BOY OR GIRL?
We are often asked this question when deciding on which gender will make the best family pet. Both boys and girls are individuals and have their own unique temperament and characteristics. All puppies if raised in a loving environment will be affectionate and loving. Regardless of their gender (as there is no evidence to support either gender being more affectionate than the other) they make loving pets. We usually suggest that if you are used to owning a particular gender in the past then stick to this gender, as you will be familiar with them.
WHEN TO SPAY OR NEUTER?
There are a lot of differing opinions on what age you should get a dog spayed or neutered. However, there is only little research to support each opinion. We always advise that you follow your veterinarian’s advice, as there can be many factors to consider including age, seasons and development and no dog can be judged in the same way.
WHAT AGE SHOULD I WELCOME A PUPPY INTO MY HOME?
We offer to keep all our puppies up until 12 weeks of age. We charge £10 per night to keep a puppy after 8 weeks of age and if they require their second vaccination (at 10 weeks of age) we will get this done too for £25. We believe that you shouldn’t welcome a puppy into your home until every family member is ready and if this means that we keep them for another week or two then this will make welcoming your new addition into your home a smooth and happy process. Following this decision we are often asked if it is better to collect sooner (at 8 weeks of age) so they don’t miss bonding time. However this is not the case as we continue their socialisation and developing their skills so that they will easily adapt into their new family and will easily bond with all family members. There are no drawbacks as to when you choose to collect your puppy but is often a better option for those who worry about the risks involved with taking a puppy that is not fully vaccinated.
ARE YOUR PUPPIES GOOD WITH CATS?
Welcoming any young puppy into a home with cats is often a scary thought for those families that already have a cat as part of their family. However it doesn’t have to be so daunting. A puppy when welcomed into your home will probably just want to play with your cat as if it was one of his/her siblings. Your cat, depending on how social they are may sulk for a few days. When your cat is ready they will stop sulking and come to greet the new family member. They may tell the puppy off if they get a little annoyed. When this has happened you will probably find that your cat will be in charge of your puppy and will become the boss. They will then accept each other and some cats love the new addition so much that you might find them playing and sleeping with each other!
SHOULD I TAKE MY PUPPY TO PUPPY CLASSES?
Yes! Puppy classes are a great way for you and your children to help socialise your puppy and teach them basic obedience. They are also a great way for meeting new people that all share the same interest in raising a happy and well trained dog.
WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR PUPPIES ON?
Our puppies are fed on Purina Proplan dry food. We will be able to provide you with a small amount of food and can give you the details of which type your puppy will be fed on when you visit at 5 weeks. We strongly suggest you buy/order your puppy’s food well in advance of taking them home to ensure there are no difficulties accessing the food when you get your puppy home. We will only provide a small amount so please don’t put your puppy at risk of hunger!
WHAT VET TREATMENT WILL OUR PUPPY RECEIVE BEFORE LEAVING LORTON COCKAPOOS?
Every puppy will leave us with a full manual veterinarian health check and they will have their first full vaccination. Both of these will be recorded on a vaccination card/certificate that will give information on when the vaccine and vet check were done, what vaccine type was used and when the puppy is next due a vaccination. We also microchip all our puppies before they leave us. This is now a legal requirement so please do NOT buy a puppy that is not microchipped.
WHEN CAN MY PUPPY GO OUT FOR WALKS AND SOCIALISE WITH OTHER DOGS?
Puppies have a first vaccination between 6 and 8 weeks of age. They then need another from 10 weeks of age. Following an incubation period of 1-2 weeks after their 2nd vaccination is when your puppy can go out for walks and socialise with other dogs.
WHEN CAN WE VISIT LORTON COCKAPOOS?
We encourage all new owners to come and visit us and meet their puppy. This will provide us as a breeder with the opportunity to get to know where our puppies are going and to ensure that the puppy is right for you and your family. As a professional we have a responsibility to keep all our puppies and dogs safe. This is our biggest priority. Therefore we try to minimise any opportunities for stress and infections like parvovirus being brought into our home and kennels. We do this by ensuring that we have no visits in the early days of raising our puppies. Our puppies are viewable from 5 weeks of age. Prior to this visit we will send photos so you can see your new family member developing and growing up. By 5 weeks of age we start to see their individual personalities come through and this means that we can help you to make your decision based on personality and not just the colour and gender of a puppy! Therefore visits to see your puppy will be from 5 weeks of age and no earlier. Visits will be by pre-arranged appointment only so we know who to expect to keep our dogs safe from any unexpected visitors!
CAN WE MEET THE MOTHER AND FATHER TO OUR PUPPY?
Certainly! All our puppies are born and raised by our own loving dogs. We never use other stud dogs, as this is the only way we can be certain about the health testing and temperament of the adults that we are breeding from. So both mum and dad to your puppy can be met when you come to visit your puppy at your 5-week visit.
WE ARE DRIVING PAST CAN WE STOP OFF AND HAVE A LOOK ROUND?
I’m afraid we will say no if you contact us asking this question. Our priority is keeping all our puppies and dogs safe, not a potential sale. We like to get to know people first before they even meet any of our dogs/puppies. We also need to make sure that you haven’t visited any other breeders at least 14 days before coming to us to prevent the risk of infections and viruses being brought to us.
WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT YOU TO BE ADDED TO YOUR WAITING LIST?
We do not add to our waiting list years in advance. We only add to our waiting list when we have an expected litter. Therefore we would ask you to contact us approximately 4 months prior to you wanting to take a puppy home. This will give both you and us plenty of time to get to know each other and where our puppies will be going. We can also then provide you with an expected due date and roughly when the puppies would be ready to leave. Please do not contact us too early as there can be very little information for us to provide sadly.
WHAT WILL MY PUPPY LEAVE WITH?
Your puppy will leave Lorton Cockapoos with a puppy pack which contains:
– scent blanket
– puppy pads for the journey home
– familiar toys
You will also receive your folder of paperwork which includes:
– puppy care sheet
– copies of dads DNA PRA certificate (we do not give copies of mums paperwork out as we are not selling to breeding homes)
– Copy of our T&C’s
– microchip and registration to your details
– vaccination card
– After care and support for life.
WHAT SHOULD WE BRING WITH US WHEN COLLECTING OUR PUPPY?
The way in which you bring your puppy home has got to be both comfortable for yourself and the puppy and safe. We would recommend sitting in the back with the puppy on your knee to comfort him/her. You can also get a dog seat belt to plug in to keep him/her safe whilst he is on your knee. It is a legal requirement to ensure your puppy/dog is restrained in some way. Puppies generally sleep when they are in the car but sometimes they will want to play so if you are not confident enough to do this we would recommend you bring a box or carrier for him/her. Other things to bring would be:
– poo bags/carrier bags
– wipes/kitchen roll (in case of accidents)
– a bowl and some water
– a little toy