There are a lot of things to think about before you buy a puppy.
First of all, you must realize that a dog is like a new family member that you will be responsible for the next many years – with everything that this involves.
The most important thing to consider, however, is which breed you prefer. You do not want to choose breed based on size or “cute-factor”. If you don’t want a dog that barks a lot you shouldn’t pick a dog bred to be a guard dog. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time training your dog, you shouldn’t pick a very active breed. If you have children you should find a breed known to be fond of children etc.
We have often been contacted by puppy buyers who said they wanted a Golden Retriever but they found it to be too big so they decided on a Toller! A Toller and a Golden are two very different breeds and a Toller is not a mini-Golden!
On the Danish Kennel Club’s website you can learn about the different breeds. You can also attend one of their “Before you buy a dog”-courses, where you can learn a lot about the different breeds which will enable you to make a qualified choice.
Should you decide that you want a Toller – after having done your homework – we recommend that you read “Har du planer om at anskaffe dig en toller?” (Are you planning to buy a Toller?) which can be found on the Danish Toller Clubs website.
Pedigree or not?
We are members of Denmark’s biggest breed registration club – the Danish Kennel Club (DKK) and our dogs are of course registered with DKK.
As a breeder with the DKK you are obliged to comply with the breed rules for the specific breed.
I have borrowed the following from DKK’s website: “Only a few people have thought about what a pedigree is. The first thought is that a pedigree doesn’t matter as they are not planning on showing or breeding their dog. A pedigree, however, is a tool that helps the breeders breed the lovely and very different dogs that we have today – e.g. the very skilled hunting dogs or the very effective police dogs or the well-adjusted pet and family dogs.
A pedigree is a genealogical table which is a document showing the dog’s family tree and it allows you to monitor the breed and get a clear view of how your future puppies can be expected to develop.
The pedigree itself costs less than DKK 300. Thus it is not the price of the pedigree that makes a pup with a pedigree more expensive. It is the breeder’s effort to find the best breeding animal, check for hereditary diseases etc. that lie behind the pedigree.
It is obvious that a pedigree is only of value if you can trust the information in it. Anyone with a computer is able to create a pedigree with made up parents and grandparents. There are even those who have made a business on creating pedigrees with any kind of information – against payment of course. Therefore, the value of the pedigree relies on trustworthy information. As the only FCI recognized organization in Denmark, The Danish Kennel Club issues pedigrees in agreement with the international requirements of FCI. Be aware, if you see the abbreviation F.C.I (with three full stops) from a Spanish pirate organization. This can also be found in Danish pedigrees from organizations not belonging to the Danish Kennel Club”.
Buying a puppy from us
We do not breed on a regular basis. We focus on breeding both physically and mentally sound pups with great working abilities and drive.
We put a lot of effort into ensuring that the pups are ready to take on the world when they leave our house. Our pups are raised in our house. They will be exposed to all the noises of a normal household: Kitchen machines, vacuum cleaner, loud music, TV, other dogs, people of all sizes etc. They will also be introduced to the big world outside our house.
Depending on the time of year they will be going to the woods, the beach etc. They will also be taken on small walks in our town to meet all kinds of people. They will be introduced to cars, the vet etc.
Being a hunting breed our pups will also be introduced to different types of game from they are a few days old. We hope that this will make it easier for those who want to use the pup as a hunting dog or on trials.
The pups will be tested when they are around 7 weeks. This test is a “snapshot” of the pup at this specific age. It will make it easier for us to pick the right family for the pup and hopefully, it will be a help for the new owner to find out how to best imprint the pup.
Having spent a lot of thoughts and effort raising a Toller as we would like the Toller to be, it is only natural that we spend a lot of time finding the right families to our pups. We only sell our pups to people who want to train and stimulate them correctly. We are both dedicated to working our dogs in the field. However, a good way to stimulate and activate a Toller could also be tracking, obedience, agility and other things that lets the dog use its talent and love of working and cooperation.
If you would like to buy a pup from us we want you to visit us, so that we can have a talk and adjust our expectations. To some extent we want to become part of your life and the pup’s life the next many years. Therefore, we need to find out if like each other.
We expect from you as a puppy buyer:
that the dog becomes part of your family and is treated with respect and love
that the dog is x-rayed (hips and elbows) when it is between 12-18 months.
that you examine the dog's eyes
that the dog is not placed with others or sold without first having contacted to us about it
that we keep in contact so that we are able to follow the development of the dog.
We would like it if
the dog is mentally assessed before it reaches 2 years.
if the dog is judged at an official show at least once when it is older than 18 months.