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Breeding Policies

All Folklaur breedings are carefully thought out and planned, and the resulting puppies are lovingly raised in my home for several weeks.  It is my hope that you have given as much thought and planning into making a new puppy or dog a much loved and welcomed addition to your family.

A DOG IS FOR LIFE, not just for the holidays, or someone's birthday, and not just while he is a cute puppy.  Train him now when he is small and be committed to take him with you through ALL of life's changes. If you move, he must be welcome there, too.  If you are not prepared to keep him when he is old and gray, PLEASE let him find another family NOW before he falls in love with you and commits himself as YOUR BEST FRIEND. (please read)

Per the terms of my contract, all Folklaur pet puppies are sold on
NOT FOR BREEDING registration.
    2. Females MUST BE SPAYED between the ages of 12 and 18 months old;
        Males MUST BE NEUTERED between the ages of 12 and 24 months old.
If for any reason you do not want or cannot keep your Folklaur dog you
        MUST return it to the breeder or get my written permission to re-home it.

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Folklaur uses tested breeding stock to lessen the occurrence of defects considered to be hereditary. While I do not "guarantee" that your dog will be free of genetic defects, I do guarantee that both parents were tested for Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation and Hereditary Eye diseases at the time of the breeding. Copies of those reports are provided. Here are some hints to help you understand and avoid some of these problems.

Hip Dysplasia is a malformation of the ball and socket joint that makes up the hip. Diagnosis can be made by x-ray. It is influenced by hereditary, as well as nutritional and environmental factors. Therefore, the new owner assumes part of the responsibility for the orthopedic health of their dog.

Patellar Luxation, in layman’s terms, is a loose knee. Obviously, nice tight knees are the preferred. But “couch potato” type pets can live long comfortable lives with other than perfect knees! A veterinarian can test for this anomaly.

Excessive nutrition, over supplementation, as well as over or underfeeding your puppy, can have a negative impact on the dog's structure as it grows. Only feed your puppy the brands of dog food listed on your feeding instruction sheet.

Monitor your puppy to make sure it receives proper exercise but does not get injured.  Over or under exercising your puppy can negatively impact its health.  Do not allow jumping on and off of furniture or stairs. Also, keep the puppy off of slippery or damp flooring. Do not overuse your crate.  Your puppy will benefit from regular walks and from play sessions in your yard.  Avoid strenuous exercise and do not jog your dog until he is at least 18 months old. Do not allow your puppy to roughhouse with larger or older dogs to avoid injury.

Eye Problems can be hereditary, congenital or an acquired condition resulting from a virus or trauma. Some eye abnormalities have little or no effect on the dog's vision while others can cause blindness. There is a DNA test for PRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Cherry Eye is an inflammation or swelling of the “third” eyelid, and appears as a red protusion in the corner of the dog’s eye. Sometimes, these can be “reduced” by closing the dogs eye and applying light but steady pressure to the corner of the eye.

Umbilical hernias are typically not a cause for concern and can be easily repaired when the pet is spayed or neutered. Inguinal and Scrotal hernias can also occur. Although these may be a bit more of a concern they most probably should be surgically repaired and, in many cases, can be done when the pet is spayed or neutered.

 Together, we can help make this dog's life a long and healthy one.

Folklaur is a hobby, NOT a business.
Laura Dedering retains the final decision as to whether or not a Folklaur puppy will be made available to any individual or family for any reason.

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