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1. What determines the price of each puppy?

The cost involved in raising puppies has increased, and in order to continue doing what we love, we have to make adjustments as needed. W
e have finally recognized more and more that it is ok to ask the price that a puppy is worth. It has been difficult in the past to ask a higher price because we "feel bad" and want to be accommodating to new puppy owners. We still do! Yet we recognize that we must have the opportunity to ask the price that our puppies are worth, which is determined by several things including the following: their own excellent quality; the time, care, and commitment that we put into raising each puppy; our dedication to ensuring the best of care for the parents; and providing the best possible living quarters and play areas for our dogs and puppies. Lastly, it is our duty to remain not only compliant with state and federal laws, but one step (or two or three) above the standards they set forth. In order to do so, we make renovations as needed to ensure the safety, cleanliness, and beauty of our dogs' and puppies' living quarters.

 2. What is a dog breeder?


We are vets - we are actively involved in making sure that our dogs and puppies are in the best of health, and we watch and study our bloodlines to ensure that future generations are free of health issues. (NOTE: We rely on our vet's expertise to guide us and help us, and we greatly respect their knowledge.)
We are trainers - we are always working with our dogs and puppies, teaching them proper behavior and manners as much as possible. We are the clean-up crew - enough said. We are laundry attendants - we keep up with the cleaning of all beds and blankets. We are groomers - we keep our dogs and puppies groomed usually every 2-4 weeks. We are photographers - we spent hours upon hours with camera in hand, ready to catch the perfect picture of our puppies. We are website designers - we keep our website updated on a daily basis, and we are constantly making improvements. We are secretaries - we maintain all our paperwork and record-keeping, and we answer the many phone calls and emails we receive every day. We are marketing agents - from our Teapup brochure and business cards to our Puppy Guidebook, we do all we can to provide helpful information for new puppy owners. We are salespeople - we assist new puppy owners and help them find the perfect companion for their lifestyle. We help them decide what breed, gender, size, etc is going to suit them the best, and we provide as much information about every puppy as we can. We are purchasing agents- we constantly purchase new supplies, grooming equipment, beds, bowls, food, etc. The list goes on and on! We are lobbyists - we are keenly aware of legislation, and we do everything in our power to ensure the best quality of life for all of our beloved dogs and puppies and we do what we can to ensure that the rights of dog owners are maintained. We are teachers - we employ many people that help us with the care of our dogs, and we take our job as "teacher" very seriously. We want to make sure that our employees work to the best of their ability, that they care as much about our dogs as we do, and that they know and understand the importance of even the 'little' daily chores. We are puppy players - this one goes without saying! sometimes it's wonder we get any work done...

3. Should I get a male or female puppy?

Female dogs tend to be more independent and reserved.  While they still are loving and loyal to their owners, they do not require all the affection that a male dog might desire.  Male dogs tend to be more affectionate and attentive.  In some cases, temperament will be determined by the dog's personality and not their gender.  If you are not going to breed your dog, we do highly suggest having them spayed our neutered.

If you already have a male or a female, a dog of the opposite sex is generally the best choice.  If you already have a male dog, he is likely to be more accepting of a female and you are likely to have fewer dominance issues if you add a female to the pack. However, if you opt to add another male to the pack, they can peacefully co-exist and may even become friends.  If you already have a female dog, she is likely to be more accepting of a male. Most males tend to be submissive.

 

4. How do I go about adopting a puppy?

If you are certain that you are ready to adopt a puppy, simply contact us via email or telephone.  From there, we will fill out a receipt with your contact information.  If you are planning on having the puppy shipped to you, we will need to know the name of the airport closest to that you would like the puppy flown in to. From there we will plan a day with you that works to have the puppy sent to you, and their new forever home. If you would like to come pick up your puppy, plan a day with us that fits into your schedule.  If the puppy is not of age, or if you are not yet ready to receive your new puppy, we require a $250 deposit which is transferable, but non refundable. Upon picking up the puppy, or the night before having the puppy shipped to you, the remainder of the balance must be paid.  We accept PayPal, Credit and Debit (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover), and in-state checks, as well as cash. If you prefer to visit the puppies in person, simply call or email and let us know when you plan to visit.  We would love to answer any questions you may have before adopting a puppy!

 5. What comes with a Teapup puppy?

A Teapup puppy is sent to its new forever home with: a receiving toy and blanket, a sample of Eukanuba small breed puppy food, a puppy tooth brush, all vaccination and health records, registration papers (pure breeds only), a puppy guide book put together by the Teapup team, a microchip ID, a PetKey lifetime assurance program, and a one year health guarantee.

6. What kind of guarantee comes with a Teapup puppy?

A. Remember we estimate to the best of our ability the size, color and hair types of our puppies based on their parents.  We simply can not guarantee your pup to mature to a specific size, have a particular coat type or stay a specific color.

B. Prior to going home, our puppies are vaccinated against the following: Parvovirus, Distemper, Adenovirus, Kennel Cough, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis (age dependent), and Rabies (age dependent). Our puppies are also de-wormed weekly from birth to 7 weeks with Pyrantel-50, and Panacur is given at 6 and 8 weeks of age.

Your new puppy is guaranteed against viral diseases up to seven (7) days beyond the date that the puppy is taken home. The puppy MUST be examined by a veterinarian within seven (7) days for this guarantee to be valid. If the veterinarian finds abnormal results in the exam (apart from any imperfection that was made known to new owner at the time of sale), then the breeder (Teapup) must be called immediately and copies of the vet report supplied to the Breeder. After this is provided, the Breeder (Teapup) will offer a reimbursement or solution based on the veterinarian’s findings. In case of a puppy’s death within the seven (7) day period, an autopsy must be arranged and paid for by the New Owner, and findings must be submitted to the Breeder before any exchange will be made.

Your new puppy is also guaranteed up to, and no more than, one (1) year from purchase date against major genetic defects, effecting the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc. If the examining veterinarian concludes that the puppy has a serious genetic illness, the Breeder must be notified and proper documentation provided to the Breeder by the veterinarian. Once this is received and reviewed, the New Owner will have the option to bring the puppy back in exchange for another puppy of equal or lesser value, or a reimbursement (whether in part or in full) will be provided at the Breeder’s discretion. At no time will your credit exceed the purchase price of your puppy. The Breeder is not responsible for any veterinarian bills you incur with your new puppy.

 The Breeder can assume no responsibility for this puppy after leaving the premises for any medical expense, death, allergies, training difficulties, behavior issues, etc, though we are dedicated to the well-being of the puppy both before and after it goes to its new home. We CANNOT guarantee a puppy for breeding or showing purposes, even when sold with full registration. We will give our professional opinion on whether a puppy may or may not be breeding/show quality, but it cannot be guaranteed. This guarantee DOES NOT INCLUDE the following: Hypoglycemia, Colds/Upper Respiratory Infection, Coccidia, Giardia, and Other Minor Illnesses.

7. How does shipping a puppy work?

We have been shipping puppies for quite a few years and find it to be a very easy and quick way of getting a puppy to its new forever home.  We typically ship each week out of either Chicago, IL or Ft. Wayne, IN, depending on weather and the number of puppies being sent home.  We book the flights a few days in advance, and call the customer with all the flight details they will need to receive the puppy.  Before the puppy is sent to their new home, they get on last vet examination from our vet, and get a certificate to be able to fly. The pup is sent home with all of their paperwork, and all things in a typical Teapup welcome pack, along with food and water, and comes in their own individual travel crate for you to keep.  The puppy is kept in a pressure and temperature controlled area, and is taken great care of by the airlines.  The puppy is typically picked up in the cargo area.  We like the ability to ship our puppies, as it is safe and easy.  We work very closely with the airlines to ensure the best travel for our puppies.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

 

 

 

574-457-8231 or pups@teapup.net