puppies are guaranteed until the age of 28 months against hip &
elbow dysplasia (per OFA) and hereditary eye diseases. We only breed
stock with OFA Excellent or Good hips for multiple generations in
their pedigree. Can environment or food cause hip dysplasia? According
to the OFA per their FAQ web page:
"No, hip dysplasia is a multiple gene, inherited disease. Environmental
factors, like high caloric diet during the rapid growth phase, may
exacerbate changes in dysplastic hips but will not create hip dysplasia.
There also is no evidence in the scientific literature that supplements
(i.e Vitamin C) will prevent hip dysplasia. Reduced caloric intake
and glucosamine products in immature animals genetically predisposed
for hip dysplasia may lessen the pathologic changes associated with
hip dysplasiaod rated hips."
recommend that you feed a lower protein puppy chow to keep them
lean and avoid impact trauma to the bone joints during the first
18 months. Large breed formulations have lower protein levels to
keep joints from growing too fast. Do not allow your pup to jump
off of vehicle tailgates or from similar heights and avoid stairs
as well. This is your best assurance of good hips and elbows (after
picking good genetics). Environmental conditions can cause joints
to deteriorate which can cause a dog to fail OFA certifications.
Bones are soft at birth and take around 2 years to develop and harden.
The accepted rule of thumb for exercise is 5 minutes per month of
age for puppies.
Any dogs with hip or eye problems must be returned with copies of
the OFA and/or CERF/CAER eye certification reports. Clients will
be responsible for shipping costs both ways and we must however
exclude dogs that have been abused or injured. Breeding of a dog
shall render all warranties null and void. Any returned dog must
be permanently identified with a microchip. Missouri State law also
requires a health certificate and vaccination records showing the
animal is current for these. We do not warranty against infectious
diseases or heartworm.
will be checked by a veterinarian for health and parasites and started
on their vaccination schedule. Dew claws will be removed and the
puppies will be put through the "early neurological stimulation
program", extensively socialized, started retrieving bird wings,
and introduced to water, weather permitting. Once they begin weaning
the puppies sleep in a crate to help them prepare for the journey
to their new homes. You will be given a packet of information with
your puppy that includes: AKC registration application papers, vaccination
records/schedule, feeding schedule, a copy of our warranty, health
certificates of both parents, a crate training article, a page of
training tips, and a list of training books that we use. You will
also be given a bag of the food the puppy is currently being fed(Eukanuba
Large Breed Puppy)to give you time to gradually shift the puppy
to the food that you choose to feed. Our puppies are sold with full
registration and may be bred(after the warranty period)if you decide
to do so. We do not require you to include our kennel name/initials
in the registered name of your puppy although you are welcome to
can be picked up at approx. 7 weeks of age or shipped(air) after
8 weeks. A $200 deposit is required to reserve your pup. The order
in which deposits are received will determine the order in which
pups are chosen. We reserve the right to screen clients to assure
that our breeding efforts are utilized and that our dogs go to good
see the Upcoming Litters page for our current litters. Our lowest
priced puppies are $1000 (plus Missouri sales email@example.com% unless you
are a licensed breeder or take possession of the puppy outside of
the State of Missouri). Female puppies have the highest demand.
Airline shipping expenses (current airfare, health certificate,
crate, and a $100 fee for delivery(300 mile round trip)to the airport
in Kansas City) are running about $450. We lose money shipping at
this rate but will continue to do so for those unable to come pick
up their puppy. We require full payment including shipping fees
before we will ship a puppy.