At Dolce Vita Labradors our first and foremost priority in our breeding program is temperament & health. Our puppies are born in the house surrounded by love and care from the time they are born to the time they leave for their forever homes. All puppies are well socialized by the time they go to their new homes, they are constantly handled by lots of different people, they are introduced to and play with the other dogs in our home and they always have stimulating puppy toys to play with. My puppies are weaned at approximately 5 weeks of age but they never leave their mother, it is with her that they learn many valuable lessons. Our puppies are micro-chipped and you will receive all appropriate paperwork including pedigrees, health records, information regarding de-worming and vaccinations and veterinary checks. All of our puppies are sold on limited registration, which simply means that if the dog is bred no offspring can be registered. A spay or neuter agreement is required and any spay or neuter prior to the age of 18 months will void all written guarantees. We are always available for any questions or concerns you have about your new puppy.
Shortly after the puppies are born I contact those who are on my list and let them know if we might have a puppy for them based on the color & sex they want. If at that time a family decides they would like to put a hold on a puppy we require a $200 deposit which is refundable if at 8 weeks we cannot provide a puppy to you, but is non-refundable if the buyer chooses to back out. This deposit is applied to the purchase price of $2,000.00. Please keep in mind that I only breed a litter of puppies when I plan on keeping a puppy or more than one puppy (regardless of sex and color) from that litter for myself so if at 8 weeks the pick puppy is, for example, the only yellow female in the litter, and you are on the list for a yellow female, I will not be able to provide you with a puppy and your deposit will be refunded immediately. Being flexible on sex and/or color will help ensure that we will have a puppy for you. We keep a detailed diary on each puppy from the time they are born to the time they are ready to go to their new homes to help match each puppy with each family. We don’t have a first, second, third pick etc., of the litter. We like to have our families visit and spend time with the puppies. Having raised the puppies I share with my families the different characteristics of each pup such as activity level and outgoing nature, from there we work at making the best match for your family.
We also ask that our prospective families complete our puppy questionnaire. Our puppies go to their new homes at 8 weeks. For the health & safety of our puppies we wait until the puppies are at least 4 weeks of age before we allow families to come out and see the puppies.
I hope this helps to answer some of the questions you might have. Please feel free to phone me at 425-422-6530 should you have any questions.