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All of our dogs that are involved in our breeding program are cleared for a variety of different health problems that plague the breed. We clear hips, patallas and elbows with the OFA(Orthopedic Foundation for animals), we do eye exams with a veterinary ophthalmologist every other year. These clearances have been done for generations. We give everyone who gets one of our puppies copies of the parents health clearances and am more than happy to share them at any time with anyone.

Our companion puppies are sold on AKC limited registration and spay/neuter contracts since they are companions/pets and should not be bred. I do warantee our puppies against crippling hip dysplasia and eye problems that cause blindness. All our puppies are sold with a written agreement and to APPROVED HOMES only. We do keep a waiting list for any litters that we are expecting.

We don't require a deposit until after the puppies are born and we know that everyone is doing well. If you still would like a puppy at that time, We then ask for a deposit to hold the puppy until 8 weeks so we know how many puppies are definitely spoken for. Up until that time, We just keep a waiting list of families that are interested in a particular litter.

We feel very strongly that the best way for the puppies to be happy and the families to be happy is for their personalities to mesh well. We don't want to see a quieter puppy in a home with 4 young kids. The puppy just isn't going to be what that family is looking for. We also don't want to see a more active puppy with a family that doesn't have children or with "empty nesters". We get to know our puppies very well as they are born in our dining room and live underfoot with us and are raised with our other dogs. In a litter of pups, the personalities run the gamut and will be quite different just like human siblings. Most of our puppies test out very middle of the road. While that may be similar in the litter, there are little nuances to each puppy that make them different from their other brothers and sisters.

We take our puppies to a variety of different places in the car, we expose them to a lot of different surfaces(grass, gravel, cement and dirt) and spend a lot of time playing with them and handling them. It is very important that the pups get a good start with us in beginning their socialization so that they are able to realize their full potential as adult dogs.

We also keep in contact with our families that have our puppies. We don't say good bye when the puppy walks out the door. That is rather the start of everything. We will be here to answer any questions and provide any advice that we can throughout the lifetime of the dog. We will also take the dog back at any time throughout the dogs life. We keep in contact with everyone so that we have the vital information that we need to know that things are going as they should in our breeding program. We also want to be available to provide any help that we can. We have met some wonderful families and made some great friends through our dogs.

We want our puppies to be happy and we want the families that they are with to be happy with them.

If you are interested in one of our puppies, the first step is to fill out our puppy questionaire. We do not place puppies out of the USA or Canada or with pet shops/brokers or any type of chain. We also do not work with 3rd parties of any kind

If you have any questions about our dogs or our puppy placement process, please don't hesitate to contact us at