We prefer that you pick up your puppy in person, but we will ship to some locations, for some people, during certain times of the year. We can use United, Alaska Air and Delta out of Montana's larger cities. We will not ship to companion homes south of Colorado, but we will always offer shipping options to competition homes, ESSFTA members, and of course, people we personally know or have purchased a puppy from us before. We use a flat rate that varies between $500 - $600, depending on what airline we use, it includes shipping fee, crate, health certificate and all travel costs.
All Hellfire hunting companion and pet puppies are sold with AKC Limited Registration and a non-breeding/spay/neuter purchase agreement/warranty. All competition/prospective breeding contracts are co-owned with us. No exceptions.
If you have never purchased a puppy from us before, a standard screening questionnaire/puppy application is required to be filled out in order to be considered for a litter list. We ask questions about your work, ages of your human and pet family, and housing situation. We want to make sure we are the right breeder for you, and that you will provide one of our puppies with the best home we can find. We give preference to people that have purchased a puppy from us before.
After filling out a puppy application and being approved for our litter list, we accept a limited number of $200 reservation deposits for our springer puppies. We do not accept deposits for Sussex puppies.
Note: As a courtesy to me and to ensure that all my puppies officially have homes by a certain age, and/or to give me time to find another family if a reservation falls through, all balances and expenses are to be paid in full, 2 weeks prior to pick up or shipping.
We use Puppy Culture science based rearing, enrichment and socialization methods. Our puppies are matched to families, not "picked" through pictures. We begin temperament testing at week 4, and placement matching is based on a process done over an observation period of weeks. We have been breeding a long time, your input certainly matters to us, we want you to love your puppy, but ultimately the breeder knows best. We release puppies at week 9-10 weeks old, when they are developmentally ready to leave.
Our springer puppies are in the $1300- $1800 range, in line with other quality breeders using similarly bred dogs. Prices are the same for males and females. Special breedings with irreplaceable frozen semen, or National Champions, will drive up our normal prices into the $1800-$2000 range. (Stud fees have gone crazy high!) I reserve the right to keep any puppy or puppies I choose, from any litter I breed. Purchase contracts are to be signed, returned, and puppies are to be paid for in full when the puppies turn 7 weeks old or 10-14 days prior to pick up/departure.
My home is a private residence, not a dog breeding business with open operating hours. I work for a large energy company, endure a demanding, full time job (working mostly from home) that sometimes requires out of country travel; I also have a busy doggy competition/travel schedule during certain times of the year. I absolutely do not allow visitors who have not filled out a puppy application. Sorry, it's not being rude or evasive, it's being cautious and smart.
Our puppy tails are docked to proper FIELD length, which means at least 2/3 of the tail is left on. Strong front dew claws are left on both our ESS and Sussex puppies (UK and Euro style), rear dew claws are always removed to prevent tearing. Science has shown front dews strengthen the leg and prevent foot and wrist arthritis as a dog ages, and aid in running and turning...they actually use them!
Sussex Spaniels are a rare breed riddled with many reproductive challenges. They are bred through AI's, whelp with C-Sections, can have a high neonatal mortality rate and stay with me much longer than the springer puppies. We only breed finished champions that are fully health screened, and our puppies are socialized and enriched using Puppy Culture techniques, the same way our springers are. Our puppy prices vary between $2800-$3000. All of our parents and puppies have their eyes, hearts and ears screened by SPECIALISTS. A puppy application is required before one is considered for our litter list. We have a page just for Sussex information to read prior to contacting us.