Spay and Neuter Information
This page might shock you a little bit. We do not require our puppy buyers to spay or neuter their dogs they get from us. I'll go into that a bit more later. HOWEVER, we absolutely still require them to sign both a Non-Breeding Agreement enforceable by the Canadian Kennel Club, AND a Non-Breeding Contract, which is private and enforceable by us.
There are a number of reasons for this, the first and most important being that based on the studies that have been taking place over the past 10-15 years, more and more research is showing that it is beneficial to wait to spay/neuter your dogs, if you are going to. It also comes down to the fact that we trust the people to whom we sell our puppies. We know that irresponsible pet ownership is what leads to unwanted pregnancies and litters, and will discuss and educate the proper precautions to take when their girl is in season, and also with an intact male. Basically, if people use some common sense, and do not let their dogs off leash without supervision in enclosed areas, or roaming the neighbourhood, there should be no reason for unwanted litters to happen.
We do have a stipulation in our contract that if you do decide to spay and neuter - which we will of course 100% support, it is only AFTER they have matured. They have hormones for a reason, and spaying or neutering before they have fully developed is only detrimental to their overall health, in our opinon. Because of this, we ask that you wait until your dog is 2 years (24 months old), prior to spay/neuter. At the absolute minimum, we ask that they are 18 months, and if done before this, it will void our health guarantee in our contract.
There are also some alternative methods with regard to 'desexing' or 'sterlizing' your dog, which allows them to keep their important hormones, but eliminates any reproduction risk. Please see the provided links on Ovary Sparing Spays, Vasectomies, and feel free to do additional research with those terms to find out more about the procedures. Another option is Tubal Ligation in bitches.
Please use the links provided to read up on the most current research that we have links to, to better understand our position on this.