Frequently Asked Questions about Maplewood Silks

How long will I have to wait to get a puppy?

We are a small, home-based breeder, not a puppy mill, so we don’t typically have puppies on hand ready to go home at a moment’s notice. The timing of litters and puppy availability will first depend on who is ready and able to have a litter, and of course biology (when heat cycles occur). Once we have done a breeding and are reasonably certain we are expecting puppies, we begin contacting people on our waitlist in order to see if they are still interested in having a puppy from us. Dogs are pregnant for about 2 months, and our puppies go to their new homes between 10 and 12 weeks of age, so from breeding to go-home date is approximately 5 months. 

What is the process for adopting a puppy from you?

Our screening process involves a few things. First, once you contact us I will send you an application form, which I request that you fill in and return to us. After that, I schedule a time to talk with you to discuss what you are looking for, and the current expected timeline for new puppies. If we seem like a good fit for each other, you are put on my waitlist, and will be notified of any updates in puppy availability as they occur. I do not collect deposits until puppies are born and I have a reasonable certainty that the right puppy for you will be available. Puppies are NOT homed on a first-come, first-served basis, but rather based on lifestyle and fit. If you are on the list for a litter, you can expect to find regular updates here and on my facebook page. I am always available by email to discuss any questions, concerns, hopes & dreams you might have about your newest family member!

What kind of health testing do you do on your dogs?

I’m glad you asked! The Havana Silk Dog Association of America prides itself on doing everything possible to reduce and eliminate known health issues in our breeding dogs. Before a dog can be bred, they must first pass the following screenings: OFA hips, patella, and basic cardiac; OFA eyes (screened annually); BAER hearing test; blood chemistry panel and bile acids pre- and post- prandial (test of liver function). Additionally, every dog in the HSDAA undergoes a hands-on conformation evaluation to determine how well they conform to the breed’s standard, and has their DNA entered into the UC Davis VGL genetic database.

Maplewood Silks goes above and beyond and also tests all of our breeding dogs for genetic diseases such as Chondrodystrophy (CDDY), a debilitating disease causing bowed legs and severe pain. 

It’s a lot of work and a considerable expense, but we feel it gives us the confidence to stand behind our health guarantee. Although no human can predict and prevent every bad thing from happening, we do our best to reduce surprises and produce healthy puppies that will have long and satisfying lives with their families!

I'm not sure a puppy is right for me. Do you have any older dogs available for adoption?

We do not expect to have any older dogs available for adoption any time soon. Occasionally as a breeder I will hear of an older dog who needs rehoming, so if you are interested in an older dog, I do encourage you to contact us and I will put you on a notification list if such a dog becomes available.

I'm not sure I can wait that long. Is it ok if I talk to other breeders?

Of course! I understand that it can be hard to wait for a new little pup. We do not generally collect deposits before a litter is born for this very reason. I do request if you are on my list and are planning to get a puppy elsewhere that you please notify me so I can make room for others.

Any questions beside these?

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions beyond what I've answered here!