What are the differences between family companions and show dogs?
There is only one Tiger Woods, only one Indy 500 Winner, and one Michael Jordan. In the dog show world, it is all about competition and pursuit of perfection. The actual differences between a family companion and a show dog are very minor. Examples would be uneven markings, ears 10% too large or too small.
Why are puppies priced differently?
We are primarily a show kennel and our main objective is to produce the very best show dogs possible. Every litter has a variation in marking patterns, coat lengths, gender, and size. All these variables combine to make the puppies more or less desirable in the eyes of the potential buyer.
The closer a puppy comes to perfection, (according to the St. Bernard Standard), the rarer that puppy is and the more it will cost. A simple example deals with the typical face markings of two dark areas around both eyes, and two dark ears. The majority of the puppies will have these markings. We do occasionally have puppies that do not have two even eye patches or both dark shaded ears. This marking variation in no way renders a puppy less suited for a family companion, but some people find this puppy less desirable. Thus, these marking variations are priced lower.
Can a family that wants a family companion purchase a show dog, even if they have no intention of showing or breeding?
Yes, we can offer a show potential puppy for the show price. However, it is the kennel’s policy to only sell show/breeding dogs on full AKC registration to buyers that are seriously interested in showing the dog. Therefore, the show puppy sold to the family home, as a family companion, will have a limited AKC registration.
Should the pup’s personality and activity level match the family’s?
Saint Bernards come in three basic personality/activity levels.
Total couch potato! Very laid-back and lazy. Great for the older couple or quiet, reserved family.
The most common personality is the medium one. These dogs are very easy to get along with, still fairly relaxed, but like to enjoy play/active time with their family. This is the most common.
Occasionally, there is a very active Saint that acts more like a Labrador Retriever. These Saints are great for the very active family that enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, etc. These dogs are more challenging to live with due to the fact that they act like a Lab, but are St Bernard size.
What does the quoted purchase price include?
The price includes:
The puppy, with inoculations and wormings appropriate for the age.
American Kennel Club (AKC) registration paper.
Copy of the puppy’s pedigree.
The price does NOT include:
Any shipping charges to your location.
Any associated cost in preparing your puppy for shipping such as a health certificate.
How do I get my Puppy?
Once the arrangements have been made to purchase a puppy, you may pick the puppy up at the kennel in Macedon, NY.
Any other delivery arrangements will be at your expense and shipping can be handled through the airlines. These costs are dependant upon travel distance, the shipping kennel size and weight. These costs generally exceed $200.00.
Airline shipments are not available in extremely hot or cold weather at either location.
At what age the puppies available to their new owners?
Puppies may leave the kennel with their new owners at minimum eight weeks of age.