Emily's last litter: Kellar, Chief and Helen
With type and soundess in mind, breedings are chosen to conform to breed standard, along with good temperament, trainability and adaptability. Puppies are home-raised, provided the best possible vet care and nutrition. The puppy's
early life is geared toward proper socialization and physical
growth through thermal, tactile stimulation, and motor locomotion
stimuli. Our goal is a well-socialized, confident and trainable
puppy. Some studies indicate genetics may account for 35% of personality/performance,
while the remaining 65% may be influenced by socialization, environment,
training and nutrition.
The critical socialization period for puppies is 4-14 weeks. With
that in mind, our puppies play the "Social Butterfly"
game which we will ask you to join in at home. Each puppy should
have three or four new encounters each week during the first 100
days they live with you.. A "Social Butterfly Checklist"
will be sent home with you. (Example: Your puppy should: meet
a person wearing a hat, ride in a car, visit a store, hear a doorbell,
have their nails trimmed, see children riding bikes, meet an elderly
person, meet another puppy, talk to a person in uniform, listen
to a crying baby, watch a stranger approach your home door or
car door, be introduced to a cat, etc.)
Our puppies are also temperment tested (Vollard Puppy Apptitude
Test) in order to place each puppy in the best possible home for
companion, show, performance, etc.
Reputable breeders believe all breeding stock should be OFA, CERF,
and tested for brucellosis, a highly contagious bacteria which
may result in reproductive failure.
Puppies will be eye checked by a Board Certified Ophthalmic
Veterinarian and vaccinated before placement. All puppies are
sold on contracts, with pet puppies on a spay/neuter contract.
Pedigree, AKC papers, and a complete medical record will be
Field Spaniels are a rare breed and people often find they may
need to "wait" for a puppy. There are many wonderful
breeders who are willing to help you in your search along with
our Breeder Referral. When looking for a life long companion,
remember you may need to be willing to wait, do research, make
many contacts, and spend a little more money. Ethical breeders
do lots of research/studying pedigrees before doing a breeding.
We also have many questions for prospective owners as you should
have of us as well. Your breeder should be someone you "relate"
to well. This person should be there for you throughout the
life of your puppy/dog. Your breeder should not be offended
when you ask for proof of sound hips on parents, clear eyes,
and proof of clear eyes on your puppy. Your breeder should be
dedicated to his/her dogs and be able to explain how/why breedings
are being planned. Your breeder should be comfortable inviting
you into his/her home to meet all of their dogs. And your breeder
should willingly share an evaluation of the puppies in the litter
for your benefit in order to help you "get the right puppy"
Field Spaniels are very family orientated dogs and seem to take on their owners personalities. They are very loving and become very attached to their family. They are not good kennel dogs, preferring to be with their human family.They are good with other dogs, with adults and children. In the field they love to retrieve, swim, and can keep up with the best. So much of our dogs behaviors come from our constant daily work with them and from including them in our everyday lives and activities. Ours are with us in the house much of the day but get outside to train, play, and exercise several times a day. These dogs do well in a family that wants to take the time to be with them. They do not do well in a backyard day after day, they will develop bad habits and probably exhibit behaviors that most would not appreciate such as not listening, digging, etc. Please remember when choosing a dog for your family that they require daily exercise, and attention as well as weekly grooming. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have about Field Spaniels.
References will be provided on request.
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