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The Puppy Buying Process 

Wheatland Retrievers prides itself on matching puppies to the home that will fit them best, on an individual basis. Generally, potential puppy buyers will contact us and give a general idea of what they are looking for in their new dog; what their day to day life will look like and what they're hoping to find in regards to temperament and energy levels. Sometimes they have a specific timeline in mind, and color or gender preferences. Based on all that information we can offer our best recommendations for which upcoming litter will be the best fit for the potential buyers' goals for the dog. The potential buyer can then be put on that waiting list. Once that litter has been confirmed via ultrasound (at approximately 26 days gestation) we will collect a $500 holding fee from those on that litter's waiting list. 

Once the puppies are born, puppy buyers will be given regular updates, including pictures and videos, from birth until go-home at 8 weeks. Puppies are handled extensively every single day, and beginning at around five weeks we will pull puppies out individually 2-3x a week to work with and evaluate. At 7 weeks old, puppies will receive a formal Volhard temperament test performed by a 3rd party trainer, and then they'll have their vet exam where they'll receive a comprehensive physical exam with the goal being to uncover any and all abnormalities that could present at that age (heart murmur, umbilical hernia, undescended testicles, recessed vulva, etc.). We will then take all of the information from our training sessions, temperament tests, and vet exam and match the puppy that best suits the wants and needs of each family. If it is determined we don't have a puppy that is the right fit for a family, we will refund the holding fee. 

Transport Options

We currently have puppies in 24 states, from Massachusetts to California. Our preference is ALWAYS for buyers to pick up their new puppy at our home. We're happy to introduce you to the litter, the parents, any other relatives that may be here, and show you where the puppies have spent the first two months of their life. But we understand that is not always an option, and we have successfully shipped 30+ puppies via air (cargo and in-cabin) over the last 6 years. If cargo is an option (pending airports, and temperatures) the cost is $400 which includes the airline fee, the airplane approved carrier, and a health certificate. If flying in-cabin yourself to come pickup puppy, the fee is the cost of the airline ticket, plus an additional $100-125 airline fee, $75 for a health certificate and soft carrier. There are also pet nanny services available that will fly the puppy to you. We are also happy to assist in setting up a ground transport, where the price can range from $300-$1000, depending on distance, number of dogs traveling that route, and other factors. 

Upcoming Litters

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Rain X Jake - $2,000

Date of Birth - 12/16/23
Ready for new homes - 2/10/24

Rain has been bred to Jake for a repeat breeding of all chocolate puppies. This cross will produce excellent hunting/hunt tests dogs, service dog prospects, and excellent active family pets. Puppies are expected to be moderately sized, with females ranging from 55-65, and males 75-85

 

Rain has produced two previous litters for us and has consistently produced puppies that are exceptionally good natured, highly intelligent, happy-go-lucky dogs that love to work. Previous puppies are excelling as hunting dogs, service dogs, performance sports, and as family pets.  

 

Please refer to their litter page on Hunting Lab Pedigree for pedigree information, links to health clearances, and detailed information on the parents. 
 

Included in your Wheatland Puppy packet, you will receive -

  • AKC Registration

  • Sales Contract

  • 30 Month Health Guarantee

  • Copies of parents health clearances

  • Documentation from our vet for Wellness Puppy Exam

  • Microchip with detailed instructions on how to register it

  • Letter to your vet that includes all health notes, proof of vaccinations, deworming schedule since birth

  • A detailed chart of their current daily schedule, how much food they're eating, and any other information I find helpful to make sure their transition into your home goes smoothly!

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Journey X Al - $2,000

Expected Due Date - 3/15/24

Journey has been bred to Al for a March litter of black and yellow puppies. These puppies will have incredible temperaments - stable, confident, biddable. They should excel in a variety of active homes, including hunt tests, field trial, detection, and other performance sports. Journey is a high octane dog in a small package, she has no handler or environmental sensitivities and is very "old school" in her ability to take pressure and overcome adversity while at work. She is the last living offspring of the great '98 National Field Champion Abe's Ebony and Ivory "Eba".

 

Al is a talented young male that was a standout during his field trial Derby career with 7 wins, and 47 total points. He has now switched over to pursuing hunt test titles and is already a 5x Grand Hunting Retriever Champion.

 

Please refer to their litter page on Hunting Lab Pedigree for pedigree information, links to health clearances, and detailed information on the parents. 

Included in your Wheatland Puppy packet, you will receive -

  • AKC Registration

  • Sales Contract

  • 30 Month Health Guarantee

  • Copies of parents health clearances

  • Documentation from our vet for Wellness Puppy Exam

  • Microchip with detailed instructions on how to register it

  • Letter to your vet that includes all health notes, proof of vaccinations, deworming schedule since birth

  • A detailed chart of their current daily schedule, how much food they're eating, and any other information I find helpful to make sure their transition into your home goes smoothly!

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Kali X Rocky - $2,000

Expected Due Date 3/22/24

Kali has been bred to Rocky for a March litter of black and possibly yellow puppies. These puppies are expected to excel in field trial, hunt tests, detection, performance sports, and as active family pets. Kali is an accomplished and experienced hunting dog, with well over 1000 birds retrieved in her life, in addition to three Master Hunter passes towards her title. She is a powerhouse out in the field, but a lovable goofball in the house.

 

Rocky is a young stud that had an impressive Derby career and is now pursuing his Field Champion title under Clint Avant. During his Derby career, he was a 2020 National Derby Finalist and amassed 21 total Derby Points. He is one of 5 full siblings with Derby points.

 

Please refer to their litter page on Hunting Lab Pedigree for pedigree information, links to health clearances, and detailed information on the parents. 

Included in your Wheatland Puppy packet, you will receive -

  • AKC Registration

  • Sales Contract

  • 30 Month Health Guarantee

  • Copies of parents health clearances

  • Documentation from our vet for Wellness Puppy Exam

  • Microchip with detailed instructions on how to register it

  • Letter to your vet that includes all health notes, proof of vaccinations, deworming schedule since birth

  • A detailed chart of their current daily schedule, how much food they're eating, and any other information I find helpful to make sure their transition into your home goes smoothly!

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Patty X Cash - $2,000

Expected Due Date 3/18/24

Patty has been bred to Cash for a March litter of all black puppies. These puppies are expected to excel in field trials, hunt tests, detection work, performance sports, service work, and as active family pets. This is Patty's third litter with us, and she has produced 10 service dogs or service dogs in training, 4 field trial prospects, and several lovely family pets. She is a consistent producer of very versatile and well rounded dogs.

Cash is an accomplished retriever that has been competing and winning at the highest levels of the sport for four consecutive years. He's highly intelligent and biddable, and produces puppies that mature quickly and are showing a ton of talent in the sport. 

 

Please refer to their litter page on Hunting Lab Pedigree for pedigree information, links to health clearances, and detailed information on the parents. 

Included in your Wheatland Puppy packet, you will receive -

  • AKC Registration

  • Sales Contract

  • 30 Month Health Guarantee

  • Copies of parents health clearances

  • Documentation from our vet for Wellness Puppy Exam

  • Microchip with detailed instructions on how to register it

  • Letter to your vet that includes all health notes, proof of vaccinations, deworming schedule since birth

  • A detailed chart of their current daily schedule, how much food they're eating, and any other information I find helpful to make sure their transition into your home goes smoothly!

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