Cavapoo Puppy WaitlistWaitlist NOW OPEN for 2024
winter 2023/24 – waitlist closed
Our Cavapoos will be full grown at approximately 15-20 pounds. F1b red, red and white, parti colored Cavapoo (aka Cavadoodle / Cavoodle) litter. No matter what you call them, they are super cute!
All litter plans are expected but not guaranteed. For the waitlist, please see below, and please note the litter plans will become more specific as the date gets closer.
Spring/Summer 2023 – waitlist closed
This litter was a repeated breeding for Scarlet and Toby. There are 3 boys, two solid reds and one apricot with white markings. Two girls, one solid with small white markings, and one with more prominent white markings. These puppies were born May 16th, and will go home July 2023.
Fall 2022 – these puppies HAVE WENT HOME
This litter is a repeat litter for Scarlet and Toby. There are three boys with white blazes and markings, and two solid red girls. These puppies were born on October 06th, and went home December 2022.
Welcome To The SBK Family!
We are so excited for you to include us in your journey to adding a new member to your family.
Now is the hard part, waiting for your new puppy! Don’t worry, there are lots of things you can do in the meantime.
To Get On The Waitlist
If you see the waitlist form at the bottom of this page – Great! That means the waitlist is open, and you can go ahead and fill out the form. Once I receive that, you will be contacted via email the same or next day to set up a time for a video chat. Usually via FaceTime or Zoom. This gives us a chance to review your application, for me to answer any questions you have, and make sure my program is a good fit for both of us.
If it’s a great fit on my end, you will be invited to review the Puppy Contract (signed on go home day) and to sign and review the deposit contract, and place a non-refundable deposit. (Please see this great article on why I do nonrefundable deposits – as well as some more great tips on finding a responsible breeder!)
No Waitlist form? Contact Us. Please say hi, introduce yourself, and let us know you are interested. If someone falls off the waitlist, I have more puppies than deposits, these are the people I reach out to before opening up my waitlist to the public.
Once Puppies Arrive
1. When a litter arrives, we will go down our list in order of deposits to confirm interest. You have the option to confirm your interest, wait until a future litter, or remove yourself from the waitlist. Removing yourself from the waitlist does not refund your deposit.
2. Keep an eye on our socials for lots of photos, videos, and information! We will work with families to arrange transportation during this time. Our “go home date” is only flexible in case a puppy has to stay longer due to a health issue (sometimes puppies get sick – and we will never send home a puppy that is unwell) or in case of flight / travel arrangements. Please keep this in mind when confirming your interest in the litter.
3. I send lots of emails during this time – so check frequently! Now is the time to also review my “Resources” page for books to read and items to buy. Always reach out if you have questions – no matter how small. Every family has different levels of experience, and I want to make sure everyone is prepared for their new puppy.
4. During week 5/6 I will email you a form to aid with puppy matches. During this time I’ll also be doing lots of observation with the puppies. At 7 weeks, temperament testing will be the final piece in matching you with your puppy. At this time, if you do not like the puppy you match with, you have the option of waiting until a future litter.
5. During week 8, the puppies will go home.
Once Puppies Go Home
Puppies go home having went to our vet at least once to receive a complete review of body systems, first vaccines, microchip, and dewormer if needed. Their paperwork includes a short bio, training plan, free 30 days of Trupanion pet insurance, vet record, microchip information. Each puppy goes home with enough food for a week (or enough to transition them to their new food, with instructions) as well as a Snuggle Puppy, toy with scents from mom and litter mates, as well as items like a travel water bowl, clicker, and cleaning supplies for travel in case of any accidents or messes.
I will be available for the duration of your puppies life for support, guidance, questions, concerns, and to share in milestones and joys. I’ll check in frequently at first – to check on house training, crate training, and how you are getting along with your new puppy. Just like the baby blues – Puppy Blues are a real thing. As a dog trainer I’m always happy to help troubleshoot any behaviors, or offer my training services if you are local.
Should You Get A Puppy?
We ask you to consider these things before applying for a puppy.
1. Do you have the time to potty train a puppy? That can mean every 2-4 hours for the first few months.
2. What are your local training resources? Do you have a vet? Where is the nearest emergency vet? How will you afford an after-hours vet visit if your puppy eats a baby sock, dental floss, or has bloody diarrhea at 2 am? Do you have $50 to call the animal poison control? What about pet insurance? It’s not if an accident will happen – it’s when, and you want to make sure you have a financial plan in place.
3. Do you plan on having children in the next 15 years? If so, constant socialization with children of all ages will be extremely important. If you don’t know any kids, is there a local park? Can you walk past a school playground?
4. Do you have a major move or vacation coming up? If your new puppy converges with that plan – will you wait until the next litter? Who will help care for puppy?
5. Will you be able to take time off of work? Many families work from home either part or full time for the first few weeks, use their vacation time, or have a family member stay to help out while they work. New puppies take a lot of work, but the upfront work will pay off in the end.
How much do dogs really cost?
almostBreakdown of potential costs
Initial costs ~$4,800
- purchase price $4,000
- sales tax $240
- transportation $300-$500
- puppy crate/bowls/etc $200
- pet insurance $600
- food/treats/etc $1,200
- heartworm/tick/flea $500
- checkups/vaccines $600
- spay/neuter $350
- training classes $450
Subsequent years ~$2,550
- pet insurance $600
- food/treats/etc $1,200
- heartworm/tick/flea $500
- checkup $250
You can spend more, or you can spend less, but those numbers are in the middle. Vet bills may be more, food may be less. I strongly recommend carrying pet insurance (Puppy will go home with a free 30 days of Trupanion.) I also urge you to have a credit card for just emergency pet expenses. Emergency care for a pet can be expensive, and payment is required upfront.
How much is a Sleeping Bear Puppy?
Our prices allow us to provide the best puppies, with the best start, to the best families. If this amount is not in your price range, please consider a dog from your local shelter.
$1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to sign up for the waitlist
$3,000 remaining balance is due 3 days before pick up – payments are accepted through GoodDog.com or cash at pick up
$240 Michigan requires a 6% sales tax
Why Is Genetic and Health Testing So Important?
Genetic testing is important for a Cavapoo breeder, or any dog breeder, to do.
The biggest reason is health. We can’t test for everything, so genetic testing is used to understand risk factors of some diseases, and use smart breeding to lessen the chances of disease in puppies we produce. This is never a guarantee. Like in people, conditions and diseases happen.
This is a huge under explanation of genetic testing. There are certain genes that, when a dog has 2 copies, can cause disease. With one copy, a dog is called a “carrier” and will not express the gene, or have the disease. Some diseases can put a dog at risk with only 1 copy of a gene.
When dog breeding, this aids in mate selection as we do not want to breed two dogs who carry for the same gene, if that gene is expressed and detrimental to the breed.
Health clearances are done on parent dogs, mostly after the age of 2, to check the health of certain organs, joints, and tissues. For example, a hip clearance means the dog has good hips and is not prone to hip dysplasia. For Cavapoos – this means hip, elbow, patella, cardiac, and eye clearances, most performed by veterinary specialists.
Dogs can be “cleared through parentage” when available.
Health Checked is not the same and can mean that the breeder themselves looked the dog over, or a vet could have. While that is great, that does not clear the dog of genetic diseases or health issues that can only be seen by blood work, specialist examination, x-ray and other means.
Why is early socialization important?
Early socialization is important because it allows puppies to normalize people of all different shapes, sizes, and descriptions, as well as environmental factors such as different places, busy places, traffic, strange noises like fireworks and thunder, and many many more things that we take for granted and don’t notice.
Without this, a puppy may grow up into an adult dog who is scared of men in hats, or Halloween costumes, or in extreme cases, may harm a baby or toddler because they assume they are playthings, or small animals to be chased. This socialization also applies to exposure to sights, sounds, noises, smells, and environments. Ever met a dog scared of thunderstorms? This is common, and use of early socialization and noise desensitization hope to lessen or avoid these types of fears. Exposures and socialization starts in the first weeks, and is important to continue once home, especially between weeks 8-14. It’s equivalent to “early education” or preschool for kids, and is shown to be vitally important to development.
Before filling out the waitlist:
Once you fill out the waitlist form, I will contact you within 24 hours to schedule a time to chat via Facetime or Zoom, so please keep an eye on your email.
The deposit is the only thing that holds your place on the waitlist.
The waitlist fills up quickly, so I always recommend having mostly already made a decision, and want to make sure I’m the right breeder and this is the right program for you. If you aren’t there yet, please reach out via my contact page.