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Frequently Asked Questions

What's up with it All?

Don Francis

We health test all of our dogs with Embark so we know what genes our dogs could potentially be passing on. These are available upon request.  We want to make sure our stud and females are well taken care of and if we use an outside stud service we check to see if they health test as well and check pedigrees to make sure we can keep safe lines to further our health goals.  

We do OFA hip and elbow test our dogs, out of standard guidelines.  It is still unsure, with conflicting information, whether hip and elbow scorings are an inheritable trait or not.  Therefore, take the results with a grain of salt and make your own judgement.  We wholehearted believe it is based upon upbringing and environment.  

Health Testing

Don Francis

 Red Fox Labs  $1,750

Mastadors $ 2,500

Why Do They Cost So Much?

We health test all our dogs using Embark DNA + breed test. This tests for hundreds of possible diseases and gives us a complete picture of what our dogs look like genetically. We also make sure our studs are tested as well. We also OFA hip & elbow test.

Our puppies are raised indoors. That means in our home where we sleep, eat and play. Our children get to handle and play with each puppy from the time they're a few days old until they're ready to go home. This almost means lots and lots of clean up. We are cleaning their pens everyday, multiple times a day, especially during the winter seasons when it's too cold for the puppies to be outside. During warmer months, this means puppies get to go outside when it's nice, but someone is outside monitoring them.

Because our puppies are raised in our home, we sleep with them and mom for the first few nights (yes, that means on the floor next to their whelping box in a sleeping bag) to ensure no one gets rolled or laid on. We also wake up with mom to help nursing for those first few nights to make sure she gets each puppy fed. After those first crucial days, we install a video camera that I can access via my phone whenever we need to leave the house.

All this extra time and effort is factored into our cost. We're not just providing you a puppy. We're pouring our hearts and soul into each one of these puppies and we are ensuring they have the best start to an amazing future with your family.

Breeding / (Full)  Rights are an extra $500 and only given to APPROVED families. 

RF MTn will be your mentor if you do not already have a program running. 

Don Francis

You may fill out an application at any time.  Once applicants have been approved you will be added to the waitlist or will be contacted to choose an available puppy.  We will start contacting families on the waitlist when a female is confirmed pregnantA $300 non-refundable, but transferable, deposit will be required to make it on the Pick List. 

*Please see our available puppy page for upcoming and current litters

**I reserve the right to 1st pick each litter, which will always be reserved for me or a breeding/show partner.  After the decision to keep or pass has been made, I will open the 1st pick spot to those with deposits already placed.  There will be an additional deposit fee to take the 1st spot pick.  This is a first come first serve basis to the pick list holders. So, you could be 4th pick, but have first pick if you are willing to pay the fee. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me. 

Picks start at 4 weeks old so that we can get to know you and your family better and at that age we can see the puppies' personalities.  We find 4 weeks allows enough time to see the personality and coloring of each puppy. This also gives the pick holders plenty of time to find their favorite puppy. If you would like to meet your puppy in person, puppy visits are open at 6 weeks old. We will email, call, or text you (whichever is preferred) when it is your turn to choose your furever friend.  Puppy pick-ups will be scheduled after vet checks at 6 weeks of age and pick-ups will be done after puppies are 8 weeks old, NOT sooner.    

Cost
Application

Don Francis

 So exciting, you think you've found your furever friend!  Now you want to know what they come home with.  We send puppies home with their vet check, first shots, ONE-year health guarantee, a microchip, a blanket (that smells like mom), a stuffed toy (this helps them feel like they are still with a litter mate), and some food.  Each puppy will come home with a "Getting to Know Puppy" letter and "First Steps" care sheet inside their puppy packets.  If you have any questions when you take home your little pup you can always reach out here, through email, or through the Facebook group.  We are a family now and you should feel like you can ask questions and share your journey with us!  

Coming Home

Don Francis

It can be a lot to prepare for a new puppy, I get it!  Here is my basic list for a new fur-member to come home to.  They just really need your love and attention and these few basic items.

At Home
Collar
Few Toys
Leash
Food/Water Bowls
Dog Crate-size appropriate
 (Example: don't buy a puppy crate for a mastador as they will out grow it too quickly.)
Dog Food
(I send some home, but you will need to get your own brand or the same as I carry)
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