Puppies

We are a family and not a commercial kennel but occasionally we may breed our dogs to ensure the healthy continuation of this rare breed. If we are not breeding we will know of people who are breeding. Please contact us for news or for information about PWD. 

 

We understand why people love PWD but we don't want you to be disappointed. They are rare. Please be aware that it is highly likely that you will have to wait for a PWD. Nationally there are very few puppies born each year and the demand is incredibly high - so don't be surprised if it takes up to a year or even 18 months before you get your forever PWD. To put this in context, each year there are 182 PWD puppies registered with The Kennel Club. With average litter sizes of 7. Compare this to 35,000 Labradors, 33,000 Pugs, 21,000 Cocker Spaniels, 10,000 Bulldogs, 7,000 German Shepherds to name just a few. We regularly get 3 or 4 enquiries a week from people wanting to know more about PWD and wanting a puppy.  In January and February each year, we get at least 1 enquiry a day and during the COVID lockdown, we have received 5+ enquiries a day!

Covod lockdown update June 2020: nationally there have been 100's of enquiries, so many that the PWD club of Great Britain last month announced they had closed their list after 400 enquiries or twice the number of puppies born annually. They suggest the wait could be around two years. Many breeders have had over 200 enquiries to be put on their lists and with 1 litter per year and average litter sizes of 7 that's enough to fill an individual breeder's waiting list for 28 years. 


As a family, we fancied breeding Holly but we wanted to do it in the best way we could. Having gone through the process of finding puppies we wanted to get it right as breeders. Welfare and health issues were paramount and we are very proud to have achieved Kennel Club Assured Breeder status. This sets high standards for breeding, health testing and animal welfare, and we believe that this is something that all breeders should achieve. For more information please click the logo to the right.

If you are looking for a puppy or need advice there is lots of useful advice on the Kennel Club website:

https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/

Owning a dog is a very important decision and must not be taken lightly. Like many other dogs, PWD can be delightful but with their willful behaviour and high maintenance coat, they are definitely not for everyone. Many people enquiring about PWD have never met the breed and made their decision based upon internet research alone. Before you make any decisions all prospective owners must meet the breed and breeder in person so they can really appreciate the size, caracteristics and challenges. If you do get a puppy please do your research well and follow all of the Kennel Club advice. 

What follows is what we consider to be vital when looking for a healthy, well-bred PWD puppy. We would advise searching out a reputable breeder - those who do all of the following:

  • Health tests: complete all of the tests for both the mother and father and will openly share them with you.  (See the Health page) If they don't do them or won't share them we would advise you to walk away. If you are unsure please contact us for advice as we can tell you about the tests and help you to find them as they are freely available on the Kennel Club website. A good breeder may be able to show you the test results for not only the parents but further back in the pedigree line. Please note that some breeders don't do the tests saying their dog is clear by heredity. This is only true if the line has been recently tested and both parents were clear. The Kennel Club advises to always retest every 3rd generation to make sure. 

  • Hip screening tests are done and the results shared with you. There are both genetic and environmental causes of bad hips but those breeders who do the tests will only breed with dogs who are around or below the breed average.  Screening is important as it helps minimise breeding genetic hip issues into the breed. The current 5 year PWD breed average is around 13.8 

  • Breed Coefficient: Search out a breeder who ensures and can prove it is low  (the breed average is currently around 9.0 and the lower the better. Our last litter was 1.8) This needs to be done to ensure breeders minimizing the health issues from mating to a close relation. It ensures a strong and diverse gene pool. If you are in doubt please ask us for advice. If they don't know about it, don't do this or they just let their dogs mate as they wish - we would advise you to walk away

  • Kennel Club Assured breeder: go to the Kennel Club website. - they have actively committed to following incredibly high welfare standards and have been inspected. They won't breed a bitch under 2 years, over 8 years and only let her have a maximum of 4 litters. As of 2020, there were only 11 breeders who have signed up to met this standard.  Being a good breeder doesn't mean you have to be KC assured and there are excellent breeders who are not KC Assured and do all of the tests. Whoever you chose it is vital tey do all the health tests, hip scores and breed coefficient.

  • Pedigree Certificate: Ensure you have seen the Kennel Club certificate for both parents. All breeding dogs male & female will have a formal Kennel name & stud-book number and this can be checked on the Kennel Club website. If the dogs are registered with the Kennel Club you can be sure of their pedigree. It also means that that the puppies can be registered as Pedigree dogs. Without this, it often means that the breeder hasn't fulfilled many of the breeding and animal welfare requirements. You are likely to get a puppy who may a cross-breed, or the parents haven't had the health checks or they have been inter-bred, bred too young (under 2) or too old (over 8) or the mother has had more than  4 litters. It can be an indication of poor breeding and puppy farms. If in doubt - walk away. 

  • Animal Welfare Licence: ask to see the current certificate from the local authority. This is a legal requirement for commercial kennels. It doesn't really apply to family / hobby / occasional breeders who might breed once a year but with the inconsistency of how local authorities apply the rules, some family breeders may be required to have one. It is worth asking.

  • Always visit the breeder in the family home - we can never say this enough. Do not buy one without seeing the breeder, the bitch, the tests, the breed coefficient, and pedigree. Do not buy one, cheap, from Gumtree or the back of a van from Portugal - it does happen.

  • Exporting / importing: Many UK breeders will not export because there is more than enough demand in the UK without having the added complications of exporting. Breeders and purchasers must pay special attention to quarantine laws, vaccinations & pet passports. If you intend to import a puppy it is vital all requirements are met you are certain the breeder is reputable, all the health tests done and the dogs are pedigree dogs registered with the national equivalent of the Kennel Club. It is important to note that puppies can not enter or leave the UK until the Rabies vaccine is completed at this is around week 16. Most puppies leave the breeder's home at 8 weeks and there is often an extra charge for the extra 8 weeks the breeder would have to look after them. You also have to consider that the new owner and puppy will be missing the most vital 8 weeks of socialisation.

  • Pay the going rate: Ask and we will tell you the current going rate PWD breeders are charging.

    • Do not overpay: Some breeders charge twice the going rate for a "special "dog or a "therapy" dog.  There is no way you can tell if a puppy will be a good therapy dog until it is much older and much of it depends upon the environment it is brought up in and how it is trained. Some breeders will charge you more for a bitch or those cute puppies with 4 white paws. We would advise paying the going rate for all dogs as paying more does not get you a healthier, better adjusted, well behaved dog. 

    • Do not underpay:  a cheap dog almost certainly won't have had the tests, may be a result of too close breeding, may be more prone to health issues, may not be a pedigree (maybe a mix with a spaniel or poodle) and will have come from poor breeding or from a puppy farm.  If in doubt ask us for advice.

  • Contract: Ensure there is a contract, preferably one based on the Assured Breeders contract from the Kennel Club. Ensure you see it several weeks before you commit to buying the dog so you can check it. Ask about any endorsements the breeder may put on the contract. A good breeder will show you the contract before you visit at 5 weeks. A bad one will show you for the first time when you pick up at 8 weeks when you won't have time to read it thoroughly and ask questions. 

  • Waiting lists: Different breeders do things in different ways - there may well be a waiting list as demand is incredibly high but many breeders will only start the list when they know their bitch is coming into season or is pregnant. With an average of 7 puppies in a litter and demand being incredibly high there is little point having a massive waiting list where you will end up disappointing a majority of people. We ask everyone to complete a questionnaire which we will gladly send to you if you ask. We then hold these expressions of interest and when a bitch is pregnant we tend to only have 10 -12 people on the confirmed list  - all of whom have previously completed the questionnaire, have visited us, and kept in touch. Yes, it is OK to be on the list of several breeders. No, we don't make people pay a deposit just be on the list.  No, we won't put you on the list in place of someone else even if you offer us double the money or are famous. 

  • Choice of puppy: Once on the list do not expect to have a completely free choice. A good breeder will match the puppy and the owner together. Think of it as adoption. A good breeder will not let an inexperienced dog owner or those with young children have a dominant male or female.  At 5 weeks a puppy's characteristics are starting to appear and a good breeder will often give you a choice between several puppies which will suit your circumstances, requirements, and experience. 

  • Deposit: We would advise to only pay a deposit when you have agreed with the breeder which dog you are adopting at your 5-week visit. Never feel pressurised into paying an earlier holding deposit or the full amount early. Never feel pressurised into having a dog that isn't what you want.  Don't be pressurised into having a dog because it is the last one or it looks cute. When you pick up the puppy at 8 weeks do not accept a puppy if it isn't the one you chose, or the initial vet check reports a serious issue.  If your personal circumstances change (illness, loss of a job, moving home etc) then a good breeder will not expect you to have the puppy and will offer you a full refund of your deposit. PWD are in such demand there should be no problem finding a new owner.

  • Honesty: And finally, a good breeder will be honest about both the good and bad traits of the breed. They will be open about the grooming and behaviour challenges that all PWD owners will face.  Don't be surprised if a good breeder turns down prospective owners if they feel that a dog is not right for them or they can not meet the dog's needs. A good breeder may well turn down an owner if they haven't really considered how a dog will fit into their lives or they work all day; don't have a suitable home (PWD need a good outside garden and flats are not suitable); have severe allergies or seriously afraid of dogs. A good breeder will put the welfare of the dog first and before the desires of the potential owner. 

We are often asked if PWD are suitable for flats: It is important to remember that PWD are an energetic working breed and need adequate space to meet their needs. Please note that we will not consider applications from people who live in flats on or above the first floor as they do not have direct access to a garden from the flat.  We will only accept ground floor flats if they are of a suitable size and there must be direct access from the flat to your own private, reasonably sized and fully secure garden (not a shared or communal garden).


What size garden do we need? It is recommended that a PWD needs at least a medium-sized garden to be able to run freely. A Medium size garden is between 100m2 and 320m2. We consider the very minimum it needs to be is 10m x 10m or 100m2  of open area for the dog to run freely. (33ft x 33ft or 1080ft2).  Different local authorities have different planning requirements but the 100m2 garden is considered to be the acceptable minimum private (i.e. rear) garden size for most types of houses that can accommodate most household activities. Please do not have a PWD if you do not have suitable accommodation or outside space. If in doubt measure your garden - don't just guess.

If you are ever in doubt then please ask us for advice.

As prospective owners, you must consider whether a dog will really fit in with your lifestyle especially if you work or have very young children. Owning a new dog is similar to adoption. You will need to make sure it is the right thing for you and you will need to fully commit to having a new dog and making all the lifestyle changes necessary. Once you commit to adopting a PWD puppy you will be taking over all legal, financial and medical responsibility for the lifetime of the dog. 

Many good breeders will require all prospective owners to complete a questionnaire and visit. Because demand is so high it shows that a prospective adopter has seriously considered the issues and is really committed.  Many reputable breeders will only deal with the eventual puppy owners - and will not talk to third parties/families who are buying a PWD as a surprise gift. Visiting is especially important if you are looking for a PWD due to your allergies. It is vital you meet the dogs so you can assess the level of your reaction. We are more than happy if you wish to visit us to see how you react, irrespective of where you get a puppy from.

 

We are open to visits from anyone interested in PWD and if you visit we will introduce you to our dogs; answer all your questions; explain and show you examples of pedigrees; health tests for the breed;  Kennel Club contract and explain any possible endorsements which breeders use. We will help you consider everything about owning a PWD so that you make an informed choice and can adequately meet their needs.

When puppies leave their breeder at eight weeks they should have:

  • Initial vaccinations completed and a copy of the vet's record

  • Basic puppy health check at the vets 

  • Microchipped and chip registration details and how to ensure they are registered to you.

  • Often they have 4 weeks of free pet insurance

  • For interest, a good breeder may give you a copy of their weight chart from birth to 8 weeks.

  • A copy of the Animal Welfare act

  • Bag of food (or a voucher or e-code) and feeding guidance on quantity, times

  • Puppy information leaflet full of advice on how to bring up a puppy covering:​

    • first few nights

    • feeding

    • toilet training

    • crate training

    • behaviour training

    • advice on toys, treats, leads, bowls, car restraints to buy

    • grooming

    • Health advice esp vaccination advice, fleas, worms & ticks

    • The Kennel Club provides an excellent outline leaflet for Assured Breeders which a good breeder will adapt for PWD

  • Copy of the signed contract with any endorsements

  • Receipt for payment

  • Kennel Club information including pedigree, Kennel name, and details of how to transfer ownership

  • Often a good breeder will provide some bedding smelling of mum and possibly a toy.

  • Some breeders will invite new owners to join a Facebook group to share photos, ask questions and seek support.

OldeEly PWD

Haddenham, Ely, Cambridgeshire

01353 741108

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