Great Pyrenees FAQ
Is there a difference between solid white puppies and marked puppies?
The only difference in these puppies is their coloring. The AKC description names a dog who "He has a white or principally white coat that may contain markings of badger, gray, or varying shades of tan." So solid white or marked largely comes down to personal preference. However, we do encourage homes not to get too hung up on specific marking--or lack thereof--as the markings will fade significantly, and often disappear, over time. Here is an example in our very own Sammy: these two are pictures of her taken 11 weeks apart. See how much fading had already taken place? A Pyr will keep the black liner around the eye, the black nose and lip lines, and a heavily marked dog may keep a light shading around the face and ears and possibly a trim at the edge of the ears. However, markings almost always greatly fade.
Are your dogs good with kids?
Oh my goodness, YES! Great Pyrenees as a breed, and our dogs as individuals, are EXCELLENT with children. We have very young children who don't always understand being gentle. Our dogs have been rolled on, laid on, ridden, squeezed, pulled, poked, and prodded, and we have never had ANY sort of an issue whatsoever with any signs of aggression. In fact, your new puppy will begin to see your children as one of their charges, and will do anything to protect them. They are very in-tune, and an excellent friend and protector. We have heard many stories of Pyrs walking between "their" children and roads or ponds and not allowing the children to cross. In our opinion, you won't find a better kid or family dog!
How are the dogs around other animals?
Great! Great Pyrenees, as a breed, are animal guardians by instinct. That said, we have heard others say they have not had good luck with Pyrs who came from a situation where they were not around other animals as puppies. Our puppies are born out on the farm and spend their time here "on the job" with mom and dad. This helps to trigger their instinct, and helps them to see other animals as something to be protected. When you bring a puppy home from our farm, they will have been exposed to chickens, pigs, other dogs (large and small), cattle, cats, and whatever else we happen to have here at the time....rabbits, goats, etc. If this doesn't encompass what you have at home, don't worry! The important thing is not that they are around the specific species you will bring them home to, but that they have experience with other animals. And if you add in another species later, it shouldn't be a big deal. Pyrs don't like anything out of order, so they may be confused for the first few days as a new species could be viewed as an intruder. However, we have had very good luck with keeping anything new penned up for a few days and letting the dogs see us feed and care for the newcomer. In this situation, we have never had issue with aggression from the dogs.....even with free roaming rabbits!
How are puppies priced?
Our prices are subject to change, based on demand and current situation, but our current price is $1250 (updated for deposits made after 9/11/2018).
$350.00 of that is required as a non-refundable deposit in order to lock-in your spot in line, and the remaining $900 is due in cash when puppy goes home!
How are puppies chosen?
We do not reserve a puppy or consider him or her sold until we have a deposit made. So, to choose a puppy, you decide which one you want, and then make a deposit. For the last several years, all of our puppies have had deposits prior to birth. In this case, the depositor specifies whether they are making a deposit on a male or female (or if they have no preference!), and then choice is in order of how deposits were received. If any pups are available after birth, new depositors will have to wait to choose their puppy until those who made deposits prior to the birth of the litter have chosen.
Do you ship puppies?
We do! We have shipped puppies all over the country. Shipping a puppy includes several things, and airline prices are subject to change, so check with us on current rates, but this should give a good idea.
Airline approved travel crate w/ travel accessories ~ $65
Vet check w/ acclimation papers ~ $50
Our travel cost for extra vet visit and airport travel ~ $150
Airline cost ~ $235
3% Paypal fee reimbursement for anything paid through Paypal, except for deposit (we cover deposit fees)
What do your puppies come with?
A sample of their current food. This allows you to switch little tummies over gently to whatever you decide to feed. We also offer the option of your buying a large bag of their food for those who meet to pick up their puppies.
First vaccine (Let us know if you would like to skip this with your pup!)
Health record for you to take to your vet
3 to 4 preventative dewormings
How do I make a deposit?
In order to reserve a puppy, we require a deposit. Our current deposit amount is $350 (for deposits made after 9/11/2018), and this goes toward the total purchase price of the puppy. Families usually make this deposit through Paypal. However, we do have other options available. If you do not have or do not use Paypal, please give us a call or send us an email and we can discuss other options. You can make a deposit on a puppy at any time.
If it is for an litter that hasn’t been born yet, visit our current and upcoming litters page, and click on the paypal link to make a deposit by the litter you are interested in, paying attention to whether you would like a male, female, or have no preference. This reserves a puppy in that litter, and you will be notified when it is your turn to select a specific puppy.
Although it hasn’t happened for several years, we may occasionally have a puppy available that has already been born. If you are interested in making a deposit on a puppy that has already been born, visit our current and upcoming litters page, find the puppy you are interested in, and click on the paypal link to make a deposit next to that puppy's picture. This will reserve that specific puppy for you.
What happens after I make a deposit?
After you make a deposit, you will receive updates for anything Pyrenees related on our farm :) Once a litter is born that has your puppy, we will update you weekly with pictures and information. We send these out via e-mail to keep you updated on exactly what is going on with your puppy and the litter, and this continues until you bring your puppy home. Around week five, we will start working with you to make plans for meeting to bring your puppy home. We are available for any questions you may have in this period by email or by phone.
What if I make a deposit, then have something come up?
When is full payment due?
A puppy can be paid in full at any time. Some people choose to pay in full at the time of deposit, while others wait until pick-up. **If you pay your remaining balance via Paypal, we do add 3% to cover fees----we cover the fees on your deposit** We do require that payment in full is cleared BEFORE the puppy go with you.
If the puppy is shipped, we require payment in full to clear before we ship the puppy. We will discuss this with our long distance families to make sure everything is in order in plenty of time before puppy's shipping date.
If the puppy is to be picked up, there are two options.
We accept CASH at the time of pick-up. If you do not feel comfortable bringing cash...
We accept Paypal, but it must clear BEFORE you come to get your puppy.
When do I get to bring my puppy home?
Our puppies go home at 8 weeks of age. Plans will be discussed via email with depositors as the time approaches to take puppies home.
Do you have a buyer's contract or guarantee?
We do not require our buyers to sign any contract on their new puppy. When we purchase a dog, or anything else, we want to be the ones that make the decisions for that animal, and we want our families to have that as well. With this, we do not offer a guarantee. Often, when guarantees are offered, there are many stipulations that must be met on the buyer's end. When we were looking for a puppy, we were met with everything from having to give the dog a certain brand of daily vitamins, to having to prove the type of fencing we had and have it maintained at a certain height, to having to sign that our home was open for the breeder to stop by unannounced to check on the dog, and it was very common to encounter spay/neuter contracts. We do not ask for any of this and, for that reason, do not offer any sort of blanket guarantee for the life of your puppy.
Can I come to the farm and meet the puppies?
This has been a tough one for us. We love to see where our animals come from, and would love for you to come and visit where your puppy comes from. However, with all the projects we have going, we could have people we don't know at our house on a very regular basis! For several reasons, mainly safety of our family and disease/illness for our animals, we do not have buyers come to our home. Because of this decision, we have worked hard to build a very detailed and transparent website to "show you around" our farm. We include many pictures of our parent dogs, from puppy-hood on up, so that you can "meet" them and see how they have grown and changed. We provide weekly picture updates of puppies to purchasing families in order for them to see how their puppies are growing and the environment that they are in. We are also open to phone calls and emails with any questions, are are very open and honest about our practices and what we do. I understand that not coming to the farm is an inconvenience for some, but we hope that you can put yourself in our shoes and try to understand why we have made the decision that we have.
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