The puppy selection process is hard to explain, but I’m going to give it a shot! There are just so many variables. If you’re on our waiting list there will be two important things you will need to have; patience and quick response!
Puppy selection/matching is done from those on our waiting list. Our waiting list is made up of those who have committed by filling out our Puppy Adoption forms and sending the application fee. The waiting list is formed by the order deposits and puppy forms come in.
Everyone on our waiting list really needs to “like” and follow our Facebook page and sign up for email notifications on our blog. This is mandatory if I am going to be able to communicate with everyone about matching puppies! And these are the two places I will post updates on puppies and I don’t want you to miss anything!
Puppy selection can begin anytime after the puppies are born but usually begins between five to six weeks of age. So please check your email frequently if you are on our list. I will contact you by the email address and/or phone you gave me on your puppy application form. Please make sure these are correct and working! I can’t match you with a puppy if I can’t get ahold of you. If I don’t hear back from you within twelve hours, I will go on to the next person.
When people contact me about a puppy they usually ask when we will have puppies available or how long they will have to wait. Like I mentioned earlier, there are so many variables. Let me give you an example. Here’s an example of a wait list:
- Betty-black & tan male
- Joe & Jane-want apricot male
- Sherry-wants female
- Fred & Marilyn-want female pup
- Kerry-Lyn-wants wants red/apricot
- Matthew & Kate-wants male red or apricot
- Julie-wants red or apricot
- Mary-wants female pup
- Lori- wants apricot
- Kristy-wants apricot
- Marjorie-wants female
- Cindy & Sam-want spring/summer puppy
- Priscilla-wants female tri or black & white
- Karen-wants spring/summer puppy
- Susie-wants black female
Now, let’s say we’re waiting on two litters. The litters arrived approximately when we think they will and we end up with all boys! We’ve got a tri-color and a black & white in one litter and the second litter consisting of two all black boys and one black & tan. 😉
So I start at the top and check with those people on my list to see if they’re interested in a puppy. I post group pictures after the litter is born, then weekly individual pictures of each puppy and short videos once they’re up and moving. (Each litter will have an album listed under the “Cavapoo” heading on the website). Most people wait until around five weeks of age to chose a puppy after they’ve gotten to see several weeks of pictures and some videos. I’m also here to answer questions via phone and/or email should each person have trouble deciding on a puppy or need help matching the right puppy to their home/family situation.
But we see that our #1 person-Betty, wanted a black & tan male. She may not wait weeks, but let us know right away that she wants that one black & tan male. Ok, #1 is done! And we move on down the list.
So #2, #3 & #4 decide to stick with their original request. But then #5 (who wanted a red/apricot) decides that they think that black & white puppy is irresistible and chose him! And so we proceed on down the list.
So what happens to those people still on the list that decided to skip on our current pups? They wait for a future litter with (hopefully) the color or gender they were waiting for. The people that were matched with puppies are removed and the list is updated and those still on it are moved up (if applicable).
And that is a guessing game too. We know approximately when our girls come in season (although they trick us sometimes) so we can guess when they might come in, get bred and deliver a litter. But sometimes the males and females don’t follow our plan. Or maybe we have a young adult female that is old enough to enter our breeding program, but she doesn’t want anything to do with that boy! Or that wonderful mom that has produced a litter of six before only has two puppies. Some parents have had litters together before, so we have an idea of what colors we will get from them. But we have some young adults that we have no idea what colors we will get from them.
So you see why I say you must have patience? I hope this helps you understand why it’s just a guesstimate when you ask how long the wait is for a puppy and how the puppy matching process unfolds.