Carys’s puppies have been adopted! v
Carys’s pups were born on August 11th and they will be ready to join their families on the Thanksgiving weekend. All of the puppies are happy, healthy, active, and engaged with each other and the stimuli that has been introduced to them. They love toys and are learning about balls. They have all learned how to bark, which seems like a bit of a novelty to them.
Mom is an Airedale, so the pups are Airedale mixes. We do not know who dad was, but based on the appearance of the puppies, we suspect that dad has some retriever in him. That said, we cannot guarantee the mix. Based on the size of the puppies, he was clearly a larger breed dog.
Airedales are low-shedding dogs with a wiry double coat. They are not hypoallergenic dogs. Airedales require grooming. Airedales are wonderful dogs that embody many of the characteristics that made them such reliable working dogs in the past. They are intelligent, strong, stubborn, and dependable. They are also very loving family dogs. Carys has a wonderful temperament and she loves other dogs and people.
That said, as we do not know the father, we can only speak of what we know about Carys and her breed. It is possible the dog you might adopt may have characteristics more in line with the dad than Carys, including type of coat and colouring.
Carys’s puppies are already quite large. At 6 weeks of age, they range from 3 to 4.5 kilos. We estimate that the pups will grow to be 50+ lbs and a few may be as large as 70+ lbs. Adopters need to be prepared to have a potentially large dog.
Adopting a puppy is not a decision to be made lightly. They need a great deal of attention during their formative months. They come to you essentially as blank slates. Remember, you are responsible for socializing them, house training them, and helping them learn how to be a family member in a home full of humans, and perhaps other animals. Bottom line – it is a lot of work and a huge commitment. Make sure you are ready for that before submitting an application. If you have a friend who has adopted a puppy, ask them how it was.
Like all puppies, these pups will need proper training to become good canine citizens and enjoyable family members. Depending on your comfort level and experience, this may include puppy training with a professional trainer.
We are looking for homes where the pups will not be left alone for long periods of time. It is not fair, nor conducive to proper socialization and physical and mental health, for puppies to be left alone for extended periods. If an applicant is out of the home during the day, we will be looking for a plan to ensure the puppy is properly attended to.
These puppies will become large dogs and outside unrestrained access will be important. Accordingly, preference will be given to homes with a fully fenced yard.
Spaying or neutering the dog, at the appropriate age, is required and at that time a portion of the adoption fee will be returned. One of the female puppies has a very small umbilical hernia which may resolve on its own. Should it not resolve, this is easily repaired at the time of the spay.
We are not accepting applications for individual puppies. Where it asks for the name of the dog, please write in “Carys puppy” along with your choice of gender. Should gender not matter, please write in “Carys puppy – no preference”.
Carys and her puppies have had exemplary care with their foster parents and we are excited to find them all the wonderful families they deserve. Meet and greets will be available to selected applicants and anyone attending the home of the foster parents must be fully vaccinated.
Carey’s puppies were lovingly fostered by Bob