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Frequently Asked Questions:
Hi, We all want to have a Great Cocker Spaniel Puppy and we want our puppies to have a great owners. We have put together a page of answers for our prospective owners of our puppies. With all the things we read about and hear about it is troubling for a lot of people to find a great breeder. We want you to be comfortable in knowing this is the very best place on earth to get a great Cocker Spaniel puppy. We guarantee it.
Oh if you happen to have a question not addressed here please send in your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. How long have you been Raising Cocker Spaniels?
We (My wife and I have had Cocker Spaniels all our lives) We have been raising our lines of Cocker Spaniels for over twenty years. Our focus has been to improve the breed through our focus on good breeding practices (No Inbreeding) and careful selection of both the Mother and the Father to make sure you get the very best Cocker Spaniel possible.
2. Can I come to see your facility and see the parents.
Yes of course you can we have people come from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico to get their puppies. We have had people come from Japan, Germany, and South Africa. You can meet the parents, the Grand Parents and in some cases the Great Grand Parents. We are a disease control facility so we will ask you to take some precautions before you come to make sure you do not inadvertently bring a health issue to our property.
3. Can I speak to people who have purchased your puppies?
We offer a unique reference program. You tell us from where you want references from. We have owners who live all over the United States, anyone who has one of our puppies is a reference. this way you can get a good reference that is not what we call "canned". When you get your pup you will be listed on our reference list as well, with your permission of course.
4. What kind of Guarantee do you offer?
All of our puppies are health guaranteed and you will be provided with a Certificate of health from a Veterinarian who has examined your puppy prior to leaving. You are expected to follow our instructions in the proper care and feeding of the puppy and vet care as scheduled. Our puppies are guaranteed to be free of any life threatening disorders on receipt and we are always available to help with any health questions for the life of the dog. (We are one of the only breeders that provide a lifetime support program for both you and our puppy). Please note do not be fooled by some of these broker sites that offer a lifetime death guarantee. Those are scam sites, charging huge amounts of money for guarantees that are impossible to get.
5. Do your puppies have any shots?
Unlike most breeders we go to extremes to insure your puppy has a proper immune system before he/she leaves. This is our shot and Parasite Protocol
a. Each puppy will have (2) two 5 way puppy shots
b. Each Puppy will have (2) Two sub type B Parvo shots
c. Each Pup will have (2) Kennel Cough Shots
d. Each puppy will have been wormed and treated for parasites (4) times
e. (Bonus) we will send with each puppy an additional five day treatment for Parasite and we Worm the puppy one more time the day before leaving.
6. What paperwork comes with my puppy?
a. Health Records: Each puppy comes with his/her complete health record, detailing shots, dew claw removal and tail docking. We also provide a recommend schedule from our Vet as to what and when the next and type of shots should be scheduled. We also provide a letter of instruction for your vet as well.
b. Registration Papers: We provide a copy of the Pedigree and the registration papers for you. Registering your pup is not mandatory simply we provide the paperwork for you should you want to incur the additional expense.
c. Frequently asked questions Package: We know there will be questions we try to provide you with the most common questions asked of use over the years after the puppy has arrived.
d. Basic instructions: We provide a basic instruction as to health checks and so on for you to have as well.
7. Do you ship your puppies and is it safe?
Yes we do ship our puppies Using American Airlines and Delta Airlines for air transport, we do have private ground transportation available as well.
Air transportation is by far the safest and fastest way to get your puppy. Puppies are not afraid to fly, they have no concept of flying, they sleep as if in a big rocking chair all the way to your welcoming arms. We will give you specific instructions as to where to go and how to pick up a puppy at the airport.
We prepare each puppy for transportation. They have been introduced to the airline approved carrier, (We call them "Sky Condo's") and have gone for rides the prepare them for motion as well.
Each Condo has a big comfortable bed of shredded paper, Food and water to eat and drink along the way. Each trip is about four hours on average. Essentially a good puppy nap and a wake up.
8. We have heard of Puppy Farms, Puppy Mills, Back yard breeders, Pet Stores, Brokers, Rescues and so on how do we know it is safe to buy a puppy from you? This is all very confusing.
We have been very concerned with all of these names that float around and have worked hard to not be associated with any of them. Let's take each one and try to help you understand these types of places.
We are a specialty kennel who breeds American Cocker Spaniels exclusively and have been doing so for over twenty years. We have been recognized as Breeder of the year on two occasions the first in 2005 and the most recent in 2008, the majority of breeders never obtain this award in their entire breeding career. We have raised numerous Show Champions, and we have raised dogs that has dominated in Field in Trial, Agility and obedience. Several of our pups have been trained as service dogs and are hard at work helping people everyday. Essentially we work to be the best American Cocker Spaniel breeder in the World everyday. We are a Licensed facility in good standing with the state and all registries.
Now on to the definitions of the types of places. (Some People are gong to object to my descriptions, but this is my website they can publish their ideas on there own website if they wish, I am trying to be fair to all.)
a. What is a "Puppy Farm"? In my opinion a "Puppy Farm" is a place where breeders raise multiple breeds primarily for introduction into the commercial pet industry. They are licensed by the USDA and often the State and local county, Must meet very strict standards for animal welfare and care and are inspected numerous times throughout the year by all of their licensing agencies. Normally these places seldom sell directly to the public.
b. What is a "Puppy Mill"? In my Opinion, a "Puppy Mill" is a non licensed, un-inspected, sub-standard facility, that may provide poor care for the animals at the facility. Often a "Puppy Mill" will be a "Hoarder" type facility and will have several types of breeds of dogs typically of poor breeding quality. The easiest questions to ask is. "How many breeds of dogs do you have?" More than two IMO is a "Red Flag". Are you licensed and inspected? a good Question as well. The Name Puppy Mill is bantered around a lot by the Animal Rights people, according to these people anyone who raises anything is a "Puppy Mill" these extremist can not be taken seriously everyone cannot be bad and everyone cannot be good, there is a correct answer. My thinking is to stay with a specialist type breeder Having "One Breed" and you should be ok.
c. What is a Backyard Breeder? A back yard breeder normally is a family operation that promotes themselves as a "Hobby Breeder of some type", now what that really means is in my opinion they raise dogs in an unlicensed place not having the proper facilities to care for Mother and Babies, usually advertised as "Raised Under Foot" = in a filthy card board box in the garage or worse, poor preventive health care and high infant mortality. You hear will phrases like she had (8) eight and we saved (5) five! To me that is outrageous horror for the babies and mother. A back yard Hobby breeder, will not have an adequate selection of dogs to breed with, which simply means you will get a dog from who ever is handy. Very little thought or planning, poor care and usually sub standard dogs. These are people who raise dogs for the car payment or to let their children experience the creation of life.
d. Pet Stores, Brokers: A pet Store is a place were you can by a puppy provide to the pet store from a Commercial breeder or from a Broker. When you by a puppy at a Pet Store who uses licensed legal suppliers you should have a good experience over all. However, the Pet Stores are not required to buy from the Legal and Licensed Breeders and Brokers they can buy form anyone that has puppies to sell locally. Enter the Hobby Backyard Breeder and the Hoarders and Puppy Mill puppies. This is why buying a Puppy at as pet store is such a risk, knowing where the pup actually came from is pretty hard to understand. Plus in respect to the Pet Store owner he is not required to report where the pup came from as it is his supplier. The Pet Store should warrant the puppy.
e. Agents: These are web sites you see on line that offer all kinds of puppies at a pretty hefty price with a guarantee that no one will ever be able to take advantage of if there is a problem, these place have a long history of problems and are best to stay away from. (Not to be confused as a listing service like Puppyfind.com and others.)
f. Rescues and Shelters: The slogan is "Adopt don't Buy", on the surface it sounds like a reasonable thing to consider. Now if you are an adult and have experience handing dogs that may be a problem, do not mind getting bit and have a good fenced yard where the dog cannot get out from climbing or digging you may consider this. You should have a good insurance policy that covers animal attacks on your neighbors and visitors. And you also need to make sure your children and grand children or others are closely supervised until you know the specific issues why the dog is really at the shelter or rescue.
These dogs can make good pets, but you should always remember one very important thing, These dogs are in this situation for a reason, the Shelters make money from the adoptions and the Rescue's have become "Big Business" selling thousands of dogs a year. (Second hand Pets stores) If you choose this route, be very careful. There is no health guarantee and no refunds this can become a very expensive nightmare in the long run.
9. I have a Question not answered here: No Problem you are welcome to call us from 9:00 am until; 9:00 PM Central. We are open Monday through Saturday 9 to 9 and Sunday's Noon till 9:00 PM. Our Phone Number is 417-452-2781
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