We are in the Nashville, TN area and you are welcome to visit with us. We will make every effort for you to be able to meet the parent dogs of your choice. Since many of our dogs live with guardian families, we need to make appointments that are convenient for the guardian families as well. Some of our dogs may not be available to meet at the time of your visit as some may be breeding, pregnant, already had their puppies, or we may have used an outside stud from another breeder.
Once the puppies are born, we cannot have people visit the mom and puppies for the first 7 weeks for several reasons. The mom is very protective and can become agitated if non-family members are around her puppies, which can adversely affect her milk production. In addition, she may jump up to warn the newcomers to get away from her pups. In doing so, she can injure her puppies with her feet/nails, and I know breeders who have had a puppy die from the injuries. Our puppies receive anti-parvo vaccinations that start at 5 weeks. At 8 weeks, they receive their first puppy shot for the prevention of Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 1 and 2, Parainfluenza And Parvovirus.
Until they have received their first parvo shot, they are at risk for exposure to the parvo virus which can be brought in on shoes and clothing. (The parvo virus is discussed in our Pet Health page.) For the protection of our puppies, a meet-n-greet is not scheduled until they are 7 weeks of age, and only families getting a puppy from a litter may visit with their litter. We are entrusted to care for the puppies until they go to their forever families who are the true owners of the pups. Sending them home healthy and sound is our job. We know you’d want the same care and concern for your puppy, and we appreciate your understanding