Reserving a puppy - Questionnaire
If you're interested in a puppy from one of our upcoming litters, a currently available litter or an adult that we may have available please fill out the questionnaire at the bottom of this page. We like to know a little bit about you so that we can ensure our dogs go to good homes and so we can help you choose a dog with the temperament that fits your lifestyle and needs.
After you have submitted the questionnaire we will contact you and let you know what we have available or plan to have available. We usually accept 6 deposits on litters not yet born, 3 for males and 3 for females. Your position within a litter will depend on the order in which your deposit is received. We always reserve the right to the pick of the litter for ourselves should be decide to a keep a puppy from the litter. Once the 6 deposits have been accepted, we'll start a waiting list as our girls usually have large litters. We don't accept deposits until a successful mating has occurred. If you're interested in a litter not yet bred we will start a waiting list and when we start taking deposits we will take them in the order of which you were placed on the waiting list. When the time comes to pick out a puppy we will gladly assist you in the selection process. We will point you in the direction of puppies with temperaments we think would be best suited for you based on the information you have provided us.
Puppies from our kennel are currently $2,000. We require a $500 deposit to reserve a puppy (which goes towards the total price of the pup). The deposit is non-refundable but may be transferred to a different litter. Once we approve you as a suitable home for one of our puppies and you are sure you want to make the commitment we advise you to send in a deposit as soon as you can to reserve your spot as the majority of our litters are already all reserved by 5-6 weeks of age.
Why are deposits important? Taking people’s word that they want a dog in the litter without securing a deposit (which shows that the family is serious) is risky for the puppy. Some people will say they are certainly going to take a puppy and then not follow through. When all the puppies are chosen I begin turning families away. I tell them the puppies are all reserved. Then if a puppy’s intended family changes their mind that poor puppy has had several potential loving forever homes turned away. Those families have often moved on and the breeder is left with one week to find an appropriate home. Finding homes involves a lot of interviewing and finding people that have the right home environment and for whom the dog will fit perfectly takes much more than one week. For this reason I devote a lot of time to talking to families and sifting through the many inquiries I receive. I am not a “click here and buy it now” kind of breeder. Deposits are the only way for you to “prove” to me that you are committed to taking home a Sprague's puppy.