If you wish any futher information on any of the material posted here, please let us know. First and foremost our mission is to inform and educate. We are always happy to talk Griff.
If you would like to be placed on our waiting list for future litters please also use the form below to drop us line. We do require all our pups be worked in some way as we feel this is their true purpose and due to the breed's rarity one that must be protected and promoted. We will however support those wishing to get involved with the working aspect of this wonderful breed. We all started somewhere. See FAQ's below. Please provide your experience with HPR's and why you feel the Korthals is the right breed for you. If you do not supply this information, you will not receive a reply.
Colleen and Arthur
Do you only sell your puppies to traditional working homes ?
Our mission is to breed dogs with natural hunting ability as this is the breed's purpose. Priority is given to those who intend to work the pup as Eduard Korthals intended. This encompasses stalking,tracking, beating, pegging, rough shooting, water fowling, and falconry.
We test the puppies on game (quail) at 6 and 7 weeks to determine who is birdy and game driven.
Not every pup in a litter will display a strong prey/hunt drive and as such are best suited to those owners who have other interests. The bottom line is the Griff requires a job to satisfy it's intelligent and inquisitive nature. They simply have to have a purpose. This can be acheived in many ways; obediemce, agility, gundog working training/testing and search and rescue. We have pups successfully participating in all of these desciplines.
How do you decide on puppy selection ?
We conduct a Volhard Puppy Apptitude test at 49 days of age. This is performed by an experienced tester who has had no previous interaction with the litter. These objective scores along with the game exsposure results, review of the daily videos we film of the pups from birth,the enviroment the pup will be going to (children, eldery, machinery, other animals) along with the experience of the buyer in relation to rasing a puppy and or HPR, are all taken into consideration when allocating pups to owners. It is imperiative the pup is placed in an enviroment that is conducive in supporting their disposition and drive in order to bring out the best in them. The result is the pup is happy, confident and easier to train, which in turn results in a very happy owner(s).
How and where are the puppies raised ?
Puppies are whelped in a en-suite spare bedroom where they remain with their Mum until the weaning process - roughly at 3 weeks. They are then moved to the dedicated Puppy Hacienda where Mum has 24/7 access to her pups in addition to the 3 adult Griffs who share our life. We take turns sleeping with them. They are never left alone from birth until they leave us. The area is centrally heated with a full bathroom, hot and cold running water, fridge freezer and the ever runnng washer and dryer. There is also direct access for the pups to a large secured artificial turf covered deck. We start the process of toilet training and getting the pups used to sleeping in a covered enclosure which we call the pod. This enables a much easier transition to crate training once pups go home.
We encourage visits once the pups are moved to the Hacienda to assist with socialisation.
What is included ?
Along with a full Kennel Club endorsed puppy pack which includes 5 weeks free insurance and 5 generation registered pedigree, we provide the new owners with a choice from two training books, first set of vaccinations, microchip and a month of flea/tick medication along with a voucher for a months worth of raw puppy food through Nutriment. Additionally, we provide a health guarantee and full support to the owners and their pup for the lifetime of the dog.
How do I get on the waiting list for a puppy ?
After the initial chat , we require a home visit to us here as part of the mutual vetting process. Often if travel distance is considerable I will endevour to have you meet up with another owner from previous litters for a Meet and Greet to experience what ownership of the the breed requires and get first hand knowledge about us and our process. If this reults in a mutual good fit feeling, then we take a 10% deposit to secure your pup. The deposit is fully refundable in the event the pregnacy does not go to fruition or sex desired is not produced. Change of heart is not a refundable condition. We only initiate a breeding when we have secured deposits on an average sized litter.
We want to know there are forever homes waiting for them before we create them.
How do I see the progress of the litter once they are born ?
Each litter has their own private Facebook group, where we post daily updates on their progress along with pictures videos and live streams. This ensures you experience their journey from birth to their going home day. We encourage posting and sharing of your pup to the group once they are home so you can see how the littermates are getting on and to gain support in their rearing.
Aligngriffs is very much a community.
What is the cost of a puppy ?
If cost is the major concern when taking on what hopefully will be a 13 to 15 year committment when considering taking on a pup, then I am probably not the breeder for you. There are sadly enough breeders out there who will be cheaper but will not offer the dedicated time, effort, love and attention we put into rearing a litter in addition to offering a health guarantee. I would strongly encourage you to visit and talk to other breeders. The Puppy Buyer Guide is there to support you in your quest.
Puppies and the breed have been our passion ever since we aquired our first Griff -Scout some 22 years ago. We like to think our testimonials speak to for themselves.