What can I expect when I Reserve a puppy from Daintree?
Reserving a puppy means you are consciously choosing your breeder. To find out more about us, you may want to review our testimonials page or visit our social media (twitter, tumblr, facebook, or instagram.) This website is chock-full of information as well.
Start with some research. Educate yourself about the breed: conformation standards, possible health issues, grooming requirements, typical traits, activity level, and life expectancy. Knowing characteristics of the breed will prepare you for owning yours and easily entering into the Toller conversation with us.
When you decide that you want your new family member to come from Daintree Duck Tollers, fill in and submit a reservation form.
At the time of your application, Daintree will request a few photos of your family and home to get a sense of your lifestyle. We want to see you doing active things that your future dog will be a part of. We want to see your family, the main living area of your home and your yard. This is just to determine if your lifestyle appears suitable for one of our puppies and for the breed in general. You can send your photos (either zipped in a file or individual) via wetransfer.com. (It's easy to use, promise!)
After Daintree has reviewed your application and photos, we will set up a phone call or a home visit if you are local. The call will help us to determine if your home is suitable for a puppy, and answer questions you may have.
We will call your references and ask a few questions. We will also call your landlord if you have one, just to ensure they are comfortable with the addition of a puppy to their property.
Applicants will be informed of approval for a puppy via email and requested to agree to the terms and conditions before a final commitment is made.
Canadian purchasers will pay $3500 CAD plus BC sales tax, GST and any transportation/shipping expenses. Because we are lawful and report our kennel income, both PST and GST will be added to the total as they apply to live animal sales in British Columbia. (I know, but it's the law, sorry!)
American purchasers will pay $3200USD via Paypal and any travel or transport expenses. Canadian taxes and currency exchange fees are built into this price.
European purchasers will pay 3200 in their currency (via Paypal or Bank Wire Transfer only.) European dogs are raised to the age of 4 months to and are required to be picked up in person or delivered by us in person. The price reflects the additional two months which we are raising puppies destined to travel abroad.
A deposit of $350 CAD, USD or EURO is requested to secure a spot on the official wait list, and Daintree's commitment to provide you with a puppy that fits your family within the timeframe discussed. The deposit is refundable if a match cannot be made; if you decide to end the application process early or withdraw from the waitlist you will receive a $250 refund (your initial $350 less a $100 administration fee.)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. CAN YOU SHIP A PUPPY TO ME IN REGINA, MONTREAL, TIMBUKTU, ETC.?
Yes, unaccompanied puppies can be shipped through most major airlines. A new crate and all shipping expenses will be added to the purchase price of your puppy.
Whenever possible, Daintree recommends that faraway customers travel here by air to pick up your puppy. Our closest airport is Kelowna and in the USA it's Spokane, WA. This way the puppy can travel with the ticket holder in the cabin. If you cannot fly in to get the puppy, Daintree can sometimes provide a flight nanny.
Note, during the Christmas season the airlines embargo the shipment of ANY pets in cargo due to high passenger traffic. During warm weather, they may change or cancel flights due to high temperatures on the tarmac. Check with the airline to see if they allow pets under the seat and consider flying to collect your pup.
It is advisable that you look closer to home for a Toller if you are not able to pay for the extra charges of having one shipped to you, or come and get the puppy by ground.
2. HOW MUCH DO DAINTREE PUPPIES COST?
3. I NOTICED YOU LIVE IN NAKUSP, BC. WHERE IS THAT?
Nakusp is a cute little village on the banks of the Arrow Lakes in the West Kootenays, 2 hours south of Revelstoke, 3 hours north of Kelowna and 5 hours north of Spokane Washington.
Puppies can be picked up from Nakusp, BC. Partial delivery may be available to Revelstoke, Kelowna, Vancouver or Calgary for an additional charge if you are not able to come and get your puppy here. Many families opt to fly in to Kelowna and pick up their pups in person, but shipping by air cargo is also an option. I prefer to meet every buyer in person and try to allow as much time as possible to visit together when you pick up your puppy.
What sets us apart from other breeders is the level of attention given to our dogs, the devotion we have to our clients and the amount of information that puppy families get while awaiting their pup. Trisha regularly blogs, documents, and photographs the puppies and parents so that no matter how far away you live, you can feel like you are right here with us watching them first hand. Many breeders do not have the time or know-how to do this and you only get a couple of photos once in awhile before you get your puppy in person. There is also a Facebook group created for each litter where buyers can converse and Trisha provides additional videos, photos and puppy descriptions.
4. DO I NEED TO BE A SHOW HOME TO HAVE A HOPE OF BUYING ONE OF THESE PUPPIES?
We breed family pets first and foremost and we always will. Daintree loves selling to dog loving owners who want well-bred companions. Trisha herself just wanted a Toller pet when she found Splash in 2005.
We care about our offspring earning titles in conformation, obedience, agility, hunting, etc. so it is encouraged to explore these sports and activities but will not be a factor in selecting you as a match. Preference will be given to suitable show or performance homes. But at the end of the day, we want the dogs to have active, healthy forever homes where they will be exercised, trained and loved.
Co ownership is one way to achieve a win-win outcome. The puppy lives with you full time, and Daintree borrows him/her for occasional dog shows and breeding. Details available upon request.
If you are a show or performance home, we are more than happy to offer you the results of structure and other evaluations to determine if one of our puppies suits your needs. If you are not yet, but would like to be we offer different options for co-ownership, mentoring, and fostering.
5. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE BREED? WHAT ARE THEY LIKE? WILL THEY GET ALONG WITH MY CHIHUAHUA, GREAT DANE, CAT, LIZARD, ETC.?
For more information on the breed's exercise requirements, standards, average adult height and weight, breed-related health problems, etc. please visit our About Tollers page or do research online on sites you trust for information. Any new puppy will be able to adjust to the conditions and other creatures in the new environment providing you introduce them properly and the existing animals are tolerant of others. Temperament is an important factor in deciding on a new pet, and this should be a deciding factor on which puppy you actually buy. The age, sex and temperament of your existing pet is even more important. A 9 year old toy poodle or Siberian Husky will probably not like a 9 week old Toller very much, unless the first dog is still very active, healthy and well socialized.
There is also some truth to the popular Top Ten Reasons Not to Get a Toller.
6. I LIKE A CERTAIN PUPPY BECAUSE IT HAS A WHITE FACE, OR A TAIL TIP. IF I AM PAYING GOOD MONEY FOR A DOG, SHOULDN'T I BE ALLOWED TO CHOSE AND GET WHAT I WANT?
Yes and no, not entirely. As this is a rare and in-demand breed, there are always more suitable homesthan there are puppies available. A puppy's appearance is the least of the attributes considered when selecting the correct dog for each home.
A good breeder does not take this decision lightly, as it is paramount to place the correct temperament, skills, and energy level with each approved family. If your only criteria is a white blaze, it tells me that you are not looking thoroughly enough at the overall picture and might not be a great candidate for one of these puppies. Just because somebody has a preference for white or lack thereof, does not mean that dog is the correct pet for him.
During the application process, you have the opportunity to have your say about what you are looking for or which dog appeals most to you. However, those adoptive families with a wider range of acceptability for "any" female, "any" male, or even "any" puppy will be easier to accommodate. Once you are approved and it is time to pay your deposit to hold a puppy, you need to be sure that you can accept a dog other than your first choice.
Gender is another hot button. No one but Mother Nature can determine how many of each gender there will be in a litter, or what the males and the females will be like or look like. Think long and hard about why you really prefer one sex over the other, and try to be flexible on your puppy's gender to avoid disappointment.
Trisha is a wealth of knowledge on the care and raising of puppies and happy to answer any questions you have before or after you have your Daintree Dog. We intend to keep in contact with you and love to hear updates on how our extended families are doing.