Deposit and Price
The prices for our early 2020 litters are now posted below. A non-refundable deposit of $300 to hold your puppy is included in our asking price. We decided our deposits will not go up in 2020, but we did slightly raise the price on our puppies to get them closer to market price, and to reflect that the parents of our puppies are now all health tested for diseases sometimes found in these Designer Doodle Breeds and Standard Poodles. Free delivery to Anchorage when puppy is weaned, or we may be able to meet you in between to shorten your trip. Delivery may not be possible until puppies are 8 weeks of age. Assuming puppies are eating solid food okay and doing well, puppies may be available for pick up after 6 weeks of age. We aim for puppies to be settling in at their new homes before they are 9 weeks old, as puppies tend to enter a fearful stage at around 10 weeks of age, and we like their families to be continuing socialization with them by this point.
There is no commitment to purchase a puppy until a deposit is made, so if you get on the waiting list and then decide you are not ready, we can keep you on the list for a future litter and keep you updated on available puppies and upcoming litters, or you can let us know if you change your mind and decide not to get one. We understand life happens and our situations change. Even if you do send in a deposit for a certain litter or puppy, you can still change your mind and decide not to pay the remaining balance to receive a puppy, but the deposit is non-refundable. It's non-refundable to discourage people from sending in the deposit until they are ready to commit, because it does take quite a bit of time and work on our end to process the deposit and keep track of the transactions, send receipts, do paperwork, send customers emails and updates, return phone calls, etc...It's a lot of time and work on top of caring for the dogs and the puppies, cleaning up their messes (It's like changing the diapers on 7-12 newborns everyday - LOTS of pee and poop - but I love it!), and caring for the rest of the family and the house. Returning the deposits would double the office work required to process those deposits and we'd receive no financial compensation in return for that extra time and work on your behalf. The deposit can also be rolled over to a later litter if it's just that you find you are not ready to welcome your puppy home yet, or if we do not have the color or gender you are looking for in the current litter, and you still want a puppy from one of our litters. Good things come to those who wait! Please remember that we cannot control the heat cycle of the dogs, the dog that decides not to cooperate with their intended mate, or the female who doesn't "take" to the breeding resulting in a dog that turns out not pregnant a month after being bred. A lot of prayer is involved in conception, a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery. While we have been extremely blessed so far, and we are extremely thankful we haven't lost a mom, it is not uncommon for breeders to lose puppies, especially in the first week after birth. In any of these circumstances, your deposit can be rolled over to a future litter.
To fly within Alaska, puppies must be 8 weeks of age, and vaccinations may be required depending on where the puppy is flying and what the airline requires. There may be extra charges for the vet visit in this case. You will need an airline pet carrier, and there would be a charge to purchase that for you. Depending on your location, and what airline can be used, we may be able to handle shipping arrangements. Open communication is a must if you need shipping, we and the airlines need to be able to get a hold of you if/when we have questions or concerns about shipping your puppy.
* Kenai Peninsula Borough Sales Tax ($15) is added if your puppy is picked up within the Kenai Peninsula Borough. If we meet you in the city of Kenai or Soldotna another $15 is added for City Tax, for a total of $30 in sales tax. No tax is added if we meet you outside the Borough, for example, in Anchorage.
PRICES FOR PATCHES' 2020 STANDARD POODLES:
Parti in cream and white or chocolate and white - $1,700
Merle Parti - $2,000
PRICES FOR GRACIE'S 2020 F1 NEWFIEDOODLES:
Male Solid Black or Abstract - $1,600
Female Solid Black or Abstract - $1,800
Male Non-Black or Landseer/Parti - $1,800
Female Non-Black or Landseer/Parti - $2,000
PRICES FOR KIPPI'S 2020 F1 BERNEDOODLES:
Black Abstract w/minimal white markings - $1,800
Bi-Color (Parti, Tuxedo, Brindle, Phantom, Sable, Seal) - $2,300
Tri-Color (Traditional, Brindle, Phantom, Sable, Seal w/white markings on muzzle, head, tail, socks...) - $2,800
We reserve the right to keep (or place in a guardian home) first and/or second pick of the litter for breeding stock, male or female. If you are local to Kenai/Soldotna, Homer, or Anchorage, let us know if you are interested in being a guardian home for the breeder's choice to be an addition to our breeding program. For males, to sum it up, you allow us to use the puppy/dog you buy from us to bring him here to visit and romance one or more unrelated females between 3 days to 2 weeks, 1-3 times a year. Females in guardian homes can be a little more complicated of a situation. There can be a financial incentive for you or steep discount on your puppy if you choose to be a guardian home for us. If you want to be a guardian home for one of these males, you must sign a contract agreeing to keep your male intact and allow him to come visit us for breeding sessions so that he can sire at least 2 litters for us. Continuing the stud arrangements can be optional beyond the 2nd litter sired. You must also agree to continue to socialize puppy with other dogs, children, and strangers so that there are no issues when he comes to visit us and his mate. Since he will be intact, you must also have a fenced yard. He will be your dog, we only keep breeding rights for a certain period of time, so you are responsible for vet bills, food, grooming, etc... We will pay for and perform any genetic health testing needed for our breeding program. Email us for more information.
We can accept a personal check, cashier's check, or money order, which can be made out to Lyndsey Sanchez and mailed to:
P.O. Box 3275
Soldotna, AK 99669
Please contact us to check availability before sending deposit.
For reserved puppies, we ask for the full amount for your puppy by 4 weeks of age if picking up your puppy at 6 weeks of age. For puppies being delivered or shipped at 8 weeks of age, we like to have payment by 6 weeks of age so that the payment has time to arrive in the mail and is cleared, so that we have funds to arrange for shipping and other puppy expenses, and can focus on getting puppies ready to go and arrangements to get puppy home instead of collecting payments. We do not and will not offer payment plans on our puppies, no exceptions. We do, however, accept PRE-payments if you prefer to pay early for your puppy before you spend it. Puppies will go home between 6-9 weeks of age, so plan, budget, and be ready. We can not guarantee that we will be able to hold your puppy past 9 weeks of age. It might be possible to board until 10 weeks of age with an added fee of $90/week or $15/day, if our schedule allows it. The earlier you can welcome your puppy into your family the better for closer bonding, better training, and a faster adjustment to its new surroundings. Please communicate schedule conflicts around the time your puppy should be going home before reserving your puppy and as they arise so we can try to accommodate in our schedule and make plans.
A loving family, a healthy, happy environment, and proper puppy training make a GREAT dog!
Our Health Guarantee
There will be a health guarantee with your puppy.
Some of our new puppy owners have health concerns with puppy vaccinations, some prefer to have them done by their own vet, on a different schedule, or prefer certain types of vaccines over others. For many different reasons, we've decided to leave decisions about vaccinations to the customer to handle. We hope our customers will first educate themselves about vaccinations so that they have no regrets down the road concerning immunizations and the future health of their dog. It is possible to over vaccinate, just like it's possible over medicate, and yes, even some vets have been guilty of doing both. Vets do not always make the best health decisions for our pets. A good vet can be worth more than you pay for, but please study the known side effects and risks of anything you give your dog, and weigh it against the risk of not giving it to your dog. Remember to consider more than one source for your information, hear arguments from both sides, pros and cons, before making these decisions that can make a life-long impact on your dog's quality of life. You can have your vet do a titers test to see if your dog has immunity before receiving unnecessary shots or boosters they will bill you for. It may cost a little more to check for titers in the short-term, but in the long-term it will save you and your dog a lot of pain, suffering, and vet visits. Many vaccines are good for 5-10 years and do not require boosters. Many vets avoid vaccinating before 8-16 weeks of age. Rabies isn't given until after 12 weeks, and some vets like to wait until puppy is 5 months to give Rabies, when they are done receiving Parvo shots. Many believe waiting until 16 weeks of age for one shot, instead of boosters, increases likelihood greatly of stronger and more long-term immunity. Some blame vaccines and/or over vaccination for many ailments and diseases from allergies and skin issues to lameness, cancers, and even death from the very disease the vaccine is supposed to be preventing. We had one Newfypoo puppy at the end of 2019, who over 3 weeks after going to her new home, was taken into the vet for a Parvo booster at 12 weeks of age, only to come down with Parvo just a few days later. The new owners are certain she either got it from the vet visit or the vaccine itself. You may want to speak to your vet about how to reduce the chances of your puppy contracting Parvo before taking your pupppy in for that first visit. We consider the vet to be the most likely place your puppy could contract Parvo. We carry our puppies while inside and outside the vet office to minimize exposure to them. Make an informed, educated decision for your dog. A second or third vet opinion is always a good thing. There is safety in many counselors. Even before vaccinating your puppy, we still always recommend maximizing opportunities for socialization with older, vaccinated dogs who haven't visited the vet recently, to ensure puppy doesn't develop anxieties about new people or places due to lack of those new experiences as a puppy. Save puppy classes and play dates with younger dogs until after your vet assures you of your puppy's immunity.
Because we've had healthy puppies before deworming get sick and refrain from nursing for 24 hours after deworming, we are no longer deworming puppies as a preventative. We only deworm if we suspect or observe a worm issue is present. During summer months we may use an herbal worm prevention on our adult dogs from Molly's Herbals, purchased online. Our adult dogs are dewormed before breeding to reduce the chances that mom and puppies will have worms while mom is pregnant or while puppies are nursing. Consider the side effects a harsh dewormer can have on a suckling puppy's system. Have your vet check your puppy for worms before allowing him or her to deworm and bill you for it. You will need to take in a recent stool sample for this.
TAIL DOCKING AND DEW CLAW REMOVAL POLICY:
We do not dock tails or remove dew claws on our puppies. Your puppy comes to you missing no parts. Yes, sometimes dogs can be injured by a door being slammed on a tail or a dew claw getting snagged. Yes, people have accidentally slammed their finger in a door, but we don't recommend surgically removing your fingers just because they could be injured someday. The tail is believed to help with balance and swimming, the dew claws are believed to help with fighting, hunting, and climbing. Surgical removal can also lead to infection, inflammation, nerve damage and/or skin irritation down the road, which would defeat the purpose of removing them to avoid possible injury.
We do not spay or neuter our puppies. They come to you fully intact. We do not require a spay/neuter contract. That is another decision we leave for our customers to make about their own dog they've paid for, and another decision that can potentially alter a dog's health long-term. There are various pros and cons to both sides of this issue. Please research them thoroughly from various sources with differing opinions. You are the one that has to deal with the consequences either way, so you should be aware of all the possible outcomes and be prepared and willing to cope.
Whatever you do, do not spay/neuter your dog too early. There are different opinions on when "too early" is, even vets argue on this, but most would place that cut-off at 12 months of age, but I'd say 2 years is even better. I do know people who regretted early spay/neutering due to resulting in serious, painful, and expensive health conditions such as cancers and ligament and joint issues like hip-dysplasia. We've spoken to several people who have complained the surgery caused their puppy/dog to have permanent urinary incontinence. Studies have been done showing sex hormones can GREATLY reduce maladies such as these from ever developing, simply by spaying and neutering dogs later in life!
If you decide not to spay/neuter, or decide to do so later, please be sure that while your dog is intact, that you have your dog with you on a leash (not tied out unsupervised), or in a fenced yard that is secure, so that your dog can not take off and breed another dog in heat, or become bred by a stray. Your female dog should be supervised while outside during her heat cycle, even if there are no intact males in your neighborhood. Males can be attracted from long distances. If you male dog is marking in the house, whining, panting, howling, pacing, experiencing increased respiration and heart rate, wanting to go out often and staring out the window, there may be a female in heat in your neighborhood, and you need to make sure your dog doesn't decide to bolt when you're not aware. Even the most loyal and obedient male with chase after a girl in standing heat. If your dog is bred accidentally, please let us know immediately so that we can help you decide what your best options might be going forward. Even the most responsible breeders and owners have accidents. Our aim is to advise and support, not dictate or judge.
If you think you MIGHT breed your dog, we need to know so we can help you choose a puppy that would be ideal for that purpose. A dog with testes that have not descended (no known issues so far) or with an umbilical hernia will not work. Also, if we know you are considering breeding we may be able to provide you with valuable information about your puppy, our dogs, their backgrounds, and/or provide you with registration and health testing documents that can help you breed more responsibly. If you tell us your plans about who you plan to breed your dog to, we can tell you if your dog is a half or full brother or sister to the intended mate, which is likely if the mate you have found is a medium to large Designer Doodle or a Standard Poodle bred or living in Alaska. This is why communication with us about your breeding plans is key for responsible breeding on your part. We can not be responsible for what you breed if you do not share your breeding intentions with us so that we can best advise and assist you. We have no intention to dictate to you about the breeding of your dog, we only want to ensure you know all we know so that you can make a well- informed and responsible decision.
Our dogs are very healthy and active dogs. None have been diagnosed to have genetic health conditions, and we test all mates to ensure no inherited diseases are bred into their offspring. All of our dogs are now genetic health tested for their breed or Doodle design so that we and our customers can be assured they are getting puppies bred intentionally for health.
As far as OFA testing, which we do not do, keep in mind that such testing on dogs, their parents, or grandparents, does not guarantee us anything. Hip testing, for example, only tells us what is LESS LIKELY to occur. There are environmental factors that can effect your puppy's growth structurally. A puppy that is crated all day every day and curled up in a ball may not grow up to have adequate strength, straightness, and support in his spine. A puppy that grows up raised on dog food lacking in the proper amount of proteins and fats for her age or size may not thrive as much as her siblings. It's not good for growing puppies to jump on and off of high furniture, in and out of a high vehicle, or slide around on ice and slippery floors all day. Puppies and dogs do better with traction and even surfaces for sound structure and skeletal development. Please google x-rays of a 2 week old puppy compared to a 6 month old puppy, and you will very quickly begin to understand why it's not recommended for a 4 month old puppy to go on a 5k run with his owner. Just as you can't expect a toddler to run a mile with you, puppies also need time to grow to maturity to be ready for long periods of exercise, yet puppies very much need short periods of exercise appropriate for their age and ability. Listen to your puppy if she is whining on a walk. She may be telling you she is tired and aching. Long hikes and extensive walks or going for a run can do serious damage to your puppy's rapidly growing body.
While it's important to us to offer healthy, quality puppies that exceed the expectations of our customers, we simply cannot guarantee that your puppy will never get sick or develop some sort of condition. How you raise your puppy, how you feed it, and other environmental conditions also have a HUGE roll in keeping your puppy healthy. Just like with humans, just because a dog develops a heart condition, doesn't mean the parents had heart issues. An alcoholic, overweight smoker that never exercises and continually pumps toxins into his body instead of life-giving, nutritious foods, will likely have many more illnesses than his full sibling that lives a healthy lifestyle.
A lady called me once asking me if our dogs or their parents have ever been tested for Addison's disease. Poodles, labs, and certain other breeds are more prone to having the disease than other breeds. Apparently, she had purchased a Labradoodle FROM A PET STORE IN A MALL THAT HAS SINCE CLOSED 11 years ago that was diagnosed with Addison's at 4 years of age. For the next 7 years Scooby received a shot once a month to manage his symptoms until he died at 11 years old, just a couple years shy of the average Labradoodle life expectancy. She had recently lost her best friend, and she was still grieving, and very afraid to purchase a dog again and get so attached. I am not the One who gives and takes away, so I could not assure her that this will not happen to her a second time.
All animals and people sometimes get sick and we all eventually die. It's a fact of life. The chances of her getting another dog with this same disease, I would say, would not be very high, but I'd say it's pretty likely no matter how healthy her next dog is, she will probably outlive him, and she will grieve again.
Can she cut out the vet costs by getting a healthier dog? Sure. Can she take better precautions? While I know of no breeder or person on this earth who can guarantee a dog's health for life, or a dog that will never die, one way she could have avoided this situation would have been to not buy a puppy from a pet store. Pet stores can rarely be found selling puppies in many states, maybe because they became infamous for selling sick puppies, I don't know, but it's not wise to buy a puppy from a place that does not disclose where its puppies come from. I briefly worked at a pet store in my youth. I cleaned their cages. I saw the vet come in occasionally and give vaccinations to dozens of dogs and then he was gone. I did not see him weigh or do an exam on any of them. Some of them were lethargic. I was told how much cleaner the cages were since I started working there, how much healthier the puppies were. I was shocked to hear the puppies were normally in a worse condition than what I was witnessing.
It's wise to buy directly from the breeder, from the person who owns the dam that whelped the puppy. This person will take responsibility for what is in their control, for what they have produced, within reasonable expectations. With diseases like Addison's, it can take years for the disease to develop, and even longer for diagnosis for this issue with the adrenal gland. Testing cannot guarantee puppies will not ever have Addison's. We would not be breeding our dogs if we suspected they would be passing on such diseases to their puppies, putting financial strain and heartache on our customers, and unnecessary stress and guilt on us. We breed our dogs because they are a blessing to our family and we want them to be a blessing to others. We've spent thousands of dollars on our dogs, and they are worth every penny to us. It's very rewarding to have customers that cherish our puppies as much as we cherish them and their parents.
If at any time our customers are not satisfied with their puppy, or if circumstances ever change so that our customers have a hardship and struggle to keep and care for their dog, while we may not be able to buy the dog back at full price, we can offer more for the dog's return than if the customer were to rehome it or take it to a shelter. We offer this buy-back to ensure that none of our puppies ever wind up at a shelter or in a home that can't provide quality care, love, time, and a healthy environment. That said, we are not hoarders, we will rehome for a better situation. There have only been 2 instances when our customers decided it was in everyone's best interest to return their puppy to us to be rehomed, and neither were the fault of the puppy, just unforeseen change of circumstances for their owners.
Your puppy will go home with a health guarnantee, a collar, a dog tag with your address or phone number in case your puppy gets lost, a chew toy with mom's, dad's, and siblings' scent on it, and some food in case you need to mix it to switch over to a new food.