We usually have a waiting list for our puppies and young adults. Although you do not need to put a deposit down to get on the waiting list, we do give preference to those that put down a $100 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable unless for some reason we feel you are not suited to owning one of our dogs or perhaps aren't suited to the breed in general. We will do our best to help you find the right companion for you and direct you to other breeders if we feel they can better assist you.
Because we very strongly feel that the most important contribution any dog makes to his owners is the gift of his companionship and love, we do not differentiate in price between show and pet quality puppies. Ribbons are icing on the cake as far as we are concerned and you deserve the ribbons if you are willing to put the hard work into earning them with your dog. If you are interested in competing with your dog whether it be in agility, obedience, sledding, hunting, or the show ring, please don't hesitate to ask for advice and help. If we cannot help you we will be glad to direct you to someone who can. Competing with your dog can be a fun way to spend the day and can strengthen the human-pet bond immensely.
All of our dogs are sold on non-breeding contracts, including show prospects. Although we can do our best to evaluate a puppy at eight weeks and make decisions about what he will mature into, the future is still unpredictable and things can change. The non-breeding contract is liftable provided that certain requirements are met. These requirements include the appropriate health testing, involvement in a canine sport, etc. We do not believe in having puppies for the sake of puppies and get to see far too many dogs through Rescue whose owners thought having puppies would be fun. While I cannot say that puppies aren't a lot of fun, they are also a lot of work and can be very expensive. Most good breeders strive to break even - they don't make money (and most lose money). We strongly recommend spaying/neutering your pet if it is not your intention to meet the requirements to life the non-breeding contract. This is healthier for the dog and easier for your household.
All our dogs are sold with a genetic health guarantee to the age of 5 yrs. This means that should your pet develop a genetic health problem, once you have provided proof that the dog has been neutered/spayed (and therefore cannot pass this problem on to future generations), we will either refund the full amount paid for the dog or provide you with another puppy from the next available litter. We do not require you to give up your dog. While we cannot promise that nothing will happen, we have done our best to ensure that the parents of your puppy are as healthy as possible and clear of known genetic ailments in the breed.
You will likely hear from us a minimum of once a year for the rest of your dog's life. We like to be kept up to date with pictures and notes about your pet. All dogs are important, regardless of ribbons, awards, etc.
The current prices for Nuthatch Dogs are:
If we haven't scared you off yet, please fill in the questionnaire below (you can cut and paste it to an email or fax it in (Fax: (519) 833-0891). Answering this questionnaire does not guarantee you a puppy or a spot on our waiting list. It is just a preliminary step in getting to know you.
Phone # & Email Addy: ________________________________
How did you find our web site (word of mouth, search engine, etc.)?
What Breed are you interested in (Siberians or GSPs)? ____________
Have you ever owned one before? ___________________________
If yes, where did your previous dog come from (breeder - who?, pet store, etc.)?
Do you currently have any pets in the household (please list species and age)? ____________________________________________________
Previous Pets in the Household: Please list any previous pets and what happened to them (deceased - how?, placed in new home - why?, etc): ____________________
Why have you decided to get a Siberian/GSP?__________________________
Why hav you decided you would like to get one from us? _____________________
Are you looking for a dog that will strictly be a companion/pet or are you interested in canine sports? If the latter, which are you interested in (obedience, field work, sledding, show, etc.)? ____________________________________________________
Will the dog be spayed/neutered? If not, why not? _________________________
Are you interested in a male, female or it doesn't matter? Why? __________________
Would you be willing to consider fostering a dog (see our foster program for more information)? ____________________________________________________
Are you interested in a puppy, a young adult, a retiree, or it doesn't matter? Again, why? _____________________________________________________________
Caring for Your Dog:
Where will the dog sleep at night? _____________________________________
Where will the dog be during the day when you are not at home? ________________
Please describe your yard and fencing: ____________________________________
Do you believe in crate training? ________________________________________
Who will be responsible for primary care of the dog (feeding, walking, etc.)? _________
How many people are there in your household (please list ages of children): _________
Do you own or own home or are you renting? If renting, you must obtain permission from your landlord to have a dog in the house. __________________________________
What activities do you hope to pursue with your new pet? _____________________
What do you consider to be the biggest drawback to this breed? _________________
Tell us anything else you feel is important: ________________________________
Please email us with any questions you might have!