How much does it cost to adopt an Amistosa puppy?
Our puppies are $2,800 each and this price is reflective of the careful breeding choices we make as well as the extensive health testing that is done on the parents prior to breeding to ensure, to the best of our ability, that our puppies live long, healthy lives.
Is there a waitlist to adopt a puppy?
Yes, we have an extensive waitlist. In order to be added to our waitlist we require a questionnaire to be completed and returned. If, after reviewing the completed questionnaire, we are in agreement with proceeding, we would then schedule a visit to our home so you can meet us and our dogs and so we can meet you. If all goes well, you would then be added to our waitlist. Our waitlist is currently closed due to the sheer volume of families currently waiting for a puppy. We will update our website when it has reopened and will start sending out questionnaires to interested families again at that point.
At what age are the puppies ready to go to their new homes?
Our puppies are ready to leave mom and go to their new homes at 10 weeks of age.
What kind of dog food do we feed our dogs?
Our dogs currently eat Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach, mixed with Fresh Pet soft food.
Where do the puppies live until they are ready to go to their new homes?
Our puppies are whelped in our puppy nursery on the upstairs floor of our home. They will stay in the whelping box where mom has free access to them until they are approximately 4 weeks old. Once they are 4 weeks old they are moved from the whelping box and into a large puppy pen for the remaining 6 weeks. Mom is still able to get in and out of the pen to care for her babies but they are now able to investigate their surroundings. Weather permitting the puppies are taken outside for playtime multiple times a day.
Are visits with the puppies permitted?
From the age of approximately 5 or 6 weeks on, we encourage our puppy families to visit and meet the puppies. This allows us to get to know our families better and it gives us a chance to watch them interact with the puppies. Socialization is very important to the puppy’s development and although we have a large family with lots of activity, it is really beneficial for them to be exposed to lots of people and lots of stimuli
How do puppies get matched with their new families?
We endeavour to match our puppies to their new family based on temperament and the family dynamic and activity level. Many potential puppy families start out requesting a specific coat colour however we do not place puppies based on that criteria. With the Havanese, it is very likely that the coat colour will change from what they have as a young puppy unless they start out very light coloured or white. Some dogs lighten and then darken again as they get older while others develop colour banding in their coats. Often colours will soften as they mature.
Although we try to accommodate specific gender requests, we encourage our families to stay flexible because we can’t always guarantee that a male or female will be available or have the right temperament.
Can I get a puppy shipped to me?
We do not ship our puppies as it poses too much of a risk to the well-being of the dog. We have placed pups in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ottawa, Northern Ontario and Arizona, and we have also imported from the USA, The Netherlands, Poland and Cuba and puppies have traveled accompanied in the plane’s cabin.