This is an important stop in your visit here because we’ve tried to anticipate questions you might have about our breeding program and how our adoption process works so that we can help with questions you might not have thought to ask or want to know before proceeding.  We have added  questions and answers here that are most commonly asked by new visitors to our site over the years as well as share answers to questions that arise with our new adoptive families too.  But, feel free to  email us or call anytime with your own personal questions as well ~ we’ll be glad to try and help however we can as you search for the perfect puppy to be your new best friend…. thanks for stopping by!

A) The answer to that question has changed a little bit recently.   It used to be that Delta airlines was our “go to” carrier for transporting our puppies.   We had used them almost exclusively for the past from 1994 until 2011.   But Delta has recently changed their shipping policy relating to short noesed breeds.   They view them as being in a higher risk category (which they are) and have therefore made the decision to no longer ship English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Olde English Bulldogges. 

At about the same time that Delta made this policy change, Continental Airlines began to stream-line their methods for shipping live cargo.   So as of right now (June 2011) we ship our puppies through Continental airlines.    This shipping arrangement is a newer one for us, but so far we have been very pleased with the results that we’ve had with Continental.  

One major adjustment that the transition from Delta to Continental has caused is the airport that we ship our puppies out of.   For years we have shipped out of Birmingham International Airport (BHM) which was only about 60 miles from our home.   However, Continental doesn’t operate a cargo facility out of Birmingham, so we now have to drive the puppies to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport (ATL) for them to meet the flights.   Atlanta is about 2 1/2 hours from where we live.  

When we shipped out of Birmingham, we were close enough to the airport that we were able to accommodate most scheduling requests of our customers.   But now that we have to drive the puppies all the way to Atlanta, I’m afraid that we can’t be as flexible on the scheduling of flights as we used to be.   We now have two days each week that we are able to go to the airport to ship the puppies – Wednesday and Saturday.   And because of the long driving distance to the airport we are only able to schedule flights that depart Atlanta early in the morning.   We ask that our customers please understand and forgive, but we really don’t have any flexibility on this point now that we have to ship our puppies out of Atlanta rather than Birmingham.

extra expenses passed on to us the shipper, but we are happy to assist and make it happen when we can.  I’m afraid though we cannot fly into Hawaii simply because they require an extended quarantine for the puppies upon arrival, so I’m sorry about that…

One other way that changing the airline that we use has affected things is that we are not able to ship puppies into as many destination cities as we used to be able to.   When we used Delta, they were able to offer flights into many mid-sized cities.  With Continental, it seems like they are only able to offer flights into major (larger) cities.   If there are any questions about whether we are able to fly a puppy into certain cities, please give us a call or an email and we’ll be happy to check for you.   But as a general rule, with Continental, we are not able to offer flight options into most small to mid-sized cities.

A) The cost for shipping our puppies is $300.  This includes the airfare, the health certificates required for flight and the travel kennel.  I promise that we are not in the “shipping business”.  We don’t try to make any profit on the shipping of our puppies.   In fact, on the whole, we probably leave a little bit of money on the table from shipping.

A) Yes, we offer a limited warranty on our puppies.  You can read the complete terms of our warranty by clicking HERE to read it.  We encourage everyone to PLEASE and understand our warranty before considering purchasing a puppy from us.   The warranty was drafted as a result of 15 years of doing this.   It’s not an attempt to give all of the advantages to us the seller.   It truly is an attempt to just offer a level playing field for both the buyer and the seller.    Our warranty is the final and ultimate word in resolving any dispute that might arise.  So it is for that reason that we strongly recommend that you become familiar with our warranty before purchasing a puppy from us.

I may be jinxing myself by saying this, but in over 17 years of doing this, we’ve never been sued by any of our customers.   I attribute some of this to the fact that we try to offer healthy happy dogs and to treat people fairly.   But, I believe that another reason is that we try to have a clear meeting of minds with our customers through our warranty on how things will be handled if a problem ever arises.

A) Yes, the two registries that we use almost exclusively are the Continental Kennel Club (CKC) and the National Kennel Club (NKC)   The registration papers are sent through the US Postal Service and are usually received within 8 weeks after you receive your puppy. We no longer send the registration papers through the airlines after having a few mishaps along the way with the airlines misplacing the registration forms.

If you have not received your paperwork within 8 weeks, please email us with “papers” in the subject line so we can make sure your paperwork is en-route or give us a call at home. We try to be prompt and not overlook anyone, but mistakes can happen and we’ll be happy to correct it when brought to our attention. And to be simply honest paperwork is not the priority for us when placing a puppy in his/her new home, finding their “family” is our first priority. We deal with many families and most often our litters are well settled in and all needs accommodated before paperwork is addressed. So don’t panic if the calendar tells you it’s been a month and I have no paperwork for my pup… I’ve got many families out there who will tell you mine were late too! (no laughing out there….) But seriously, if 8 wks passes and you truly haven’t received our paperwork and would like to register your dog, do email me and let me know. I’ll be glad to help.  

A) We represent our puppies to be pet quality only. Plain and simple. We do not guarantee them to be of breeding quality or show quality and would never make that determination as a young pup anyway. We strive to raise healthy family pets above and beyond any standard for this breed. Our goal as any breeder is to raise a dog that meets the standard in each way it can, we do not pretend to guarantee that with all pups. Please, if you are considering purchasing from us know we raise pet quality puppies that health is a priority for and that family homes is our desire for them to be a part of.

 We do not raise champion dogs. We do not suggest our pups are perfect in conformation or measure them to any standard but our own. We do naturally have many families who own our dogs and want to breed them or breeders that buy from us and that’s fine, we don’t limit their registration to do so. We simply choose to leave that decision strictly to the buyer if desired once the puppy has reached maturity and an educated decision can be made between you and hopefully your vet whether or not to breed your dog. We do not recommend choosing a breeding dog as a puppy, that decision should be made at maturity. We recommend if that is your desire that you seek veterinary advice and guidance before breeding any animal and learn more about the responsibilities for you, the risk to your dog and the expenses that may acquire in doing so.

A) Yes. Our vet recommends a vaccination schedule of 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 12 weeks and 15 weeks of age. Most often our puppies go to be with their new families at eight weeks of age, so they will have received for certain their 6 week vaccination while in our care. The puppy will then be due for a second vaccination at 9 weeks of age and that vaccination and all others are the responsibility of the new owners. The 9 week vaccination or any follow-up vaccination is not administered by us unless the puppy is under our care and supervision at the exact date the following vaccination is due. If the 9 wks vaccination has been received, you will be notified at time of shipment that this is the case. Otherwise, one vaccination given 6 wks from date of birth is our routine.

We will happily provide you with a vaccination schedule for your puppy by email or fax it to you if need be. We do give our own vaccinations naturally under the guidelines of our veterinarian. If your veterinarian requires that you provide a vet record only of vaccinations then that will not be available through us as a breeder. So, don’t be upset with me if he/she insists on repeating the vaccination. check first if it matters to you…. I think that’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard and just another way for the customer to have to pay more at the vet’s office, but I’ve run into a few vets over the years that require it in their care. All vaccinations not due at time of shipping would be the responsibility of the new owners. We vaccinate using Pro-Guard 5 in 1 by InterVet which is purchased directly from our vet and is the same exact vaccination he administers in his office.

We also worm our puppies with Strongid T at 3 and 6 wks of age. Again, if a puppy is within our care after 9 wks of age, we continue their worming cycle if flight is not pending right away. Once under veterinarian care with your family, a simple stool slide during their vet visits will let you know when your next worming is necessary. All puppies have worms, it’s a simple fact. So even though they’ve been wormed, it’s an ongoing process throughout their puppy stage and they will still need to have this monitored for some time and will undoubtedly have worms to some extent when they come home most often so don’t worry. Just continue to keep this current like their vaccinations for the overall health of your new puppy and they will naturally move through the process. Worms as they continue to increase again, will also produce symptoms to look for with a stool that may become loose or even tinged with blood slightly, a pudgy belly of course is everyone’s best alert it’s time to worm again, etc. so just be aware of your pup’s normal bowel habits and personality. If they are playful, have a good appetite, all seems normal except a stool change or a pudge to the belly and pause in weight gain, worms would be a definite possibility and common for puppies so schedule a checkup and go from there.

Please note, even though loose stool or even diarrhea can be a sign of worming needs for a puppy, do not mistake the same need if the symptom is vomiting – Vomiting is NOT a symptom to take lightly. This is one symptom that always requires immediate veterinary attention in my opinion. If you have a young dog or puppy who has a sudden loss of appetite and may seem lethargic and vomiting, that is a signal to get a vet’s opinion.

A) We currently feed Diamond brand food for our puppies. We recommend it to anyone able to purchase it within their area. If you are not able to purchase this brand at your local feed store or pet store, we recommend that you choose a diet that is high in crude protein – look for levels above 25% whenever possible. Most of your better pet foods will fall into this range – We have had families who also have great success with Iams, Eukanuba, Science, etc. so it’s o.k. if you switch foods, just choose a solid food over the first year for sure. If you are able to purchase Daimond and can slowly wean them by mixing it with the food of your choice, that would be the best course of action but if not, don’t worry. We often get asked what feeding schedule our puppies are on and since they eating as a litter here, we simply don’t conform them to a set feeding schedule. They are allowed to use an “open trough” system where their feeder is available at all times or fed morning and evening plenty for everyone. Once you introduce your puppy as a single feeder in your own home, we suggest you develop a feeding schedule similiar to people where they are offered 2-3 meals a day and not allowed to graze occasionally to assist in house breaking when needed. They naturally should always maintain a fresh source of water. Follow simple guidelines for your pup according to weight on the bag itself. If they eat and seem settled and relaxed they have been satisfied adequately with the amount offered. If they eat what you’ve given them and hungrily licking the bowl, or unsettled afterwards, try increasing the feed amount next time til you find the portion that suits your personal pet.

yes, we are aware that diamond puppy food experienced a recall a few years ago due to a bacteria in the corn. We removed the feed from our routine at that time until the investigation was completed and feel confident in their findings and decision to have it available again. During it’s absence we tried several feeds and are not as satisfied with the overall quality of the others nor the effect on our dogs stool, coat, weight, etc…. 

So, just try to choose a food that has great nutritional breakdown, that first year is so very important. We like to keep our pups on a food that has a high crude protein percentage. Your vet might also recommend what he or she prefers. You can probably expect a stool change with a diet change but it should be very temporary and not ongoing. 

A) One word to describe bullies….. loving! Most Bulldogs are very calm, subdued and social. This is true not only of our Bulldogs, but most Bulldogs in general. They are natural loyal companions, loved by many dog enthusiasts including ourselves! The puppies we sell are exposed to a family setting are familiar with children and other pets. Naturally, there are factors above and beyond genetics that affect disposition. Environment and training are two of the biggest factors and raising your puppy within the guidelines you wish for him/her to mirror later on are very important. We reserve the right not to refund or return dogs based on temperament alone. A puppy will arrive naturally willing to be playful, wrestle, chew, etc. These are not signs of aggression or ill temperament but a natural response for a young dog. Please take into account the nature and personality of a growing young dog before purchasing. If a young pup shows behaviors you do not approve of whether it be chewing, jumping any other natural responses to their environment, give them a stern “no” and discontinue play briefly they will learn what not to do and truly want to be your friend and please you – don’t ever write that type of behavior off as bad temperament and not just address it. They need discipline and guidelines mixed with tons of love and they’ll adapt to you and your family. Do remember that a young child’s response to a playful puppy is important too. I know my youngest tends to squeal and run when she’s around a very active puppy and what does the puppy do? play harder it’s a game to them! So, don’t punish a puppy for being a puppy, be a responsible owner and train him/her to be a part of your family – the rewards are greater than you can imagine!

A) Until a few of decades back, the terms “Bulldog” and “Old English Bulldog” (or “Olde English Bulldogge” as it is sometimes spelled) were used synonymously. In this century, the Bulldog had become “Americanized”. The result was an animal that could melt your heart, but came with some built in health problems. Fertility, respiratory, and hip problems became very common in the breed. Also, the breed’s athleticism that was once the stuff of legend, had been gradually bred out. A group of concerned bulldog fanciers purposed to return the breed to the style of dog it originally was in the 19th century England. A driven, athletic specimen, free of some of the common health problems generally associated with the breed. That was over 20 years ago. The dogs that we breed are the proud result of that movement. Although being a living animal, we cannot guarantee health problems won’t arise, they are far less prone to have the respiratory, fertility and orthopedic problems that are quite common in the standard line of English Bulldogs. Do they still look like bulldogs? We have put lots of pictures of our dogs on our website so you can see that the classic Bulldog features are still in tact. It was important to us to preserve those classic bulldog features: large head, shorter muzzle, beer-barrel torso, thick bones and wrinkles. We’ve kept that Bulldog look intact while still breeding a dog free of most health problems that came with the breed. The Olde English type is on average, up to 4-5 inches taller at the shoulder and up to 10 pounds heavier than the typical version of the breed. The overall build is more athletic with the muzzle being allowed to have enough link to prevent the breathing problems so common in the standard English. The legs can be straighter somewhat and not as severely bowed allowing for more height as well as reducing the tendency to be plagued with hip problems. All bulldogs are displastic to an extent, but with this breed the chances of it developing into an aggravating condition for the dog are greatly reduced. The Olde English is a much more fluid mover, with a more alert disposition. Take a moment and browse the pictures sent in by our past customers of their dogs as they have grown – you can begin to get an overall appreciation for the breed and it’s adaptation to a healthier dog. Please if you are unsure about the differences in bulldog breeds, research before you buy – we’re here to help answer any questions to help in your decision if we can. And keep in mind, no breeder can tell you for certain how your puppy will turn out as an adult, we can only base our judgement on averages and from past littermates, etc. 

A) We do not offer a waiting list of any sort for our puppies – we do not offer people first pick, etc. We simply provide pictures when our puppies are of age to best represent their potential for interested buyers. This is normally not before 4 weeks of age and most often at 5 weeks of age. At this time, we price each puppy individually based on their particular overall conformation. Other factors in pricing include markings, parents, age, size, even time of year and limited delivery… Therefore, we do not have a set price for males and females – each puppy has it’s own price and so our pricing varies from litter to litter and even within litters. We have always felt that was the fair way to determine pricing and never agreed with a set female or male price. Once our pups are posted for sale, it is strictly a first come, first serve option. We do not consider a puppy sold until a deposit or payment is placed. Please note that we have many inquiries and phone calls on individual puppies and are happy to answer all questions you may have but cannot consider a puppy sold until an actual reservation has been placed on an individual puppy. We do try our very best to return calls and messages in the order received in an order to be fair to everyone. Unfortunately we’ve had to answer many disappointed callers or emailers over the years who are told the pup they’ve been inquiring about has now been sold and is no longer available. And it’s hard… but to be fair to everyone and most importantly to do the right thing for the puppy to find his or her best suited home is to answer all questions, do my best to do it in the order they come in and consider them available until an actual reservation and deposit have been placed. I’ve made the mistake this year inparticularly of considering a puppy someone’s pending a deposit and you’d be amazed at how that can come back to haunt you and ultimately the puppy loses, he/she misses the chance to get their home when the buyer is not committed after all. So, don’t take it personally, it’s just a lesson learned unfortunately for us both.

This is an important stop in your visit here because we’ve tried to anticipate questions you might have about our breeding program and how our adoption process works so that we can help with questions you might not have thought to ask or want to know before proceeding.  We have added  questions and answers here that are most commonly asked by new visitors to our site over the years as well as share answers to questions that arise with our new adoptive families too.  But, feel free to  email us or call anytime with your own personal questions as well ~ we’ll be glad to try and help however we can as you search for the perfect puppy to be your new best friend…. thanks for stopping by!

A) We do not accept deposits on unspecified puppies. So, we do not take deposits on a litter to ensure a pick, etc. The only time we accept a deposit towards a purchase price is when an individual puppy is pictured and priced for sale. The deposit would be in the amount of $250 and towards the purchase price of a particular puppy if the puppy has not yet reached seven weeks of age after which time balance would be due in full. Once reserved in your name and a deposit made – the puppy would then be considered sold and a contract made between buyer and seller. The balance of that purchase price would then be due at time of sale or when the puppy reaches seven weeks of age whichever comes first. If we default on the sale your deposit would be refunded in full and if you default on the sale the deposit would be considered nonrefundable as the sale of the puppy would have then be delayed and possible sales lost. We are able to accept mastercard, visa and discover for your convenience as well as paypal under the email: puppytailmail@yahoo.com. If you prefer to mail the balance payment, we accept cashier’s checks and money orders but the payment must arrive within 72 hours or the puppy is naturally considered available for sale once again and payment is assumed not arriving as promised.

A) The number on our site 256-892-2022 is our home number and feel free to call anytime. We do our best to check messages throughout the week and return calls. We are a family, not a business first – so there are times we are not available by phone and hope you can respect that but we’ll do our best to help anytime. The absolute best way to reach me is to leave an email with your name, your phone number, your state or time zone and the nature of your question and I will be happy to contact you as soon as I can. I routinely can monitor my email more often than the phone and even remotely, so that’s the quickest way to get a response from me to be honest. If a day or two passes and you don’t hear from me, don’t hesitate to write again – we get tons of mail and go back and forth battling spam like everyone so it can get buried unintentionally. But, we are here and will do our best to help.

Some common email questions I get that might help in the meantime:

No, we don’t but we do try to email alerts when we post new pups for families that have asked within a short window of time when possible. we don’t want to be a pest, but if you’ve asked within the week, we may try to email and say new pictures are posted. but you can also email anytime and ask when to expect new pictures – most often we have a general idea and can let you know when to be checking.

Your puppy will arrive current on vaccinations. They receive their first shot at 6 wks of age with Proguard 5 in 1 by Intervet. They are also wormed at 3 and 6 wks of age with Strongid T. They will need their next vaccination at 9 wks of age and their next worming as well. If they turn 9 wks while still with us, we’ll make sure they receive their second vaccination as well. Otherwise, all vaccinations beyond their initial vaccination as well as rabies are due after arriving into their new home. The vaccination schedule will be 6,9,12 and 15 wks of age for baby puppy shots. They will also need worming again routinely throughout their puppy stage. Even though they’ve been wormed, wormers successfully kill worms at certain stages of development and they will continue to develop throughout their puppy stage and even into adulthood too so your veterinarian will perform a stool slide at their next well visit to be able to advise when your puppy needs their next worming. Most often if your puppy is passed the age of 10 weeks, it’s time to schedule their worming as well. If you are not sure of your puppy’s vaccination date before arrival, check your puppy’s health certificate from flight for the last vaccination date, email me or call me and I’ll be happy to give it to you again.

Puppies will undoubtedly have stool changes so immediate alarm is not necessary. But, make certain that a loose stool is not accompanied by a change in activity, appetite, vomiting etc. other symptoms that could alert you there is a possible viral alert. Loose stool on it’s own, with a puppy that is eating and drinking properly is not a major concern if they are playing normally and this is the only symptom. Culprits can be worms, intestinal parasites, or things of that nature that puppies can have all of which can easily be treated once diagnosed by a simple stool slide. Change of food and water can also cause a temporary stool change but again temporary. But, if your puppy continues to keep a stool that is progressively loose, or diarrhea, etc. that does not correct on it’s own in a normal window of time, I would advise there is an underlying issue that might need treating and would ask my veterinarian. But, if your puppy is vomiting, has a loss of appetite, will not drink water, is not playful these are all symptoms to check with urgency and seek more immediate veterinary care.

Puppies will undoubtedly have stool changes so immediate alarm is not necessary. But, make certain that a loose stool is not accompanied by a change in activity, appetite, vomiting etc. other symptoms that could alert you there is a possible viral alert. Loose stool on it’s own, with a puppy that is eating and drinking properly is not a major concern if they are playing normally and this is the only symptom. Culprits can be worms, intestinal parasites, or things of that nature that puppies can have all of which can easily be treated once diagnosed by a simple stool slide. Change of food and water can also cause a temporary stool change but again temporary. But, if your puppy continues to keep a stool that is progressively loose, or diarrhea, etc. that does not correct on it’s own in a normal window of time, I would advise there is an underlying issue that might need treating and would ask my veterinarian. But, if your puppy is vomiting, has a loss of appetite, will not drink water, is not playful these are all symptoms to check with urgency and seek more immediate veterinary care.

Fleas unfortunately are a common pest we deal with and fight off here in the South. It’s a simple fact I cannot deny, and no matter how hard I try I will never defeat them totally. So there. Please know first of all if your puppy arrives and has no sign of ever having a flea, I have performed some miracle and am not sure how I did it, but hope I can do it all over again! In the South, unfortunately, our pest control people and my veterinarian and most anyone who has animals routinely outdoors will tell you that we have an official flea season and you just have to combat it with proper treatments and fight the losing battle best you can. I guess I’ve known this all my life, and I sometimes forget that in colder climates this is normally not an issue and can have a customer upset with me that their puppy had a few fleas whether I’ve bathed them and even been able to provide flea spray depending on the puppy’s age of course. Because, even if I have a puppy who I can find no sign of fleas with before leaving home, once we encounter the dog park where they go to the bathroom prior to flight, stay in boarding, transport and unboarding with other animals flying as well as in a space that has had countless animals come through – I still may not be able to be assured I’ve completely ruled that out. So, please, if you are lucky enough to be in a state where fleas are not common feel blessed. I may move there too! 
If you think this may be an issue for your household, prior to arrival, purchase a flea product to apply before bringing them into your home. Most veterinarian approved products will kill live fleas within a few minutes and truly what you want to avoid if this is not a pest you currently treat for is to bring it indoors where you can have to treat a space as well if they are able to be in number and reproduce to any extent. You can have your veterinarian recommend something or choose an over the counter, but please know not all flea products are approved for young puppies and read the label very carefully before choosing a product for this purpose. I would recommend Revolution probably, it is available in a puppy formula from your vet and if it is not needed for flea treatment, it also begins heartworm treatment and has other great benefits to me. But, don’t take my word on medication referrals we use, always ask your vet first.

We’ve raised our bullies and represented our partner breeders since 1994. I used to never hear of fraud and never got asked this question. But, now unfortunately I hear it everytime I post a new litter of puppies and finally decided to add it in to our frequently asked questions. I hear it all too often…. Families that have saved their money, families who have young children excited about their first dog, individuals who don’t know who to trust for this companion because they’ve been taken in already. It’s very sad. It’s pathetic, but it happens everyday. Our own pictures get routinely stolen and posted for sale on other sites, in ads, etc. So, I say to you – yes, it happens. It’s a real threat especially online. Unfortunately it’s an area that con artists can prey on innocent people who are not expecting someone to lie to them and take their money and send them to an airport to wait on a new puppy with their family that never arrives. So be very guarded in your search, but don’t give up – there are many good people to outnumber the bad! Just shop smart. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If there is a wild story to accompany the sale of a dog, be careful. If your only option for payment is to wire money or send it via money gram, that is a red flag to me. Most importantly, just know that it does happen to good people all the time and if you are aware and are careful that is one of the best safeguards for you. Because most often it’s the people that don’t expect it that are caught off guard that it happens. Are we the right breeder for you? Maybe – maybe not. But, while you are here visiting our site, I hope you can learn something new about these wonderful dogs and learn more about what you do or don’t want in your next family member, what questions to ask your breeder, and make a wiser choice here or somewhere else. I ultimately don’t have the right dog for everyone… but if it’s you, I’ll be happy to help if I can.

And you know above and beyond actual financial fraud, you need to be aware of who you choose as a breeder just personally too. Read over the warranty, make sure the terms are terms you are comfortable with because ultimately that’s how things will be handled if situations arise that you are displeased with. Make a list of things that are most important to you in your new puppy, in your breeder, etc. and make sure you meet those guidelines before purchasing. Are you comfortable with the person you are basically entering into a contract with? I would be, so I advise you to be also. And that’s just good advice, prepare for the unexpected first and then fall in love with a pup. They’ll love you right back!

Naturally, when you do this as long as we have, you have a few people along the way who have been dissatisfied.  But those are definitely the exceptions, not the rule.  The overwhelming majority of the customers that we have dealt with over the years have been very happy with the puppy that they bought from us as well as our approach to dealing with people.   We honestly try to apply the Golden Rule and treat people as we would want to be treated.   We have had lots of repeat customers over the years,  And we’ve had a whole bunch of past customers who have referred us to their friends and family   And we seem to get a lot of glowing emails (and Christmas cards) from past customers who tell us how much the puppy they bough from us has become a beloved and integral part of their family.   These are the things that seem to affirm to me that we are doing something right. 

One of the characteristics of puppies is chewing. Puppies are trying their new teeth so chewing is a normal behavior. The puppy’s baby teeth are present by about four weeks of age. They begin to fall out at four months of age and are replaced by the adult (permanent) teeth by about six months of age. Therefore, chewing is a puppy characteristic that you can expect until about 6-7 months of age. It is important that you do what you can to direct your puppy’s chewing toward acceptable objects. You should provide items such as rawhide chew bones, nylon chew bones, and other chew toys so other objects are spared.

Naturally, when you do this as long as we have, you have a few people along the way who have been dissatisfied.  But those are definitely the exceptions, not the rule.  The overwhelming majority of the customers that we have dealt with over the years have been very happy with the puppy that they bought from us as well as our approach to dealing with people.   We honestly try to apply the Golden Rule and treat people as we would want to be treated.   We have had lots of repeat customers over the years,  And we’ve had a whole bunch of past customers who have referred us to their friends and family   And we seem to get a lot of glowing emails (and Christmas cards) from past customers who tell us how much the puppy they bough from us has become a beloved and integral part of their family.   These are the things that seem to affirm to me that we are doing something right. 

Puppies have very sharp toenails. They can be trimmed with your regular finger nail clippers or with nail trimmers made for dogs and cats. If you take too much off the nail, you will get into the quick; bleeding and pain will occur. If this happens, neither you nor your dog will want to do this again. Therefore, a few points are helpful: 1. If your dog has clear or white nails, you can see the pink of the quick through the nail. Avoid the pink area, and you should be out of the quick. 2. If your dog has black nails, you will not be able to see the quick so only cut 1/32″ (1 mm) of the nail at a time until the dog begins to get sensitive. The sensitivity will usually occur before you are into the blood vessel. With black nails, it is likely that you will get too close on at least one nail. 3. If your dog has some clear and some black nails, use the average clear nail as a guide for cutting the black ones. 4. When cutting nails, use sharp trimmers. Dull trimmers tend to crush the nail and cause pain even if you are not in the quick. 

From time to time we occasionally have puppies that are not perfect.  We usually discount the price on these puppies in order to find them a personal home that fits their individual need.   We usually don’t post those puppies here on our website when we want more choice as to how and when to place them.   But, If you would like to be considered for a special needs puppy home and want to be notified when we have a puppy that might fit your home, please drop us an email and in the subject line write “special needs puppies” then tell us a little about what you hope to be considered for.  We will contact you when we have puppies that have special needs.  


This page is always a work in progress.  More tips coming soon!

I hope these questions and answers have been of some help to you as you research this breed and interview
potential breeders you would like to do business with. I encourage you to always review these type things before you buy…
there are many cute puppies out there but finding a breeder that you feel comfortable with and agree with their terms and their breeding program’s goals is very important…. it’s not just a purchase; it’s truly a relationship you are entering into as buyer/seller as well as hopefully a long life with your
new family member… – so
be aware of fraud potential out there, research your breed, be aware of your veterinarian’s requirements and pricing, speak with your breeder, know the warranty terms if any of your breeder and be comfortable with them as a buyer also – ask the questions that are important to you as an individual and as a customer before the sell. then fall in love with your favorite pup! 

thanks for visiting,

Sam and Stephanie