Signet is a show kennel that normally produces 1-3 litters each year. Each litter is the result of careful thought and research into the various attributes that are important in the quest for the "perfect dog" according to the AKC standard. We only make a breeding when we feel we are working toward that goal. We will always reserve the right to keep as many puppies as we feel comfortable with to benefit Signet Collies. Supplying pet puppies is not our goal, but as there are usually more puppies in a litter than we are willing to keep, the others are available to loving families. Whether pet or show dog, all the puppies are raised the same with careful socialization and handling. (See Our History)
Our puppies are born in the house and we assist in every whelping. We sleep in the same room with them until we feel that mother and babies are thriving. Once the puppies are walking and talking, we move them into the kitchen or living area so that they are exposed to the sights and sounds of normal family life. The family takes turns holding the babies so they will be comfortable in human arms and this aids in developing their comfort zone.
A very content days old puppy-Signetís Doctor Love
by CH. Signetís Twice Is Nice x Signetís Butterfly Kisses.
When they are old enough, weather permitting, they will spend time outdoors exploring and playing. This helps them learn about the world and aids in housebreaking. Fresh air and sunshine contribute to bone development and healthy, happy puppies. They continue to spend their nights in the house. They will also spend time in the kitchen playing on the floor (yet another new environment) with toys. We usually invite you to ďpull up a floorĒ to really get to know the puppies.
We have developed a routine which has been successful in raising puppies:
∑ At three weeks, they are available for potential owners to come and visit
∑ At six weeks, they go to a certified opthamologist for their eye checks
∑ At seven weeks, we sit down and evaluate the litter for potential show puppies
∑ After evaluation, potential owners are called with availability of puppies
∑ At eight weeks the puppies get their first shots and a microchip for permanent identification. They are then ready for their new families to pick them up.
∑ Dewormings are done throughout this eight weeks process-your new puppy should go to your vet within 24-48 hours for a well puppy visit and scheduling of his second shots.
Here are some pictures of our past puppies and how they grew up:
Signetís Psuedo Cadenza, as a puppy then as a young dog taking a major
CH. Signetís Study In Black and Signetís Time And Again as puppies