Buying A Wildhaus Puppy
Pricing & Purchasing Information
Wildhaus puppies are usually $2000. All puppies in the same litter are priced the same. Individual litters may vary due to the costs incurred to do the breeding. For pricing on a specific litter, please see the individual litter listing.
We do not take deposits or reservations. Approved potential customers are placed on our waiting list upon completion of our extensive application, interview and screening process. We then work closely with them to find a suitable puppy from an upcoming litter that fits their lifestyle, goals and time frame.
Our puppies are sent to their new homes between 8.5 and 9 weeks of age.
All puppies are wormed, vet checked, and given their first distemper-parvo vaccine before going to their new homes.
All Wildhaus pups are permanently identified with microchips.
All Wildhaus pups come with a written 30 month Limited Health Warranty and Lifetime Breeder Support.
Wildhaus Kennels claims Right of First Refusal on all pups we breed, for the lifetime of the dog. This means that if for any reason a customer is unable or unwilling to keep their dog, we must be contacted before any action is taken and given the opportunity to take back the dog.
All Wildhaus pups are sold with AKC Limited (non-breeding) Registration. We will gladly upgrade registration to Full (breeding) Registration once the dog has reached a minimum of 2 years of age and has passed basic tests of breeding suitability. This includes passing hip/elbow evaluations and working title or certification. The only exceptions to this policy are for conformation showing purposes or for pups sold outside the USA where Full AKC registration is required in order to obtain kennel club registration in the customer's home country.
Preference is given to experienced GSD owners and working/sporting homes.
We will no longer ship puppies via airline as cargo. New owners must come to Michigan to pick up their puppy or arrange alternative transport. For customers outside of driving distance, we recommend flying here and flying back with the puppy in cabin as carry-on. This has proven to be a safe and successful option for those who live too far away to drive to Michigan.
Our pups are whelped and raised in our home and they are handled daily from birth. They are extensively socialized to people and other dogs and exposed to car rides, crates, gunshots, stairs, tunnels and a variety of different footing surfaces, sounds, places and things.
For a very detailed and comprehensive description of how our pups are raised and the many socialization opportunities they experience, please read our article on How Wildhaus Pups Are Raised.
We do not allow people to select their own pups because we do not feel that doing so would be in the best interest of our puppies OR our customers. No one, no matter experience level, can visit a litter a few times and get as complete and thorough an understanding of each pup's individual personality as we can after living with them for several weeks.
Beginning at birth, we spend a significant amount of time each day handling the pups, and as they grow we carefully observe their behaviors and social interactions to gain an understanding of their individual personalities. As time goes on, tug playing and ball playing and the many additional socialization experiences we provide to our pups also serve as important parts of our evaluation process. We keep careful eye on each pup's reaction to new environments and situations, as this provides great additional insight into that pup's inherent personality.
While we do try to prioritize those who have been on our waiting list the longest, we do not sell pups on a "first come, first served" basis. We spend a significant amount of time getting to know our customers and learning about their experience, personality and goals and we then carefully select the pup in the litter that is the most suitable. Realistically not every litter will contain a puppy that is a good match for every potential home on our waiting list and unfortunately this means that sometimes people who were excited about bringing home a puppy end up having to find another litter from another breeder or remain on our waiting list a while longer.
We absolutely will not sell a pup if we are not confident that pup and owner will both be happy with the arrangement. Essentially, each person gets the "pick of the litter" in the sense that each pup is carefully matched to each individual customer. In this way, we ensure that each customer receives the pup most suited to his/her lifestyle and aspirations, and each pup is placed in the home that will best meet its needs and realize its potential.
For a better understanding of how the weeks we spend with the pups serves to allow us to properly evaluate them and place them in the most well suited homes, please read our article on How Wildhaus Pups Are Raised.