What are the steps I need to take throughout the puppy adoption process?
Here is a checklist for you -
Step 1. Read over our website and health guarantee and agreement, if then you choose us as your breeder follow the next steps.
Step 2. Contact us via email, text, Facebook messenger or call to make sure puppy is available and let us know you want to adopt.
Step 3. Tell us a little about you and the environment/ home you are providing for the puppy.
Step 4. If we approve next step is to place a deposit to reserve your puppy (see purchasing and delivery page for information)
Step 5. Fill out the health guarantee and sales agreement. Scan and email back to us or mail it.
Step 6. Make a vet appointment (within 3 days of receiving puppy).
Step 7. Prepare your home and get supplies for puppy.
Step 8. Get familiar with the Trupanion, AKC and NuVet, you can apply or order at this time.
Step 9. Pick up your puppy
Step 10. Register for your free 30 day trial of Trupanion (must be done within 24 hours of pickup).
Step 11. Let us know your official AKC name. At that time we will register your puppies AKC Puppy Protection Package; if applicable with your puppy purchase.
Step 12. Take puppy to vet for a check up on your end. Take health record with you. We recommend doing the exam, fecal and get deworming/flea/tick at this appointment. NO SHOTS at this appointment unless agreed with breeder or written in the health record. I do understand you may not want to make another trip the next week or when shot is due and want to get it done all at this appointment but it's not best for the puppy, sometimes that can be to much stress on a Havanese puppy. It's best to just get your general checkup to make sure you are happy with the health of the puppy and get set up with your vet and follow ups, then go back for shots. We DO NOT RECOMMEND LEPTO shots until at least 16 weeks of age, then monitor for reactions. Most vets are not familiar with younger pups (Havanese) having a hard time with the Lepto vaccine.
Step 13. Report initial first vet check to breeder. Keep a file for your puppies first year of all your vet checks, shots, etc.. This way if anything ever needs to be looked back on it can easily be accessed and sent to us.
Step 14. First 3 days is about bonding and adjusting your puppy. Relax and love on your baby. Make sure puppy is eating and drinking, puppy must nibble a little during adjustment period. If not eating the dry real well the first day, give a little spoon full of the can. And if you absolutely have to, put it in the crate with puppy where it feels safe and secure. Adjust from there.
What will come with my puppy?
Vet Check and/or Vet Health Certificate if applicable
Current Shots / Deworming / flea & tick applied (if needed) all written in a Health Record showing the dates
small zip lock bag of current food
small can of Royal Canin Appetite Stimulator can food (to be used during transition if not eating dry well those first 2/3 days)
Microchipped (already done)
AKC Puppy Protection Package (details above) - if applicable with adoption
Trupanion Insurance (free 30 day trial, details above, extra information)
1 year written Health Guarantee & Sales Agreement (see Guarantee and Agreement page)
NuVet samples and extra information
Folder and Bag with everything above inside
What supplies do I need for my new puppy?
It depends a lot on how you want to train your puppy, house training, ect.. but here is a list of things that we like to have here.
Food & water dish, Royal Canin Small Puppy Food
Treats (we like Bil Jac Treats best), NuVet Supplements (can be used as treats also)
Leash, collar and/or harness
Toys (No Rawhide or anything that can be swallowed)
Snuggle Puppy or clock in sock or something to snuggle with
Crate; if crate training
Wee Wee Pads
Expen or also called excercise pen/play pen (we use one inside the house and one outside for a potty area)
Baby Gates to keep the puppy in a certain area of your home until house trained fully Vinegar water or some type of cleaner in case of an accident
Puppy shampoo & conditioner (we like to use either Chris Christensen or Pure Paws products you can google them online)
A couple towels for puppy
Straight toothed comb & brush
Vet phone number on hand and appointments scheduled for routine vaccinations
I like to keep a bag packed for the car when we travel:
Cleaner / Baby Wipes
Water & Water Bowl
Light Weight Collar & Light Weight Long Leash
Are the puppies Microchipped?
Click link for more information about microchipping and the AKC Reunite
Yes, we permanently identify all our puppies via microchip. This will need to be registered in your name. It is NOT a tracking device. This will give your puppy a unique ID number in a data base, so if ever lost there is a way to look up who's name this chip number is in where you can be contacted and be reunited. If your puppy comes with the AKC puppy protection package this will be paid and done for your by us.
What shots & deworming preventatives will my puppy have?
Each puppy will come with their own individual vaccination and deworming record that you will need to take to your vet for their first initial checkup. This will let the vet know what he will need to follow up on. Your new puppy will need to be kept up to date on his booter vaccines, just like a human baby. We start each puppy here with the following:
Deworming scheduled for every 2 weeks at minimum.
5-6 weeks of age they get a Parvo Shot & Intra Nasal Bordetella for kennel cough.
8 weeks of age they get a 6 way. Parvo, Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parianfluenza & Corona.
If we still have the puppy past 8 weeks we do follow up boosters every 3 weeks until they are 17 weeks of age. And regular routine de-wormings. Interceptor Plus started @ 10 weeks old. Rabies vaccination is given at 12 weeks or older.
Do the puppies get their vaccinations from the vet or do you do them yourself?
It has been brought to my attention by a previous buyer of one of our puppies, that I should have this information on my website. My sincere apologies if this information is something you as a buyer wanted that I did not provide previously.
YES, I give all the vaccines your new baby needs, as per my vet recommendations and under my vets guidelines, except for the rabies vaccine and my vet gives that at the recommended age as required by state laws. I have many, many hours of continuing education on vaccines and how to give and monitor them along with many, many years experience giving them as well. My vet does sign off on my vaccine protocol. These vaccines are purchased directly from Revival Animal Health and sent to me in a cooler the next day and they are immediately put in a refrigerator that is only used for vaccines where the temperature is very closely monitor, the exact same way our vet does. We use a trusted brand called Nobivac.
I am very strictly monitored as a breeder here in the state of Missouri. Some states don't have the guidelines and regulations that we have here in our state, so it is understood if you or your vet may not trust some breeders or rescue's that are not regulated or those who may not be doing things to your expectations. There are some that may purchase shots from a feed store or pet store, and no, those can't always be fully trusted, on the brand, or on how they are purchased, or handled.
Please understand that I do know the fear of purchasing a puppy and not knowing if it had proper vaccinations or if the person is lying about them to cut cost or etc, that's why my standard's are so much higher. But because I deeply care about each of my dogs and puppies, remember these are my babies first, if you cannot trust me and my vaccine protocol, as your new companion's breeder, then you have not found the breeder you are looking for so please keep searching until you can find a breeder you trust. I do not want the babies I've worked so hard to provide for families, to be over vaccinated and made sick, because you or your vet don't trust that I have done it properly. A vet can be very intimidating but stick to what is best for your puppy. A breeder's years of experience, heart ache, success, failure, tears, trial and error and more ceu credit hours than that are required to be done by most vets means so much to back a good breeder.
Thank you to all those who have trusted me and as your Breeder!
Where do you raise your puppies?
Our babies are born and raised in our home. They are loved and watched at all times. Being a stay at home mom enables me to give full attention to everyone and prepare and rear puppies right with us and our human children. We have a play pen in our living area and a play pen in our homeschool area and one outside when old enough to venture in new areas.
Can we come see the puppies?
We do completely understand the need to want to see the babies in person. But there are several factors we must take in consideration.
We do not allow anyone to come out to see the puppies until they are at least 6-7 weeks old. Before this time they are still with their mothers and just like us, the momma's get a little nervous when there are strangers coming in and out looking at their babies and touching them and taking them from them when they are wanting to keep them all together and protect them until weaning age. Just think about what it would be like if you had these babies and were a little dog and you had all these different people coming into your space, hovering over you and touching your babies. I've seen the look in their eyes and as their owner I just want to protect them from that fear of "what's going on?"
Another factor that plays a roll in this is diseases, you may have walked somewhere previously and not known it but may have picked something up on your shoes or even clothing. Our puppies generally get vaccinated at 6 weeks of age so for their protection they need to be vaccinated first before being handled or seen.
Any puppies that are already sold will not be available for viewing as they are already spoken for and we are protecting someone else's pet at that point.
Most of our puppies are chosen by the pictures and/or video's we send out. And a lot of times they are sold by the time they are 6 weeks old. I know that makes it hard for those of you looking to come out and pick out a puppy. With the way the demand, technology, laws and times have changed it just makes it nearly impossible to be able to choose a puppy in this way any longer without missing out on the puppy you originally thought you wanted. I understand this is hard for some, we totally get it... But to make sure we can get all of our puppies placed in loving homes safely this is just the way it is. If you were to come out before they were 6 weeks old the only thing you really would be seeing is what colors they are or how they compare in size in the litter, which you can see in pictures or speaking with me. A puppies eyes don't open till they are 2 weeks old, then ears open at 3 weeks, visual site improves by 4 weeks.... they are just sleeping a lot up to this point because it takes so much energy to grow. Personality really doesn't start to come out till they are 7 weeks and older, after they leave momma, then sometimes that changes after they get in their new homes and they adapt to your rules and boundaries. The Havanese breed standard tells a lot about the traits and characteristics of a Havanese that is bred responsibly and raised in a normal environment.
A deposit must be placed on a puppy before we will allow you to come out. No exceptions! This is transferable to another puppy if you so choose another puppy that is available at the time you visit. This insures you are not wasting my time away from my dogs/puppies and family, helps give a little extra security that you are not a terrorist, thief or criminal and that you are serious about the commitment. Deposits can be transferred to future litters as well.
Remember our home and our dogs' home is our personal space. We love children and our new families but if you are bringing your children or other adults with you to our home please keep them in the space we are allowing you to be in. We have other farm animals and things that we do not need the extra stress placed on from strangers running about or walking/wondering around. And yes I have to say this because it happens. LOL. Preferably 1 or 2 adults but if calm and responsible we will work with you.
If we are meeting you at one of our meeting locations we will take our time and let you visit with the puppy to make sure you are happy with the puppy before we depart.
Are the puppies potty trained?
Our puppies are started on potty pad / paper training. Some introduction to the crate is started upon their leaving. Here is a link to the local trainers for more information on house breaking:
What price is the puppy? Why are your puppy prices what they are?
As of 2021 pet prices are generally starting at $2,000-$2,500 for males and $2,500 for females and can go up from there depending on color and pedigree. We do not raise our puppies cheap therefore our price reflects the care and quality you are getting in one of our puppies. Prices subject to change. Some years there maybe fluctuations and exceptions to pricing on select pups/litters and economy influence.
Our prices are based on what we put into our breeding program. When you purchase a puppy from us you are choosing a puppy from a legal, licensed, professional breeder. To be a legal licensed professional breeder in the State of Missouri takes a lot of time, money, love and passion for the breed. When you purchase a puppy from us you are not bringing home a puppy from a backyard breeder, illegal breeder, a flipper, hobby breeder or just someone trying to make a buck. You are bringing home a puppy that comes to you from loving hands that is healthy, fully vaccinated, fed a high quality food from the beginning for the best start, vet checked, proper health testing through the orthopedic foundation for animals on parents, healthy parents and from a breeder who understands that puppy's background and where it came from, health guaranteed, easy opportunity for health and accident insurances for added protection, socialized and loved from day one, someone who sat beside momma while she was birthing and helped each baby take their first breath of life. A breeder that is there for you for the lifetime of your puppy and not just after the sale. That is what separates us from others.
Find your breeder, then find your puppy :)
It's not cheap raising quality, healthy puppies. Our puppies are worth it!
For our peace of mind to know this puppy is being given all the opportunity its body needs to develop and be healthy. We can do our best to educate on the food that we feel is best but there are lots of other foods out there that others feel is a good balanced food as well and we do not feel we should control you on the food you feel is best for your baby, unless it's a very poor quality of course. Therefore, since so many opinions out there about dog foods, the NuVet just gives a little extra assurance. Check out our NuVet page for more details and ordering.
Can I change my puppies name?
Yes! The names they are given here are for identification purposes. Your puppy will adapt to a new name once in their new environment. I can start calling them by the name you prefer if you'd like. Most of the time they don't pick up on a specific name when the litter is together, until they get the one on one training from you and/or around 12-14 weeks of age but can still adjust to something different with training. If the AKC puppy protection package is included with your puppy you will need to send us an "official registration name" as soon as possible so we can send in for your puppies AKC paperwork and get everything registered in your name for you. This is all paid by us through the puppy protection package option. Most include their puppies name with their last name or some type of unique name and you are welcome to use Titanium in the name as well showing puppy is from a Titanium breeding. If we don't receive a name within a few days of you getting your puppy then I may just use the one we chose for identification.
When do I spay or neuter my Havanese?
We recommend having your Havanese Puppy spayed or neutered around 6-8 months of age to prevent any unplanned breeding's.
Do/Will you sell breeding rights or full registration?
FYI for Breeders looking to purchase our puppies:
Due to our bloodlines getting into unappreciative hands, our lines and hard work being taken advantage of and those not fulfilling health testing responsibilities for the betterment of the breed, we have decided we will no longer sell full registration / breeding rights.
Our final decision came after speaking with our AKC handler along with some of our Havanese we have invested well over $5-8,000 in from purchasing, testing and showing them.
We have decided this is best for us, the breed and the future of our bloodlines at this time.
Our puppies will only to be placed in loving pet homes.
We will continue to direct and help mentor our breeder families we have worked with in the past.