A PUPPY FROM CHURNWOOD
BUYING A PUPPY FROM CHURNWOOD
WE DO OUR BEST AND EXPECT THE SAME FROM YOU
Buying a puppy is not something you do rashly. When you get a dog, you bring lots of joyful experiences to your daily life. Dogs spread warmth to people’s hearts every day but being a dog owner is also a big responsibility. The dog has not chosen you, but you have chosen the dog to be part of your life. This means that you must give very careful consideration to ensure that you are a good match. Many tragic and sad outcomes for dogs could have been avoided if the dog owner had thought carefully and had the right guidance before getting the dog.
We find it very important that our puppies end up with the right family. A Welsh Springer Spaniel will not thrive with just anyone, that is why we have listed some criteria’s for what we expect of our puppy buyers - and what you can expect from us. Having a dog is a lifestyle - not "simply" something you do ....
ARE YOU A SUPERHERO?
As breeders, we have become notorious for our direct approach over the years. When puppy buyers contact us and want to know more about our breed, they are told that we do not sugarcoat anything. It is not uncommon for families to visit us with a puppy on their wish list but leave with the realistic view that they do not actually have time for a dog right now. Several dogpeople think that we am too harsh wehn fiding the right families for our puppies and that you almost have to be superhero to own one. But maybe you should - just a little bit. We see everything from the dog's point of view - not just from the puppy buyer. So be warned - you may find that we are a bit over top here and there, but it is for the love of the breed! Are you a superhero? Contact us and let's find out!
We expect that you have read a lot about Spaniels and that you have spoken to or visited other breeders - or have planned to do so.
We do not sell puppies to families with small children (approx. under 8 years), as we want our puppies to grow up in families where there is time and energy to give the dog the active and loving life we want for our puppies in the long run.
We also expect that you come an visit us and see our dogs - preferably prior to the puppies being born. During the visit we will talk about how the Welsh Springer Spaniel is to live with and what it means to share your life with these wonderful dogs....something that amoung other things requires a safely fenced in garden, plenty of spare time and much much more...
If we decide you can buy a puppy from us you will be written on our "puppy-list", so we can contact you when the puppies are born.
When the puppies are 4 weeks old, you will be able to come and see them. We expect that you will visit the puppies at least twice (depending on where you live), before you take the puppy home. This gives us a better opportunity to chose the right puppy for you - the perfect match.
A puppy from Churnwood leaves the kennel when it is min. 9 weeks old and not the compulsory 8 weeks. An extra week or two with the other puppies and mum can do wonders in this important imprinting/socialization-period. We try to visit all families with the puppies, before they move. This is a unique opportunity for the puppy, to inspect and spend time in its new home, with mum and siblings. This makes the move much easier for the puppy and also adds to the enviromental and social training the puppies undergo during their first weeks with us.
During the entire "puppy period" a facebook group for the litter will be updated with pictures and information about the puppies.
We will draw up a written agreement, approved by the Danish Kennel Club. You will get the agreement the day you take the puppy home. In the agreement, we will state, that we always will have first refusal on a dog from Kennel Churnwood. This means that if your dog, for any reason, has to find a new home, we must be contacted - and have the right to have the dog back.
When you take the puppy home, it will have a pedigree and be registered with the Danish Kennel Club and the Danish Dog Register. Our veterinary has given the puppy a health-check, the puppy has been chipped, vaccinated and wormed.
When a puppy leaves for a new home, it is nice to have something with them that reminds them of home.... You will get a blanket that smells of mum, brothers and sisters. The book "hurray, we've got a puppy" (in Danish!) that contains advice and information regarding the first months with the puppy.
As all dogs, like humans, can become sick, we cannot give any guaranties (other than the existing Danish law). With the puppy, you will receive material/leaflets regarding health insurance, which we recommend you use, so that the puppy is ensured before you take it home. This is to ensure that the puppy will receive the right treatment - regardless of the price - in case of anything unforeseen.
We always recommend that you enter you puppy to a puppyclass, as puppies have to get out and discover the world - and se that not all puppies have freckles ! If you do not know who to contact regarding dog training, we can help you in finding a professional place where the dogs behavior and body language is in focus.
Your puppy has to be hip-x-rayed and eye checked when it is 12-18 months.
Until your puppy is 2 years old we will forward you a questionnaire every 6. months, where you will have to answer questions regarding your dog’s health, mentality and exterior. The filled in questionnaire is returned to us and will be an important foundation for our future breeding.
As responsible breeders we wish to follow and experience our breeding, that is why we once a year have a "Churnwood get-together" for all our puppies and their owners, with lots of fun and talk about dogs.
If you need help, you can always feel free to contact us - for any reason - even if you just want to tell us how you are doing.
We have completed The Danish Kennel Club's "Breeder Education".
We follow the Danish Kennel Club's ethicall regulations, where they state that a bitch should not be bred from, until she is fully developed.
We have given it quite some thought - how we want our future breeding to be - It is not "just" something you do.
Mentioned below are the Danish Kennel Club's ethicall regulations (www.dansk-kennel-klub.dk).
It is the responsibility of everyone, who chooses a dog for breeding, to esimate if the breeding animal is physically and mentally suitable for breeding.
It should be the aim, only to use dogs for breeding, that kan mate and give birth naturally and rear a litter naturally.
A bitch should not be bred from, until she is fully developed.
A bitch should have no more than max. 4-5 litters in her lifetime - and the last litter being born, prior to the bitch turning 8 years.
After the second litter, the bitch should have a break/rest, so that she comes in heat at least once before mating again.
Dogs with hereditary defects should not be used in breeding.
Matings that have resulted in puppies with severe defects, should, for obvious reasons, not be repeated.
Matings between dogs that are closer related than cousins, should be avoided.
Breeding, where individuals numerically dominate a specific breed, should be avoided.
As long as the puppy is in the breeders care, the breeder must ensure the puppies are physically and mentally good - including good socialization.
The breeder should inform puppy-buyers satisfactory information regarding the parental-animals, the characteristics and specific needs for the breed.
Both the breeder and the studdog-owner should follow the offsprings development into grown dogs and from there evaluate their breeding stock.
REQUIREMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
A SINCERE INTEREST IN THE PUPPY - ALSO AFTER THE SALE
REQUIREMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
As all dogs, like humans, are at risk of becoming ill or injured, we can give no guarantee (other than the applicable law). Each puppy has a vet certificate, and we also strongly recommend that you take out a health insurance before it is picked up. This is to ensure that the puppy receives the right treatment - regardless of price - should an accident occur.
We always recommend that you sign up for puppy class, as puppies benefit from getting out and learning how to behave in the real world - and discover that not all dogs are red & white with freckles. If you do not know where to sign up, we can recommend professional training where the dog's behavior and body language are the focus points.
FOLLOW-UP ON THE PUPPIES
Responsible breeders follow up on their breeding all their life - both in terms of health, but certainly also in terms of temperament. Until your dog is 2 years old, we will send you a questionnaire every 6 months, where you answer questions about. the dog's health, psyche and exterior. The completed questionaire is returned to us and will be an important basis for our further breeding work, as we as responsible breeders want to follow our breeding.
In addition to the contact we have throughout the year, we some times have a "Churnwood meeting" for all our puppy buyers and their dogs, with fun and games and a good dog talk.
If you need help, you are always welcome to contact us - for whatever reason - even if you just want to tell us how things are going with your Churnwood pup!
WE HAVE GOT ETHICS & LAW COVERED
WE HAVE TAKEN THE DANISH KENNEL CLUB'S BREEDER EDUCATION" & THE COMPULSORY DOG COURSES THE LAW STATES FOR DOG BREEDERS