|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do you feed your puppies?
We feed ground beef once a day and the puppies have Diamond Puppy kibbles
available 24-7 to munch on as they like. We suggest you buy a good quality
puppy food to have on hand to get your new puppy started on and for its first
year. We highly recommend Nutri-Source puppy chow if Diamond is not
available in your area. Make this available to the puppy 24-7 to start with.
Puppies usually go right on this this food without any adjustment problems. If a
puppy is hungry it will eat and if the puppy chow is available in a bowl all the
time, they will nibble (or gobble) at it whenever they are hungry. Fresh beef
bones are also a special treat for the puppies (and mom too). It keeps them
contently occupied for hours and it’s great for their teeth not to mention the
|LITTER OF IRISH TERRIER PUPPIES
|Are the puppies started with crate training?
Will my puppy be house broke when I get it?
all the time and these guys have tons of freedom to run
and play and get into harmless trouble. They have their
own carpeted climate controlled house and they can come
and go as they please via a doggy door. Because of this
they have been going outside to potty for several weeks
by the time they are old enough to go to their new home.
House training should not be a huge problem because
they already know about going outside in the grass, dirt,
gravel, etc. If you have them locked in your home, like
most people do, then you will need to learn to
communicate with them when they need to go out. It's a
good idea to put them out often when you first get them.
This will show them the “big” door is the secret to going
outside. Another reason to go outside often at first is
because their system will be upset from traveling and all
the changes. Chances are they will have "loosy poop"
until they get regulated and on schedule. We’ve had
people report back to us that their new puppy never had
one “accident”. Back to crate training. That will be your
responsibility if you need it. There are good web sites that
help with this. One that comes to mind is
Go into their site, click on
dogs and enter crate training into their search box. But
there are lots of different sites. Enough to keep you
reading for hours.
|Do you raise your puppies in your house?
Are your puppies socialized?
live in our house most of time. We only use our house for the most
necessary times in our day like eating and sleeping. We spend at least
15 hours a day with the puppies in their facilities or in our office and
sometimes all night working in shifts. We are licensed by the USDA and
the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture. They do not allow whelping or raising
puppies in the house. Regardless how clean your house is you cannot
keep it sanitary enough for birthing and raising healthy puppies. Our
whelping house has individual privacy compartments with temperature
controlled floors. Mom and pups stay here for 10-14 days and then they
go outside. Here they have the room to run and play and go outside to
potty as soon as they are old enough. The puppies have constant
attention, handling and supervision during this time including being
played with and lot of hugs and kisses. The puppies sleep on sterilized
carpet in a climate controlled house at night. We are a professional
kennel and we take this very seriously. Our puppies are probably more
socialized then most home raised puppies. They are our business, our
only business. This is not an evening or weekend hobby for us.
|Will the puppy I buy have any shots or wormings?
vaccinated and wormed for every possible thing that a
puppy can be. Regardless of the age of the puppy you
receive from our kennel it will be up to date on
everything recommended for a puppy of that age. You
will receive a health record to share with your
Veterinarian and your Veterinarian can then advise you
on what and when your puppy will need something next
for your area.
How do I know you are not a “puppy mill”?
What is a Puppy Mill? It’s a coined up praise thought up by some uninformed
Animal rights people. The state of Missouri has always been famous for their
quality well bred dogs and mules. Consequently this area is targeted more by
these radicals. I’m sure most have their hearts in the right place but many are so
misinformed. There were people in Missouri selling dogs during the 1930’s
depression era for $500.00 when a milk cow would only bring seven or eight
dollars. They must have been doing something right. Missouri has more state of
the art kennels then anywhere else in the world. Sure there is a bad apple in the
basket once in awhile and those are the ones you read about and hear about.
The rest of us would wish they would go away also. But they are the minority and
you can call them Puppy Mills if you want to but leave the rest of us dedicated
breeders out of it. If you are buying sight unseen it is easy to find out who you
are buying from. Reputable breeders will be licensed and offer you references
right up front.
Some seem to think that anyone that breeds dogs, even only two or three
females is a Puppy Mill. I don’t know who they think is going to supply the
demand for quality, well bred healthy puppies. It sure isn’t Mr. and Mrs. Backyard
breeder whose only female accidentally got bred to Rover down the street and
presents them with a litter. Maybe they scurry to the library to quickly read up on
what to do and can’t afford to take the puppies to the Vet for their necessary
shots and wormings. The puppies are fat, fluffy and playful. Maybe all those
shots and worming are not all that important anyway. Soon they have a litter of
miniature elephant poopers running around their house destroying everything in
sight. In frustration they box the little fellows up and take them to the pet shop.
“Please take these guys off our hands”. They are cute as most puppies are, a
deal is made, and consequently when these pups are exposed to the outside
world they come down with all those nasty and life threatening diseases that
professional kennels take great care and precautions to avoid and prevent. Plus
Mr. and Mrs. Backyard Breeder didn’t have a clue on what hereditary problems
they might be introducing into this new litter. Who is this Rover guy down the
street anyway? But of course the “Puppy Mills” get blamed for these puppies
also. In fairness to Pet Shops I might mention that responsible pet shops do not
buy puppies from Mr. and Mrs. Backyard Breeder and that they stand behind the
puppies they sell. We don’t approve of the impulse buying generated by some
pet shops but why blame us. Animal rights people need to educate the general
public. They are the ones that are throwing their pets away and taking them to
animal rescue. The puppies we place are purchased by people that as a whole
have put a lot of thought into this venture. Most are previous dog owners whose
old dog has went to doggy heaven and they need a new friend. We receive
eMails and letters with pictures constantly of puppies we have sold showing the
obviously life of Riley they are living. But we don’t read about these in the
newspaper or see them on T.V.
Then we have Mr. and Mrs. Four Figures. Of course they are not a Puppy Mill.
They have several breeding dogs, which they breed. They sell their puppies via
high priced professional ads in National magazines. The pictures are taken of
their professionally groomed puppies and breeding dogs by professional dog
photographers. In some cases using professional models in evening gown attire
lounging on a sofa or bed with lots of dogs and puppies lying around and on top.
These pictures and ads are cute. We admire them, but they are not realistic.
And if that is their life style that is wonderful. My beef here with Mr. and Mrs. Four
Figures is they should continue doing what they want to do and not try and tell
us and the world with tons of negative slanderous publicity that we are a Puppy
Mill and they are the only ones that have the right to raise and sell dogs. Of
course they want four figures for their puppies, sometimes high in the four
figures, and they stipulate that anyone that buys one of these puppies has to
have it spayed or neutered or you don’t get any registration papers. I often
wonder who gave them a license to be labeled the only people with the proper
canine knowledge and animal husbandry to breed dogs.
They say it’s all about money. Of course they mean all us other people are
breeding dogs because it’s all about the money. The fact is, their spay and
neuter program and their method of screening their puppy buyers is only a naive
ploy to try and control their breed population to keep their prices up. We’re all
for spay and neutering. It’s the only way to go with a puppy for a pet. But we’re
not going to tell anyone that they can’t breed or won’t be responsible dog
We try hard to place our puppies in loving responsible homes. But we never
base this on only selling puppies to people who can afford a four figure puppy. It
has been our experience over the years, with horses as well as puppies, that the
average household most often provides the best homes. There are a lot of
people out there that don’t have a lot of money but will love and deeply care for
Everybody and every situation should be evaluated on their own merits. There
are some back yard breeders and four-figure breeders doing a terrific job, just
as not every kennel is professional. And if any of us have not personally seen
their dogs and facilities, then I think we should all mind our own business and
keep our mouths shut.
So, who is a Puppy Mill and what is a Puppy Mill?
ARE THE PUPPIES MICRO-CHIPPED?
Yes, as of October 7, 2007 every puppy we sell
comes with a micro-chip. The micro-chip we implant
will also be registered in your name with a National
Data Base. We are charging $25.00 for this micro-
chipping and registration. This is our cost. You are
welcome to check with your Veterinarian to compare
this cost. Also be aware that most Veterinarians that
micro-chip do not register the chip. When you buy
one of our puppies,not having it micro-chipped is not
PURCHASING A PUPPY FROM PROFESSIONAL
KENNELS VS. SOMEONE WHO RAISES A FEW DOGS IN
THE BACKYARD OR ON THE DAVENPORT.
quote, “If I needed to go in for heart surgery, I would
certainly choose a surgeon who does surgeries on a
regular basis and is consistently updating himself on
the latest technologies, etc. rather then someone
who does surgery once every couple years or so. We
have puppies on a continuing basis. We are
professionals. We go to seminars and conferences,
are members of professional associations and
educate ourselves on the latest in animal health,
nutrition, etc.” unquote.