thought at that time was only a purebred quality puppy. But, after new people waiting 4 months for the outcome of a litter were sadly disappointed, for a number of reasons. Maybe, all males were born when a female was needed. Or one female with a different color or size then the new owner requested. Then, people would change their mind or circumstances changed and the breeder would have a unexpected puppy for sale. And, it really encouraged breeders to be competitive, the more shows you worked- accumilating the much prized championship points the more demand one had for their puppies. That breeder could do a "waiting list". But, what about those breeders who were not in a financial position to work the shows or hire a trainer? Or didnt have the time to travel, making all the shows? Let's say, they had their puppies @ home.
Are they not Reputable then? It's almost like peer pressure for them. This question originated from 'animal activists' who have been known to be very opinionated among reputable breeders.
22. Does the Offspring look like the Parents? Mostly No. But, there are few exceptions. With our Designer Mixed Dog Breeds they take on the look of both parents.
23. Does Size Matter? Yes! Very much so. Teacup-Toy-Small Sizes all have advantages and disadvantages. Teacups are great for apartments and travel. And, can literally be a 24/7 companion. The Teacup, Toy and Small Size dog breeds, bred here are specifically for 3 -10 lbs. Seniors and Families need a pet that can be controlled on a leash and have kids participate in care. Outdoor camping to apartment living is easier. And, they're more economical with costly feeding and grooming. More importantly, some of our customers have special needs. Physically, Emotionally, and Mentally. Many benefit from having a small dog to help them in a 'Therapy Service' way. Exercise, fetch items, watch dog, entertaining, and constant positive company is essential. Others, dealing with a high stressfull life, PTS, Depression, trauma...all can benefit greatly from the Teacup, Toy, and Small Size Dog Breeds.
24. Are the Puppies Socialized? Not as much as we'd like. We don't live in the nursery 24/7. (although somedays I'm sure I've come close). We spend time with the puppies daily during routine care of cleaning, vacc/dewormers, grooming baths, playing with toys, touching/holding in swandle blanket...if nice outside the puppies can go out to meet the sun. We only have one Grandson here who is just over 1 year old, which is regularly meeting the puppies. We also have the T.V. on most of the day so they can adjust to human voice's, and interchange that with music.
To date none of our puppies have issues with not being socialized enough.
The Outside Breeding Dogs are brought in on rotation basis. We do not let the dogs have full run of our house. But, we think it's a good idea to socialize them to indoor family living. So, we have a lower house set up for them.
25. Why are older puppies here so long? What's wrong with them? They are not hurt, injured, infected, deformed or otherwise. Here-many puppies cannot leave without being matched up to the best forever home possible. This is determined via "Pet Screening Process".
Some Reasons Why We Need To Turn Down Some Homes
1. Parties having a 5 day 1st shift work schedule-leaving puppy home all day alone.
2. Undeclawed cats.
3. Having several dogs already. My personal horrific experience: one of our most Beauitiful Maltese was placed in a home with several other well behaved dogs, that I met. Later, while owners were gone the dogs went into a pack mode. They killed the new maltese. Owners came home to Bloody body parts dispersed throughout the house.!!! Having several dogs can heighten the 'pack mode' This isn't a isolated experience. And, this isn't the situation we would place one our puppies.
4. Spaying or Neutering will not be honored......
5. Just want a 'cheap' puppy dog. Having no regard or appreciation for
10 Year Health-and 1 Year Temperament Guarantee.
> Reasons listed above are the most common ones. There are others.
> Many that are turned away during the "Pet Screening" process, are not happy with us. And act out as such.
Why We Offer Older Puppies:
> we are in a position to care for them safely at all ages.
> Some Puppies are held back for Prospective 'Therapy - Handicapped - Special Needs Companions.'
At which time 'training' begins at 10 months - 1 year of age. They are socialized, loved, and ready to learn.
> Some homes are under Doctor's order's as to the 'weight' of their dog. Older puppies level out by then. Making it much
easier to determine their adult weight.
> Some just don't find a good forever home due to no fault of their own. They maybe turned down because of their color,
especially solid black, too big, too small, ear's set (up or down), gender, coat texture, energy level, shorten or longer