How do I inquire about
adopting a puppy?
The first step
in the adoption process would be to fill out an online Puppy
questionnaire helps us to determine whether the dogs that we will be
breeding might be well suited to your needs. We make an effort
to respond to every inquiry so if you receive no response, please
contact us again.
In the event
that we do not believe that we will produce what you are looking for
in a Rottweiler, or that we simply do not have puppies available in
the foreseeable future, we will send you a list of reputable breeders
so that you can continue your search. Should one of those
breeders work out for you, we will be happy to forward your
application to them. We will only refer breeders who we have
personally done business with so please understand if the list we
send does not contain a breeder in your area. For assistance in
determining which breeder is right for you, jump to Questions
to Ask Breeders.
Could there be a puppy for us
from the next available litter?
litters are spoken for well in advance. We only breed when we
are hoping to keep a pup for ourselves, or when we expect several to
be kept within our extended family. We believe that it is
irresponsible to bring puppies into this world unless we are sure
that they will end up in their perfect forever home. For this
reason, we never plan a litter until we are certain that we will have
ideal homes waiting for each and every potential puppy.
this, we screen homes well in advance to ensure that planned
breedings and prospective homes are well matched. If you
are interested in our dogs, it is to your benefit to inquire well
before you are ready for your next puppy.
If it appears that you may
have a dog for us in the future, what is the next step?
appear that we might be breeding the type of dog that you are looking
for, the next step would be to speak via telephone (705-786-9767...be
sure you have a Canadian phone plan or ask us to call you
back!). During this conversation, we will supply you with a
large amount of information about ourselves, our breeding
philosophies, our dogs and our plans for the future, as well as
answer any questions you may have.
we will want to meet you. If you are a great distance from us, you
may find it advantageous to first meet one of our owners in your area
so that you can interact with their dog(s) and ask any questions that
you may have. We also travel to a large number of shows and
will try to meet up with you if possible.
Should we send
a deposit to ensure we're on your waiting list?
do not accept deposits. If we determine that yours is the type
of home that we are looking for, then we will start to evaluate each
litter with you in mind. Sometimes the perfect pup arrives
relatively quickly, sometimes it's a few litters before the right
match comes along. In any event, we want you to have the
opportunity to continue your search without being tied to a
particular breeder or litter.
cautious of breeders who ask for large or non-refundable
deposits. There are many internet scams involving puppies and
it's likely you'll not only lose your money, but end up without a puppy.
Can we come and
visit the dogs and puppies in your home?
Yes, we will
expect you to come here to meet all of the dogs. The reason for
this is so that we can learn more about you and better determine what
you are hoping for in terms of type and temperament. Once we
understand why you are attracted to a particular dog for instance, it
can give us insight into which puppy will eventually be right for you.
In the case
that the right puppy appears to have arrived, we will also want you
to see and interact with that litter. In many cases,
prospective owners choose to visit litters well before they are ready
to bring a puppy home. The advantage to this is that you will
develop a better understanding of how we match puppies to their
homes, as well as learn to objectively evaluate pups without the
emotions that come with knowing yours may be in that litter.
How do we know which litter or
puppy will be best for us?
interviewing process will help us to determine that together.
Further, you may have criteria of your own that makes one litter more
appealing to you than another. The following links will give
you a clearer understanding of the decisions involved.
Jump to Our
to learn more about how we decide which dogs will be bred
Jump to How
Pups are Reared
to learn more about the process we use to ensure each pup has the
best opportunity to meet its full potential.
Jump to How
Placement Decisions are Made to learn about how we determine
which home each pup will go to and what the timeline is for those decisions.
Are all of your puppies placed
as Show Dogs?
First and foremost, every puppy we produce is someone's
companion. We are careful to make matches based on
compatibility rather than the pup's potential to win in the
rings. That said, a large percentage of our pups end up well
suited for various areas of competition and their owners find they
usually excel at whatever they try.
Our pups are
active and do best in homes that will keep both their minds and their
bodies exercised. For this reason, we require that all of our
pups attend obedience classes. Where you go from there is up to
you. Many of our owners find that showing their pup is a
natural extension of their training and an enjoyable way to spend
time with their best friend. There are many types of
competition...from traditional dog shows to obedience, agility,
tracking, rally, herding or schutzhund as well as other rewarding
outlets such as search and rescue or pet therapy. We can help
you find the venue that best suits your pup.
Do I have to co-own my puppy
No owner is
required to co-own, but many decide that co-ownership is an advantage
when it comes to helping their dog reach its full potential in the
show or working venues or when it is time to breed their dog.
In these cases, we will write up a separate co-ownership contract
which will outline the terms of our additional agreements. In
our co-ownerships, the owner remains in control of all decisions made
for the dog. We are simply there for additional support.
We have had
excellent luck with co-ownerships, however, it is important to make
sure that you have everything outlined, in writing, before entering
into these types of agreements with a breeder.
At what age can the puppy go home?
normally allow a puppy to go home between seven and nine weeks.
We prefer the eight week mark or later, however some of the puppies
that travel home via the airlines need to meet certain height and
weight specifications and therefore need to go home closer to the
seven week mark. Occasionally a puppy will need more time with
us in order to fully assess where he/she should be placed. No
pup ever leaves our home until we are completely comfortable with the
match we have made.
Do you ever have older puppies
or adult dogs available?
It is very
rare for us to have older puppies available. We work hard to
make the right match the first time and only once have had a puppy
come back to us. In the event that we keep a puppy for
ourselves and it doesn't turn out to be right for our breeding
program, it is always placed within our existing family.
We do not
place our elderly show or breeding dogs. When they retire, they
live out their lives in our home and enjoy every comfort that we can
give them. At that point, they have worked very hard for us and
deserve nothing less.
We are a great distance from
you, will you ship a puppy to us?
No, we do
not ship our puppies. We take great care in raising pups so
that their early experiences are beneficial to their
development. When a puppy is shipped alone, it must go in the
cargo hold of the airplane. There are many risks involved which
we are not willing to take.
If you are
such a distance from us that air travel is the most convenient way to
reach us, we suggest that you fly to us and carry your puppy back in
cabin in a "Sherpa" type pet carrier. This ensures
that you are in control of what happens to your pup throughout your
trip. We have found that our pups travel very well this way and
that it is much more stress free for both ourselves and the puppy.
I am in the USA, what is the
procedure to bring the puppy across the border?
provide you with an International Health Certificate. Your pup
will also be identified with an ISO microchip. This is all you
will need for your pup to travel home to the USA. If you are
driving, you will present this at the border crossing. If you
are flying, you will need to make prior arrangements with the airline
to bring the dog aboard the plane (see above).
also need identification for yourself for cross border travel.
At this time, a passport is required for airline travel between the
US and Canada and either a passport or a Drivers License AND Birth
Certificate is required for automobile travel.
I am outside of North
America. Can I export one of your puppies?
We have two
pups in the UK and have also sent frozen semen to Australia.
However, we will only do business outside of North America after
spending quite a bit of time building a relationship with you.
In general, we prefer to place pups in areas where we can easily
Does the price vary for
Male/Female or for Show Quality vs. Pet Quality?
have one set price for all of our puppies. We put an equal
amount of time into breeding each litter and developing each puppy,
as well as into screening homes and, later, supporting our
owners. To us, every puppy has the same "value"
whether it's a top rated show prospect, or a beloved pet.
Are your puppies registered?
In Canada, it is a violation of the Animal Pedigree Act for a breeder
to sell a purebred puppy without registration papers. In
addition, the pup must be permanently identified prior to leaving the
live in Canada, pups born here must first be registered with the Canadian
Kennel Club. For those familiar with the AKC
registration process, the CKC differs in that the breeder must
register each puppy and all registration papers are then sent to the
breeder to be forwarded to the owners. This process can take
several months, so please be patient.
the AKC and CKC do not allow us to "dual register" entire
litters. If you reside in the USA, we will need to wait for the
CKC registration papers to arrive, and then we will help you to apply
for individual AKC registration papers. This is a quick and
In the event
that both the sire and dam are UKC
registered, you may also be supplied with registration papers for
these organizations. If your pup is show quality, you will also
be provided with ARC and
MRC Futurity paperwork.
Are there guarantees in place?
You will be asked to sign a contract which outlines our expectations
of you, as well as what you can expect from us. Unfortunately,
a breeder cannot guarantee that things will never go wrong, as we are
to some extent at the mercy of Mother Nature. However, the
breeder should be more than wiling to take care of you in the
event that things do not turn out as planned. Our
contract contains provisions for monetary reimbursement or a
replacement puppy for various health and temperament conditions up to
48 months. You will not be asked to return your dog.
for Contract FAQ's.
I see a litter listed on your
site as a "Co-Breeding". What does this mean?
We do not
own every dog that is used in our breeding program. In the case
that a dog that we produced is worthy of being used in our program,
we will, at the owner's request, support them in the form of a
co-bred litter. In these cases, we are highly involved...from
the choice of a mate, to assistance in whelping, to rearing and puppy evaluations.
case of a co-bred litter, we have personally done business with the
breeder in the past and are 100% confident referring you not only to
the breeder, but to this particular breeding. In these cases,
both ourselves and the breeder will be resources for you and your
puppy during its lifetime.
I take my pup home, can I contact you with questions?
We will expect you to keep in touch and are always available to
answer your questions throughout the lifetime of your dog. In
fact, if you are hoping to simply buy a Rottweiler and are not
looking for a relationship with the breeder, we are not the right
choice for you.
our extended family offers an excellent Support
System. In the event that you cannot immediately reach
us directly, there is always someone available to answer your questions.