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Lily's 1 year birthday party. She loves barking at the neighbor's cat so we got her and our granddaughters 'Hello Kitty'...

--Robert R. Banks

Our Breeder Information

Our ultimate goal is to provide a great life-long pet for our clients. Our breeder requirements are designed to help us reach our goal.

The pet industry is portrayed to the public as cruel, heartless and insensitive towards the animals in our care. We all know this is not true, but with perception in the minds of the animal rights groups and even some of our clients, we must be above reproach and offer the best possible husbandry and interaction with both the breeding dogs and the puppies we raise. Our breeders are professionals and continually strive for the betterment of their kennel facilities and dogs. This includes not only housing and medical/physical care, but also the mental and psychological wellbeing of all the dogs they have in their care. Our breeders are required to go above and beyond the USDA, Animal Welfare Act minimum requirements.

There are only four (4) sources you can get a puppy:

  • Shelters/Rescues
  • Show Breeders
  • Casual/ Backyard Breeders
  • Pet Stores partnering with Professional Breeders

All four have good points. We believe the public should have the right to choose. As you will see below there are a lot of things that happen prior to the puppies arriving at our stores including veterinary care and socialization both with dogs and people allowing us the potential of selling you the gentle family friendly breeds we are known for.

Pet Stores partnering with Professional Breeders is the only source this kind of presale opportunity exists, especially in the area of oversight and inspections (see list below in #5). Most other sources have neither oversight nor inspections to ensure proper care of the animals they breed!

Here are a few of the things we require of our breeders:

1) EXERCISE and SOCIALIZATION
Exercise pens to get the breeding parents out of the kennel regularly. The elements of these "Playgrounds" are: Minimum of 45' in length, Shade available, Covered primary water source, Grassed ground cover and a Cool-Down kiddy pool for hot days. These playgrounds are used for group play of both breeding parents and litter to litter interaction. We have personally seen the joy in the dogs and puppies as they romp with each other. This dog-to-dog interaction is huge in the area of socialization. This socialization helps set the temperament of the pups for life! This is just one of the areas that set us above the pack in providing gentle family puppies to our customers! Socialization includes:

a. Biosensor Tactile Socialization: Day 3 - 10 Neonatal Neurological Stimulation.
b. Mother and littermate Interaction: Birth-4th week Puppies learn bite inhibition and how to interact with each other.
c. Dog to Dog Socialization: Week 4-8 Introduce puppies to other litters in the kennel. Professional breeders are the best places to have this happen. Private breeders do not have multiple litters.
d. Dog to People Socialization: Have as many different people, children and adults, as possible handle your puppies. With exercise pens this affords excellent socialization at this early age.

2) VETERINARY CARE
Dr. Hilary Reinhold is charged with screening and tracking any health issues in the pups we purchase from Indiana. Dr. Hilary travels to the kennels a minimum of 4 times a year (USDA requirement is once per year) to examine and care for all breeding parents. We have begun genetic testing of parent dogs' hearts and patellas on small breeds, and hips on large breeds. The breeders are submitting for OFA certification. Both Dr. Hilary and the vets that visit the store weekly examine each and every puppy before we allow them to be sold. This proactive screening of breeding parents coupled with two puppy exams is NOT being done anywhere in the pet industry that we know of, and is a great benefit for our customers.

3) BREEDING PRACTICES
We have established guidelines for breeding age and frequency. All of our breeding parent dogs must be AKC registered. We also have a strict policy against In-Breeding or Line-Breeding. We ONLY sell "Family Friendly" breeds. Our years or experience has taught us that not all families can handle certain breeds, ones that are bred for tasks that we do not do in our day to day lives anymore, for example the Jack Russel - "Ratting" or the Akita - "Silent Hunter". Even though these breeds can be great pets, if they are not allowed to do the task they were bred for they will develop anxiety or aggression and are not well suited for the typical home as a rule. We also do not sell breeds that have excessive health issues as a breed. Read more in "What Do I Get" "Family Friendly Breeds". With very few exceptions our breeders breed only Purebred dogs or, what we have called, "1st Generation Crossbreeds", example PUGGLE - A purebred Pug crossed with a Purebred Beagle. With only two breeds in the cross we can reasonably determine the outcome of the cross breeding and to be able to help you understand the dog's needs and personality. If you were to consider a mix breed that has more than two breeds or unknown breeds as parents, you cannot assess if this dog's character will match your family's needs. This is a big plus for your family as you choose a breed that is right for you and your lifestyle!

4) KENNEL DESIGN
We have designed a retrofit to the kennels to increase the size of the kennel above and beyond what USDA Animal Welfare Act requires and, if possible, remove the top row of kennels making the kennel single level. We have also found flooring that we suggest replacing coated wire, even though we know wire flooring is the best for sanitation, that's why many shelters use it in their kennels. As time goes more kennels are using our retrofit designs.

5) INSPECTIONS Our breeders are inspected and given oversight by multiple government or industry organizations. Our breeders, depending on the kennel size, are inspected by up to 5 different organizations and must be in good standing with them all:

  • USDA United States Department of Agriculture (as of May 2009 all inspection reports are available on-line to anyone) USDA Inspection Reports
  • AKC American Kennel Club About AKC
  • BOAH Indiana State Board of Animal Health BOAH
  • ICAW - Indiana Council for Animal Welfare and NIPBA - Northern Indiana Pet Breeders Association or any other state inspection entity
  • and of course with the exception of a few special order puppies, all kennels are inspected by the owners of The Family Puppy. This is a huge benefit to our client families. These inspections and screening is our way of servicing our clients in a manner that is unattainable with other puppy sources.

Specific Breeder Guidelines and Requirements

  • Any breeder with more than 4 intact females must be USDA licensed and in good standing with no abusive violations and no reoccurring violations. We look for inspection reports that indicate "No Non Compliance Issues".
  • Any Indiana breeder with more than 20 intact females must be registered with Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).
  • All breeders must be inspected by American Kennel Club and in good standing with AKC. ALL breeding stock is to be AKC registered and can be dual registered with APRI or ACA.
  • They must be a member in good standing with all state organizations that work on your behalf to protect your rights to operate a kennel (NIPBA, ICAW, Farm Bureau).
  • They must attend at least two educational seminars/meetings a year. Keep records of the meetings including: speakers, topics and hours they attended.
  • In order to minimize stress on toy breeds, that are prone to hypoglycemia, NO puppy will be shipped unless 2 1/4 pounds or 11 weeks old.
  • Any puppies shipped after 12 weeks of age must have rabies vaccine to cross state lines.
  • Small breeds are not to breed before 12 months of age or be bred after 8 years of age.
  • Large breeds are not to breed before 16 months or be bred after 8 years of age.
  • In all breeding planning a bitch should only be bred if healthy and full body weight. Guideline is every other cycle with the exception of consecutive breeding between 3-4 years when she is in her prime adult condition.
  • For kennels housing 60 or less breeding dogs, an attending vet must visit your kennel a minimum of 4 times a year (USDA requires 1 annual in-kennel vet visit). We require each breeding dog receive an annual physical. For kennels with more than 60 dogs, this can be accomplished with additional in-kennel visits depending on the quantity of breeding dogs you have. Rule of thumb is: 1 visit for every 15 dogs. This allows the vet to rotate through your breeders giving annual physicals to every dog, 15 per visit. You must document each in-kennel vet visit on a Veterinarian Documentation Sheet (USDA APHIS form 7002). We suggest you keep a separate journal/log to document each in-kennel vet visit. Record each physical and any other work the vet performs. Have the vet sign and date your journal.
  • All kennels must be cleaned daily and totally disinfected twice weekly with one of these acceptable products: Nolvasan, Chlorehexadine, Trifectant or Basic G. Bleach is not as effective and is discouraged due to corrosive traits and your dog's nasal irritation especially puppies.
  • An exercise pen must be on property. It should be large enough for the breeds you have to run at full speed Most need to be 45' minimum. The exercise pen should have a shade area and a kiddie pool for hot days. We also suggest they have some sort of climbing boxes or stairs for the dogs to get more than flat dimensional exercise. This will also help the puppies to learn stairs at an early age. Adult dogs and puppies must be exercised properly and regularly. Not only is this the humane thing to do, it is a great way to socialize your breeders and will develop healthier parents. You will also see an increase in productivity. Due to having multiple breeds and litters, a professional kennel provides one of the best environments for this much needed temperament shaping socialization.
  • Socialization of puppy litters for temperament development is a must. Early socialization, beginning at birth, will form a sound temperament and develops a happy, healthy puppy, a great life-long companion. This is an unequalled process at the most formidable age molding our puppies into great family member. Early socialization offers; Neonatal, Dog to Dog and Dog to People socialization. The goal is that each puppy meets 100 different people or animals before it goes to the new owner's home. Socialization includes:
    • Biosensor Tactile Socialization: Day 3 - 10 Neonatal Neurological Stimulation.
    • Mother and littermate Interaction: Birth-4th week Puppies learn bite inhibition and how to interact with each other.
    • Dog to Dog Socialization: Week 4-8 Introduce puppies to other litters in the kennel. Professional breeders are the best places to have this happen. Private breeders do not have multiple litters.
    • Dog to People Socialization: Have as many different people, children and adults, as possible handle your puppies. With exercise pens this affords excellent socialization at this early age.
  • No inbreeding or line breeding will be tolerated. Professional breeders know the linage of all breeding parents and are careful to outcross verses inbreed. If line breeding is necessary for betterment of the line. The Family Puppy must be notified to discuss possible exceptions.

Adult Disease Prevention Protocol

ALL ADULT BREEDING PARENTS - Ongoing Prevention

  • Parasite Control Panacure or Marquis 4 X per year
  • 5 Way in Spring
  • NeoPar in Fall
  • Rabies Annually or as required by state law

PREGNANT MOTHERS - Parasite Prevention

  • Decox - 1.5% mixed I cup per 40 lbs of dog food for all mothers beginning at 30 days of pregnancy thru weaning.
  • Panacure - - 1cc per 4 1/2 lbs body weight. Give orally 1 X day for 3 days beginning at 50 days of pregnancy.

NeoPar Vaccine Information

Many vets are not familiar with NeoPar vaccine for Parvo Virus. Here is some info and stats on the effectiveness of this vaccine. NeoPar has been very effective at eliminating Parvo Virus in pet store puppies.

NeoTech information:

Understanding Core Vaccines: NEOTECH Information

Building A Lifetime of Canine Core Vaccine Protection

Dispelling Veterinary 'Myth'

Veterinarians generally believe that the immune system of young puppies is unable to respond to vaccination because maternal antibodies adversely impact the effectiveness of a vaccine. This idea

NeoPar Titer Dose Comparison: NeoPar

NEOPAR®
(NEOTECH, LLC) Average serial
3,162,278/dose
Vanguard
(Pfizer) serial 183615090, Exp: 10/10/00
100,000/dose
Progard
(Intervet) serial 4019001, Exp: 8/1/00
245,471/dose
Duramune KF-11
(Ft.Dodge) serial 1481474A, Exp: 4/1/01
794,328/dose
Duramune Max PV (2b)
(Ft.Dodge) serial 1211008, Exp: 5/22/00
15,849/dose

Puppy Disease Prevention Protocol

3 WEEKS - Worming

  • Pyrantel = 1cc per 4 1/2 lbs body weight. Give orally 1 dose.

4 WEEKS - Parvo and Kennel Cough Vaccine

  • Neopar - 1cc per pup (under skin)
  • Intra trac III - Take 1 bottle powder and mix with 3/4 sterile dilutant.
    Put 2 drops per nostril - 4 drops per puppy.
  • Trim Potty Patch (rear end) and clip toenails.

5 WEEKS - Parasite Prevention and Control

  • Coccidosis and Giardia
    SMZ-Metron Suspension - Dosage - 1cc per 2 lbs. Give 1 X day for 7 days.
    Mix 1 pint SMZ with 50 500 mg Metronidazole pills. Take 50 pills, put in Ziploc baggie and crush with a rolling pin. Make sure to thoroughly shake the bottle before each dose.
  • External Parasites =- Fleas, ticks, etc
    Ivermectin- pour-on - Dosage - 6 drops per lb topically on back and 2 drops in each ear.
    Mix 1 part Ivermectin to 5 parts 70% Rubbing Alcohol
    DO NOT USE ON COLLIE BREEDS (35% of Collies have a genetic issue that could cause fatal neurotoxicosis)
    Other breeds that are a risk for Ivermectin toxicity: Bearded Collies, Border Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, and Old English Sheepdogs
    Note: Due to both pups and adults on the ground in the exercise pen a good protocol of Insect Growth Regulator IGR should be in place on the grass of all your property.

6 WEEKS - Parvo Vaccine

  • Neopar - 1cc per pup
  • Trim Potty Patch (rear end) and clip toenails.

7 WEEKS - Vaccine and Worming

  • 5 Way Vaccine - 1cc per pup
    Coccidosis and Giardia
    SMZ-Metron Suspension - Dosage - 1cc per 2 lbs. Give 1 X day for 7 days
  • Panacur - 1cc per 4 1/2 lbs. Give orally 1 X day for 3 days.

8 WEEKS - Prepare for Shipping

  • Give bath with flea & tick shampoo the day before shipping.
  • Trim Potty Patch and clip toe nails.
  • Clean ears and pluck hair from ear with R-7 Ear powder
  • Fill out Puppy Health Record completely for each puppy, answering all questions in "Health Check"

If you have any questions about our breeders, or would like to request more information, please visit one of our stores! We are always happy to brag on our breeders.

Fountain Walk, Novi, MI
44125 W 12 Mile Rd
Suite E-121
Novi, MI 48377
Phone:  248-305-7008
Franklin Park, Toledo, OH
5001 Monroe Street
#1530
Toledo, OH 43623
Phone:  419-480-1111
Genesee Valley, Flint, MI
3341 S Linden Road
Suite 670
Flint, MI 48507
Phone:  810-733-8161
Oakland Mall, Troy, MI
528 W 14 Mile Road
Troy, MI 48083
Phone:  248-588-9950
   
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