Prospective Buyer Questionaire
Thank you for your interest in a puppy from GoldiDox Grove! I am a dedicated Dachshund lover who participates in various dog related events. I breed occasionally to produce what I believe to be quality Dachshunds that conform to the breed standard, that are intelligent and have winning personalities. I focus on doing all I can to produce physically and mentally sound dogs.
Through my involvement in local and national All Breed and Dachshund clubs I am exposed to other points of view and educational programs. Likewise, through my constant contact with other Dachshund breeders all over the world I have the opportunity to share information and ideas concerning my beloved breed.
I am very protective of my puppies... they are all raised in my home and are well cared for and socialized during their time here. Each and every puppy receives a lot of love, play time, socialization with people (adults and children), other dogs, cats and even birds! Even with all the attention, puppies going to a new home are not a trained, well-mannered finished product… they are puppies! They will have accidents and they will get into mischief, all part of being a puppy. I expect new owners to finish the job I have started and help their puppy become a mature, well-mannered Dachshund by being responsible for the further development of the puppy's personality through structured discipline, training, guidance and most of all love. Also I keep in close contact with puppy buyers, they become part of my extended family! I’m always available to help you with questions or just about anything else!
This questionnaire serves to help me become better acquainted with the people inquiring about my Dachshunds. It serves to present me with a more complete picture of what you are looking for in a dog and to help match you, as a potential buyer, with a dog that will ultimately turn out to be what you are looking for. This questionnaire in no way constitutes a contract on my part that there will be a Dachshund puppy available for you, nor do your responses serve as the sole determinant of whether or not a Dachshund puppy will be offered. There are no right or wrong answers.
If you are interested in a puppy from an upcoming litter I recommend you complete the questionnaire and speak with me (via e-mail or in person) after that. When I have a litter planned I will notify you. I reserve the right to choose not to place a puppy in a prospective home at any time or for any reason. My first consideration is the safety and well-being of my puppies, from the day they are conceived until the day (hopefully long in the future) when they pass on.
Because of the overabundance of Dachshunds in rescue, my puppies are sold on a Limited AKC Registration (non-breeding) contract, requiring the dog to be spayed or neutered at or around six months of age. I will under very special circumstances and with outstanding puppies agree in writing to lift this Limited Registration allowing the puppies to be bred once certain criteria are met. I will discuss this with you if you are interested in a breeding prospect pup.
Before taking your puppy home you will be given a "Puppy Packet" containing information on training and care of your puppy, and you will be asked to sign a puppy purchase contract. You will be given health records and any other information I feel you may need. Please note, as the breeder, I will register the litter with AKC but individual registration application papers must be completed and submitted by the new owner. This individual registration application will be supplied for you to register your puppy only when I receive proof from a licensed veterinarian that your puppy has been spayed/neutered.
I evaluate each puppy's temperament and personality by observing them during their development. I attempt to match the puppy to the buyer to produce the best fit of puppy and family. The order in which you will be allowed to pick your puppy is determined by the order in which your name appears on my waiting list along with a deposit being received. Therefore, if having a number of puppies to choose from is of importance to you, it is in your best interest to complete and return this questionnaire in a timely fashion.
Please complete the following information. Once you’re done, please save your questionnaire on your computer and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have ANY problems with the form please get in touch with me at email@example.com.
Name: Address: (City, Province/State, and Postal Code/Zip) E-Mail: Phone #: Cell Phone #: Business #: How did you find us? (Referral from another buyer, Breeder Directory, etc.) Your Age Other adults in your home: Do you have any children? If so, what are their ages, and have they been exposed to dogs in the past? Were there ever any problems with your children & dogs? Do all family members agree on the addition of a Dachshund to the family? If not, who is not in favor of getting a Dachshund and why? Who will care for this dog if you should become incapacitated, temporarily or permanently? Do you agree that, if for some reason you are unable to care for this dog, I will be contacted about its relocation and will have first right of refusal? Do you Own or Rent your home? If you rent will your landlord give you written permission to have a Dachshund? What type of home do you live in (house, apartment, duplex, townhouse, farm, etc.)? How many hours will this dog be left alone per day? Where will the dog be when no one is at home?
Does your family have enough "quality" time to devote to a dog?
Are you willing to take responsibility for this dog for the next 15 or more years?
How long did your last pet live and what were the circumstances of its death?
Have you ever returned a pet to the breeder? If so, what were the circumstances? Have you ever given a pet away? If so, what were the circumstances? Have you ever given up a dog to a shelter or pound? If so, what were the circumstances? How many dogs do you have now? What breeds? Have you owned Dachshunds before? How recently? What is your knowledge of the Dachshund, and what are your reasons for choosing one now? Are you aware of the socialization needs of a Dachshund puppy and do you feel you are capable of providing for these needs? Do you have pets other than dogs? What are they? Is your yard fenced or do you have a fenced enclosure for the dog? If you answered "No" to the last question, how to you intend to exercise and provide security for this puppy? How large and of what type is the enclosure? Do you let your dogs run loose and under what circumstances?
Do you intend to house your dog inside or outside?
Have you ever used a crate to confine your dog? (I strongly encourage crate training!)
Please list what area(s) of interest you plan to pursue with your Dachshund? (examples: conformation, obedience, agility, pet/companion, watch dog, breeding, trick dog) Have you ever shown a dog? If yes, where, what venue(s) and to what extent?
What energy level do you feel would mesh with your personality (i.e. high, moderate, low) and why?
Color - please indicate your preferences Do you prefer your dog to be male or female? Would you consider an older dog? If so, what is the maximum age you would accept?
Are you willing to travel here to meet the dam and sire of my puppies?
If travel is impossible (and I do understand that it is in some cases) would you be willing to allow a home visit from one of my friends in your area?
Please provide three NON family references (name and phone number) of people that know or have known you and your dogs/pets.
Please provide the name and number of the local agency in your area that handles dog complaints.
Registration applications for all Dachshunds placed as companions will be marked as "non-breeding" except in special circumstances. Do you have any reservations about this policy?
If yes, please tell us about your reservations.
If you are interested in breeding this dog, what are your reasons for breeding?
If your plans are to one day breed your puppy, are you willing to have the puppy properly tested for breed specific health issues (i.e. PRA, CERF, etc) before they are bred?
Are you aware of some of the health problems which can appear in some Dachshunds such as medication sensitivities, IVDD, PRA?
Please provide the name, address and telephone number of your veterinarian (or one who has worked with you in the recent past) as a reference.
Are you currently on the waiting list for any other litters?
Have you been in contact with any other Dachshund breeders concerning purchase of a puppy and if so please tell us who they are and/or what waiting lists you are on?
Further comments: Please feel free to add anything that you think would help in choosing the right individual puppy for you.
Thank you for taking the time to fill in this questionnaire.
I make every effort to ensure that puppies are free from any inherited defects, by screening breeding stock for those problems common to the breed. My puppies are sold with a 1 year guarantee against life-threatening genetic defects.