Aren’t they adorable? These puppies are 10 mixed breed puppies born July 24/22. There are 6 females and 4 males. We rescued their mom, Claire, from a city shelter where she was surrendered. She is a 2 yr old, lovely-natured Lab/Collie/Husky mix. We know that the father dog was a similar multi mix of breeds as well. Taking her in we knew that she was pregnant and we could offer her a calm and secure place to have and raise her pups. Her foster home is very experienced in puppy births and care so she was in good hands. In the wee hours of the morning and throughout the day these 10 precious babies were born in the comfort of a loving home, with caring people by their side. Everything went very well, and we couldn’t have been happier!
The pups won’t be able to go to their forever homes until late September 2022 but we are posting them now in the hopes of having their adoptive families selected and ready to take them home when the time is right. Their mother is a total love of a dog. She is quiet, loving, and gentle-natured; just an all-around great dog. Pups tend to take on the personality of their mothers, so we fully expect these pups to be just as darling as she is. They will be large but not massive (about 50-65lbs full grown), sturdy, medium-energy dogs capable of doing anything you wish to participate in. And with their breed mixes, we expect these pups to be intelligent dogs that will make great family pets. This is a great mix of breeds for a family dog…not too small, not too big…gentle, friendly in nature…active but not too active. Of course, you have to get through the crazy puppy stage, but the dogs they will become when trained and socialized properly will be fantastic!
We will only consider homes for the pups where someone is home or has the capabilities to come home throughout the day. Puppies need to be regularly taken outside for bathroom breaks when they are small and will not be able to hold it for an 8hr work day. We are also looking for families fully aware of a puppy’s time commitment and the work involved. Puppies are a total joy and bring so much love and happiness into a home, but you cannot underestimate the work and time involved in raising a puppy properly. They need constant supervision while young to expedite the house-training stage and to ensure they aren’t chewing on anything inappropriate. We are also looking for a family that will crate train the puppies as we fully believe this is the best for pups and offers them a quiet and secure “den” to call their own. A crate-trained pup is a blessing as it offers a safe place to put them when you can’t be watching them all the time.
We will consider a home for these pups with children over 6yrs of age. They have their terrible nippy/jumpy/bitey stage coming up and will be too much for younger children. If there will be young children in the home (6rs to 11yrs) then we would need the family to be experienced dog owners who are fully aware of how to manage a young, excitable puppy with young, excitable children. Supervision is key, and the adults in the home need to ensure that puppy/children management is a task they wish to take on. For a home, without young children, we would consider 1st-time dog owners for these pups. Any family considering their needs to take obedience training and socialization seriously and have the time to dedicate in the 1st year especially of the dog’s life to this. The more that is done with these pups in their 1st year, the better dogs they will be! A home with or without other dogs is just fine. A home with a cat would also be fine, keeping in mind that proper training and supervision are key around a cat. They won’t be suitable pups for high-rise apartment living but would be suitable for a townhouse, ground-floor condo, semi or single detached homes. Keep in mind of course that while they are settling in, a crying puppy in the crate when no one is home is to be expected so if an attached living situation, there must be good noise barriers to avoid neighbor complaints. Their people need to be active and outdoorsy as these will be pups that need a good couple of walks a day in all weather. They will be suited for higher-energy activities, so very active people would be a great fit, but they will not be super high-energy dogs that need to run kilometers every day. They will require more than just simple walks around the block though. A home with a good-sized fenced yard would be ideal and convenient for puppy training but is not mandatory. They just need easy and quick access to a grassy spot outside for the million trips out for potty training a young puppy needs.
The pups are too little to be spayed/neutered before adoption so potential adopters must live within a reasonable distance (within an hour) of Cambridge as the pups must be returned to our vet at 6 months of age to be spayed/neutered (included in adoption cost). Adopters must be able to drop off the pup in the morning and pick it up later that day for this surgery. Adopters will be responsible for the continuation of puppy vaccinations and all other required vet care at their veterinarian of choice. They will have had everything medically that puppies their age should have and have been microchipped. The forever family must also not have any holidays away planned for months coming up after adoption or be planning to move shortly. Stability is key in the months after adoption.
We will be expecting our adoptive families to attend puppy socialization class with their new pup immediately upon adoption, along with, at minimum, level 1 obedience school after. The guidance and lessons learned in puppy classes are very important to get your pup off to a good start. We handle these pups every day and will be offering them everything they need to be the best pups they can be when they leave our care, but we need the adoptive families to take over for us when they get the pups home. We take our responsibilities to these pups very seriously and only want the best for them. They are being raised in our home, in our care, and have been since the first day they made their presence in the world. We adore these puppies and will settle for nothing less than a dedicated, loving family that is well aware of the breed requirements and the needs of a puppy and this breed mix. We also are looking for families that want the dogs they will grow to become, not just the little bundle of furry cuteness. If you have been thinking about adding a large breed puppy to your family and have the time and patience to properly raise a pup then they may just be perfect for you. We know you will fall in love with them as deeply as we have when you meet them. They are simply adorable puppies. The only question will be, which one to choose?
(Please note: we will be placing these pups into homes based on temperament and best suitability for each particular home. Although colour draws people initially, a good temperament and personality match is the most important factor. We will be selecting pups for families based on this, and of course with the family’s input as well. So families with open minds and the desire to have their best puppy match only please!)