We're here to assist you every step of the way and answer any questions you may have. Our preferred method of communication is through email, allowing us to provide detailed and timely responses. However, we understand that some prefer a more direct approach. That's why we offer video calls or voice calls to accommodate your needs. Please understand that our primary focus is on providing the best care and attention to our dogs and litters, so we may not be available to answer phone calls immediately throughout the day. However, we are committed to ensuring a smooth and comfortable process for you.
Our dedicated team is available 24/7, and you can reach out to us via phone, email, or our social media links. We value your inquiries and strive to address them promptly.
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Can I visit your location to meet the dogs before placing a deposit or selecting a puppy?
To prioritize the well-being and security of our precious puppies and their parents, our home serves as their nurturing environment. As we do not operate as a pet store with public business hours, we have implemented specific visitation policies. At present, visits are limited to individuals on our waiting list on scheduled visit days or during puppy pick-up.
When you come to pick up your puppy at the age of 8 weeks, we're thrilled to provide you with the opportunity to meet the incredible mother and father dogs. Additionally, visits to see your selected puppy can be arranged after the litter has received their first round of vaccinations. This precaution ensures the health and safety of the puppies.
While physical visits may have certain limitations, we are dedicated to providing you with ample visual content online. Expect to find a delightful array of pictures and videos showcasing the puppies regularly posted on our website and social media platforms.
What sizes do you work with?
When it comes to size, our focus primarily lies with Medium/Large dogs that typically weigh between 60-80+ pounds. It's important to keep in mind that the final adult weight and height of a dog cannot be guaranteed with absolute certainty, as there can be variations even within a specific breed. Several factors, including genetics, diet, and overall health, can influence the size of a dog as it grows and matures.
While we make every effort to provide estimated size ranges based on the parent dogs and previous litters, it's crucial to understand that individual puppies may fall outside of these ranges. Each pup is unique and may exhibit variations in their growth and development.
Do puppies coats change colors?
Absolutely! It's not uncommon for a puppy's coat to undergo color changes as they mature. During the early stages of their development, their coat may go through a transition period before ultimately settling into their adult coat. These changes in color can be fascinating to observe!
One interesting indicator of the potential adult coat color is to observe the color of the puppy's ear flaps. Oftentimes, the color of the ear flaps can provide a clue about the final coloration of their coat. However, it's important to remember that the exact color changes and the final adult coat can vary from one puppy to another.
It may take some time for the coat to fully develop and settle into its permanent coloration. The process of coat development can be a delightful journey as you witness your puppy's transformation. So, be prepared for some surprises along the way!
Are your dogs health tested?
Definitely! The health and well-being of our sires and dams are of utmost importance to us. We prioritize the health of our parent dogs by conducting thorough health testing. We ensure that our parent dogs have either already undergone health testing or are in the process of being tested. We carefully monitor and document the results of these tests, and they will be added to the profiles of our parent dogs as soon as they become available.
We fully understand the significance of breeding healthy dogs and the impact it has on the overall quality of our litters. By prioritizing health testing, we strive to provide the best possible care for our breeding dogs and their precious offspring. It is our commitment to ensure that our puppies are born from healthy and genetically sound parents.
Where are you located and how do you handle delivery for out-of-state buyers?
How exciting that you're interested in our puppies! We're located in the beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and we're thrilled to offer local delivery options for our customers in the area. It's always a pleasure to provide a convenient and seamless experience for our local buyers.
For those who are located outside of South Carolina, we understand the importance of transportation arrangements. While we're more than happy to work with you to find suitable delivery options, it's important to note that we cannot guarantee delivery for everyone. However, rest assured that we will go above and beyond to assist you in making transportation arrangements that prioritize the well-being and safety of our precious puppies.
In some cases, personal pick-up may be necessary, where you can visit our location and meet your new furry family member in person. This option allows for a more personal connection and gives you the opportunity to experience our nurturing environment firsthand.
We are committed to ensuring a smooth and convenient process for all our customers, regardless of location. Please reach out to us to discuss your specific situation, and we'll work closely with you to make the necessary arrangements that best suit your needs.
What will my puppy come with and when will it be ready to leave?
We take the health and well-being of our puppies very seriously, and we want to provide you with all the necessary information and documentation to ensure a smooth transition for both you and your new furry family member.
Each puppy will come with a comprehensive set of health records, which will include detailed information about their vaccination and deworming schedule. These records will give you a clear understanding of the care they have received up until the time they join your family. Additionally, if applicable, we will provide AKC and CKC registration papers, which further validate their pedigree and lineage. Each puppy will come with a complimentary puppy pack. Price is not adjusted for non puppy pack buyers.
To ensure the safety and security of our puppies, each one will be microchipped with 24petwatch. This reliable identification method will give you peace of mind knowing that your puppy can be easily identified if they ever become lost or separated from you.
Furthermore, I will provide you with my contact information, so you can easily reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or updates about your puppy in the future. I'm here to support you every step of the way and ensure that you have a positive and fulfilling experience as a new puppy parent.
In terms of readiness to leave, our puppies will be ready to join their new families at 7-8 weeks of age. By that time, they will have received one or two sets of vaccines, providing them with initial protection against common diseases. We take great care to ensure that our puppies are in optimal health before they leave our care, and we strive to make the transition to their new homes as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Do you have puppies available now or when is your next available litter?
Please refer to our "UPCOMING LITTERS" and "AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION" pages for information on future plans and available puppies.
Can I select my puppy based on temperament?
Choosing a puppy based on their temperament can be a delightful yet challenging task. While it's true that a puppy's personality and behavior can evolve as they grow into adulthood, there are certain factors that can provide insights into their potential traits.
One helpful consideration is to observe the personalities of the mother and father dogs. They can offer a glimpse into the temperament that their offspring may inherit. By observing the parents' behavior and characteristics, you can gain a general idea of what to expect from the puppies.
However, it's essential to recognize that training, socialization, and environment play significant roles in shaping a puppy's behavior. Your love, care, and guidance will profoundly influence their development and personality, regardless of any initial traits they may have had.
It's also recommended to conduct thorough research on the breed to understand their typical temperament and behavior. Different breeds may have certain characteristics that can give you a better understanding of what to expect from your new furry family member.
Ultimately, choosing a puppy is an exciting journey filled with anticipation and discovery. While initial observations and parent traits can offer guidance, it's important to remember that each puppy is an individual with their own unique personality. With your love, patience, and positive reinforcement training, you can help shape your puppy into a well-rounded and happy adult companion.
What is puppy development stages?
Puppy development encompasses various stages that shape their behavior and overall growth. While the specific time frames may vary, the following stages provide a general understanding of a puppy's developmental journey:
Prenatal Stage: This stage occurs before birth and is influenced by the mother's health and nutrition, impacting the puppy's emotional and physiological development.
Neonatal Stage: From birth to around 12 days, puppies have closed eyes and ears, relying on their senses of touch, taste, and smell. Basic learning begins during this time, although puppies primarily sleep and nurse.
Transitional Stage: Lasting from 12 days to 3 weeks, this stage sees puppies becoming more active and independent. Their eyes and ears open, they start walking, and their teeth begin to emerge. Social interactions become more important.
Socialization Stage: This critical period spans from around 3 weeks to 12-16 weeks. It is a crucial time for puppies to learn how to interact with other dogs, humans, and their environment. The breeder and adoptive owner play significant roles in shaping the puppy's socialization experiences during this period.
Juvenile Stage: Starting around 12 weeks and continuing until sexual maturity, puppies become more independent. Continued socialization is essential during this time.
Adolescent Stage: Occurring between sexual maturity (around 6-14 months) and social maturity (2-3 years), this stage involves ongoing training and management. Consistency and predictability in training become important for a well-behaved adult dog.
Adult Stage: At around 2-3 years, dogs reach social maturity, becoming more confident and fully developed physically and behaviorally.
Senior Stage: From 7 years and above, dogs may experience physical and cognitive changes associated with aging. Behavioral changes can occur during this stage.
Puppies also go through two fear periods. The first, between 8-10 weeks, can have long-lasting effects if traumatic events occur. The second fear period can happen between 6 and 14 months, lasting 1-3 weeks. It is important to avoid fear-inducing situations during this period to promote confident development.
It's worth noting that individual puppies may progress through these stages at different rates. As a puppy owner, you have a vital role in their behavioral development. Providing positive experiences, socialization, and continued training beyond the critical socialization stage will help your puppy become a well-adjusted and confident adult dog.
If you encounter any behavioral concerns during these stages, seeking assistance from a knowledgeable and science-based trainer can be valuable in addressing and resolving them.
Understanding the stages of puppy development allows you to guide your puppy's growth and lay the foundation for a happy and well-behaved companion.