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Typically, they are released at 8 weeks old and can go home with you anytime between 8-10 weeks old with some exceptions. Those exceptions are on an individual bases.
They will begin a worming regime beginning when they are about 2 weeks old and then approximately every 2 weeks until they go home with you at about 8 weeks.
They will receive all their recommended vaccinations when they are 6 weeks old. Here, my current veterinarian will give the 2nd set of vaccinations at 10 weeks old. Some states will give at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks. You should ask your veterinarian what the protocol is for your area and get an appointment well in advance for an appointment. The health guarantee I will send will outline the specifics, but you will need to have your puppy seen by a veterinarian within 72 hours after leaving here or the health guarantee will be void.
If you are having your furbaby transported via air travel, in some cases I can personally transport for you if given enough time to make appropriate arrangements and availability etc If I am not transporting personally, you must make all of the arrangements and I will help on this end. If traveling via airplane, I have found Southwest Airlines to be the easiest and least expensive. Also, if traveling by air, you may want to make the arrangements for the week before, at 7 weeks or so and at the latest at 8 weeks.. They grow fast and may be too big to transport via air if you wait until they are older than 8 weeks. Many of the pups are already weighing between 15-20 lbs at that age. Southwest Airlines will only transport “carry on” and most other airlines as well so someone will have to travel with the pup. You can check their websites for specifics. The nearest airport to me is in Little Rock (1 3/4 hours). I can meet you at the airport if arrangements are made.
The pups will have their favorite toy, a travel blanket or pillow with scent from the litter/mom, a bag with some of the food they have been eating (so you can transition them if you feed something different), receipt of any money you have sent, vet information with vaccinations etc. and their AKC registration paperwork in a “Puppy Folder” from AKC with helpful information. The DNA Genetic analysis report will be emailed to you. I feed Hills Science Diet Large Breed Puppy.
If you will be picking up in person, the remainder is due in cash when you pick up. If being transported, the remainder will need to be paid by 6 weeks of age. I will send information so you can send the money if this applies to you.
Given that when feeding so many puppies, it is difficult to know exactly how much each is eating. When you get them home, you can start with about ¾ or 1 cup of food (depending on the size of your puppy). If he/she eats it all quickly, you can increase the amount the next feeding. By the time you get them, they will still be eating 3 times a day for a few weeks, then twice a day. It is Not advisable to free feed. It is NOT healthy for them, and it will cause you and your puppy anguish in the end with trying to house train.
As I mentioned earlier, I do not allow the pups on the ground until they have had their 2nd round of vaccinations so teaching them to “potty outside” is not going to happen here. They typically learn to potty in a specific area and on a puppy pad, but not out in the yard.
They will be too young to be started on heart worm preventative or give flea/tick medications here and given there are so many varieties, it is better for you to consult with your veterinarian about that. When you go to your vet, he/she can recommend what they feel is appropriate for your puppy in your area and when you should begin the medications.
When you decide on a name for your puppy, let me know and I will start calling it by name when appropriate.
If pictures are taken within the first week, they will seldom be individual pictures, only litter pictures (I don’t like to stress them or the mothers by removing them from her care). By the time they are about 2 weeks old, the markings are beginning to show, and you will have a better feel of what the pups will look like. I will begin taking individual pictures then and update about once every 7-10 days, but please be aware that they change a lot from first born through adulthood.
The general health guarantee is available for you to read on my website, but I will also be emailing one specific to your puppy with the bill of sale that has the names and AKC Registration information of the parents, and purchase price information etc. This will need to be filled out by you and signed and returned to me.
Typically, the pups are chosen in order of the waiting list with the deposit given. In addition, I prefer to match the personality of the puppy with their new family's need/requirements when possible. This typically happens when the puppies are between 3-4 weeks of age when the traits and personality are better recognized.
The puppies come with genetic testing through Embark and a copy of the genetic test certificate is provided. The parents are AKC registered, and the puppies can also be registered with AKC. Registration paperwork will be supplied as well as a copy of the puppy litter pedigree. All my puppies are vet checked, have their tails docked, dew claws removed, microchipped, and a health guarantee as well as recommended vaccinations and are dewormed up to date. More information and pictures will be available once the pups are born. The P/S are $2500 for limited registration and $3800 for full registration. Black/Silver puppies will start at $3,500 with limited registration and $4,800 full registration. Although I don't breed for solid black, occasionally I will get pups with this color trait. Black pups are $2200 limited and $3500 full registration. I will keep you updated and send paperwork/contracts etc. once the pups are born and you have decided on a pup.
The deposit is only refundable if you change your mind Before the pup is 6 weeks old AND I can find someone else within 7 days who would like the pup. After the pup is 6 weeks old, the deposit is Nonrefundable unless we have discussed other arrangements.
Ear cropping involves a persons personal preference about the look of the ears, multiple vet visits, and various other options as well as keeping pups separated as the ears heal. I do not have the ears cropped because of the reasons mentioned. Most vets who crop the ears will do so between 9 - 12 weeks of age.