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Questions Answered

We know that buying a new puppy can raise many questions. This page will address the most frequently asked questions
about buying and bringing home a new puppy from Feathers And Fleece Farm.

Common Questions
Yes, we have a long wait list for all breeds.
12-18 months on sheepadoodles.

We breed the absolute most social and stunning puppies.
more than 60% of all of our clients return within three years for a second puppy.

Feathers And Fleece does not have a phone sales staff. 
Instead of facilitating sales, we are busy doing our job well.
We let our amazing puppies speak for themselves.
If you need to speak to any of us please email, and we will email or call you back.

Q.  What is the first step to getting a puppy from Feathers And Fleece Farm?
A.  You will first need to complete the waiting list form on our website.
second you will need to place deposit with pay pal or credit card.  Once we have received
both the form and the deposit we will e mail you, and mail a puppy packet to you.

Q.  How long do I have to place deposit once I have completed the waiting list form?
A. Due to the large amount of applications that we receive daily we have set our inbox to auto delete
any application that does not have an attached deposit and corresponding name. 

Q.  Are my deposit, or my payments refundable
A.  No deposits and payments are non refundable,
but can be transferred to any litter on the farm for
up to two years.
 Feathers And Fleece is not a bank.

Q.  Do I need to purchase the pick of the litter option if I want a female (or male)?
A.  No you do not need to purchase the Pick of litter option to ensure you will get a male or female.
we prefer to reserve the pick of the litter option for those clients with special needs family members.

Q.  What if I would like to tour the farm facilities?
A.  All clients with completed waiting list forms and placed deposits are welcomed to
tour the farm by appointment only, during touring months.

Q.  At farm visits are certain facilities not allowed for touring?
A.  No part of the farm is kept from clients.  This farm is designed for touring.
 All facilities (unless whelping is in progress or

litters are to new to view) are open to our clients.
It is my opinion that clients should be able to see a facility and meet the staff.

Q.  Once my litter is born, at what age can I hold and play with puppies?
A.  Puppies must be atleast 7 weeks to entertain visitors and have at least one vaccination.

Q.  How often will photos of my puppies litter be sent to me?
A.  We send clients puppy photos every other Monday.

Q.  Will my puppy come with vaccinations and be wormed?
A.  All puppies receive two full vaccinations and are fully wormed and health checked by our on staff veterinarian.

Q.  Are my puppies parents OFA certified for hips and elbow dysplasia?
A.  YES, all of our breeding stock are OFA certified and copies of the certifications are included
in your puppies go home packet along with AKC registrations of parents.
We recently decided to convert all of our Penn Hip certifications to OFA certifications.
As there were clients that seemed confused by the Penn Hip certification, due to lack
of knowledge.  To simplify Dr. Bradford has worked with us to re certify all dogs
that previously had Penn Hip certifications to OFA.

Q.  Will I receive a copy of the vets shot record?
A.  You will receive a complete veterinarian record, with all shots and worming products your
puppy received on our farm.  We have an on site vet facility, your puppy is health checked biweekly.

Q.  Will my puppy have a docked tail and dew claws removed?
A.  Yes, all breeds that require docked tails (schnoodles,sheepadoodles and whoodles)
and dew claws will be removed at the age of three days.

This is the only time your puppy will leave our farm. 
The balance of the vet visits will be at our farm
vet facility. 

Q.  Will my puppy come with a micro chip?
A.  Yes, we micro chip all puppies on the farm at no charge to clients.

Q.  At what age can my puppy leave Feathers And Fleece Farm?
A.  Puppies can leave our farm between 9-14 weeks in most cases depending
on litter size and our vets recommendations with the average departing age of 10 weeks.
If our vets feel that puppies should stay longer you will be notified.
We never push pupies out the door before they are ready. 
We have the staff and facility to care for your puppy until they are ready for their new home.

Q.  What if I cannot pick my puppy up for a few weeks when it's time to go?
A.  We understand that life has its surprises it throws our way. 
We can keep your puppy for you for the discounted boarding fee of 14.00 a day .
You are not charged for the first 7 days after the final vet appointment - go home day.
If your puppy requires additional vaccinations, you will be charged for those.
Most clients opt to use this time to enroll their puppy into one of our puppy training programs.

Q.  When will the balance be due on my puppy?
A.  The balance is due on your puppy by 4 weeks of age.

Q.  Do you offer a program to help train my puppy?
A.  As a matter of fact we do. Feathers And Fleece offers an in house boarding training
program for all of our puppies.  New owners can opt to leave their new puppy with us
1 to 4 additional weeks, for an additional fee to have their puppies trained. 
Training programs range from basic to extensive.
to learn more about our training school click here.

Q.  What size collar and harness will my puppy wear?
A.  Puppies at age 8-12 weeks will wear a 12-14 inch collar and a size small harness.

Q.  When should I take my puppy to see my vet once it arrives?
A.  It is a good idea to take your puppy to the vet the first week of arrival just to get
established with your new doctor. 

Q.  Will my puppy need additional shots?
A.  Most states require three to four sets of puppy shots.  In most cases your puppy will need one
or two more sets of shots
If your puppy attends any of our training programs, our veterinarian will keep
vaccinations up to date.

Q.  At what age do I get my puppy a rabies shot?
A.  Puppies get a rabies shot at age 12 weeks.
Any puppy still here at 12 weeks of age will receive rabies vaccination.

Q.  At what age do I start heart worm meds for my new puppy?
A.  Each state varies, with the majority of states starting puppies on heart worm
medication at age 13 - 16 weeks, please see your veterinarian.

Q.  What kind of flea medication can I give my new puppy?
A.  Frontline is the most recommended flea preventative for puppies.

Q.  Will my puppy be potty trained when I pick it up?
A.  We work with all puppies beginning at seven weeks of age on potty training
but these are small puppies.  Most puppies do not understand the concept of potty training until
the age of 16 weeks of age. To learn more about potty training young puppies CLICK HERE

Q.  If I purchase a puppy from Feathers And Fleece can it boarded at Feathers And Fleece?
A.  Feathers And Fleece Farm will board only the dogs it sells.  We know best how to care for our
breeds.  Boarding daycare ( no sleep over) is 14.00 day and boarding day-night is 24.00 day.
We have trail walks and water play for all boarders.

Q.  At what age can I start giving my puppy treats?
A.  This is a pet ownership challenge question.  Most vets recommend not giving your puppy treats
until established.  Meaning, in your home a minimum of two months and potty trained. 
Most clients spoil their new puppy upon arrival.  It is vital to not indulge your puppy too much. 
Watch your puppies stool, make sure it remains firm, and always stick with treats made especially
for puppies.

Q.  What if my puppy will not eat once he arrives at our home?
A.  Most puppies slip right into their new homes without issue.  Occasionally puppies
might become stressed from the departure of his litter.  In this case we ask that you pour
warm water over his kibble.  If he still refuses to eat warm bland chicken and unseasoned white
rice will do the trick.  In most cases your puppy will drink and eat within a few hours. 
Puppies from Feathers And Fleece Farm are accustomed to being coddled. 
We find that stressed puppies quickly pull out of their shells if you hold them to your chest
and allow them to tuck their muzzle into your neck.  This is something they are very familiar with.
We begin this technique at the age of one week.  It is a calming trick that reminds the puppy of nestling
into their mothers nipple.   They will quickly learn your scent, and feel a sense of calmness.
It also feels pretty good as a pet owner, nothing better than puppy breath.

Q.  If something should happen and I can no longer take care of my dog will
Feathers And Fleece Farm take the dog back?
A.  Yes, if for any reason, at any point of the dogs life you can no longer care for him or her
we ask that you bring him or her back to the farm and not to a shelter.

Which breed is right for me?
We are so glad you asked!  Every client has different needs, expectations, and visions for their new
puppy.  We suggest clients make a list of the ten most important qualities they want in a new dog.
After all the puppy phase passes quickly, and this is going to be a new member of your family. 
For example, if you have family members with allergies, well then list, hypoallergenic
Next if you have children, list, does well with children.  Next if you have other pets, best to list that,
does well with other pets.  Then go on to expectations, if you have a busy life style, you might list,
smart and easy to train.  If you live near water or spend a lot of time at the lake you might list,
likes water.  If your a couch potato and like to watch movies then list, lazy dog.
If you are looking for a dog to travel with you then list, likes to travel, and so on.
Once you have your list of ten, then we suggest you start comparing your list to compatible dog breeds. 
The AKC has a wonderful unbiased site set for families to help choose the right pet. 
The dog whisperer also has a great site for families to help choose. 
We have made choosing a breed at Feathers And Fleece Farm fairly simple. 
At the top of each page we have highlighted the most important qualities of each of the breeds
we raise.  At Feathers And Fleece Farm we have devoted our program to large breed working dogs
that are hypoallergenic, good with children, good with other pets and are highly intelligent as well as easy to train.

Q.  What is the smallest dog that Feathers And Fleece Farm raises?
A.  At Feathers And Fleece Farm the smallest dog we raise is the Mini Sheepadoodle.
This is a hybrid breed we achieve by breeding a moyen (small standard ) Akc purebred poodle to an
Old English Sheepdog Akc purebred.  The result is a Mini Sheepadoodle that has an adult
weight of approx. 50 pounds, 19 inches.

Q.  What is the largest breed raised at Feathers And Fleece Farm?
A.  Not a fair question, because the largest in height is the Komondor which stands upward of 24"
to the shoulder.  The heaviest is the Newfkom.  The Newfkom is a hybrid cross of the
 Newfoundland Akc purebred and the Komondor AKC purebred. The result is a large non shedding
and non drooling massive dog that can easily reach 130 + pounds, 23" to the shoulder.

Q.  What is the smartest dog breed at Feathers And Fleece Farm?
A.  The smartest dog breed at Feathers And Fleece Farm is easily the Giant Schnauzer.
With the Standard Poodle being a close second.  This combinations makes the Giant Schnoodle an
excellent choice for families with children and busy lifestyles. 

Q.  Which Feathers And Fleece Farm Breed enjoys water the most?
A.  This question is easy to answer, The Giant Schnoodle of course!
Both the Giant Schnauzer and the Standard Poodle love water play.
So it comes as no surprise that the Giant Schnoodle loves to play in the water.
Having said that, all of the breeds, with the exception of the Komondor love to play in the water
at Feathers And Fleece Farm

Q.  Does the Sheepadoodle and Giant Schnoodle require frequent visits to the groomer?
A.  Both the Sheepadoodle and Giant Schnoodle do well with semi annual hair appointments. 
The coat is a thick double coated fur, but slow growing .  So twice a year will keep them tidy. 

Q.  How often would a Newfkom or Komondor need groomed?
A.  The Newfkom will do well with one annual grooming appointment,
 We groom our Newfkom close once a year in the month of May.
Our Komondors get semi annual grooming appointments.  This is mostly due to the fact that
if gone uncut the komondor coat will cord and we keep ours in a poodle haircut now.
I like the top knot and fluffy tails.

Q.  Which Feathers And Fleece Farm breed is best with small children?
A.  All of the breeds we raise at Feathers And Fleece Farm are excellent with small
children.  The most popular breed is the Sheepadoodle.  We believe this is mainly due
to the jolly personality and friendly appearance of the Sheepadoodle.  The clownish look of the
Old English Sheepdog mixed with the poise and strut of the Standard Poodle. 
You will read on the web that the best choice for protection for small children is the Giant Schnauzer and
the Giant Schnoodle.  In fact the Giant Schnauzer was voted the number one choice for families with children
and the Komondor was voted number five, and the Newfoundland was voted number four.
The Komondor was voted the number one choice for families needing protection.  Also noted that
no child has been approached or stolen in the protection of a Komondor, making it the number one choice
to watch over children when a parent was not present. 

Q.  Which Feathers And Fleece Farm breed is the most hypoallergenic?
A.  All of the dogs that we breed at Feathers And Fleece Farm are hypoallergenic. 
Non Shedding, large dog breeds.  The Giant Schnoodle is the most hypoallergenic breed we raise
with the Sheepadoodle and the Komondor being a very close second.

Q.  Does Feathers And Fleece Farm always breed AKC purebred to AKC purebred?
A.  Yes, always.  We only breed the finest Akc purebred dogs to achieve our quality hybrid breeds.
We never breed hybrid to hybrid ( sheepadoodle to sheepadoodle or schnoodle to schnoodle).
To achieve hybrid vigor the breeding must be Akc purebred , bred to
another Akc purebred this mix has shown to produce the healthiest offspring with fewer
health issues and a longer lifespan.

Q. Why did Feathers And Fleece Farm design the Newfkom?
A.  We chose to design and breed the Newfkom because we were meeting the need of our clients.
We have clients that want large working dog breeds that protect what is important to them.
Their families and homes.  These clients are looking for a dog that can be inside and outside. 
These clients are looking for a property protector and a couch buddy for movie night. 
This required a non drooling and non shedding dog that remained in the working dog class. 
This would retain all of the good protection traits without the shedding and the drool. 
Naturally we chose the Komondor to breed to the Newfoundland.

Q.  Why did Feathers And Fleece Farm not use their Standard Poodles to breed to the Newfoundland?
A.  Feathers And Fleece Farm does maintain that the qualities in the Standard Poodle are unsurpassed. 
Even then the Standard Poodle is a sporting dog and not a working dog.  A working dog was bred to
care for and protect something other than itself.  This made the non shedding Komondor the ideal choice
to meet our goals.

Q.  Would a Giant Schnoodle or a Newfkom be the better choice to protect my home and family?
A.  This is a question for the client.  Both the Newfkom and the Giant Schnoodle are excellent dogs for protection.
The Giant Schnoodle is by far the most intelligent non shedding working dog available. 
The size of the Giant Schnoodle is about 80-90 pounds, compared to the Newfkom at 120-150 pounds.
The Giant Schnoodle is considered to be a more serious, stoic breed as compared to the silly, fun loving
teddy bear personality of the Newfkom.  Most Newfkom clients believe the size and build of the Newfkom
to be a deterrent.

Q.  If the Komondor is such a great working dog for protection, then why breed the other breeds?
A.  I am often asked this question.  The answer is simple.  As humans we like choices.  Every client has
different needs and wants in a dog.  Most commonly it comes down to size or color. 
The Komondors at Feathers And Fleece Farm are very large.  We have excellent Hungarian bloodlines. 
The size of a well bred Komondor can overwhelm some clients, and the smaller breeds make a better fit for their
homes and lifestyle.

Q.  Do working dog breeds bark a lot?
A.  No, working dog breeds bark when they want to alert you to something that they feel needs attention.
This can be a stranger on your property, another dog on the property, or strange noises. 
These breeds are not "non sense" barkers.

Q.  Don't working dogs need to be on a farm with farm animals?
A. The classification, working dog breed means that these dogs need a job to do to be happy and thrive. 
They were bred to care for something and protect something other than itself.  They have a built in maternal
instinct to love,care and protect for others.  It is actually beautiful to have another set of eyes watching over
you and all that is important to you.

Q. Do all the breeds Feathers And Fleece Farm raise do well with poultry?
A.  Heck No!  Poultry is a busy group of birds.  To some working dogs they look like innocent
little beings that need guarded, while to others they look like a moving toy. 
If choosing a breed to watch over your poultry there is training involved.  The Komondor is the best choice
for poultry and the Newfkom is a good second, but again training is required.
I know a lot of farmers that have rescue dogs watching over poultry with much success, but this
is due to good training by the dog owner not the breed.  Look for a calm patient dog.  Puppies should
never be left alone with poultry and never have more than one dog protecting a flock. This can create
pack behaviors.