With type and soundness in mind, breedings are chosen to conform to breed standard, along with good health,temperament, trainability and adaptability. Puppies are home-raised, provided the best possible vet care and nutrition. All parents are health-tested to eliminate genetic flaws. 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 temperament tested (Vollhard Puppy Aptitude Test) in order to place each puppy in the best possible home for companion, show, performance, etc.