Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of a Vorderosa Puppy?
Visit our Available Puppies page. Puppy prices may vary with each litter.
Is the deposit included in the purchase price?
Both deposits are applied towards the purchase price of the puppy. MN Sales Tax is not included.
How do I reserve a puppy?
Contact us to be on the Reservation List before the puppy is born. A $100 early deposit is due at that time. Once the puppy is born an additional $400 deposit is due.
How do I buy a puppy?
#1 RESERVING A PUPPY
Contact us to let us know which litter you are interested in. The Reservation List requires a
$100 non-refundable deposit. We will have a Reservation List. The $100 will go towards the purchase price of the puppy.
#2 THE DEPOSIT
An additional $400, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve the puppy once it is born. (Total deposit of $500). This deposit and all monies paid will only be refunded in the unfortunate event that the puppy dies or our Veterinarian diagnoses a health issue before the puppy is ready to leave our home. Pick of the Litter goes in the order of the Deposits Received.
#3 PICKUP DATE
There will be a date determined for pickup of your puppy one month in advance. If you cannot make that pickup date, you will be able to choose from the puppies that are left on the date you are available.
Do you ship your puppies?
We do personable, face to face transactions only. Sorry, we do not ship puppies or dogs.
How do you determine pick of the litter?
Pick of the Litter is awarded to the the first deposit that is received in the mail for a specified litter, either male or female puppy. The remaining Picks are awarded based on the order the deposits are received in the mail. Deposits are separated according to the gender of the puppy.
NOTE: Vorderosa Retrievers reserves the right to keep back the Breeders' Pick of the Litter for any litter. This Breeders' Pick of the Litter is always before the Pick of the Litter for the general public.
What if you don't have the female or male puppy I requested, and I sent my deposit in?
The deposit will only be refunded if we are unable to provide the desired gendered puppy, or in the unfortunate event that a puppy dies or our vet discovers a serious health issue before a puppy is ready to leave to the new home. The deposit can also be applied to any next litter of puppies.
Do you have a Health Contract?
Yes. Check out our Vorderosa Retrievers Puppy Health Contract.
Are your dogs & puppies Registered?
Yes. Our dogs are registered with the American Kennel Club. Information about AKC can be found at www.akc.org.
If you would like your new puppy AKC registered, just ask and we'll provide Limited Registation AKC paperwork when the puppy is picked up.
What is Limited Registration?
LIMITED REGISTRATION is with AKC and there are NO Breeding Rights to the buyer. A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration is still eligible to be entered in AKC Performance Events such as: Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility and Earthdog.
Can I visit my puppy before pickup day?
Unfortunately, we do NOT allow puppy buyers to visit the litter prior to pick up date, due to health concerns of the litter and our dogs. We do everything we can to try and keep our puppies healthy for the buyers that have deposits for their puppy. We will keep you updated on the puppy's progress by sending photos and/or videos of the litter periodically.
Do you Microchip your puppies?
Can I bring my existing pet on pick up day?
Unfortunately, we do NOT allow your existing pets here on pick up day, for the health and safety of our puppies. Puppies can still easily contract diseases and infections at this young age. Thank you for your understanding.
What do I need when I pick up my puppy?
We recommend that your bring a small collar (10"-14"), a basic leash (NON-Retractable), Waste Disposal Bags, and a small crate. For longer drives home, we recommend a chew toy, water, traveling water dish, and paper towels.
When should I go to the vet after picking up my puppy?
Puppies need their second booster vaccine two weeks from the first vaccination. This would be about 1 - 1-1/2 weeks after picking up the puppy.
Do I get anything extra with my puppy?
Yes! The price includes:
Do you remove the dewclaws?
No, we do not remove the dewclaws on our puppies. Fast breeds, such as Goldens, use their dewclaws for cornering, which actually make contact with the ground and help with traction in sports like Agility. Dogs also use their dewclaws as “thumbs” for chewing on bones. Studies have shown that the dogs without their dewclaws have more foot injuries and the chances of arthritis in their "wrist" increases because the dewclaws help with stabilization of that joint.
How many deposits do you take before the litter is born?
We will have two ongoing Reservation Lists, one for female puppies and one for male puppies. The Reservation List requires a $100 non-refundable deposit. The $100 early deposit will go towards the purchase price of the puppy.
What puppy food do you recommend?
We highly recommend puppy/dog food that has meat as the first two or three ingredients. Currently, we use NutriSource, made right here in Minnesota, which is sold at Chuck & Don's and Amazon. Or check out the NutriSource website for a location nearest you! Another good choice is Taste of the Wild Puppy food, also found at Chuck & Don's. For training, check out freeze-dried raw dog treats for your new puppy.