Why do you require that "companion" dogs you sell be spayed or neutered?
Spaying and neutering pets helps to prevent unwanted litters as well as certain behaviors in dogs. When dogs are altered at an appropriate age, there are certain long-term health benefits. We do not advocate "early" or juvenile spay/neuter prior to 5 1/2 months of age. The most recent studies performed by major universities document a number of health problems in dogs altered at very young age. While it is now popular to alter puppies coming from shelters as young as 8 weeks old, it is not MEDICALLY in the dog's best interest. Please see the Spay/Neuter article under Health & Genetics.
Is breeding dogs your business?No, NO, and HELL NO! We are a small "hobby kennel" producing a few dogs a year. We are both professionals with nearly 20 years in our respective fields. David is the Senior Systems Engineering Lead for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online and Carolyn is the Contracts and Compliance Officer for a NASDAQ listed Defense contractor in the Tampa Bay area. Breeding and showing dogs is a hobby -- a very pricey one even before you factor in the opportunity costs associated with making career, housing and commuting decisions to accommodate our dogs. We've spent a not-so-small-fortune creating what is effectively a private dog park to accommodate our kids. We support our dogs -- our dogs don't support us or our dog show careers. We do not make breeding or dog placement decisions with financial considerations in mind.
How many dogs do you have?
The number fluctuates, but typically we have kept between 10 and 15 dogs at our home at any given time although we are in the process of reducing that number. We tend to have more older, "non-productive" dogs than other breeders might keep. It's a personal choice we made. Our dogs, for the most part, have been with us for life. We have recently decided to begin placing some of our younger adults and adolescents so that they have the opportunity to be 'only dogs' in great homes.