Great Pyr Buyer's FAQs
We receive a LOT of phone calls and emails wanting information about our Great Pyrenees puppies. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:
We have 5-8 litters of Great Pyr pups each year. Many of these pups are sold before they are born. People send us a $100 deposit to reserve the pup of their choice. If you don't have a preference about a male or female or the coloration, you can get a pup sooner.
We post pictures of the puppies when they are 5 to 6 weeks old. Before that time, they look pretty much like guinea pigs. You will want to see the pictures when the pups have some personality and look cute. That's why we wait until 5-6 weeks of age.
We have hundreds of photos of our adult dogs and our puppies on the web site. The reason we post these pictures is to give people a general idea of what our Pyrs look like. You can also watch the video of some of our puppies at eight-weeks of age.
No, this is not an option. Pyrs guard against strange dogs may consider your dog an intruder to be dealt with.
All of our adult dogs are registered with the American Kennel Club. When you buy a puppy, you will receive a litter registration that shows the AKC numbers and names of both parents, the date of birth and the litter registration number. With this document, you can register your puppy with the AKC as well.
Puppies show very little character before four weeks of age. After four weeks, they begin to interact with each other and after six weeks, will begin to interact with people.
We do not ship our puppies, but we will work with the pet transport company of your choice to get a puppy to you. We recommend the professional services of Goodwood Kennels. You would have to contract with the pet transport people and there may some extra fees for things like a Vet check. Occasionally, we will deliver a puppy to a specific area of the country. Christmas, 2006, we traveled with 9 pups to Indiana. Their new owners met us there. They came from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Oklahoma, and Arkansas. As of 2007, there is a $200 per puppy charge for this service.
We have had folks from all over the United States and Canada come to the farm to pick up their pups. Some come by car, some by air, and others by train. We feel that if this effort is made by the new owners, they will take good care of our puppies.
Some people come the Milk and Honey Farm to pick up their puppy and then fly it home. The pup needs to be eight-weeks old and up to date on their puppy shots. The puppy must have a vet certificate. The puppy must have a kennel of adequate size. A puppy traveling accross the Canadian border needs additional paperwork. You must check with your airline to find out and understand all the requirements. Airlines have temperature ranges in which they will fly the dog. If the temperature is outside the range, they will not let the puppy on the airplane.
People sometimes want to pick up the puppy on Christmas or a Birthday. Maybe they're on vacation and won't be able to pick up the pup until the pup is ten-weeks old. We will hold your puppy, but it must be paid for in full by eight-weeks of age.
We sell puppies for livestock guardians, family pets and therapy animals and our price reflects that. We do not recommend that you buy the puppies with the intention of breeding because as a responsible breeder, you should be being buying adolescent dogs. Pups at eight-weeks may look great, but may develop some undesirable breeding trait as they mature - a trait that does not affect their health or disposition as guardian or family pet.