Friday, November 1, 2019

I Accept Paypal for Deposits Only!

I have a lot of information posted on my website, including payment methods, but I realize that not everyone takes the time to read things over so today I'm going to share a recent experience with a customer using Paypal. On both my website and my contract I explain that I accept Paypal for deposits only and all balances must be paid in either cash or a cashier's check, no Paypal or personal checks.
Today I received an email from Paypal notifying me that a customer sent me money. The customer did not ask me or notify me in advance and they had sent an amount that they assumed to be their balance due of $1,287.60. For those of you not familiar with Paypal they make their money by charging a fee for all transactions. In this case the customer did not add in the transaction fee so Paypal deducted $37.64 and credited my account with $1,249.96. This final amount did not cover the balance due on the puppy and the customer was unaware that Paypal would be deducting such a large fee. Since I do not accept Paypal for final balances I simply logged into my account and hit the "Issue a Refund" button and the money in the total amount of $1,287.60 was immediately returned to the customer, problem solved, or so I thought..... After the transaction was refunded I noticed an odd balance in my account so I did the math and Paypal issued the customer a complete refund but then charged me their fee of $37.64 for a transaction I did not request or accept! I called and spoke to a customer service rep and was told that they now automatically keep all fees, even in the case of a refund. I asked why the person sending me the money wasn't charged and was basically told that it is what it is and there's nothing that could be done about it. So now, because someone didn't read my posted information and didn't take the time to discuss with me first, $37.64 has been completely wasted on a refunded Paypal transaction and I am going to get yelled at when I charge the customer for the fee that was charged to me by Paypal.
Apparently Paypal recently changed their policy and sellers are getting stuck with the fees:
https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/20/20876570/paypal-refund-fee-policy-change-sellers-controversy

As a customer please do take some time to read over my website and puppy contract, I try really hard to answer all questions and make things crystal clear. If you ever have a question don't hesitate to ask me. I want the process of adopting a puppy from us to be exciting, comfortable, and crystal clear so communication is key!
For deposits I will accept Paypal, Cash, Personal Check, Cashier's check or Money orders made to Cute Cockapoos. Buyers are responsible for the cost of all Paypal fees.
For final balances due if you are having your puppy shipped or delivered I require a Cashier's check a minimum of 10 days before the puppy leaves. I do not accept personal checks or Paypal.
For final balances due if you are picking up your puppy I require Cash or a Cashier's check made to Cute Cockapoos. I do not accept personal checks or Paypal.
If you do not read this information in advance and send me money using Paypal, you as a buyer, are responsible for all Paypal fees.

For current pictures, prices, and information about our available or upcoming Cockapoo Puppies please visit our website: www.cutecockapoos.com

Friday, October 18, 2019

2019 Christmas Cockapoos!

It's only October but I have been getting emails about Christmas puppies for over a month now so wanted to give everyone an update. We are expecting one litter that will be ready for home in early December and one litter that will be ready either the week of or the week after Christmas. I will be able to give specifics on take home dates once the babies are born.

Due to the wide variety of colors within our bloodlines I cannot tell you what colors we will receive until they are born but am thinking we may get Merle, Buff, Apricot, and maybe Red.
I have started a waiting list and do accept deposits in advance.

We do not offer pickups or shipping on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day so that we can spend time with our families. Please feel free to email me for details or stay tuned to the "Puppies for Sale" page of our website for pictures and information about the available puppies.
https://www.cutecockapoos.com/

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

What Size Will my Cockapoo Puppy be?

I am a member of several dog forums as well as social media groups related to Cockapoos, Poodles, and Cocker Spaniels and I have seen a recurring theme that I would like to address: the size of your puppy. I have read over and over where people post complaints online stating that their now adult dog is bigger or smaller than what the owner expected so the breeder must have lied. I realize that there are some people out there that will say anything to make a sale but I don't think that's the majority of breeders out there and it's upsetting for a buyer to automatically post that "the breeder lied" just because they are unhappy.
With a mixed breed it is very important to understand that you have two different breeds creating a new one which will result in a constant stream of variation. Cockapoos take on the traits of both the Cocker and Poodle and one may lean more towards one breed versus the other hence resulting in a litter where there are different colors, different coats, different heights, and different weights. When you ask a breeder what size a puppy will be full grown it's almost as if you are expecting them to be psychic because they will never be able to give you a 100% guarantee on what size that puppy will end up being. After a human has given birth if the doctor asks what that child will weigh at age 18 do you think the parents would be able to give a valid answer? When someone asks a breeder what size their puppy will be they will answer based on the size of the parents and based on past puppies ( if any,) and that's all that they have to go by. Don't ever expect or demand a guarantee on an adult size, it's unrealistic.

If you are adopting a mixed breed dog it's important to do your research on both of the breeds involved, see what size they are, what colors they come in, what their average heights and weights are, what their health issues are, habits are, etc. so that you are prepared for what you may get in the mixed puppy.
Understand that the height and weight of a puppy is based on genetics, they can be as large as a great great grandparent that the breeder may or may not know about, and their weight can also be affected by their environment. If an owner is feeding low quality food, isn't providing adequate exercise, smokes in the house, doesn't provide mental and physical stimulation this can all result in poor health and being over weight.
I too have been the victim of a buyer freaking out because their dog ended up being 2 pounds over the projected size that the person had in their head. I never guarantee the size of a puppy and tell people the average size of my pups based on past experiences. I don't want people to be unhappy about their dogs but I also think it's unrealistic to complain over two pounds or love your dog any less because they're a little bigger or smaller than what you had wanted. If you are particular about what you are looking for first do your research on the breeds involved in the mixed breed you are interested in and second tell the breeder what you are hoping for with the understanding that they ultimately cannot control the size that your dog will end up being.

For information on us and our available puppies please visit our website at: www.cutecockapoos.com

Monday, June 17, 2019

Genetic Testing

Puppy buyers I feel your pain! I absolutely hate trying to buy puppies from other breeders because I find it incredibly difficult to find what I am looking for, and in this day and age I would expect quality to be out there and readily available. Usually we like to create our own dogs to raise and breed but occasionally I need to add to our bloodlines which means that I have to buy from someone else. Recently I started searching for a few new Cocker Spaniels and I was looking for certain colors and breeders that do genetic testing, this doesn't sound difficult but unfortunately it was and I am truly disappointed in what I found.

All of my dogs are genetically tested. Back in the day when testing first began I had to take the dogs to the vet (an hour away,) get blood samples in a specific type of tube with specific labels, drive them to the post office and do special shipping, and then wait for the results, all after paying an expensive fee to the genetics lab, a vet bill for the blood draw, and another fee for shipping. It was a pain but worth it because I then knew the genetics on my dogs.

Now days genetic testing is much more readily available online, it's affordable, and there are many more test options out there. I have an account with an online genetics lab, I set up a profile for a dog that I own, I order a breed specific test panel, they send me a test kit and when it arrives I do a few cheek swabs to collect their DNA, put it back in the mail and in a couple of weeks I have the results. It's much more affordable, takes less time, and is easy to do.

When searching for new puppies this Spring I contacted three different breeders that had what I was looking for and asked all of them if they genetically tested the parents, all of them said no! The first lady I contacted told me that she didn't test because the lab was 2 hours away and it was really expensive. Wrong answer and a poor excuse when you can do testing online as I described above.

The second lady told me no because her dogs are all raised at her home. Again, wrong answer and a poor excuse. It's great that she raises her own breeding stock because she can see their personalities and general health but she cannot tell me their genetic makeup simply by raising them. I'm not going to go into scientific details here but even if a dog isn't affected w/a disease they can still carry a gene for it and it's vital to not breed two dogs that carry a gene for a disease because they will in turn produce puppies affected by said disease. A genetic test will answer all of that for you.

The third person caught my eye because in his ad he said that the parents were "health tested" so I thought finally, someone that does testing! When I contacted him and asked what tests were done on the parents he told me that they were vet checked on a regular basis, no genetic testing. This was false advertising and a really good ploy to get someone to think that he was doing the right thing, but he wasn't. A vet check is not a "test," and he was probably hoping that people just wouldn't ask for more details. A vet can do a full physical exam, blood work, x-rays, etc. but they still can't tell you about genetics unless a specific test is done by a genetics lab.

I was so disappointed in my search, these people were asking $1,000-2,000 for their puppies and were breeding without doing the simple and easy tests that all breeders should do.

If you're looking for a puppy don't be afraid to ask if the breeder does genetic testing, you don't have to fully understand all the details of it but it should tell you a lot if their answer is "No."


https://www.cutecockapoos.com/


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Cockapoo Coat Variations

For my next couple of blog posts I aim to talk about the different characteristics of a Cockapoo ranging from coat styles to eye color, to size in order to educate others about this wonderful breed. Today I am going to discuss coat styles. Many of you may not be aware of this but Cockapoos can have three very different coat styles, one is a flat coat sometimes called a straight coat or a smooth coat or what I refer to as a "smoothie," another is a fluffy/wavy coat with loose waves running throughout, and the other is a tightly curled coat often referred to as a "Poodle coat." A variation in coat styles makes total sense because a Cockapoo is a mixed breed and their characteristics will depend on genetics and which breed they take after more. Sometimes people get a "picture" in their head of what a Cockapoo should look like and are either confused or mistrusting when they see one that doesn't look similar to what they think they should, this often happens when people see a smooth coated Cockapoo.

Coat variations can happen within a litter where some puppies are smooth while others are wavy, and again, this all depends on genetics. Here are pictures of two siblings from the same litter, the Merle has a fluffy/wavy coat while the Red one is a "smoothie."


Cockapoos that have the wavy or curly coats also have the well know beard, facial hair, long hair on their ears, and bangs.


Cockapoos with a smoother coat can turn out to be quite fluffy throughout their body, have bangs and long hair on their ears, but often lack the beard, otherwise referred to as "furnishings." 
Below is a picture of an adult Smooth Coated Cockapoo, she was recently groomed so you'll notice that her body hair is quite shorter than normal but her smooth face and lack of a beard is a perfect example of a trait very common with the "smoothies."


Here is a picture of another "smoothie" with her hair grown out. You'll see she has a fluffy coat, bangs, and some facial hair on the sides but not a full beard.


I occasionally do get "smoothies" in my litters and personally think that they are beautiful but have come across people who absolutely do not like them, and others who have questioned whether they really were a Cockapoo due to being uneducated about the variations within the breed. If a type of coat style is important to you it is vital that you discuss it with your breeder and wait until the puppies are several weeks old before you pick one. When a Cockapoo is first born they have a smooth coat and their texture develops over time so a breeder will not be able to tell you at birth whether the puppy is going to be smooth, wavy, or tightly curled. 


People often ask if smooth coated Cockapoos shed more and the truth is that each dog is an individual with their own traits but all three coat styles have the low to no shedding and low allergy qualities that has made the breed so popular.

It's important to remember that Cockapoos are a mixed breed and will take on the characteristics of both of their parents resulting in different coat styles, different heights, different eye colors, different weights, etc. Please do your research in advance when adopting a pet, no matter the breed, to make sure they will be the right match for you.

https://www.cutecockapoos.com/

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Another Article That Made Me Shake My Head.......

The other day a friend of mine forwarded me a post that someone has shared on social media about dog breeding and puppy mills. I don't always like it or appreciate it when people send me these things because ultimately they make me angry or disappointed and I simply don't want to see it or waste my time with the stupid things that are written online. Don't get me wrong, people wanting to share information and spread the word about puppy mills is great IF they are actually posting correct information. I find that a lot of times people write articles or posts that are incorrect, incredibly judgmental, and end up spreading incorrect information. Once again, after reading this post, I was thoroughly disappointed so I thought it would make good blog material so that people can see things from the writer's perspective and a breeders perspective. Here is the post that was sent to me:


10 Signs That A Puppy Is From a Puppy Mill
by Kristina Lotzon March 03, 2019
So you are looking for a puppy, maybe you’re a first time dog owner. You have heard about puppy mills and know they are bad. But what you don’t know is how to make sure you don’t accidentally buy from one. Here are 10 signs to help you determine if the puppy you are looking at is from a puppy mill or not.
#1 – Out-of-State
You really should just stay away from pet stores when buying a puppy. Be especially worried if those puppies are coming from out-of-state, particularly Midwest states (Missouri and Illinois are two of the biggest).
#2 – No Parents
If the breeder cannot let you meet the parents, you should walk away. Not meeting the parents is like buying a car without knowing the make. Don’t do it. For all you know, these people did not even breed the puppy, but are selling him secondhand for unknown reasons.
#3 – Let’s Meet
If you call a breeder and they say “let’s meet somewhere” when you ask to visit their kennel, it’s a puppy mill. Usually they will try to get you to meet in a store parking lot or a park. Unless there are extreme circumstances, there is no reason why should not see where your puppy was born.
#4 – Several Breeds
Reputable breeders focus on one breed, maybe two, MAX. If you find a site offering five different breeds (and their mixes!), it’s a puppy mill.
#5 – Multiple Litters
When you call the breeder and ask if they have puppies, do they respond with “I have one litter coming, but there is already a waiting list” or “oh yes, I have 3 litters on the ground and 2 more on the way”? If the breeder has 30 puppies, that is definitely a puppy mill.
#6 – Vaccinations
Puppy mills don’t like to spend money, it deters from profits. So the parents may not be vaccinated (you should ask!) and the puppies probably are not. Or, conversely, they have so many puppies they lost track and your pup got vaccinated twice.
#7 – Extreme Promises
Dr. Kathryn Primm DVM, owner and chief veterinarian of Applebrook Animal Hospital, says to be wary about the breeder promising a certain size, temperament, or characteristic that seems extreme. For example, a dog came into her clinic that was supposed to be a Pomeranian and Husky mix that the breeder had promised would never grow lover than 7 pounds. She was 42 pounds.
#8 – Cleanliness
This goes for the dog and the breeder’s home or kennel. Dr. Primm says puppies from puppy mills are more likely to smell like a kennel and have poor coat quality.
#9 – Contract
Your breeder should care enough about what happens to the puppy that she has a contract protecting both you and her. Reputable breeders have a spay/neuter agreement, breed papers, health contract, and a request that you return the dog to them if it doesn’t work out (rather than dumping him at the shelter).
#10 – Too Young
Another way they can cut their costs is by giving you the puppy early, because they do not have to feed them, give them shots, etc. Question any breeder wanting to give you the puppy before they are eight weeks old. This is the minimum age you should be taking a puppy from their mother and litter-mates.

So now that you've read it I would like to give you my opinion:

 #1 Out of State- I'm not sure what they were trying to get at when they mixed out of state with pet stores so I'm going to divide the two subjects. It is true that most, but not all, pet stores are supplied by puppy mills. I sure hope that the public has been thoroughly educated on this subject by now because thankfully that fact has been spread all over for years now. Thankfully some states are working to only allow shelter pets to be adopted from pet stores but it is still very common for pet stores to be solely supplied by puppy mills. I have a very good friend who quit her job managing a pet store in New Jersey because she couldn't stand the sight of the truck pulling up every week full of caged puppy mill dogs ready to be unloaded at the store and sold to people who had no idea where they were coming from. So I am giving the writer of the above post credit for once again trying to educate people on the ethics of pet stores.
The writer also mentioned Midwest states I think in an attempt to educate people about areas that are very prominent to having large quantities of puppy mills. As far as I know Iowa and Missouri are competing for the #1 spot of having the most puppy mills. Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania are also states with large quantities of puppy mills. Does this mean that every breeder in those states is a puppy mill, absolutely not! This means that if you are adopting from those states then you should be aware of the true situation that your puppy is coming from. I have a personal experience with someone who tried to con me in Indiana, acting as if they were a breeder when in reality they were selling dogs for an Amish puppy mill. Thankfully I am well aware of what to look for and saw through the lies.

#2 No Parents- I own the parents of my puppies and they are on site. Do I let people see them- absolutely. Do I let people touch, play, and interact with them, absolutely not! Diseases like Parvo are real and deadly and I am not about to let someone accidentally infect my dogs and puppies with diseases and germs because in the end I have to suffer the consequences. Don't expect a breeder to treat their home and dogs like a petting zoo, it's incredibly important for us to keep our animals safe and healthy.
 I mentioned above that someone in Indiana tried to con me by stating that they were a breeder. I went to their house and it happened to be Winter so I immediately noticed that there wasn't a single paw print in the snow, no gated or fenced areas where dogs could run, no kennels, no dogs in the house, etc. That, amongst many other things, was a clear sign that they didn't own the parents of the puppies they were trying to sell and I think this is what the writer of the above post was trying to explain but that doesn't always mean that the person is running a puppy mill. It's very common for people to buy and resell puppies, steal and sell puppies, or be puppy brokers and not be honest with you about it.

#3 Let's Meet- I don't meet people with my puppies because I simply don't have the time but I do have drivers for hire that have delivered puppies to people at their request. I have people from out of state adopt from me all the time and it's very common for them to not want to drive here.
I would be suspicious if someone went out of their way to obviously avoid having you come to their home to pick up your puppy, but again, that doesn't necessarily make them a puppy mill!

#4 Several Breeds- Mixed breeds have become very popular so it's incredibly common for someone to purchase a Poodle Stud and breed it to several different types of females resulting in many different breeds of available puppies. I've been raising Cockapoos for a long time and it's unbelievable how many "pop up" breeders are around these days. I agree with the writer of the above post that you should be wary of someone that has several different breeds available. I can see one or two mixes where they are using the same stud to create some kind of "doodle" or "poo" but when someone has a wide range of completely different breeds of puppies available that's personally a red flag for me. Puppy Find has a great feature on their website where you can click a link to see all the puppies that someone has for sale and there have been cases where I have clicked on someone to see 14 or 15 completely different breeds available. I'm not just talking Poodle crosses, I've seen someone selling Cockapoos also selling Goldens, and Coon Hounds, and Labs, and Mountain Dogs, and Cockers, and Poodles, and on and on and on.

#5 Multiple Litters- You know how people usually equate Spring with babies? In the Fall the deer are going crazy because it's breeding season and in Spring you start to see little Fawns everywhere as well as baby bunnies, baby birds, calves on farms, kittens, baby ducks, baby geese, etc. Do you see what I'm getting at? It's very, very common for animals to have similar breeding cycles including dogs that live together so it's very common for a breeder to have more than one litter at or around the same time. Does this mean that they're a puppy mill- absolutely not! This means that their females have a breeding cycle that is in sync with the others which results in having babies at the same time.
 I personally like to have more than one litter together. I like that the babies can grow up and socialize together. I like that their is another mother available in case one mom is having trouble or needs some extra milk, etc. I like that I am able to provide families with puppies when they want them (think Summer or Christmas.) And there is absolutely nothig wrong with a breeder having a waiting list! I personally feel the comments that the writer made in this particular section of their article are absolutely ridiculous, stupid, and judgmental.

#6 Vaccinations-I vaccinate both my puppies and their parents and adopting families are provided with a health record stating the vaccines that their puppy has received while in my care. I do not think that it's a good idea to adopt a puppy that has not been vaccinated and I would be wary of someone trying to sell puppies that are not vaccinated. To me this shows a lack of responsibility or concern on the breeders part. If someone doesn't want to vaccinate their adults that's their choice, and I wouldn't judge them on that, but I think it's necessary to vaccinate babies. Does selling unvaccinated puppies make someone a puppy mill- absolutely not! There are tons of back yard breeders out there simply trying to make a quick buck who sell animals w/out shots.

#7 Extreme Promises- "a dog came into her clinic that was supposed to be a Pomeranian and Husky mix that the breeder had promised would never grow lover than 7 pounds. She was 42 pounds." There are so many things wrong with the above statement. Why on Earth would anyone belive that a puppy mixed with a Husky would only grow to be 7 pounds??!! What does this have to do with being a puppy mill? People can lie and tell you what they think you want to hear. Breeders aren't psychic, they can tell you things based on experience, based on what they know, based on characteristics of the breed but being incorrect doesn't make them a puppy mill! 

#8 Cleanliness- Keeping dogs and their environment clean is very important. If someone has a messy house does that mean that they are a puppy mill? The writer of the above post was very vague with this one and if they truly wanted to educate people about the conditions of a puppy mill they should have gone into the details of a true puppy mill environment where dogs live their entire lives in small stacked wire cages that are dirty, receive little to no medical care, are not properly groomed, don't know what it's like to walk on grass or see the sun, don't know what toys are, and don't receive any personal attention. 

#9 Contract- I agree that breeders should have contracts, that's just good business sense, but if they don't that doesn't make them a puppy mill! 

#10 Too Young- This is a subject that people will disagree on until the end of time. Some breeders say six weeks, some say seven weeks, some say eight weeks, some say ten weeks, some say twelve. A licensed breeder will have to follow their state or federal laws. In my state puppies can be picked up at seven weeks and shipped at eight weeks. I am a licensed breeder and follow these laws but a puppy will never leave my home if I don't feel that they are ready, no matter their age. I have this information posted on my website, on my blog, on my contract, and people will still try to get me to let their puppies go home earlier if it's more convenient for them to pick them up on a certain date versus their take home date. The answer is always "No," my puppies don't leave until they are ready and old enough. 
I have seen breeders who believe that 10 weeks is the magic number attack breeders who follow the  8 week number. I have seen breeders who follow the 8 week number attack breeders who follow the 7 week number. I personally stay out of the debate and do what I feel is best for my puppies. If an adopting family feels it's necessary for a puppy to stay here with me for an extra week I am totally okay with that. 
Does letting a puppy go home at an age you don't personally agree with make them a puppy mill- absolutely not! 

There are a combination of things that truly make a puppy mill and I really feel that the person who wrote that post missed most of them. I feel that the majority of the things she focused on are the bad practices of what breeders and brokers do, not necessarily puppy mills, and this in turn could cause someone to not adopt from an actual breeder because of being misinformed. This is why articles like the one above are so upsetting to legitimate breeders!

Animals raised in puppy mills have horrible lives, live in deplorable conditions, are looked at as "baby machines," and generally don't receive their basic needs. If someone doesn't give you a contract that doesn't mean that they are running a puppy mill so using these examples on an individual basis to judge someone would be a mistake. If someone has 100 dogs living in stacked cages who mass produce puppies like products, doesn't want you at their house, doesn't give you a contract, doesn't vaccinate their puppies, and has prices way below the average rate then the chances are pretty darn good that they are running a puppy mill. 

Do your research. Educate yourself. Ask questions. Don't believe every judgmental article out there!!



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

2019 Spring and Summer Puppies!

This is just a reminder to let people know that we will have Spring and Summer puppies available for 2019 with the first litters arriving in March. I've said this before and will say it a million times more, but I do not know specifically what colors the babies will be until they are born. This is because our dogs have a lot of colors within their bloodlines so they can either have an entire litter all the same color, or each and every puppy can be different (rainbow litter.) for more information about this please view my blog article:


https://cutecockapoosinwisconsin.blogspot.com/2013/12/what-color-will-your-next-litter-be.html


We do take non refundable deposits in advance to get on our waiting list, this is a good idea, especially for Spring and Summer when we are really busy. Please understand that getting on the waiting list requires patience! If you only want one thing, for example a Chocolate Female, you will be on the list for one but I cannot guarantee when it will be born. I've had people put deposits down and then email me on a constant basis wanting to know when their color was going to arrive, etc. Also please note that all deposits are non refundable and that is because I am looking for serious families who truly want a puppy from me. For more information on how the waiting list works please read by blog article:


https://cutecockapoosinwisconsin.blogspot.com/2014/03/how-our-waiting-list-for-cockapoo.html


If you're interested in getting on the waiting list please feel free to email me. I also have tons of additional information listed on the "FAQ" page of our website:


https://www.cutecockapoos.com/faq


If you're not comfortable with getting on the waiting list but still want a puppy from us please keep an eye on the "Puppies for Sale" page of our website, I keep it very current with pictures and information about available puppies:


https://www.cutecockapoos.com/puppies-for-sale


I hope we can help you out with a new addition to your family in 2019!