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As a veterinarian owned, national caliber competition kennel with over two decades of experience with the breed, we are dedicated to producing premium quality Britts. The elite lineages of our puppies guarantee smart, sensible, healthy, and highly trainable puppies that will thrive in their new homes and excel at the activities their owners pursue. If you are ready to move forward with our kennel, please complete our puppy questionnaire for approval purposes. To see past puppies, please visit our facebook page @carterbrittanykennels.
Puppy Reservations for
Upon approval of your submitted puppy questionnaire for an unborn litter, we will accept early deposits in the amount of $100.00 prior to the litter being born to secure your place on the list until the litter is born. We will accept deposits via Venmo, Applepay, PayPal, or by mailing in a personal check. We will discuss instructions for making a deposit through private communication upon acceptance of the questionnaire.
It has been our sad experience that people don't always understand that we have no control over what color puppies will be born, how many of each gender, or the foresight for any potential problems. We have had families get angry with us because a puppy of their color and gender wasn't born or there were not enough puppies of a specific gender or color born to allow them an option, or more than one option from a specific litter. This is supposed to be fun for us. We have real jobs and own businesses that stress us out - the kennel is something we do for our own pleasure and love for AKC competitions and the Brittany breed. Take note: We have an active relationship with God and talk/pray to Him daily. He has an ultimate plan for everything which does not always include what we plan for, anticipate, ask for, or intend. We will meet your requests for SPECIFIC litter, gender and color preferences....God willing - and He usually does grant a very large portion of our waitlisted party's wishes as we only waitlist a certain number of people for each litter. If at any time throughout our process, you can not be kind, considerate, non-demanding, and polite, you will no longer be a candidate for one of our puppies.
If we do have a puppy or puppies that meet your specific litter, gender, and color requirements, you may select a puppy from the puppy or puppies available to you. Should there be any reason that you are unable to accept the puppy that meets your requirements for litter, color and gender after paying a deposit, your deposit may be transferred to a different upcoming litter or any other available puppy that we have within one year.
In the event we can not provide a puppy that meets your litter, color, and/or gender requirements, we will
1) offer other puppies of different color and/or gender from your preferred litter should there be puppies available
2) you can opt for your deposit to be transferred to a different upcoming litter or a puppy that is available from other litters with availability.
We pride ourselves on being fair and ethical in all situations. If you have questions or concerns about our upcoming litter deposit policy please feel free to contact us.
If we are able to meet your litter, gender, and color preferences after you have been approved after completing our puppy questionnaire, and you have made a deposit, our next official contact will be once puppies have reached a minimum of 3 or 4 weeks old. Puppies are born with their eyes and ears sealed shut, they can not walk. they can not bark, and they do not have teeth. The first 21 days are a critical time for the puppies and a high level of care is required. We wait until the 21 day old mark, at a minimum, to make official contact to enable us to be confident that all puppies have made it through the critical time. Viewing a litter with more age on them will also allow you to see what the puppy actually looks like. They change dramatically in the first three weeks and more than quadruple their size. They go from looking like little sleepy blobs of fur wiggling and pushing themselves around on their bellies to becoming able to stand, walk, run, play, and make real dog sounds instead of infant cries. 21-28 days makes a HUGE different in the puppies and more than any other growth period.
Once the litter has reached complete stability or the age of 3-4 weeks old, we will take photos and/or videos of each puppy in the litter and update the litter page with the photos/videos on our website. We will password protect the litter page as we begin going through the reservation lists and begin offering puppies to families. This prevents us from being bombarded with emails and texts before we are fully ready to communicate with information on which puppies are available to your family. Please note that availability can change by increasing or decreasing with each and every family on the list. We do apologize for any inconvenience that waiting until your turn causes you, but we try to keep things as stress free as possible for us. This also allows us to give each family our undivided attention and to answer any questions they may have to ensure they are happy and comfortable moving forward with one of the puppies made available to them. We will contact each family that is on our reservation list individually in chronological order based on the timing of the deposit in addition to the color, gender, and quality preferences. We will offer puppies that are available to you based on the color/gender/and quality of puppy you stated that you preferred when filling out the questionnaire. We also we take into consideration the timing of the deposit if homes are very similar in preferences and the purpose the dog is being purchased for. This is a process that does take time. Please note that we own multiple businesses, have young children, and work full time jobs. Kennel responses and updates are completed in our time away from our day jobs. The kennel is something we do only because we enjoy it and because we want to continue to fuel our competition passions. We kindly ask for your patience as well as your understanding throughout this process as this is something we do only for fun. We absolutely will contact you as soon as we are able to unveil puppies that are available to you. We will follow up with texts and/or phone calls until we have spoken with you to let you know puppies are ready for your review. We understand that choosing a puppy can be up to a 17+ year commitment and we want to make sure we get it right! However, if at any time throughout our process, if working with you becomes more of a chore than something we enjoy, or you can not be kind, considerate, non-demanding, and polite, you will no longer be a candidate for one of our puppies. Upon seeing the puppies, should you decide to move forward with a puppy that is available to you, our next step will be to send out the preparation email to you which will discuss all things puppy and prepare you for bringing one of our puppies home. We will update you with photos as the puppies grow approximately every 14-16 days until they are ready to go to their new homes.
Should you decline to move forward with a puppy that is made available to you, we will discuss your needs and preferences. We are able to transfer your deposit to the next upcoming litter of your choice. You will not lose your placement in line on our reservation list, which is set according to the date of which the deposit is received and also by the color, gender, and quality of puppy/price point you prefer. There is no penalty for transferring your deposit to another upcoming litter for any reason. We will be fully committed to working with you until you are ultimately satisfied with one of our puppies.
Upon revealing the initial photos, we will ask you for your top preferences of the puppies that are available to you. We will watch the puppies grow and communicate with you and your family at each photo update (once every 14-16 days) throughout the growing process, after you have selected your puppy, to ensure the puppy you ultimately take home is one that you are happy with and one that we consider a perfect match for your family. We have over two decades of experience raising and selecting puppies for ourselves as well as for our new families. We are extremely familiar with each developmental phase and enjoy watching them grow and introducing them to new sounds and sights to ensure they will easily transition to your home. As mentioned, this is supposed be fun for everyone involved. We are accommodating and our goal is that you take home a puppy who you are happy with - we will work with you until you are satisfied with your puppy.
Please note that upon selecting a puppy and choosing to continue with the reservation of a puppy, an additional deposit will need to be made to continue with the reservation of the puppy you would like to move forward with. The continuation reservation deposit for a puppy that has been born is 1/4-1/2 of the total puppy cost. Once you have decided on a puppy you would like to move forward with, we will send out an invoice with the continuation payment request. You will not have to make any payment prior to receiving an invoice after you have selected a puppy. We do everything step-by-step to keep things simplified. Once you receive the continuation deposit request invoice, the additional deposit will need to be paid by the due date in order for us to continue with the reservation of the puppy you have selected. If you fail to pay the continuation deposit by the due date, we will cancel your puppy selection. Once the continuation deposit is paid, we will send out the very last invoice, which is the final payment invoice. Final payment will need to be made 2 weeks prior to ground or air transportation or at the time of pickup if you are picking your puppy up in person.
Every litter is unique and we determine release dates based on litter maturity and when the mother is ready to leave. Most mothers completely ween the babies approximately 3 to 4 weeks after they get their teeth, which come in around the 3-4 week old mark. She typically stops wanting to be with them around the age of 7 to 8 weeks old. Once the mother has weened them, she does leave them and typically wants very little to do with them afterwards. We listen to what the mothers tell us and retain puppies until she is fully ready to leave them. We estimate pickup dates at the age of 7 weeks - 8 weeks. Please note that we may lengthen the duration the puppies remain in our care if we feel it will beneficial to their growth and development. Notifications of any care extensions will be mentioned around the age of 6.5 weeks old. The preparation email, that will be sent out after you have confirmed you would like to move forward with a puppy made available to you, will outline estimated transportation or pickup dates for your specific litter, will discuss food, toys, vet visits, training, health insurance, microchips, AKC registration, final payment, flights, and other topics to fully prepare you and your family for one of our premium puppies.
All of our puppies come with a 26 month health guarantee against genetic defects. All puppies will be sold with dewclaws removed, tails docked, and veterinary professional grade vaccinations at the 6 week old mark, as well as dewormer, and external pest control as needed starting at birth. If your puppy will be flying to your destination, we will fly puppies at 8 weeks old. The airfare, crate, veterinary health certificate, and our 400 mile round trip travel to the airport is usually $385 if we can use Delta or American Airlines. If we are forced to use United because of temperatures, the price will be a little higher. We also can arrange for ground shipping as well. In some cases, this may be the best option. We will make complete arrangements for your puppy using the best transportation method for your puppy as we are extremely experienced with arranging pet delivery. If your puppy is flying, we will work with you to schedule the flight date that will work for us all and we will provide complete instructions to prepare you for the day of flight so it goes smoothly.
RESERVING A PUPPY FROM AN UPCOMING LITTER:
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We post upcoming litters to our website as the litters are bred
If you are interested in being added to our reservation list, please complete the puppy purchase questionnaire/application
We will respond to your application and answer any specific questions you have and also make litter suggestions
If you are ready to take the next step forward with our kennel and you are approved, we will provide deposit instructions. If you are certain you wish to move forward with our kennel, we strongly recommend making a deposit, as we rarely have puppies available to families outside of our reservation list and posted publicly. Should we have available puppies from our litters that are not reserved by families on our reservation list, we will update the website with these puppies when they are approximately 4-7 weeks old, after we have contacted all families on our reservation list.
Once a deposit is received, we will send an invoice outlining your payment and any specific litter, gender, color, and quality/price point requests
We wait for puppies to be born and continue to patiently wait as they grow and become fully stable
We will update the individual litter page on the website with the litter birthday and a newborn group picture around the age of 5-12 days old and we feel we have established stage one litter stability. When this happens, we will also make an announcement on the litter page that we are pending contact until puppies have matured until at least 3 weeks old.
Once ears and eyes have opened and they have teeth and can also walk, we begin with formal puppy photos. This is generally around the age of 3-4 weeks old as they finally look like puppies at this age instead of sleepy blobs of fur. They also start getting personality around this age and begin making real dog sounds instead of infant cries. The start wagging their tails and start to play with their littermates at this age. It gets fun and interesting at the age of 3-4 weeks old. Once we update the website with individual puppies for selection, we will send out an email to families who will have the option to select or decline puppies from the litter. We will password protect the litter page at this time as we begin communications with each family on our reservation list according to the timing of the deposit as well as any specific gender, color, and quality preferences. Passwords will be provided to families in chronological order as we begin communications. We kindly ask that you wait your turn and we will be in touch soon to let you see available puppies when it becomes your turn. Your patience is greatly appreciated as this process generally takes about 1 day or a little more for each family. Please note that your options can increase as we go through the reservation list should families in line ahead of you choose to delay reservation of a puppy from the litter. Also, should there be additional puppies that are available from other litters that also meet your reservation requests, you will also be provided the option to purchase them as well. We will always offer any available puppies from prior litters to families on our reservation list before they are posted publicly to our website. Should availability increase as we go down the list, we will send out additional email notification that you will have the option to accept or decline puppies from the litter we are working on. If you have been on the reservation list for multiple litters, we will reach out and contact you as soon as we have availability from a litter on our upcoming litter list. It may not be the first upcoming litter after placing a deposit, depending on the timing of your deposit and your preferences. Once we do have availability, we will contact you and begin Step Eight as described above. We do greatly appreciate your patience throughout Step Eight as this step is highly personalized.
If you are ready to move forward with a puppy from the litter after seeing the puppies available to you, our next point of contact will be with the announcement/preparation email. This email will fully prepare you for bringing one of our puppies home and will discuss estimated pickup dates or flight dates as well as food, vaccines, toys, care, and a vast range of other topics.
To continue with the reservation of your puppy, we will send out a continuation payment request invoice with a due date. Failure to make a continuation payment by the deadline provided will cancel your puppy reservation request.
We will continue to update photos/videos approximately every 2 weeks until puppies are ready to go home. We will send these photos and videos to you privately to keep as memories.
Puppies will be released around the estimated age range of 7-8 weeks old. Please note that we may extend the length of care on a litter if we feel it will be beneficial for growth and development of the puppies. We listen to what the mothers have to say and allow them to officially make the decision on when she is ready to leave her babies for good by weening them. The preparation email will outline the estimated release dates for in person pickups as well as potential flight dates. Puppies who will be flying to their new homes will be scheduled to fly during the 8 week old period. Puppies will leave our home fully up to date on all vaccines and needs.
We will scheduled your pickup or flight date. If there has been an extension, we will let you know and reschedule the pickup or flight date. Please note that final payment in full is expected at the time of pickup or prior to flight, as outlined in the final payment invoice that will be sent after we have received your continuation deposit.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS NOT AN AVAILABLE PUPPY AFTER I HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE RESERVATION LIST (or) IF I DON'T LIKE ANY OF THE PUPPIES THAT ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO ME?
If you place a deposit for a future litter and there is not a puppy available to you from the very first upcoming litter that is within your color, gender, quality/price point, or litter request, or if you do not like any of the puppies that are made available to you from a certain litter after making a deposit, we will provide the option for you to transfer to any of our additional upcoming litters. There will be no penalty for transferring your deposit and you will not lose your placement in line. Your placement in line is determined by your gender, color, and quality/price point preferences, as well as any specific litter requests and in addition to the timing of which your deposit was received. We will be fully committed to working with you until we find the perfect puppy for your family. Our females usually come into season in groups, so we routinely have puppies born regularly and we should be able to meet your requests very soon.
Puppy Reservations for listed puppies from litters that have been born
Should we have unreserved available from our litters, we will post them publicly if the litter is not fully reserved by families added to our reservation list via deposit. Puppies will be posted to our list view of available puppy page as well as to their specific litter page should puppies be available. We will post any available puppies around the age of 5 weeks old or older in most cases.
If you are interested in reserving an available puppy from a litter that has been born, the first step of the process is to complete the Puppy Questionnaire. Upon approval of your submitted puppy questionnaire, we will accept deposits to continue with the reservation of the specific puppy that you are interested in. Deposits will be approximately 1/4 of the puppy price. Please note that puppies are available on a first come basis to approved homes in this situation. The next steps moving forward will be communicated privately through email, but they do follow the timeline of events as described in the section above on reserving puppies from upcoming litters.