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"Designer Dog"
 
Are they healthier? Hybrid dogs can still have genetic problems because you are still crossing two first generation dogs, however the percentage of hybrid dogs with genetic problems is much lower than purebred dogs because the gene pool is mixed. Breeders who breed purebred to purebred creating a first generation hybrid believe in hybrid vigor. Vigor means, "Physical or mental strength, energy, or force." Unlike purebred dogs, when you adopt a hybrid, you do not know exactly what the temperament, size of the dog, or exact look of the dog will be. You can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed.  If everything about both breeds matches you and your families personality and lifestyle, than you can most likely assume this cross will work for you.

"Purebred Dog"
 
A purebred dog is one that has been bred over many generations to breed true. Meaning each puppy that is born looks and has the same temperament and characteristics as one another.  Purebred dogs are beneficial in that, when you buy a purebred dog you know what you are getting. You know how big your puppy will grow and you know basically what type of temperament and care the dog will need.  When one breeds purebred dogs great care must be taken to insure the lines do not become too thin. Even with all the best DNA testing available, genetic problems can occur.

Male vs. Female
The age old dilema of which is better
 
Many people believe that female dogs make better pets...female preference seems to be ingrained in these people. Most calls for pet dogs have people wanting a 'sweet girl'. They don't think females display alpha behaviours like 'marking' and/or 'humping'. They believe that they are more docile and attentive and do not participate in fighting over dominance.

Well folks, this is not true and they don't call them a 'bitch' for nothing! In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order, and who compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. The females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as 'humping'. There IS a reason people utilize the technical dog term of 'bitch' in a negative way-and it refers directly to the behaviors exhibited by the females of the dog world. Most fights will usually break out between 2 females. Males, on the other hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. Most boys are easily motivated by food (how true!!) and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted during training, as males like to play so often. And no matter what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. Boys are fun-loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age. Witness the human equivalent of the twinkling eyed Grandpa still playing catch at age 70, while Grandma quietly observes from the porch.
 
Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs. Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors (if they ever existed) will disappear. Boys who were neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate.

While the female will usually come to you for attention, when she's had enough, she will move away. While boys are always waiting for your attention and near at hand. Females are usually less distracted during training, as she is more eager to get it over with, and get back to her comfy spot on the couch. The female is less likely to wage a dominance battle with YOU, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is much more prone to mood swings. One day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy. The female also has periods of being 'in heat' unless she is spayed.
Seasonal heats can be a three week long hassle not just for the female, but you and every male dog in the neighborhood. Did we mention that the seasonal heats happen TWICE a year?

If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have her spayed since during this time she can leave a bloody discharge on carpets, couches, or anywhere she goes. She will be particularly moody and emotional during this time. A walk outside during this period can become hazardous if male dogs are in the vicinity, and she will leave a 'scent' for wandering intact males to follow right to your yard, where they will hang out, and 'wait' for days.
 
Research has also proven that a female NOT bred during a heat cycle stays in a flux of estrogen level which may give us the reason as to why females are more moody than males.

Males generally cost 1/2 the price to have neutered as a female does to be spayed.

Your Most Frequently asked Questions

 

1. What size will the puppy be as an adult?

The general rule of thumb (and thumbs are easily broken) is the dog will be 2-3 times its weight at 12 weeks. We simply state the weight of the parents and you can decide if the size is a right fit for you. Please be aware that Amatskennel does not guarantee weight or size of a puppy. Final weight and size of a puppy is not grounds for a refund.

 

2. Are the puppies registered?

Our puppies are registered CKC out of AKC parents. Sold as pets ONLY not intended for breeding.

 

3. What does the Health Guarantee Cover?


  1. 48 hrs to have your pup vet checked
  2.  15 days for Life threatening Illness/Disease
  3.  1 yr against Congenital or Hereditary defects.

No other guarantees verbal, written or implied.


4. Can I return the puppy if it does not workout?
If you choose to return the puppy for any reason other then those outlined in the health guarantee we consider it to be a "Voluntary Return" which means NO MONEY WILL BE REFUNDED.


5. Are Vaccinations/Deworming current and will my puppy be microchipped

We vaccinate at 6 and 8wks

We deworm at 4,6 and 8wks

We Microchip at 8wks 


6. Who is your Veterinarian?
Dr Bowers - Valley Animal Hospital


7. What are the puppies eating?
We feed Fromm gold puppy-we will provide a sample.


8.Are the puppies housebroken?

Sorry our puppies are not housebroken

 

9. Are the puppies raised in the house?
Mom and babies are always inside our home where we can keep a watchful eye 24/7. Our puppies are hugged and kissed everday.  

 


10. What will I need for my new puppy

Here is a list that we recommend:

 

Food/water dishes

Sheep skin bed (washable)

Puppy Food

Nutri Cal (if tiny pup)

Puppy containment (gate or excersice pen)

Newspaper or Potty pads

Crate for transport

Puppy safe toys (no plastic)

Lots of Chewies (pig ears, natural chicken jerky, greenies-NO rawhide)

Puppy shampoo

Slicker brush

 

Optional:

Collar or Harness & leash