Frequently Asked Questions:
How often do you have puppies available?
We breed Mavis once a year in the winter. Puppies are ready for their forever homes in the spring (usually April).
How much do you charge for a puppy? Is there a deposit? What is included in that cost?
There is a $100.00 deposit (non-refundable) to get on the waiting list and a $300.00 deposit once the puppies are born. When you come to pick up your puppy you can pay the remaining balance which is $1200.00. (Total $1600.00). The puppy will have his/her tail docked, dew claws removed, microchip, current vaccinations and deworming.
What is tail docking?
When the puppies are 3 days old our vet removes 2/3rds of the puppies tail. This is, as of now, breed standard for the Griffon and is done to all pups.
What is dew claw removal?
Dew claws are removed at the same time as the tails are docked. The small claws on the front legs are removed so that they do not cause problems or get torn off later in life.
Could I get 2 puppies at the same time?
We do not sell 2 puppies at the same time. Puppies that are less than 8 months apart joining your family will bond to each other rather than bonding to their human family. That is just their nature and is true for all breeds. Obviously, this is not ideal for a hunting breed, especially, who has to work closely with their human. We will sell 2 puppies to the same family as long as they are not from the same litter. Any family who already has one of our dogs has the advantage of jumping the list as well.
Do you hunt your Griffons?
All the time.
How is your kennel set up?
Technically, we don't have a kennel per se. The puppies are born in the house (in the master bedroom to be exact)and live and interact with us and our kids the entire time they are here. Once they are about 4 weeks old they are moved to the attached garage for easier clean-up but we are with them all the time. They are exposed to birds from 3 weeks and are taken outside as much as the weather allows.
How do I get on your waiting list?
The best way to get on the list is to contact us. Once we have your name we can tell you where you stand on the list. If you are interested in waiting for the next available litter, we ask for a $100.00 deposit to secure your spot.
What do you require from potential owners?
Once you are on the list we will send you a questionnaire to get an idea of what you are looking for in a dog. We do not, at this time, require that you are a hunting family. However, you will not be happy with your Griffon if you are not active. Griffons need A LOT of exercise for their whole life span to stay healthy and happy. They are not a high strung breed but can be quite destructive and wild if they don't get some exercise and "brain work". Our other requirement is that your Griff will be an inside dog. Griffons NEED to be with their people all the time and would be miserable outside with no one to cuddle.
How do you match families with puppies?
Depending where you are on the waiting list, you will most likely get some say in which puppy you take home. To make it easier we do aptitude testing at 6 or 7 weeks to get an idea of which puppies would fit best with which families.
What is aptitude testing?
Aptitude testing is a way for us to understand a little bit about the temperament of each puppy. We test on scales of obedience, hunting interest, dominance/submissiveness and sensitivity.
Do Griffons have health problems?
Griffons are generally known as a very healthy breed. Some of the concerns we, as breeders, have are for hip/elbow dysplasia, eye issues and autoimmune thyroiditis. All of our breeding dogs are screened for these issues before they are bred. Certificates are provided upon request.
Do Griffons shed?
Technically, yes. Griffons do lose some hair, however, they do not seasonally blow their coat the way a lab does (for instance). You will see some hair in your vaccuum cleaner every week but it is definitely manageable and shouldn't be a problem on your furniture and clothes.
Why should we crate train?
Crate training your puppy is the easiest way to ensure that you have a safe environment for your puppy when you can't be supervising him/her. Crate training helps with housebreaking and gives your puppy a comfortable place to sleep at night. Griffons can be prone to some seperation anxiety so having a spot where they feel secure when you can't be with them is invaluable.
What do we feed our puppy?
You can decide on whatever food you feel is best for your puppy. Any high quality puppy food will do. We provide a small bag of the food we have been feeding the puppies in their first few weeks (Acana Large Breed Puppy Food) and you can slowly integrate whatever brand you have chosen to avoid an upset tummy.
How do you groom a Griffon?
Griffons are very low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Their coat requires hand stripping - which can be time consuming - but is only necessary about twice per year. If you are taking your dog to a groomer, ensure that they have experience with WPGs or at least double coats.
The easiest thing to do is to purchase a "Mars Coat King" for double-coated dogs but it can cut their coat a bit so this might not be an option for show dogs. You may also wish to have a good burr comb.
Make sure to use "wire hair" shampoo for baths (any brand). We also try to clean out their ears with ear-cleaning solution any time they have been swimming. We get this from our vet. The only thing to avoid is shaving their coat! This will ruin their beautiful coat and will leave them vulnerable to sunburn and skin irritations that their double coat protects them from. Griffons are supposed to look shaggy and unkempt!!!