Welcome to the home of happy, healthy puppies! Visitors and even the staff at the vet's office, tell us that we have "very happy" dogs. We raise and train our dogs and puppies with lots of care, love, guidance and understanding...zero stress / trauma. Puppies are kept with their dams until they go home with you...no down time without a loving role model.
You are invited to visit. Contact to schedule an appointment to meet the pack!
When you visit, please allow an extra hour for a free training lesson!
We currently have some young female dogs available that we have decided not to use in the breeding program. We're offering them at $2000 ($1000 discount/3 yr. guarantee still included. Here they are:
Sissy - Smart, playful, petite, near white coat, loves people and retrieving!
Chloe - Very calm and reserved, playful and sweet, people focused.
'24 LITTERS - $500 deposit. $3000 total, + tax.
Sasha x Leontino - Due early March.
Sugar x Leontino - Spring
Rosie x Leontino - Spring
Abby x Leontino - Spring
Biscuit x Leontino - Fall
Our fair two-page contract provides specific health guarantees (3 yrs on hips, hearts and eyes), sale and health record information. Prior to pick up day you may visit the litter(s) by appointment. At 8 wks. you pick your puppy on your take-home day (Laura coordinates the schedule with everyone). Picks are in order of date first contacted. We do it this way so that you know the veterinary exam results before you choose your puppy. Their personalities are also more developed at closer to 8 wks. old. You get all the time you need to choose. Laura breeds and raises all the litters and is there for you every step of the way and down the road.
Puppies are whelped in the house at 3 1/2 to 4 weeks old they go to the puppy pen with their dam where they have lots room to further develop properly. Puppies are handled daily, well socialized, vaccinated (first shot), naturally weaned by their dams at 7 - 8 weeks, properly dewormed, basic training started (no mouthing, come, down, etc.) and examined by a veterinarian before you pick your puppy. Some visitors and even the vet techs have told us that our dogs and puppies are happier. We attribute this to carefully, lovingly and respectfully raising them with the freedoms that dogs need and with cheerful encouragement, gentle handling and allowing them to be naturally weaned by the dam. (Newborn desensitizing can sometimes create issues due to over-stimulation as each pup tolerates it differently.) They naturally get lots of stimulation from their dam, litter mates, caregiver, and visitors. If you would like extra early neurological stimulation for your puppy, please let us know before the litter is born and we'll figure out a plan together!
Helpful Hints: No. 1 - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...Do not expose your new puppy to potentially deadly canine diseases in public places until it has finished its booster series (3 shots). Expect your Golden puppy to have the "exuberance of youth" for it's first few years. It will help to exercise your dog(s) to exercise your dog to expend some energy before you have to leave it (alone or with another canine pal) and before vet appointments.
Physical Development: While their bones are developing (two years+), it is very important to let your puppy rest and to exercise it "moderately and regularly" to encourage proper joint development and to avoid causing damage. (No slippery floors, repeated jumping and no long stairs regularly until it's fully grown at about 24 months old.) See article about hips linked on our Health page.
Food: Our veterinarian said, "Any good dog food is fine." Years ago we decided to start feeding different brands together for various reasons. Also, consult with your veterinarian(s) about a partial raw diet.
From 4 to 16 weeks of age is an important learning window for puppies. Note: It is a general requirement that puppies should be at least eight weeks of age when they go to their new homes. They should not leave their litter before eight weeks. For best results when you take your puppy home, start immediately gently teaching your puppy proper behavior such as not to mouth or jump on people, stay on the floor, only chewing on its toys and rawhide. Always praise for anything done right. Discourage unwanted behavior by ignoring or if caught in the act immediately saying a very loud "No" one time only and then redirecting to a positive activity. See our Health page for more information.
Is your puppy digging holes (or tunnels) in the yard? Solution: Fill it up right away and spread a good amount of it's poop on top of the hole. To deter chewing, spread a thin layer of undiluted liquid dish soap (not antibacterial) on the object of interest to the dog. The soap doesn't smell or taste good to a dog and usually works well to stop (or at least slow down) chewing on valuable objects. Goldens are extremely obedient and if you catch it doing something you don't want it to do and yell "No!" at the dog just once, that's usually enough. Never over correct or your dog may choose to habitually avoid you or may become fearful. For chewing satisfaction plain rawhide squares, raw beef leg bones, and heavy duty rubber chew toys work well. Wetting a new rawhide with water can help the dog to take it.
Lastly, to help your canine pet live a long life, make sure it came from health tested parents, keep it safe and its vaccinations current (have titers checked in lieu of annual vaccinations) , give it adequate moderate exercise, eliminate stress, keep it lean, feed it a good quality dog food, or partial raw diet. (Dogs can eat raw chicken bones. NEVER feed a dog cooked chicken bones or rib beef bones which can splinter.) Our veterinarian said any good dog food is fine. The puppies are fed a combination of puppy food brands at the same time to help ease transition to the food at their new home. Also, everyone seems to agree that dogs are happier with another canine buddy in their pack. This way they are never bored or alone.
"The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made his greatest gift the commonest." -Martin Luther
Along with your puppy you will receive: AKC REGISTRATION FORM, AKC REUNITE MICROCHIP, 30 days AKC pet insurance, veterinarian health exam report and a sales contract with health guarantee that includes three years for hips as long as you keep receipts for having fed a large breed puppy / dog food of your choice and there was no accident or injury as indicated by a veterinarian.
WA state sales tax applies to all puppy sales and is 7.8% for our location.
We sell all puppies initially with limited registration. To get full registration, the puppy must pass its preliminary health tests or eyes, heart, hips and elbows at over 12 months of age. If passed, then a $500 fee is due to the breeder / seller and then the owner / buyer and seller submit an AKC status change form to the AKC to change the status to unlimited registration ($25 AKC fee) so that it's offspring can be registered. We do it this way so that puppies that do not pass their initial preliminary health testing cannot have offspring registered and to be fair to buyers who only pay the additional unlimited breeding fee if their puppy earns it, not when they buy the puppy at eight weeks old and it is required by OFA to be 12 to 24 months old for testing.
AKC COCKER SPANIELS - We may have a Cocker litter from "Tilly" (Traditions Matilda) in the future. Silly Tilly is all black, weighs about 26 pounds and has been health tested. She is an energetic love bug. Please let us know that you would like to reserve a Tilly puppy.
Our paternal Cocker line began with this brown and tan stud AKC CH Shadowcast Your Talkin To Much (aka Georgie/Jaden; AKC SR49459904) who also produced for Ky-Ann Cockers. He now lives in Canada with a breeder and he's a healthy 12 years old in 2019. We love handsome, healthy and perfectly well behaved Georgie! He started life as a caged show dog evidenced by him running in small circles. After a while, the circles got bigger, then he figured out he didn't need to run in little circles anymore. He has been living the life of freedom as a farm dog ever since.
Our maternal line began with Sadie who is a solid black field type from a black and white sire and a buff dam (an outcrossing of color lineages). Fortunately, we have two lovely daughters from Georgie and Sadie...Daisy and Sissy who lives with friends of ours. Daisy AKC SS05805301; OFA CHIC #131887. Update 1/25/24 - Daisy's daughter, Matilda (aka Silly Tilly) is our only cocker. She's solid black and has passed her health testing.
This is a very healthy and fertile line of AKC Cocker Spaniels and we want to keep a good thing going!
Litter sizes have been 7 to 11 and whelping and lactation is easy for these girls. Health testing includes hips, patellas, eyes and heart and Paw Print Genetics diagnostic testing. We take into consideration the AKC American Cocker Spaniel breed standard, but we breed for the traditional looks Cockers had decades ago with slightly longer backs, lower tail set/rump, correct ear set, and more elegant and refined facial features. The puppies have nice, even temperaments, tight eyelids, beautiful heads, average amount of coat that is easier to maintain and adult weights of 24 to 29 pounds.
Puppies are picked in order of date contacted the day you take your puppy home. This is because we want you to know the veterinary exam results before you pick your puppy! Prior to that you can visit the puppies anytime by appointment.
Dewormed on schedule; first vaccination included.
Veterinarian health check done at 7-8 weeks with a detailed health report for your puppy.
One-year health guarantee for Cocker Spaniels.
NOTE: Tails are not docked typically, unless requested otherwise. There is absolutely no good reason to cut off tails, except that the AKC still requires it for show dogs. Our veterinarian, Dr. Krystal Grant, no longer docks tails! When it is done, it has to be as newborns who are too young for anesthesia and so it is extremely painful for the puppy. They yelp, scream and cry. Tail docking is illegal in many other countries. Dogs need their tails for communication, balance and protection of their back ends. If you are against this extremely painful practice, then please contact the breed clubs and the AKC to ask them to stop requiring tail docking for Cocker Spaniel show dogs. With enough communication, maybe we can get them to change the rules. Thank you from the puppies!
Our puppies are also listed at www.puppyfind.com (now puppies.com), akcmarketplace.com and occasionally on Facebook.
ADULT DOGS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION/RETIREMENT: Please contact to check on availability.
Doing what we love and loving what we do,... Overpopulation or not? When we did more research on populations for dogs, horses and alpacas the information and statistics from registries showed there is a significant pet shortage as well as a significant decline in registrations (i.e. births). There has been a well over 60 % decline in AKC registrations in recent years. This much decline can lead to bottlenecking of genetics with loss of bloodlines and eventually even breeds.
ASPCA stastics show that approximately 3% of dogs and cats in the US end up in shelters each year. This occurs mostly in large cities. Thus, 97% of pets are at home! Less than half of all households own dogs and cats.
So please don't believe and don't continue the rumors you hear that were started decades ago by a very few people with extreme perspectives...like no one should own animals or dog breeders should give their puppies away for free. This farm requires knowledge and work 365 days a year and one-half to two-thirds farm's gross income goes to pay for operating expenses (supports the local economy) and taxes (supports others)...aka free market economics. We believe we are stewards of the living things on this planet and those things...plants and creatures...need our care and nurturing which includes responsible breeding practices in order to perpetuate the species for future generations.
Animal population decline has been a concern and a reality for a very long time and ownership is a right, a privilege and a blessing. Most breeders and owners take very good care of their animals.
Breeder's Rights of First Refusal and Not to Sell - Breeder, as original and current owner, retains the right to be the first to select from a litter for the purpose of selecting replacement prospects for the breeding program and to not sell a puppy for any reason.