Some people ask about
how pups are chosen for them or ask about "pick of the litter"
Which pup would you choose from either of these litters? The one with the
narrow blaze, the wider blaze or perhaps no blaze? The one with more color
or less color? Maybe you've read about the latest puppy testing theory,
laying them on their back or picking the pup that comes to you first.
There's more to a dog than where
the spots are laid out, or taking your chances on which one happens to run
up to you first. Rather than that, we evaluate the whole pup
and we have weeks to do so for the new owners.
When a new owner comes to "pick" a pup they have perhaps an
hour to make their choice, which is nothing more than basically expecting
them to take a shot in the dark and hope for the best. In addition,
since our pups are placed in homes from Alaska and Canada to South America
and beyond, not everyone can make the trip to South Dakota in order to make
a choice. They need to be able to rely on their breeder to have the
knowledge and experience to make a
good choice for them.
You can specify a
gender and/or color preference if you desire when you make your reservation. If
you desire such a specification,
the preference you request is respected and the choice made is within
that color/gender. Then we do our best to choose the pup for you based on your
description of your likes and desires, your family circumstances, your
activity and hunting level, etc.
We have developed our
own puppy testing which is a multi-step process that takes place over the
course of the weeks of socialization of the pup. Utilizing the information
we have gathered during this time frame allows us to place a pup in its new
home based on its personality and this process. We have utilized this
process for nearly two decades now and it has
been highly successful.
Our desire is for you to love and be happy with your dog for the next 12 or 15 years
and for the dog to live a happy, fulfilling life in its new home. If we can answer any
other questions for you we'd be glad to do so if you'd like to phone us.