We're interested in obtaining a puppy from you. Now what do we do?
Email or call us so that we can discuss your personal situation. In order to find the right puppy for you, we will need to know about your family, lifestyle, living arrangements, reasons for wanting a puppy, and any preferences you might have about the puppy's gender, color, and age. After our discussion, if we both believe a SHENANWOOD puppy is right for you, we will discuss when puppies might be available and what additional steps you need to take, including sending a deposit once a litter has arrived.
We've heard people mention "show" homes and "pet" homes. What do these distinctions mean?
While all of our dogs are placed in homes where they are members of a family, a show/breeding quality puppy is one that we have evaluated as potentially having qualities worth preserving through showing and breeding once they are mature. A "pet" puppy may have a slightly bad bite, a low-set tail or some other characteristic that we do not wish to continue. But a "pet" is still a healthy and happy dog that will make an outstanding companion.
SHENANWOOD has a long-term goal: We want to perpetuate and improve all the good qualities that make the Tibetan Spaniel a lovable companion, as well as a mentally and physically sound show and performance dog. A litter will normally have one or two show quality puppies, and an equal or higher number of pet quality puppies. It would be rare for a litter to have a very high number of breeding quality puppies, but it can, and has, happened. When we breed a litter, we always plan to keep at least one puppy for our next generation. Until the litter has been watched carefully, had all appropriate health exams and we make our choice, we may not know exactly which puppies will be available.
How do we select our puppy?
You will need to be able to trust in our many years of experience and generations of top winning show dogs and wonderful companions to guide you in the selection process. Multiple factors must be evaluated in order to get the right puppies into the right homes. One of the most important factors besides health is temperament. From our discussions we will know if a particular puppy's personality will match your needs. After health and temperament, we evaluate the puppy's structure and quality to determine whether it should be placed in a show or companion home. Finally, after sorting through these considerations, we try, as best we can, to match your preferences in coat, gender, and color. Regarding gender preferences: unlike some breeds, where gender-specific personality issues are often seen, there is very little difference between Tibetan Spaniel male and female personalities. For the average pet owner a neutered Tibetan Spaniel male makes the perfect family companion, as does a spayed female. Please remember that temperament is the most important consideration. You cannot live with a dog, no matter how beautiful its coat or markings are, if it does not have the right personality for you.
When will we know which puppy is ours?
While we observe all our puppies throughout their development, we do not complete the evaluation process until they are twelve to thirteen weeks old. Health test results as well as our own personal evaluations are not complete until this time. As soon as all the testing is completed we will call you about the results and when you may pick up your new addition.