There are no stupid questions when it comes to your new best friend – we have heard most of them out there. We have collected and answered a few of the ones we get asked the most:
How do I get a puppy?
The first step when getting a puppy is to contact us and get your name on the waitinglist. When the puppies are born we will contact everyone on the list to inform if there is a puppy available for you to reserve. If there are not enough puppies in the current litter, we will automatically transfer you to the list for the next litter. If you are offered a puppy and want to reserve it, we will send you a contract to read through and sign. If everything looks ok in the contract the next step is to put down a deposit as a guarantee that you will get a puppy from this litter.
Why do you pay a deposit?
The deposit acts as a guarantee that you will get a puppy from the current litter, It is also a guarantee to the breeder that you as a puppy buyer actually want to buy the puppy.
If I change my mind, will I get the deposit back?
How old does the puppy need to be to leave for its new home?
If the puppy is going to a new home in Norway, it can do so at 8 weeks old.
If the puppy is going to a new home outside Norway, it will usually be between 12-16 weeks old depending om the regulations in that country. This usually depends on the vaccinations required to enter a new country. Please check the rules and guidelines both for your country and airline before booking your travel.
What kind of food does the puppy get at the breeder?
We usually use a mix of Royal Canin Starter mousse/kibble and/or Acana Puppy & Junior. We send a starter kit with food with every puppy.
What kind of equipment do I need for my new puppy?
There is a whole world of pet products out there that you can buy, but you certainly do not need to buy everything. And remember; puppies tend to destroy things when they are teething, so it might be smart to wait with the very expensive investments until you are past that age.
The most important things in the beginning are:
– Food- and water bowl
– Lead and collar
– A soft toy
– Shampoo that is recommended for terrier coats. We recommend Chris Christensen Spectrum 1
– Training treats
– A carding brush
What is most important to remember when getting a new puppy home?
Give the puppy time to settle in and get comfortable in its new surroundings. A puppy needs a lot of sleep, so NEVER wake a sleeping puppy. Being able to sleep in peace gives the puppy a sense of security.
Grooming and coat care
What kind of grooming does a JRT need?
A JRT should be handstripped like most terrier-breeds. This does not apply for the smooth coated JRT, only for rough and broken coat.
How often should you groom your JRT?
Depends on the amount of coat that your JRT has, but between 2-4 times a year.
What happens if you don’t hand strip your JRT?
When handstripped you maintain the texture of the coat. The coat should be able to isolate the dogs skin from its surroundings, so both water and dirt should only touch the surface of the coat, never get into the skin. If shaved or clippers, the coat looses its texture, colour and functionality and you end up with a coat that looks dirty and that is not able to keep the dog warm in winter, or cool in summer.
When should we start with grooming?
Like everything else, grooming is something the puppy needs to learn to get used to. So the earlier you start, the better. Start in small intervals where the puppy gets used to be touched on all different parts of its body, and get used to the feeling. As time goes on you can start to increase the sessions. Most groomers and salons offer puppy training sessions if you are not comfortable doing this yourself.
How often should we cut the nails/claws?
Every week. It is better to cut often and in small pieces, than rarely and in big chunks. Cutting big pieces also increase the risk of the nail/claw breaking, twisting and splitting. Which is very uncomfortable for the dog.