Puppy Questionnaire Please list all people who live in your home, as well as ages of any children.
Do you rent or own your home?
What type of home do you live in?
How many hours a day will the dog be home alone? Do you have a yard? Is it fenced? How tall is the fence? Please describe your family's activity level and interests. Have you had the chance to meet some Flat-coats in person? Please explain. Please tell us about your current pets. Please tell us briefly about any past dogs you've owned.
*Please note* The more specific your preferences, the longer it may take to match a puppy to your home. What arrangements will be made for care of your dog when you travel? Where will your puppy sleep at night? Exercise & Training
As well as the basics such as food, veterinary care, and grooming, Flat-coat puppies and adults need:
- mental activity
If they are missing just one of those things, they can become destructive in the home and become difficult to live with. While on-leash walks are an acceptable way to get some of their exercise in, Flat-coats also need a chance to run and explore off-leash. How do you plan to exercise your dog off-leash? How often do you anticipate your dog/puppy will get off-leash exercise? What kind of mental activity (training) do you plan to do with your Flat-coat? What kinds of training methods do you intend to use with your Flat-coat?
Are you planning to do any of the following with your dog?
What other types of activities do you plan to do with your dog? Health Unfortunately, Flat-coats are prone to several types of cancers. Recent research has found that the sex hormones have protective effects against these cancers. We recommend that our owners wait as long as possible before spaying or neutering, and our preference is to leave the dog intact for it's life if possible. Neutering or spaying before the growth plates in bones have closed can cause orthopedic issues and increased risk of serious injury (ie - torn cruciate ligaments). In Flat-coats, bone growth is complete by about 16-18 months age. (We are happy to provide you with supporting scientific references for this recent research). Are you willing to wait until your pup is at least 18 months of age before spaying or neutering? When do you anticipate spaying or neutering your dog? Do you plan to take out pet insurance for your puppy/dog?
We request that our puppy buyers get their dog's hips x-rayed and submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals OFA) between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. This test can cost about $300-$500 depending on your area and whether the dog has to be sedated for the x-rays. This test helps us to make better breeding decisions in the future and perhaps more importantly, you will know if your dog is sound enough to be participating in strenuous activities.
We also ask that eye testing be done at least once during the dog's lifetime by a board-certified opthalmologist. This test is relatively inexpensive (about $40-$60).
Dogs used for breeding require additional testing (patellas, elbows, annual eye exams, etc). Do you agree to have your dog's hip testing done between the ages of 2 and 3 years of age at your own expense? Do you agree to have your dogs eyes tested (gonioscopy) at your own expense? General Please describe what you are looking for in a dog. While there is no perfect dog, what characteristics would your ideal dog have? Is there anything else you would like us to know about you and your plans for your dog? Submit