The cost of our puppies is $2,400. We do not have different prices for pet, performance, or potential show puppies because first and foremost, we want all of our puppies to be treasured members of a loving family and they are all equal in that regard.
The first step in getting a SwissKiss puppy is to complete our on-line puppy application. Every application is carefully considered. We begin accepting applications as soon as pregnancy is confirmed. Our goal is to find the very best home for each individual puppy.
Come to Visit Us at SwissKiss Farm
We hope you'll be able to come and visit with us so we can get to know one another better and you can have an opportunity to meet our dogs. This is particularly important if you have no experience with Swissys.
We approve homes for our puppies based solely on our judgment of what we feel is best for the puppies. We will notify you if you've been approved to receive a puppy. At that time, we require a $250 deposit to hold your interest in a puppy from a specific litter. Often, at this point, the puppies haven't yet been born, so we can't promise a puppy to anyone. This deposit is refundable if we end up not having a puppy to place with you but is not refundable if you change your mind and decide you don't want a puppy. The deposit is applied to the cost of your puppy if we place a puppy with you.
Come and Play with the Puppies!
We encourage you to come and play with the puppies. We are restrictive about access to the puppies until they're about 4 weeks old to limit their exposure to illness, but you can still come and see them. After they're 4 weeks old, you can come and play with them as often as you like. (But we'll still ask that you remove shoes before entering puppy area and wash hands before handling puppies). By all means, if you have children, bring them along.
Placement of Puppies
We will not actually commit to placing a specific puppy with a specific family until the puppies are 8 weeks old. Eight weeks of age, plus or minus 3 days, is a magical time for puppies. At that point in their life, their structure is what it will be when they mature. Before 8 weeks, they're not developed enough to assess structure and after 8 weeks, they go through a growing stage during which their structure constantly changes and goes through awkward stages. Eight weeks of age is also the best time to evaluate the temperament of each puppy. The puppies natural temperament, whether it be easy-going, robust, or somewhere in between, is influenced by genetics and by the environment in which he/she is raised during the very important first 8 weeks of life. Our puppies are professionally evaluated by Pat Hastings, a leading authority on puppy development and temperament testing. She is able to be more objective than we can be in evaluating the temperament and structure of the puppies.
We place puppies in approved homes right after the puppy evaluation based on matching the expectations of each puppy owner to the characteristics of each puppy.
You're Getting a Puppy!
Puppies will go to their new homes between 8 and 9 weeks of age. If you're receiving one of our puppies, we'll ask you to choose a registered name for your puppy based on the theme for the litter. Of course, the everyday name that you use for your puppy at home can be anything you want.
We'll require a signed contract and payment in full before you take your puppy home. You can download the Puppy Contract from our website. Please be sure you fully understand everything in the contract and call us to discuss any questions you have before you come to pick up your puppy.
Your SwissKiss Puppy will come with:
American Kennel Club (AKC) Registration, either full or limited registration
Current immunizations and deworming, and a schedule for completing vaccinations and deworming
Veterinary health certificate
Two-year limited health guarantee, as part of the contract
Several day's supply of recommended dog food
Puppy photos from birth through 8 weeks
Preparing for Your Puppy
Begin preparing to take your puppy home by reading our Raising Puppies page on our website and the additional resources on raising puppies that are linked to that page. Even if you have a lot of experience raising puppies, we encourage you to read all of the puppy training information so that you'll know how we've raised your puppy during his first 8 weeks of life and have a plan in place for raising your puppy during the next critical 8 weeks. Puppy training needs to be in place as soon as your puppy goes through your door, so take some time now to get prepared.
Now is a also good time to make a list of people who are going to meet your puppy in the next 6-8 weeks. Your puppy will have met 100 people before you get him. Set a goal for him to meet another 100 people before he's 16 weeks old. Also, look for a Puppy Kindergarten in your area and get your puppy enrolled.
What You Will Need Immediately:
- Crate: At this point, you don't want a crate that will fit an adult Swissy, you want a small crate for puppy crate training. Buy an inexpensive crate that can accommodate an approximately 50-60 pound dog. Realize that you may need to buy a larger crate before too long. Consider borrowing a small crate from someone you know.
- Comfortable bedding for crate
- Kong Toys and Sterilized Bones: Have several Kong Toys and sterilized bones (in which kibble can be stuffed) for your puppy. There are many types and sizes available. Provide a variety for your puppy.
- Puppy gate, or x-pen to create a long-term confinement space for your puppy.
- Potty surface for your long-term confinement area. We recommend using a crate liner as the base for the potty surface. Crate liners can be purchased in any pet supply store. Pieces of sod would be the ideal surface to put into the crate liner, but you can also use pine chips, mulch, or shredded paper. If you don't use sod, initially pull some grass from your yard and sprinkle it over whatever you're using since grass is the surface your puppy is most accustomed to using as a potty area.
- Small, dried liver dog treats
- Water bowl
- Food bowl
- Collar and leash
- Several "Clickers" (optional, but recommended)
Please keep us updated on how your puppy is doing. We love getting puppy pictures! We encourage you to call us at anytime if you have any questions or concerns.