Frequently Asked Questions and Puppy Contract
-We know that bringing home the perfect puppy can be expensive. For this reason, we do offer payment plans! Whether you are paying on a puppy out of a born litter or for your reserved puppy on the waitlist for a future litter, the process is the same. Once you make the original hold deposit to reserve your puppy, you can pay at your leisure. Puppies paid for with a payment plan will not go home with new owners UNTIl full payment is received!
Do you have a waitlist for born and expected litters?
-Yes! Placing a non-refundable holding fee on a future litter holds your place in line to pick a puppy. We accept deposits for waitlist placement as soon as breeding is announced and puppies confirmed. Puppies won't go home until they are nine weeks old, so we will still take deposits to reserve a puppy if they are not already all claimed. Only those with an approved puppy application can place a holding fee. Holding fees on our waitlist are $300.00 and that amount will go toward the total purchase price of the puppy. Holding fees are non-refundable and will reserve your place in line once they arrive. Make sure you are committed and ready for a puppy when placing a hold. If there is not a puppy in the litter you want and this is communicated in the first week after litter birth, you can communicate with us and move your holding fee to the next available litter. Dates for future planned litters are often tentative and subject to change.
What do you feed your dogs?
-Our dogs are fed a high protein diet. We buy a variety of high protein dog food depending on if the dogs like it, and the content in the food. Some brands that we often buy are Diamond: High Energy, and Country Lane: High Protein.
Do you DNA test your dogs?
-Yes! We use Embark DNA testing to make sure that all of the dogs in our program are healthy before breeding. Our dogs are clear for all of the genetic issues that Embark tests for. You can look at our dog's full Embark results on each dog's individual pages, where there is a link that takes you to the full results. We want everyone who is looking to bring home one of our puppies to have full access to parental health history, should they want to check it out.
Where are you located?
-We are located in Centerville, Iowa.
Do you offer delivery?
-Yes! We will deliver within a semi-reasonable distance for no charge, meet halfway, or ship via a puppy safe airline for a transportation fee. Our main goal is to ensure that the puppy 's travel is as safe as possible. If shipping cargo, we fly American Airlines or through United's PetSafe travel program. Puppy nanny travel depends case to case, but is very popular! As long as one of us is free, we also will fly and nanny the new puppy ourselves. In this case we only charge for the price of our flight and the puppy’s travel, and nothing more.
How much is a puppy?
-Our puppy price normally starts at $1,500. We spend a lot of time and money researching genetics for our dogs and making sure that our dogs are of healthy genetic lines. We use beautiful, unique, and healthy Pomskies for our breeding program. Our goal is to find dedicated owners who are looking to bring home an amazing lifelong companion. Because of this, we price our puppies accordingly. If you find a puppy for less than $1,000, it is very possible that it is a scam, or the puppy is from a poor genetic background. When looking for a healthy and perfect companion, you get what you pay for.
How big will my puppy get?
-Most puppies are within the estimated range between the parent's size. Though, we cannot guarantee the exact size. With the Pomsky breed, there is always the potential for a genetic throwback. In this case, puppies could potentially be well over or under our expected weight range. We like to offer a projected range that we have from the parents, but that is not a guarantee that the puppy will remain under a certain weight. Most of our puppies are huskier, so surprises in size do happen every once and a while. At this moment, our puppies are normally estimated to be 20-30lbs.
Do Pomskies shed?
-Yes! Pomskies typically shed somewhere between a typical husky and pomeranian coat. Pomskies do blow their coats a few times a year, but this can be maintained with regular brushing. You can also take them to a groomer to have their coats blown out or a sanitary trim, but they should never be shaved under any circumstance.
Can we physically come visit to meet our potential Pomsky?
-Yes! Send us a message and we would be happy to arrange a meeting or a video call if you cannot physically come to visit. We want to be as accommodating as possible to a future LJ Kennel family member! If you want to physically visit, please remember that we place our family, dogs, and puppies safely first. We may ask you to take several precautions to ensure that you are not bringing in germs or other things that could be a risk to all of our household.
Where do the puppies stay before they go home?
-Our puppies split their time in the whelping kennel and in the house with us. They split their time in our whelping kennel, and in the house with us to socialize. We have a special part of our house sectioned off for puppies only! They are also able to be outside in our fenced-in yard when they are old enough to play outside with the other dogs after vaccinations.
What kind of socialization or training do we do with puppies before they go home?
-We try our best to expose our puppies to everything they will face later in life! They are taken on car rides, exposed to some of our pack one on one once old enough and vaccinated, given baths, started on brush acclamation, and have interaction with people and children. As soon as the puppies are old enough, we try to start them on outside potty training, but accidents do happen, as with all puppies. We start building a training foundation for our future owners as soon as we can.
We require all future puppy owners to sign a puppy contract. We do this to ensure that the puppy's best interest is always kept in mind. We want all of our dogs to live happy, healthy lives. This means that we want to keep all of our dogs out of shelters or unsatisfactory living conditions. The questions below are taken directly from our puppy contract. After arrangements are made for a puppy, we will have a paper/digital copy for the new owner to sign! If you are looking to add one of our puppies to a breeding program, we have a separate contract. Please message us to discuss breeding rights!
LJ Kennel’s Pomsky’s
Breeder Name: LJ Kennels
Buyer Name: ______________________________
Date of Sale: ________________
Date of Delivery: _______________