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We want to help you in anyway we can. Here are some questions that come up frequently and we hope it helps in your research and decision making. Visit our “Articles” page for information on picking a breeder and what to watch out for.
Frequently Asked Questions
I just want a pet, why should I worry about Bloodlines and Champions?
Most folks think that bloodlines only matter for show dogs. Even though most our buyers are adopting puppies for their pets, we are concerned with the quality of the dogs they are adopting. In truth, GENETICS play a HUGE part in the health of your puppy as well as the appearance and personality. A Champion means that they have no defects and have been judged to be the best in their circle. It means they have been bred purposely to avoid breed weaknesses and strengthen the best traits enabling them to win. They are also bred to train easily and behave well in a large crowd and around other dogs and adjust to stress well. Champion titles mean they are the best examples of the breed and therefore pass on the best GENES to their young. This gives you a healthy, beautiful puppy! At KingsKids Havanese we have taken the time to carefully select our Havanese parents for the best appearance, bloodlines, personality and health history. We do Health Testing for the few genetic weaknesses of the breed to insure the best health for your babies. We also are careful with our parent diet feeding them the highest grade holistic food and Raw feeding as well and give them the best vitamins in the industry. This ensures healthy, strong parents and therefore healthy, strong puppies!
Since even health testing does not guarantee against the rare occurrence of a genetic problem, we do provide you with a health guarantee for your peace of mind. So, bloodlines and history is definitely important and worth a little more to get it! A well kept and well bred dog will live longer, have better temperament, less health issues and overall, make a better companion.
How are your puppies different?
I am a perfectionist by nature and determined to do the very best by our dogs and puppies. Remember that how the puppy is raised the first few weeks before you get them is the most vital piece of information that you can have about your puppy.
* All our babies are bred for health, longevity, temperament and AKC guideline appearance. We breed only from PUREbred AKC registered parents and are CHAMPION Sired or contain multiple champions in their bloodlines. The quality of these bloodlines is obvious in each and every puppy we birth here at KingsKids Havanese. They are absolutely OUTSTANDING!
* Your puppy has also been carefully bred for the typical happy-go-lucky temperament and personality that has made this breed so famous. They are raised in our home, spoiled, kept clean, groomed and trained until leaving our care.
* Your puppy has been health checked by a Veterinarian before going home. A written health guarantee is provided in your contract against genetic issues. We guarantee your new puppy will have no contagious disease at time of adoption and they are wormed again right before going home. They are current on vaccinations and have been checked over by our vet.
* We now do Neurological Stimulation with the puppies from days 3 to 18. These brain exercises are used by top trainers of service dogs, therapy dogs and Seeing Eye Dogs. The process enhances the natural temperament and character of the breed and also helps them adjust to new situations quickly and without stress. We have noticed a huge difference in the litters since we started doing this. They were already great before, but now they begin socializing earlier, they catch on to potty instructions faster and handle new situations better. They also train easier, travel better and we hardly ever see one that gets car sick.
* At KingsKids we feed the best possible diet to all our dogs- young and old. That is a natural raw diet. It has become so easy now with prepared raw diets frozen in patties that there is no reason anymore not to feed raw. It is easier to digest, reduces stress on organs as your puppy grows, keeps their teeth healthy and if you continue with the raw diet , studies show you can add as much as 5 years to your puppy’s lifespan.
*At KingsKids Havanese I’m present at every birth and help deliver all puppies, holding them and rubbing them down immediately. They are birthed in my front room and I sleep next to them for several days caring for both Mom and babies.
* The pups are held from the second day on and we touch, caress, breathe on them and let them feel our heartbeat. We also rock them slightly to get them used to motion and avoid car sickness later. Very rarely will we have a puppy that gets sick in the car.
* The pups are well socialized from birth. They are in the front room with their Mom for the first 3 weeks. When they are up and walking, they get moved into the kitchen into a playpen until 6 weeks then they move into the den to a bigger playpen. We play with them daily and they are around all the household activity. This means they hear the dishwasher, dishes dropping, sweeping, moping, TV sounds, etc. Unlike our puppies, a pup raised in a kennel has never heard all these things and can often be very fearful when thrown into a new home.
* We go out of our way and spend extra money and time to make sure you get well adjusted, happy and clean puppies that are used to roaming and not living in a cage or crate with a screen under them. By the time a Havanese puppy from KingsKids Havanese goes home with you they have received several baths. They’ve experienced hair dryers. They’ve been groomed and had nails trimmed several times and had ears cleaned.
* We hold them every day and my boys just love playing with puppies, so they get well socialized! They are exposed to the older dogs also to learn and socialize well with others. After weaning, the moms can go back in with the puppies to teach them social skills that are invaluable for their later ability to relate to other dogs.
* We take advantage of a puppy’s natural instincts to avoid soiling in their living area by providing a separate place for them to go as soon as they learn to walk. They instinctively crawl off their bed and soil outside and crawl back so we put a puppy pad right next to the bed. As they grow, the pad gets moved further and further away from the bed so they learn that soiling is always done away from living space. Most of my pups are mostly house trained within the first couple of weeks after going to their new homes because of the groundwork we lay. Quite a few have been mostly trained in one day with only a few accidents when forgotten! You would not believe the difference from one of our pups and a puppy raised with just newspaper under them or raised in pens on grates. Those pups are much harder to house train since they are used to standing and walking in their own waste. Remember a puppy will have the occasional accident when the adult may miss the cue, or leave them too long, but a well raised puppy will pick up cues quickly and learn to communicate their need. CONSISTENCY is the key to potty training a puppy. Havanese are eager to please so they learn quickly, but they are also very intelligent, so if you give them mixed signals by doing different things they get confused and don’t know what to do. How consistent you are determines how fast your puppy will train.
* Our bloodlines will make a difference in the quality and health of your puppy. Both our Champion Studs are from the “Pan” line and inherited Pan’s conformation and hair! (Pan was the top dog in the country in 2001 and 2002 and a offspring of his has carried the title year after year! Pan is passed on now, but has a long history of Top Toy honors! His bloodlines are so coveted that he is to date the TOP PRODUCING Stud dog in the history of the Havanese Breed! Those characteristics were passed on to our Sonny and Teddy is the spitting immage of Pan when he was young, except in chocolate! Our girls have champion bloodlines or Sires and our foundation female, Carman is an AKC Champion herself. These great bloodlines carry forth into your puppy to help produce a great looking Havanese pup for you. Health Testing gives you extra assurance as well that the parents are healthy and your puppy will be healthy. I’ve tapped into alternate but also award winning bloodlines for our females so that by varying the genetic pool, we produce a healthier puppy for you.
* Wonderful personalities are also considered for breeding at KingsKids Havanese. Our dogs are sweet, friendly, well adjusted adults and that pass on these traits to their puppies. They love people and run to greet anyone that comes to our door with great delight!
* Rest assured that you are getting a great quality Havanese puppy when you find your new pup from KingsKids Havanese.
Do you Health Test?
Yes. We test our adult dogs for the few genetic weaknesses found in the Havanese breed. These being Eyes (CERF) , Ears (BAER) and Patellas. We register results with the Orthopedic Foundation of America. As the puppies are too young to show symptoms yet, we test the parents to be sure we are providing strong healthy genes for your puppy. Going above and beyond, I also made sure to do a wet down on the legs of our breeding adults to check for bowed/ miss-formed legs (a symptom of Chondrodysplasia). Even though this test is not yet required, it is an easy physical test that can show if the dog would pass on this terrible deformity. It can be very expensive to treat down the road and very painful for the dogs as they mature so we take the precaution of checking our parents. Again going above and beyond, we raw feed all our adults to insure optimum health. We also give them the highest recommended vitamins, NuVet. Beyond that, our mommies get Prenatal vitamins during pregnancy and nursing vitamins until the pups are weaned. This insures the babies and the mommies stay in optimum health.
Why do prices vary so much between breeders?
At KingsKids Havanese we have spent much time and effort in hand picking our Havanese parents of the best bloodlines and health to produce beautiful, healthy puppies. While our puppies are not the cheapest, they are not the most expensive either. You will pay between $1800 and $3500 for a well bred companion Havanese puppy from a reputable breeder. A show puppy is usually $500 more. If you are finding them for less than that, you must ask yourself why?! Are they feeding the highest quality food? Are their parents health tested? Do the parents come from good bloodlines that give you a puppy that looks and acts like a Havanese is supposed to? Do they raise dogs on the side and work another job or are they at home with the puppies so they get all the social interaction and care they need? Is the puppy checked over by a vet before he goes home with you? This and more is where the money goes to produce good puppies. It cannot be done right cheaply.
We run a bit higher than some since we do so much more than other breeders and that takes extra time and finances. Our prices range from $2500 to $2800 depending on colors and markings. When you shop, you know that the cheapest is not the best and often things purchased cheap will wear out and break and you have to replace it. A poorly bred puppy may cost you less up-front but will cost you dearly and very quickly for health care, often mounting into the thousands . The cost is not only financial but emotionally wearing and often devastating if they develop health issues or temperament issues. We don’t want you to go through that so we spend money up front on our dogs so we can have the best quality and healthiest dogs that will produce a strong, healthy puppy for you.
BONUS: We started doing Neurological Stimulation on all of our puppies a few years ago. We did it for a litter that had a puppy going to a therapy home and when I noticed how enhanced the natural Havanese traits were in that litter I decided to do it with all our litters. That is the same training given to newborn pups that are being trained to be Therapy, Seeing Eye and Police dogs. It is time- consuming for us, but well worth it and produces better, more well adjusted puppies that are easier to train, travel better, handle stress better and are all around better dogs.
We guarantee your new puppy will have no contagious disease at time of adoption and no defects for 12 months from birth with an extended guarantee to 3 years of age if you use NuVet vitamins to maintain health. Our puppies are current on vaccinations and de-wormings and have been checked over by our vet including a very careful stool sample check for any parasites. We provide you with a lot more as well, see “What do you provide with the puppy?” . You can scroll down to see that.
We also provide you with after the sale support. You have my direct phone line as well as my personal email for any questions that may arise with your new puppy. Many breeders are impossible to reach as soon as you take your puppy home. I’m here for the long haul and happy to help any way I can. If a family emergency should arise and and you must part with your doggie later on, we will even help you find a home for it.
In conclusion; we spend great deal of money and time both on our adults and with your little one to give them the best breeding, most socialization and brightest head-start in life. When you wrap all that together, it cost quite a bit more to us and worth more to you.
Are your dogs Registered and with which Club?
All of our parents and puppies are registered with the AKC. Our sires are DNA tested to meet AKC requirements with rare exceptions are AKC Champions having won over dozens of dogs to show they have the right look, temperament and shape a Havanese is supposed to have. Our bloodlines are from the best in the country producing that unique “Havanese” look.
BOY OR GIRL?? Which do I get?
Well, with Havanese, it’s not like other breeds. There is not a lot of difference between boys and girls. Havanese are not territorial at all, so you do not have to worry about that with the males like you would in many other breeds. That makes them as good a pet as a female of the breed.
There are some differences I’ve observed over the years that seem to be confirmed by other breeders that I’ve spoken with: Girls are often a little more “in charge” and independent than the boys but don’t let that scare you. Carmen is the alpha female with our dogs. She is not a lap dog, but she stays close in her bed or with her toys hoping to play fetch and if I get up to leave the room, she’s at my heals even if she was in deep sleep and heard me stir! She is super friendly to anyone that comes to visit and is not territorial at all even though she is the leader. Secondly, I find the boys in this breed to be more affectionate and bond stronger than the females as a general rule. Some girls will tend to be lap dogs, though that seems to be more of a natural trait for a Havanese boy.
What is the Personality of the Havanese?
Well bred Havanese dogs have a natural good nature and get along with anyone. They are not “one person” dogs as so many other breeds. They are very social and love to visit. We have bred the best characteristic of the breed in our dogs. They have energy to run and play when it’s time for exercise, but when you pick them up, they melt in your arms and love to just be held. They will lay at your feet or next to you on the couch or on your lap for hours quite content unlike many other small dogs that have too much energy.
Do I have to brush them all the time?
Only if you allow it to get long. A Havanese kept in a Puppy cut ( that is about 2-3 inches of length) will be fine with a run through once a week to look for any hair matting. If it’s longer, it requires more time. YOU MUST COMMIT to keeping your dog trimmed for a lifetime. Their hair grows constantly like yours does and they need regular haircuts or will begin to mat. It is neglectful to allow a dog to be matted as it can cause not only discomfort but infections in the skin. Part of our contract requires regular grooming. I brush mine that are in full show coat daily and right before baths quite thoroughly. Brushing your dog is a great bonding experience and it’s very enjoyable to sit down with them and brush their hair out. We do it while watching some TV at night.
Are there other grooming issues with the Havanese?
YES. Havanese have floppy ears that are given to hold in moisture. Some have light hair in the ears and some thick. The hair in their ears needs to be plucked monthly to help keep the ears dry. This can be done by your groomer or you can learn to do it easily yourself in a minute or two. We will pluck their ear hair before they go home and it’s really quite easy. Most puppies don’t seem aware of any discomfort. You must keep their ears clean as the floppy ears hold in the moisture and can allow the ear wax to get yeasty. If left untreated, the yeast can turn into an ear infection pretty quickly. I do ear rinses when we do baths and put a drop of ear cleaner in afterwards to ward off any yeast. DIET makes a huge difference in ear health. Kibble diets tend to increase ear yeast because of high carbohydrates that feed the yeast. The raw diet reduces yeast and we highly recommend feeding a raw diet for your puppy’s health.
How do I hold a puppy and what is your deposit?
We require a minimum 1st payment of $500 (deposit) to hold a puppy/dog. That is non-refundable deposit but it is transferable to any other available puppy or future litter. The reason for not refunding deposits is that most puppies are sold before they are old enough to go home. If someone backs out, we have passed up on other buyers and they buy puppies somewhere else while we held that puppy. Since the puppy then stays longer, there are more expenses and extra advertising. Non-refundable deposit is standard with any reputable breeder for that reason. By placing a deposit you are agreeing to this policy.
2nd payment: When the puppy is 1 month of age and everyone has picked their puppies, a second payment bringing the total deposit to 1/2 of the price of your puppy is due. The final balance is due when you pick up your puppy.
What food do you recommend for the puppy?
All our dogs and puppies are fed a raw diet. All the studies show this is the best and most natural way to feed a dog. Think about it. How often to you see your dog go chew on an ear of corn, or beans, or wheat or berries? What do they look for? Meat! While dogs have adapted to the diets their masters have given them over the years, it has come at a high cost in health costs, rotten teeth, dull coats, unhealthy skin and the list goes on. After much research we switched to raw 5 years ago and we noticed an instant change. Mind you we were changing over from Premium holistic foods like Solid Gold and Blue Buffalo and even still there was an improvement. See more about this on the raw feeding page. We recommend Answers Dog Food http://answerspetfood.com/search.aspx or Primal Frozen patties complete http://www.primalpetfoods.com/stores.html . Primal is easier to find local pet food stores although the big names don’t carry frozen foods as they are not equipped with freezers. Your local pet store is a best bet for frozen foods. They are easy to feed and easy to measure since they come in patties. For traveling convenience, you can get freeze dried food also carried by Primal. You do lose some nutrients in this so I would only do it while traveling. Since your puppy has been on a raw diet, you cannot take them home and just switch to a dry kibble. You MUST switch them over SLOWLY over two weeks. A puppy’s digestive tract is very sensitive to change and must be protected or you can wind up having to give special foods from the vet if you irritate it by changing diets quickly. A raw diet is very easy to digest and very light on the puppy. A kibble diet is dry and requires an enormous amount of energy to digest as well as different enzymes that are lacking in most dry dog foods. The puppy’s digestive system has to learn what to produce in order to handle the different food. Mix a few pieces of kibble for a couple days, then a few more pieces for a couple days increasing as you decrease the raw until you have replaced it. Take 2 weeks to make this change. We always recommend moistening kibble before feeding. If you feed it dry, new studies show the stomach pulls moisture from all the surrounding organs in an effort to moisten the dog food enough to digest it. This is hard on those organs. Moisten it first and you eliminate this strain on your dog. If you choose to use kibble, please use a holistic food that does not have by products, wheat, corn or fillers. We recommend Orijen puppy formula or Blue Buffalo Smal breed puppy in the pink bag. You can see ratings and information at http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com Again, i strongly recommend you keep your puppy on a raw diet for his own well-being and long life.
Do you deliver?
I meet up to 3 hours away for $120 dollars to cover gas and time. If it’s farther away, then there is a $180 dollar charge up to 5 hours. I want to place my precious bundles in their loving owners arms either at my home or by meeting. The other option is to fly into Knoxville and pick up your puppy and fly home with them. Dogs are allowed under your seat now in a special airline soft crate. I can meet at the airport or we have many hotels within 5 miles of our home that you can stay at and pick up the pup the next day if you want to come to the house and meet the parents.
If you fly in to pick up the pup, the crate specifications are unique by airline, so you will have to provide your own airline crate, but there is no charge from me for delivery to Knoxville airport. All travel delivery charges – if applicable- must be paid upfront before delivery.
Are your dogs registered and will my puppy be registered?
Yes. All our dogs are AKC (American Kennel Club) registered. You are provided with the parents AKC numbers on your puppy contract. All our puppies get registered as a litter. The papers go to the new owner as soon as proof of spay/neuter is provided to KingsKids Havanese. The only exception is if it is an open registration (which requires an application) or an adult. Holding the papers until the pup is altered is how reputable breeders protect our little babies from winding up in puppy mills. Its a sad fact that these horrible places exist, but they do. Breeders have developed this method to insure their safety. As soon as you send proof of spay/neuter, you receive the papers digitally and can even register your puppy online in a matter of minutes on the AKC website by using the information on the papers.
Can Havanese live in the yard if it’s fenced?
Absolutely not. Havanese are a very social breed. They need to be indoors with the family interacting with daily life. They are not at all an outdoor breed unless they are with their family playing or doing their “business” or going for walks. They do well with doggie doors if you have a fence. We have one off the den and they run out and in as needed but we find that they mostly want to be inside. Our dogs live in our home with us and that is how we expect our puppies to live when they leave here.
Do you sell on a Show/open contract?
Even though most of my pups go to companion homes, I have often excellent candidates for the show ring. With our amazing AKC Champion studs , that is more true than ever. An application will be required for full registrations. Full/show registration is $500 additional. If it is a female, I will retain co-ownership until the dog has at least 10 points toward her championship. Males are not to be bred until they have at least 10 points toward their championship.
It is a lot of fun to show a dog although it is quite expensive. My son, Joseph, won ribbons with our Carman and he thoroughly enjoyed it! Carman had a blast as well! Since then she has finished her championship and is now a retired mommy. She took best of winners twice winning over the #5 dog in the country! We are very proud of our Carman.
What do you provide with the puppy?
Our puppies come with a generous package that includes even their baby pictures for you to scrapbook! See below:
puppy packet What you get with a KingsKids Havanese puppy:
Besides all the great benefits of being raised right, we offer a puppy packet with every puppy.
1. A binder with a 36 page manual to help you get started with your puppy. It contains everything from what to buy, how often to groom, what to feed, how to potty train and more.
2. A Travel crate for taking the puppy home and getting to the vet, puppy classes, etc. (If you are flying in, you must provide the travel crate since different airlines require different sizes)
3. 6 day supply of NuVet vitamins to get your puppy started until your order arrives. Literature on the vitamins so you are informed about how they can boost your puppy’s health.
4. Shot records contain all the shots, worming and birth/ marking information for your veterinarian.
5. A toy or blankie with the scent of mom and siblings to comfort your puppy the first few days until they bond with you. (not pictured)
6. AKC limited registration (limited means the puppy must be spayed/ neutered and cannot be bred) (on occasion we do let a amazing puppy go to a show home)
7. A binder FULL of INFORMATION including vet records, shot records and articles to help you give your new baby the best possible transition into your home. This includes housebreaking, training tips, grooming, bathing, product recommendations, history of the breed and much more. We also offer a wealth of research that offers the opportunity to EXTEND your puppies lifespan years LONGER than the Havanese average of 15-16 year span.
8. Ongoing support is offered both by email and phone as needed.
9. We offer FREE micro chip for security. The chip must be registered with a registry. We offer our breeder discount for the microchip program. Lifetime registration is only $69.00 compared to minimum $119 with other services. The DOGSTAR package which includes a Training DVD featuring housebreaking, nipping, chewing, puppy obedience and much more. Included also is LIFETIME Microchip registration, Dog training and Behavior HELPLINE, online Training Videos , “Amber Alert” service and 24/7 emergency helpline. You will pay over $50 to your vet just for the microchip and then have to pay a microchip company for the registry service.
10. We begin house training preparedness early by giving them a different place to go as soon as they start walking. This instinct to not go in their living area is natural and we capitalize on that so it’s much easier for our buyers to train their new babies. As their immunity develops if the weather permits, we take them out in the grass for them to be familiar with using the potty outside. They are trained on puppy pads when inside in case of an accident, they will go over to the pad rather than just go anywhere. This makes them much easier to train than a puppy from other breeders.
11. A Legal Contract to protect both you and your puppy. A copy of our contract can be viewed in the FAQ page of this site. We reserve the right to hold puppies for show evaluation. A show contract may be available for qualifying puppies and AKC show families for an extra fee.
12. I prefer to meet our new families in person at home, but I do offer to meet partway by car or meet you at the Knoxville airport if you want to pick up your puppy and fly them home with you. (see “do you deliver”) FAQ for more details
13. EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS! You get your puppy BABY PICTURES! You will get digital delivery of pictures from birth to the most recent portrait before going to their new homes! Usually if you’ve had your baby on deposit, you will have them all by the time you pick up your puppy as I always send pictures and videos while you wait!
Do you use vitamins?
YES! We do use the best vitamins for dogs available. They are called NuVet. Here is some information and a link to where to get them. I recommend all my new puppy families pre-order these so they have them when puppy comes home. If you get the auto ship, they don’t cost anymore than buying healthy treats so it’s well worth it. We give one to our dogs at bedtime and they love them.
More than 250,000 dogs and cats are using NuVet to protect against most ailments (from back yard pesticides, pet food allergies and hormones, toxic formaldehyde in furniture and carpeting, ailments transmitted from dog parks and the vet’s office, etc), while maintaining a beautiful skin and coat.
This is not just a vitamin. It’s an immune system builder with a precise balance of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, amino acids and high-potency antioxidants. That’s why it works so well through all three stages of a dog’s life.
For younger dogs (under 2 years old), it strengthens their immune system, while building and strengthening the cardiovascular, skeletal and nerve systems.
For dogs in their prime (ages 2-8), it improves the luster of their skin and coat while protecting against allergies, skin and coat problems, staining from tears, digestive problems, etc.
For older dogs (over 8 years old), it helps reduce and eliminate arthritis, tumors, premature aging, cataracts, heart conditions, diabetes and many types of cancer, while extending the life and improving the vitality of most dogs.
NuVet Plus will keep your pet on the path to perfect health! It’s not available in stores, and is only available to the general public with an order code from an authorized pet professional.
For your convenience, you may order directly from the manufacturer (at up to 50% off what most veterinarians charge) by calling 800-474-7044 and using Order Code: 12662, or ordering online at https://ww.nuvet.com/12662. By using auto ship you can save an additional 15%.
What Payment methods do you take?
PAYMENTS: Checks are only accepted as long it is received at KingsKids Havanese at least one month before the pup can go home to allow for any delays in clearing. As we approach the puppy’s going home date, we no longer take personal checks or bank checks.
2nd payment and Final payments:
1. CASH. if you are picking a pup up, we always like cash. A signed receipt will be on your contract.
2. POST OFFICE Money orders (not bank or others) are a great option if you don’t like carrying cash.
3. In person Credit Card (processing fee of 3%). We have a phone device that allows us to take credit cards in person.
4. PayPal or Credit card (processing fee of 3%). PayPal online or Credit cards can be used for both deposits and final payments . It does not require an account. If you do a person to person transfer from your balance, they do not charge a fee.
I can send an email request and you can pay without having to open an account with them. I have a device for my phone for swiping in person when you pick up your puppy.
If we are traveling to meet each other either at the airport or another location, payment by credit must be made before we travel to meet. ( The early payment for PayPal or Credit is because we have experienced on occasion that an account that normally only makes small purchases and tries to make a large one will trigger a system safety feature that flags it as possible fraud and refuses the payment. Other circumstances can interfere with a smooth payment on occasion as well. It takes some time to work those issues out and trying to do that at some restaurant we met at out of town or at an airport is very stressful for all concerned. The pups are sensitive to stress and we don’t want to do that to them on the day they go home. If you pick up your pup from my home, we can swipe and have the freedom to take care of any issues if they arise in a much more relaxed environment.
NOTE on FINAL PAYMENTS: We do NOT take checks, Cashiers or Certified checks at the time you pick up a puppy since our bank will hold them for minimum of 5 business days and I would not be able to let the puppy go home until payment clears. I know your bank tells you that Certified checks are the same as cash but that is only true within your own bank brand. Due to technology of modern printers, banks have now began to hold all checks until cleared. Only the same brand name as mine would have the freedom to do an internal check and verify that it is good. For this reason, we won;t accept any form of checks for final payment. We apologize for the inconvenience.