Puppy Application Process
As a responsible breeder, I take placing puppies into their new homes very seriously. I strive to make every effort to assure my puppies are going into lifelong and loving homes. I look for homes willing to make a lifetime commitment and have the welfare of the puppy in mind. Homes that understand what owning a large breed involves are of paramount importance to me. I also want to know the home has the same philosophies as I do for care and will provide the puppy with the life I want him to live; that of a much-cherished canine companion. I feel my application process and placement policies, along with my screening and home checks, will assist me in placing puppies into homes where they will remain for their entire life. I make every attempt to determine if a Dane and a home are a good fit, and because of that I have very few breeder returns. (And it goes without saying, if you purchase a dog from me and cannot keep it at any point in his or her life, they are to be returned to me and never taken to a shelter or rescue.)
I work off an application process, so if you wish to be on my puppy list, you must complete an application. An application can be obtained by emailing me; I do not put my applications on my website. Before requesting an application, please review my placement polices so you can determine if one of my puppies will be suitable for your household and lifestyle.
Once an application is received, I will review it and the applicant will be notified of the status. If approved, it is done on a tentative basis, pending meeting the applicant in person and doing a home check. If a home is out of the area, I may use a third party do the home check on my behalf. Home visits aren’t usually done until it’s confirmed a person will be getting a puppy from me.
When pregnancy has been confirmed via ultrasound at between 21 to 28 days after the breeding I begin contacting approved applicants. While ultrasounds are not an exact science in determining numbers, it will give me a rough idea of litter size. At that point a $500.00 deposit is required to hold a puppy. In the event there is not an available puppy at birth for some reason, the deposit will be refunded in full. People wishing to place a deposit are sent my complete deposit policies prior to sending a deposit. If references are needed regarding my deposit refund policies I will be happy to provide them.
Once the litter is whelped, I will have an approximate idea of what will be available based on number of puppies in the litter, sex and color. Grading between show and pet doesn’t occur until between six-to-seven weeks of age. People may need to wait until that point to find out if a puppy is available to them. Again, if no puppy is available, the deposit will be refunded in full or may be transferred to an upcoming litter.
Where a person stands in line depends on a variety of factors—what they want as far as color, sex and grading (between show and companion), how long they have been on the wait list, whether they will accept an alternate color and/or sex, and when their deposit was received. There may also other variables specific to a litter.
Should you have any questions on the application process, please feel free to contact me.