We do invite every pre qualified family to visit us and our puppies. It’s the best way to get to know our puppy families. They get to meet us and vice versa.
There are as many types of breeders with visiting policies as there are families.
1 STAR BREEDERS who have a quick call with you and do not ask you a lot of questions. It’s all about “YES, I have the puppy for you. Send me the money and I’ll ship the puppy to you.” Some families agree to this as they are in a rush to get their puppy. Others don’t know that this is not a sign of a great breeder or they just don’t care.
2 STAR BREEDERS who do want to speak with you over the phone and do make an effort to get to know a bit about you. Then when you ask to meet them and their puppies, they will say they can meet you with the puppy at a public location near their home if you are buying the puppy. They will not meet you if you want to meet them and their puppies before deciding if they are right for you. Some families buy a puppy from this kind of breeder.
3 STAR BREEDER will say, “There are pictures of the puppy and a video on my website so you have a good idea of the puppy and me. I don’t have anyone come to our home as we have young children. We can’t risk unknown people coming to our home. They may be crazy or bring in diseases to my puppy.”
4 STAR BREEDERS who allow you to come and pick up a puppy you are buying.
5 STAR BREEDERS who allow you to come and visit the puppies she has available for adoption.
6 STAR BREEDERS who invite and encourage you to visit them even before puppies are born. They insist that you visit if you are within a reasonable driving distance. They allow you to come visit as often as you want or need before or during the adoption process. This is Mythic Kingdom. Yes, we go above and beyond what other breeders do.
Every breeder has their own reasons for the visit or no visit rules. We know every kind of breeder. Yes, there are crazy people, as well as crazy breeders. We have children and do our best to pre qualify families prior to them visiting us. If they are within driving distance, yes, they must come to our home. So far, we have enjoyed 99% of the visits.
Yes, we have had few families come and were turned away. They were not allowed to put in a deposit. They were not allowed to adopt. We take puppy adoption very seriously and are not looking to get rid of our puppies or make the sale to the first person who makes an offer.
One reason a lady was turned away was because Tim and I got the impression the lady was buying an expensive purse, a fashion statement rather than a puppy. Our puppies are not accessories. They are living beings needing protection, first by us and then their puppy family.
Another lady had her driver bring her to our home for a visit to see a particular color puppy. We brought her to the backyard since it was a beautiful summer day and everyone was out playing. Tim and I showed her examples of colorings and all throughout the visit, she would point to our parents or puppies that were already spoken for saying, “That one is pretty. I want that one.” When we told her the parents are not available for adoption or a particular puppy already has a family or a puppy is not tempermentally right for her, she would point to another one and say she wanted that one. I asked her pointed questions to figure out what she needed and or wanted but I could not get a direct answer. It was just, “That one is pretty. I want it.” I very politely told her we are not the right breeder for her and she needed to contact other breeders. Tim, of course, was not as tactful. He told her directly she needed to leave and no one should let her get a dog as she does not get that they are living beings. She wanted a puppy from us and liked the way we did things but it was clear to Tim and I that she didn’t understand how we did things. She interviewed well over the phone but in person, it’s a different story. We also learned that we cannot have everyone out, or too many as it can be over whelming to some families. Now we only bring out the ones that match a families energy level and the gender, coloring, size, age and any other factors that are important. Depending on the vibe the family gives off, we may have out the puppy’s siblings and or playmates. They may also be out for socialization. I am really into having lots of people handle our puppies in a safe environment. I like to take the opportunity of families visiting to have the puppies socialized.
Another couple brought their Yorkie even though we had discussed our visiting dog policy. They came to the front door and after being brought into our home, they started to pull out their dog from the dog purse. Tim told them that we no longer allow outside dogs into our home and they cannot bring the dog out of the bag. They said, “She is so good. Besides, we want to make sure she gets along with the new puppy.” Tim explained our reasoning, that it’s for the health and well being of the puppies. But they did not get it. To be polite, we did let them stay with their dog in the bag. Of course they fell in love with a puppy. I politely told them that we are not the right breeder for them and vice versa. Having open and easy communication is very important to us and we did not feel that was the case. They insisted that they adopt the puppy. We said no. Would it have been easy to let them adopt the puppy. Yes. But would it have been ideal for the puppy? NO! It would also have not been good for a long family breeder relationship.
Over the years, we have refined our puppy visits. We used to have families walk all over the house during the puppy visit. We used to let them bring their pets. We used to let them visit as long as they wanted. We used to let families sleep over at our home. We used to feed almost everyone who visited. Now, we have a much a puppy visiting policy that has worked for us, our visiting families and puppies.