River View Puppies
Deposit and Payment Information
All puppies go home with an up to date immunization record, a well puppy care vet exam, a health certificate (if traveling by air), a new puppy care information packet and a sample of puppy food.
Email or call for current pricing. All sales are subject to 7% Iowa sales tax. We accept cash, personal check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
We will accept applications with $250 non-refundable fee prior to birth. Your application is counted the day it is submitted. Once the pups arrive, we email newsletters to each applicant and photos of the litter approximately 2 weeks after birth. The applicant is asked to submit an additional amount when a puppy is chosen bringing their total down payment to half the purchase price of the puppy. The remaining balance and airfare (if needed) is due when the puppy is 8 weeks old.
If an applicant specifies a gender when submitting their preference, a pup of that gender is "reserved" for that applicant. Applicants choose their puppy in the order in which their application and fee are received. An applicant’s fee can be transferred to a future prospective litter if a puppy is not available or preferred. We seldom have available pups upon birth, therefore we strongly urge you to submit an application if you desire a River View Puppy.
Choosing Your Puppy
Choosing does not begin until the pups are between 4-6 weeks old. Each applicant is given up to 3 days to make their choice and must select their puppy in the allotted time frame. Luckily making a choice isn't that difficult and most families pick their pup within a few hours. New families receive photos of their pup every two weeks and then as time allows after the puppy reaches 10 weeks. It's fun to watch them grow and change.
Reserving and Purchasing an AVAILABLE Puppy
We accept deposits to hold an existing available puppy of your choice. The remaining balance and airfare (if needed) is due when the pup reaches 8 weeks of age. If the pup is 8 weeks or older, total balance and airfare are generally required to be in our possession 2 weeks before your puppy will be released or a deposit is required and the remaining balance paid with cash or credit card upon pickup. Personal checks are generally NOT accepted when picking up your puppy.
Should you desire to leave your pup with us past the age of 12 weeks, please be aware we do charge a boarding fee of $10 per day and the owner becomes responsible for all medical fees. Any pup not being shipped or picked up remaining passed 12 weeks must be paid for in full along with any anticipated boarding fees.
Since the pups are considered sold at time of deposit, the deposit is nonrefundable. The deposit will ONLY be refunded if the puppy you choose becomes sick, injured or dies prior to pick up or shipment. We do understand that life situations can change and should you need to postpone accepting a pup, we will hold your application, fee, and deposit for a future litter of your choosing.
Airfare is available for an additional $350 (subject to change with airline fare increase). All pups must be at least 10 weeks of age prior to going home. We have the right to delay shipment for the health or safety of your puppy.
NOTE: We retain our small breed puppies until 10-12 weeks of age. In some circumstances we may let them go home earlier. All puppies must be eating well, adjusting without their mothers and able to withstand the stress of going into a new home and becoming part of a new family.
Ticket Information/Airfare for Your Puppy
When you adopt a puppy from us, you have the option of picking up your puppy or having it flown to you. Airline regulations state that your puppy MUST be at least 8 weeks old prior to shipping. We require your small breed puppy to be 10 weeks or older. You'll be thrilled upon the arrival of your puppy so he or she is well worth the wait.
Our closest airports are Moline, IL (MLI) or Cedar Rapids, IA (CID). The airlines we use most often for your puppy’s domestic travel are American, Delta, and United though we will use the other airlines, if available. We only ship within the continental USA.
We generally make a trip to the airport one or two times per litter. If a different day is preferred we have the right to charge an additional mileage fee. We do not fly puppies on Sundays.
Domestic shipping is $350. We will ship your puppy in an airline approved carrier and include all paperwork, health certificate and food/water necessary for the trip home to you. The bottom of the carrier will be lined with paper or other absorbent material to help keep your puppy dry during its travel. Shipping costs may increase over time as airlines increase the price of a ticket. We reserve the right to increase our fee accordingly. Your $350 shipping fee covers the following items:
All required airline documentation
Mileage to airport
We reserve the right to delay shipping your pup in extreme cold or hot weather or if we feel a puppy is not mature or large enough for the transition. Although the pups travel in the temperature controlled cargo bay of the plane, the pups may be exposed to temperatures on the tarmac which may still pose a health safety risk. The airlines also monitor temperatures in departure, connecting and destination cities and if too hot or cold, some airlines will not ship pets with the exception of United and sometimes Delta. Both airlines have implemented programs where pets can travel in all temperatures year round.
Should you have any questions about shipping your precious puppy, feel free to ask.
High Quality Small Breed Puppy Food, healthy treats
Stainless-steel non-tipping food and water bowls
I.D. Tags or microchip with the contact information for yourself and your veterinarian
A collar and a 6-foot leather or nylon leash
An airline–approved home and travel crate (your first one will come with the puppy if he or she is shipped)
Dog shampoo (hypoallergenic preferred)
Brushes and combs
Cleanup supplies such as a stain remover, paper towels, deodorizing and odor neutralizing spray
An exercise pen for assistance in crate training. These exercise pens are almost a necessity and can be found for around $35.
This is a list of the basic necessities. Your trainer may have additional items. There are many other helpful and fun products available at pet supply stores.
What's Included with Your New Puppy
Dated Immunization and De-worming Record
Well Puppy Care Vet Examination with Written Report
New Puppy Kit including Sample of Puppy food
State of Iowa approved health certificate (If being shipped)
Airline approved pet carrier (if being shipped)
Airfare is the responsibility of the buyer. Puppies can be shipped at an additional cost of $350 (subject to increase). Alternatively, arrangements may be made to pick your puppy up here.
Puppy Food and Feeding Schedule
What goes into the mouth of your dog will greatly influence how your puppy or dog feels, looks, weighs, and how much they excrete.
We have chosen to feed our adults and puppies Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult and Puppy Formulas. Diamond Naturals is approved by our vet and we find the quality and customer support from Diamond to be acceptable to our program. We provide a FREE puppy kit to all of our families including a food sample pack so that you can continue feeding this to your pup or use it to help transition to a brand of your choice.
The dry is nutritionally complete by itself and the dogs and puppies love it. During pregnancy and nursing we switch the mother to puppy food. They're breeding dogs and we keep them in top condition. When pregnant or nursing, our mothers will eat up to 4 times what they would eat in a non pregnant state. Eating better quality food keeps them in shape, returns a weaned female mother back into shape quicker, and supports their nutritional needs while pregnant and nursing pups. If a female is fed poorly, not only will she not have the ability to nurse and raise pups but her body condition will suffer as well which can lead to health issues. Our males intakes are also increased as breeding males will neglect their nutrition while a female is in heat.
Our puppies begin eating dry puppy food at 5 weeks of age or when their teeth emerge. We usually begin feeding warm water soaked puppy formula that is a “cooked oatmeal” consistency for the first few weeks. The pups will eat soaked puppy formula once or twice per day as well as nurse from their mother. Once weaned, the pups are already used to eating puppy food so the transition is easier on them and mom. We allow the pups to eat all they can offering dry food 24/7.
When your puppy comes home it will require about a ¼ cup of dry food 4 times daily. Smaller puppies (less then 5 pounds) sometimes will not consume this amount when first coming home. NOTE: It is very important for your small breed puppy to eat regularly. Puppies of this size do not have the reserve to withstand a day without food or water.
Choosing your Vet
Just like you, your new puppy needs high-quality health care on a regular basis.
Ask a number of friends with small breed dogs, trainers, and groomers to recommend a veterinarian, then choose one with these factors in mind:
• Education and experience. Find out how long the veterinarian has been practicing and if he or she is a graduate of a well-regarded veterinary college. Do they have experience with small breed dogs?
• Specialty. In urban areas, it may be possible to find veterinarians who deal exclusively with the special problems of dogs and cats.
• Location. This factor should not override the areas of education, experience and specialty, but should nevertheless be taken into consideration. A drive across town during a medical emergency can be frustrating and delay needed treatment.
• There is a wide variation in skill levels of different vets, so be careful to chose one who is trustworthy and competent. Does the vet have time to answer your questions? Schedule a visit and interview.
Once you've narrowed down your choices, visit the veterinarian's office. Inspect the facility and talk to the veterinarian about your new puppy’s planned arrival. Be sure to choose a vet before your puppy arrives, as we require a visit to the veterinarian within the first three days after you bring your puppy home. The veterinarian may want to check the following things:
• Stool. A fecal exam will reveal the presence of internal parasites. Take a fresh stool sample with you.
• Body. A thorough physical exam includes inspecting your dog's coat and feeling his body for abnormalities, as well as checking the eyes, ears, mouth, heart and examining the anus for signs of intestinal parasites.
• Weight. Your vet will keep a record of your puppy’s growth.
• Be sure to bring along your puppy’s vaccination and deworming record, and his birth date.
Once an exam is completed, your veterinarian can schedule further preventative health care (like vaccinations), and advise you on the importance of spaying and neutering.
Neutering and Spaying
Neutering or spaying your puppy a number of years ago were not common procedure. Presently most puppies when raised as pets are neutered or spayed. Spaying or neutering your new puppy is highly recommended if you're not planning on breeding. Both “fixed” puppies, male or female make equally good pets.
In the past male dogs marked their territory quite often and hence developed a bad reputation. Veterinarians now recommend males are neutered around 4 months before the hormones mature which cause the development of typical male behaviors such as marking, roaming, and others. Neutered males tend to be less aggressive than unneutered males. Most males that are neutered at this young age will squat to urinate. If they do lift their leg they most likely will stay in one spot rather then trying to mark every bush, tree or object within their territory. The male genitalia are not fully developed in neutered males so they won’t have excessive secretions that cause licking, dripping, etc.
For females, there is no mess to deal with (drips and puddles of blood) during their 21-day heat cycles, which occur every six months—the heat cycle begins in females sometime after six months of age. Spaying a female at 6 months of age will prevent a number of “female” health issues such as breast or uterine cancers.
Both operations are performed under anesthesia and may require an overnight stay at the veterinarian's office. Recovery time is quick, with most dogs resuming normal activity in a few days. Spaying (for females) consists of an ovario-hysterectomy. Neutering involves the removal of the testicles. When you bring your puppy to the veterinarian's office for his first thorough examination, have the doctor explain the operation in detail and schedule a time to have the procedure done.
Spayed and neutered dogs don’t have unwanted puppies. There are many programs that offer a discounted or free spay/neuter certificate that you can use at your local vet.
Vaccination and De-Worming
Although medical programs may vary per breeder or small animal clinic, we follow the vaccination and de-worming schedule recommended and approved by our veterinarian.
Our adult dogs receive vaccinations yearly. If regular vaccination time falls during heat cycle or pregnancy, our dams (mothers) receive their annual booster prior to conceiving or after puppies are weaned. To ensure our puppies receive excellent immunities from their mother we prefer to vaccinate a few weeks prior to breeding. Our adults are thoroughly examined and approved by our vet annually.
Our puppies receive their well puppy care boosters at seven, ten and thirteen weeks.
There are standard vaccines that each dog should have and additional vaccines that may be administered depending on region or lifestyle of each dog. Please consult with your veterinarian for their recommendation.
Be alert for signs (sniffing and circling) that he has to go to the bathroom, and then take him outside immediately. If he goes, praise him. Never punish an accident. He won’t understand and may learn to go to the bathroom when you are out of sight. We recommend housebreaking your puppy by using a crate. Dogs avoid going to the bathroom near their eating and sleeping areas, so they will by instinct try to keep their den (crate) clean. Keep your puppy in the crate whenever you are not directly supervising them. Take the puppy outside every 45 minutes to one hour. Take him out the same door and to the same spot every time. Be patient and consistent.
The toy breed puppies do not have a large fat reserve, so it is essential that these puppies eat small meals frequently. Missing a single meal can cause these puppies to have dangerously low glucose levels (hypoglycemia). Once a puppy’s glucose levels are low, he might become too confused to eat and could refuse food even though it is the only thing that will help him. Of course, this compounds the problem and will cause even lower glucose levels. Such a brief period of fasting in a toy breed puppy can trigger a hypoglycemic “attack”. These symptoms are weakness, confusion, excessive drinking with vomiting, listless, or wobbly gait. If the puppy doesn’t immediately receive some form of sugar, (EnerCal, Karo syrup, maple syrup, or honey all work quickly) and then solid food, the puppy will progress to having seizures and will eventually be comatose. Permanent brain damage or death can occur if a puppy’s glucose levels are allowed to drop too low. This is why it is so critical that your new puppy eat within –at the most- 12 hours of leaving the seller. Although hypoglycemia does not occur frequently, it could happen and early detection is the key to preventing any serious problems.
The first few days are the most critical time to make sure your puppy is eating, but any stress can cause the puppy to miss a meal. Visits to the vet, immunizations, strenuous exercise, low environmental temperatures, infections, or inadequate nutrition can all cause hypoglycemia in toy breed puppies of any age.
If your new puppy does not seem to be interested in eating then he must be coaxed to eat. First of all, let the puppy have undisturbed time to eat with a small bowl of dog food and a small bowl of fresh water available. If he doesn’t show interest in the dry food then there are several different foods we recommend to stimulate their appetite: chicken or beef baby food, 1 raw egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of Karo syrup, cottage cheese, cooked diced chicken breast, or a food that is high protein and high fat. If the puppy is not interested in eating this from the bowl, try putting the food on your finger for the puppy to lick off, or place the food in the puppy’s mouth with a syringe or medicine dropper.
In the 1800's man started to create what is called "the breed standard" which applies to the conformation and general "look" of each dog breed but not the ability of the dog for the task intended. The focus being changed from ability to looks also started to create inbreeding causing many of the genetic issues seen today due to the limited gene pool at the time. Any time the genetics available are limited, chances of recessive genetic problems becoming dominant are increased.
Along with the genetic and congenital equation, it must also be understood that some conformation, medical or personality traits are due to environmental factors. The way any being is nurtured (or not), handled, nourished, the medical care it receives and living environment also has an input into the adult it will be. Meaning a being could be genetically superior but without proper nutrition and care it could be substandard as an adult. Sometimes deciding whether a fault is genetic, congenital or environmental can be difficult and a reliable breeder will keep careful records on any conditions known and will cull a breeding adult should certain genetic faults exist. Although every breeder strives to produce, raise and deliver perfect puppies to their clients, perfect just doesn't exist. Unfortunately, many people are with the understanding that all that is needed to breed any animal is an able bodied male and female. That's only the beginning of the equation.
Our hybrid puppies are created from two different gene pools/breeds to provide a small sized companion animal that is unique in appearance but still carries some traits from each of its parents. Because of the varied gene pools, some experts will argue that a mixed breed dog may be healthier and genetically more stable. Opinion varies greatly, some people love them and others don't. You have to judge for yourself.
We breed to produce high quality family companions. Although we strive to produce perfect pups, that is a standard that NO breeder can achieve or guarantee no matter how knowledgeable or careful they are with their sires and dams. Perfection just does NOT exist so please do not expect it.
Intentional Hybrid Cross
Years ago people who wanted a dog had two choices. Get a purebred or a mutt. In the last 10 years there has been the introduction of a third option, Intentional Hybrid Crosses. People who decide upon Intentional Hybrids such as the Maltipoo, Poochon, Shichon Poo or Havapoo have done so for many reasons. A high percentage of the people choose a hybrid for the reasons that are outlined below.
A hybrid puppy has two purebred parents of different breeds. This intentional mix of breeds allows us to have the predictability of the purebred, while maintaining the genetic diversity of a mixed breed dog. A hybrid puppy's characteristics will fall within the range of the two breeds of the parents. Most of our puppies are first generation (F1) crosses. We carefully select each purebred parent for the characteristics that would result in puppies with the most desirable pet qualities.
We occasionally raise F1B poochons. The result in the selective breeding of a purebred poodle to an f1 hybrid poochon commonly referred to as a “backcross” hybrid. There are a number of practical benefits to multigenerational crossing such as improving the chances for a desired quality or trait found in the purebred breed. Example: The high intelligence of the poodle results in faster and easier training. Although there is possibly less vigor associated with this crossing than in the first generation Poochon, the f1b still benefits from “hybrid vigor”.
We also periodically raise “Daisy Dog” puppies. These puppies are a three way hybrid cross between the purebred Shih Tzu, Bichon and Toy Poodle.
Advantages to a Hybrid
Because their genes are usually unrelated, the chances are good that the parents of a hybrid puppy did not both have the same defective genes. It is the pairing of the same defective genes that cause health problems seen in some purebred dogs. Most hybrid dogs have good genetic diversity, which tends to promote overall health and vigor.
Our hybrid puppies are bred to be an ideal pet for you, your family and lifestyle.
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