The following words can be found all over our website. To help the process of term understanding, we have provided a definition of the word, as it is to us, for you below:
PET QUALITY -Pet Quality is a term used for non breeding/non showing dogs. This term that is used to describe a certain dog and be it know that being pet quality makes it no less of a dog than a show quality, as far as having a happy go lucky dog as a companion, a member of the family. THE REASON we separate puppies into choices as far as Pet and Show quality is because to the average dog owner/buyer, certain qualities (such as too much white, a crooked blaze, etc) would not matter but because to a dog going on to show and potentially breed, these things do not help the dog excel in the show ring, so that puppy is deemed "pet" quality because it would not likely do well in the show ring due to lack of qualities that are expressed in what is called the Breed Standard. EVERY breed has a Breed Standard and it is this piece of information that all Breeders use to breed and improve their puppies so that they can become the Standard of the breed. If they fall under this (from the most simplest reason of simply to much white on the muzzle to a more complex reason such as their gait is not as "Easy" as a littermate's gait.) There are MANY factors that play a part in how a puppy "classes" in the Pet or Show, but, be assured that both, as family pets, are equally important and loved.
SHOW QUALITY - Show Quality just means that this puppy has an excellent chance at excelling in the show ring and we would like to place it in a home where the owners have high intentions of showing it. It is no better or worse than a pet quality puppy, it is just more likely --as previously discussed via the Breed Standard--that this puppy will do better in a show home. So we group them according to these terms so that this puppy will be given the chance to excel in a show home instead of being neutered or spayed (which altered animals are not allowed to participate in shows because the point of a show is to prove they are worthy of breeding and altered pets cannot breed.) :)
Temperament Evaluation - At 49 days (7 weeks), we temperament test all puppies. This consists of 10 categories in which each puppy will be scored on. A copy of this result is available at the Buyer's request if they are interested in learning more about it. We do hope that you will participate in our Temperament Evaluation Retest--which basically is just you filling out a questionnaire about your dog in the future (probably twice, depending. Around age 1 or 2 years and then again at around 4 or 5 years.) This helps us learn how accurate the temperament testing is and can help us improve future puppy placements so that we can produce healthy and happy puppies that buyers can enjoy for years to come. We do this in order to match your family with the best puppy based on your lifestyle and the information you provide to us below.
Conformation Evaluation - We perform conformation evaluations to see where a dog is structurally. Show and Pet quality are divided when we perform this (normally 8 weeks) We look at structure, movement, standing, color, and compare the puppy to the Breed Standard. Puppies who closely resemble the breed standard will then become Show Quality and those who don't quite compare to the standard will then become Pet Quality. Again, all puppies are created equal as far as a companion animal, but some just would do better in show homes going to shows and potentially moving on to becoming Best In Show winners. With this said, please understand that we will NOT know which puppy will be yours to take home until this evaluation has been performed, so please keep that in mind when placing a holding fee/deposit. Please understand that we have this policy because we know our puppies best (having raised them) and have spent countless amounts of hours with the puppies, we have a much better understanding of their true personalities. We have found that in the past, families come on the day of pick up and choose a puppy based on the puppy's disposition on that one day. There are many factors affecting the personality and energy level of each puppy on any given day and it is necessary to view the personality and traits of each puppy over an extended period of time. Please be advised that in some cases there may be more than one puppy that we feel would be a good fit for your family. In this case, you would be able to choose between the puppies that we have selected for you.
Holding Fee - A holding fee is a designated amount of money that you put down to hold a puppy in this litter. The holding fee is to guarantee you one puppy within the litter, however the particular puppy, as described above, is not known until 8 weeks of age. Please note that your holding fee is NON REFUNDABLE, and, while your holding fee is transferable (to the next years litter (ONLY if one is planned)), if you decide for any reason after the puppies are 6 weeks old that you will not be taking a puppy from this litter, we reserve the right to deduct a readvertisement fee of 50% of your deposit (because once all puppies are spoken for, we stop accepting applications and interested buyers.) This is to cover the additional advertising, food, and vet expenses as well as other miscellaneous expenses. In most cases all of our puppies are spoken for well before the time they are to go home and we have to turn prospective families away.
Puppy Culture Program
- Puppy Culture Program is a program developed by a Breeder of Bull Terriers to improve the lives of puppies and to help ensure they become well balanced adult dogs with less fear and more learning and training ability. We now use this program (2015/2106) to raise our puppies and it has made a drastic effect on our puppies vs the old method not involved with Puppy Culture. Please click here
to find out more about Puppy Culture Program and/or to buy it yourself! We do recommend this go home with any dog, not just our Basenjis, but we strongly feel it is a great option and a great tool to provide a great start to any puppy and a great way to incorporate this into older dogs, even if they missed the vital stage as a puppy (the first 12 (twelve) weeks)
Full Registration - Full registration is given to only Show quality puppies. Full registration means that all offspring produced by this dog or bitch will be Registerable with AKC. When we do the conformation evaluations (as shown above) we place them in their adjoining category. We do that because we want to ensure that we are bettering the breed, not just breeding to produce puppies. So by choosing ONLY Show quality puppies to reproduce (by giving only them Full registration) and having pet quality puppies (who lack somewhere in the standard)spayed, we are doing our part in limiting the non desired genes (such as long bodies) and improving the desired genes (such as the square-tall on the leg appearance.) We CO OWN ALL of our show prospect puppies.
Limited Registration - Limited Registration is only given to Pet quality puppies. Limited registration means that NO offspring produced by this dog or bitch will be able to be registerable with AKC. This is because they are being sold as pet quality and are not meant to reproduce. This means that if you purchase a "Pet" quality puppy and have a litter (accidental or intentional) the litter will NOT be able to be registered with AKC leaving all pupies in the litter not registered. This is because we sell pet quality puppies to spay and neuter homes because the reason they are pet quality is that during the evaluation period, they, for what ever reason, had non desired traits that are found to be faults in the Breed Standard. We place Pet as pet quality and Show as show quality puppies because we do not believe in breeding just for breeding but to only breed for bettering the breed. By just breeding to breed, we are ruining our breed and that is not our goal, so that is one of the main reason as to why we place certain puppies in certain homes.