THUNDERHEART 'WORLD WIDE'
* Q. What is the first step in reserving one of your Rottweiler puppies?
A. The first step in reserving one of our puppies is to request and fill out our PRE~PURCHASE PUPPY QUESTIONAIRE and email it to us. We will then correspond back and forth to determine if a puppy from our breeding program would be well suited for your home.
* Q. How do we place a deposit?
A. We recommend that if you are interested in one of our Rottweiler puppies after the PRE~PURCHASE PUPPY QUESTIONAIRE is approved, that a deposit is placed to hold your puppy. A deposit of $500.00 is required to hold your puppy. this deposit is considered a commitment to purchase one of our puppies and is non-refundable. If you are unable to purchase a puppy from the original chosen litter, it can be moved to a future litter of your choice.
* Q. What happens to our deposit if we change our mind about buying a puppy?
A. The 25% deposit is a promise or "good faith" commitment to complete the sale. It is considered a re-stock fee if the buyer decides not to complete the sale.
* Q. How does your waiting list work?
A. Our waiting list order is determined by the date we receive your deposit. Each of our waiting list members requires a different type of Rottweiler puppy and has different needs and goals for them. So unlike other breeders, we individually select a puppy from the litter who best suits our waiting list members needs and desires. you will get a puppy highly suitable for your needs, not whatever we happen to have left in the litter. Due to the high Quality and Uniformity in my litters, little difference can be seen between my overall #1 Picks or companion puppies. If we do not have the particular sex or quality of puppy that you wanted in the litter, since we have no control over how many puppies or how many males/females will be born, your deposit will be moved to the next breeding of your choice if available. We make our placement decisions when the puppies are about 7 weeks of age and sometimes wait until the puppies are 10 - 12 weeks of age. At this time we notify our waiting list members which puppy we think is best suited for their needs.
* Q. How do you handle shipping?
A. We ship all of our Rottweiler puppies in an airline approved size 200/300 crate. we ship using NORTHWEST, or CONTINENTAL airlines. Which airline we use is determined by who can provide the shortest trip for your puppy. Puppies are adapted to their crates prior to shipping and have a comfortable ride to their new homes in an environment they feel secure in. The cost of shipping and crate is additional. If you need an estimate for shipping please contact us. Normally shipping is $275-350 depending on your location and airport. We can safely ship our dogs and puppies WORLDWIDE. All dogs and puppies that we ship go securely from our airport to yours, in a new and correctly sized crate. Airline approved crates are $60 for puppies and $100 for adults.We check on our dogs and puppies during any plane changes and layovers they may have, and we hold good relations with the airlines that we use.
* Q. Do we pay freight charges to you or the airline?
A. Most often the puppy can be sent freight collect so you can pay the airline directly.
* Q. How much are your Rottweiler puppies?
A. We strive to keep our prices reasonable based on the high costs of maintaining a quality breeding program. We show our dogs Regionally, Nationally and Internationally so we can evaluate our breeding stock against higher quality dogs. Dogs from our breeding program are being titled to maintain the integrity of our lines as well. Not only do you get a well bred quality puppy, but you also get a written warranty and free follow up advice for the life of your puppy. We have the resources and connections available to purchase dogs anywhere in the WORLD and are extremely confident that there are no better bloodlines available at any cost. To be fair to all who purchase our dogs, our prices are non-negotiable. Superior Companion Puppies up to 12 weeks: $1500.00 - $1800.00 (Includes AKC Limited Papers). Excellent Show/Work Prospects up to 12 weeks: $2000 - $2500 (Includes AKC Full Papers) If shipping is required it is additional (see above). After 12 weeks of age the price of our puppies normally increases $200 - $1000 based upon age and amount of additional training they have received.
VOM VOLLENHAUS ROTTWEILERS ACCEPTS WIRE TRANSFERS, CASHIERS CHECKS OR CASH. NO PAYPAL, NO PERSONAL CHECKS FOR BALANCES.
* Q. What is the difference between Full AKC Papers and Limited AKC Papers?
A. All of our Rottweiler puppies that are placed into homes not interested in Showing, Competing, or Breeding are sold with Limited AKC registration. They are physically healthy, extremely intelligent, and beautiful examples of the breed. They are ideal for family living, are highly willing, naturally protective, balanced, sound and are everything a discerning puppy buyer would want, in a stunning, well bred package. Limited AKC Registration means that the puppy is registered with the AKC, but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration. The puppy is sold with a contract stating it is not to be used for breeding. A puppy or dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration is ineligible to be entered in an AKC Conformation Show, but it is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member AKC event including Obedience, Tracking, Herding, Agility Rally, etc. If at a later date you want to become more active with your dog and get into showing and possibly breeding, the Limited Status of the papers can be changed with our mutual consent and signature.
For those wanting to compete and breed, we do place puppies on Co-ownership with Full AKC Papers giving you that opportunity. Full AKC Registration means the puppy is eligible for Conformation Showing, all other events, and breeding. As a breeder who strongly cares about their line, and the future success of our progeny, we want our Show/Work puppies developed properly and to their fullest. We place these puppies on co-ownership to help new owners along the way. There are mutually agreed upon contractual breeding, showing, and training stipulations. It is also a way for us to keep a genetic link to our dogs without having to house all of them. We do get the privilege of gratis stud fees and possibly puppies in return from future litters on our co-owned dogs. however, after titles, showing, and breeding goals are met, the dog is signed over in full to the buyer. We do not have "forever" co-ownerships with our buyers (unless they want it that way)
With that said, I would say probably 85% of all of our puppies are sold with AKC Limited Papers. NOT because they are not show quality or breed worthy, but simply because it is not the goal of our buyers to do those things.
* Q. What do you look for when you temperament test your Rottweiler puppies?
A. Puppy temperament testing is just one of many tools we use when we are picking a puppy to match a new family's personality and needs. The temperament test is performed in a new environment to the puppy and is performed by a knowledgeable tester. We use the test results, along with our notes we have taken on the puppies individually between 3-7 weeks of age, to best determine where our puppies should be placed.
Below are the areas we test for:
* The puppy's desire to come and socialize with people.
*The puppy's willingness to be held and handled even in submissive positions.
*The puppy's focus on people and desire to be with them.
* The puppy's willingness and desire for physical interaction even when the puppy did not solicit it.
* The puppy's natural ability to retrieve and capacity to work.
* The puppy's pain tolerance.
* The puppy's sound sensitivity.
* The puppy's prey drive.
The majority of our puppies test for medium dominance, high drives, and high willingness and social skills. Puppies that would make excellent companions and good working dogs in most situations. We also get puppies who do test for high dominance and very high drives that we require to be placed into experienced working homes where the puppy will be properly stimulated, challenged, and cared for. We have NEVER produced a submissive or anti-social puppy. We know our puppies inside and out, along with knowing their pedigrees forward and backwards. It is only with this type of knowledge that we have so successfully placed our puppies into ideal homes, time and time again.
* Q. What will my puppy be shipped with?
A. Your Rottweiler puppy will come with a new crate, health certificate, from the vet, shot & worming record, copy of pedigree, and an extensive puppy book with care, feeding, and trainig information. We attach this folder to the top of the puppy's crate. Since there are times that the folder is detached during transport we do not send AKC Papers with the puppy. The AKC Papers are mailed separatedly PRIORITY MAIL once we receive them from the AKC and once we have a signed sales contract.
* Q. Where are the dogs delivered to the new owners?
A. Normally you will go to the cargo department for pickup, seperate from the terminal.
* Q. Can we name our puppy?
A. As a proud Rottweiler breeder, all of our puppies are registered with the "Vom Vollenhaus" kennel name. To better track our puppies/litters in the future, and to follow the Code Of Ethics Practices of litter registration, each litter is assigned a letter of the alphabet and registered accordingly. While we assign the registered name to all of our puppies, our buyers are welcome to give them their forever call names. If you are on our waiting list prior to name assignment, you are welcome to assist us in the naming of your puppy with the given litter letter.
* Q. How old are your Rottweiler puppies when they are placed into new homes?
A. Every litter grows and develops differently. In general we place our puppies at 8-9 weeks of age. Never earlier than a few days prior to 8 weeks. Sometimes if it is a large litter, or we are wanting to hold the puppies back for further evaluation, we will keep them until 10 - 12 weeks of age. The best interest of the puppy is always our first priority.
* Q. What do you feed your puppies?
A, All of our Rottweiler puppies are fed RAW MEAT DIET and supplements. We do accustom the puppies to kibble before they go to their new homes.
* Q. What can I do to get my puppy off to a good start?
A. One very important thing to produce a well rounded sound adult Rottweiler. That is SOCIALIZATION. This should not be taken lightly. As your puppy grows all efforts must be made to take your new puppy to different places where your puppy can meet people of all ages and be exposed to other dogs, small and large, He/She needs to learn different noises, this is something that needs to be done everyday. This is part of raising a puppy, any puppy. Committing to this exposure and socialization will dramatically impact his/her future life as an adult dog.
* Q, How much training does a Rottweiler need?
A. Basic obedience training is an essential part of responsible dog ownership. It will make your dog a better companion and will help establish a stronger bond between the two of you. A Rottweiler is a natural guard dog and does not need training for this. Protection training is very dangerous in an unstructured environment and should be avoided without obtaining the advice of a very good qualified trainer.
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