Puppies

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Stop looking for a puppy; look for a BREEDER. Make a personal connection with a breeder you feel shares your top criteria, and then wait for a puppy from them.

Wavemaker Staffords is NOT a business. Please do not contact us if your goal is to ‘make a deal’ – puppies aren’t real estate – they are carefully conceived  living beings who will hopefully share their lives with their new owners for 14-17 years. We are preservationist breeders. We aim to breed correct Staffords in type, health, structure and temperament in order to preserve the pure breed and protect it from exaggeration and from being ruined by people calling themselves breeders but are simply making puppies to pay their bills. We remain in touch with owners for the lifetime of their Stafford and we are committed to a mentorship relationship.

Preference will be given to potential new owners who are willing to purchase & participate in Puppy Culture, raw feed and naturally rear him/her, no/low vaccination schedules. We prefer ACTIVE companion homes so that the focus is on quality of life with your well loved and spoiled pet but we support participation in AKC performance events as long as its for fun and not the main reason for purchasing one of our dogs. We aren’t interested in one of our dogs becoming part of a large pack, instead we look for low dog population homes where the focus is on the dog, not the ribbons and rankings. If you train with negative or corrective practices, you will not be considered. We encourage R+ training, no use of prongs/chains/shock devices will be tolerated. If you support the training methods of Cesar M don’t bother asking to be considered.

We also prefer non breeder homes with smaller pet populations in them. We offer lifetime support and guidance. You become family when you own a Wavemaker Stafford!

*Currently interviewing for late 2019*

*We may have a young adult male available to the right home. Do you want an active energetic male who is excited to learn and not afraid to try new skills? Are you experienced with large, strong dogs who may, or may not, get along with other animals upon maturity? If this sounds like you, read our website and send in your application.

Must meet in person, no puppies will be shipped. DO NOT ask for a blue puppy!  We are excited about our upcoming mating which will be a distant line breeding and expect all black brindle puppies.  All puppies will be sold on co-ownership, limited registration (for the 1st 9 months) contract sales. No breeder homes. (some exceptions may be made in special situations for instance if you are seeking a mentor) 

No extreme sport homes. No flyball homes. No crossbreed homes.
***Please read website in full prior to filling out questionnaire.***

All Wavemaker pups to be sold on contract to pre-approved homes only. Expect to be placed on a wait list if approved. Local, no/low vax, raw fed homes preferred. Must collect pup in person. No shipping. You must be willing to visit our home to meet our dogs and also the puppies at 5-6 weeks old. You must make an effort to attend the PC Puppy Party or Temperament Testing.

Please direct interest in a future litter to Wavemaker Staffords  for consideration. Applicants will be thoroughly screened – Including home checks.

Pups not sold for breeding purposes. We do not breed for color. Seriously – please do not ask for a blue puppy. We rarely have puppies available and usually have a wait list but are happy to refer you to reputable, preservationist breeders who also fully health test and who will support their buyers.

Ask plenty of questions and expect to be asked plenty of questions. Be open to home checks and know that they are in place to protect you and the puppy. PLEASE do not send anonymous emails. If you do not include an introduction your email will not be answered.

Ask us about rescuing a Stafford!

If you feel a sales pitch is involved, please be careful. Interview the breeder. If you feel a connection to the breeder and understand they are truly committed to the breed and each dog and its life quality, keep asking questions.  Ask to visit the homes where the dogs live when possible. We are happy to make referrals to quality breeders if we dont have what you are looking for since we rarely breed.

If you are looking for a breeder who always has pups and always takes deposits on 1st, 2nd etc pick pups before they are even born –  we are not your breeder. If you want a breeder who insists on a contract which includes breeding, puppies back, must show at your expense, etc…. we are not your breeder. If you want a puppy from us – please be prepared to wait. Our contract is geared towards the safety and well being of the puppy and your commitment to the life of that puppy.

We employ the use of Dr Carmen Battaglia’s exercises for neurological stimulation with our puppies. We also utilize Early Scent Identification for 14 days beginning on day 3. We employ scent games starting at 5-6 weeks old.

Our pups are weaned naturally from their dam and begun on a raw food diet immediately from her milk. We begin potty training, clicker, sit, stand, recall, fetch, leash walking, scent games and name recognition all before pups leave our home.

We temperament test at 7 weeks and also use Pat Hastings Puppy Puzzle at 8 weeks. Our litters are also raised using the Puppy Culture and Avidog protocols and we urge new owners and potential buyers to utilize this program while waiting for your pup and continue with the program after taking your new Stafford home with you. We may utilize several programs in raising our litters – not every puppy is the same. Whatever works best for each one is appropriate but you can bet our pups are very much a part of our every day life. We both work from home and someone is with our dogs most of every day.

Rarely will a pup will leave our home prior to 9 weeks and usually they are closer to 11 – 12 weeks. We reserve the right to determine which pup is most suited for which waiting home. This is one more reason we do extensive interviewing and get to know future pup owners far in advance of the litter being whelped. This helps to determine the best chance for a perfect match!

Many breeders are now saying they are Natural Rearing Breeders. Please be certain to read our page on NR before deciding for yourself if its some sort of a way to market puppy sales – or if they truly have the dogs best health and quality of life at heart. It takes much more than feeding a ‘raw’ diet to be a true natural rearing breeder. It takes quality time & devotion, education, continuing study and commitment to each and every animal in the household.

Staffords might be a bit too rambunctious at times for some families. This breed still makes a great family pet for the experienced dog owner, as long as you have plenty time at hand. They might not be as suitable with young children as their behavior can be a bit crass at times. Staffords tend to jump in your face when they get really exited, for example. They can be mouthy, jumpy and of course they are very strong. They do not have much respect for their bodies and can run a person (or child) right over with excitement and zeal for life. It’s for these reasons we cringe at the term ‘nanny dog’ and try to steer inexperienced young families to other breeds.

The Rule of 7’s

By the time a puppy is seven weeks old he/she should have:

Been on 7 different types of surfaces: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips

Played with 7 different types of objects: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy toys, squeaky toys, paper of cardboard items, metal items, sticks or hose pieces

Been in 7 different locations: front yard, back yard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom

Met and played with 7 new people: include children and older adults, someone walking with a cane or stick, someone in a wheelchair or walker

Been exposed to 7 challenges: climb on a box, climb off a box, go through a tunnel, wobble board, climb steps, go down steps, climb over obstacles, play hide and seek, in and out of a doorway with a step up or down, run around a fence

Eaten from 7 different containers; metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan

Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, living room, bathroom

Please read the pages on PUPPY BUYER ETIQUETTE and also QUESTIONS TO ASK BREEDERS to assist you in determining the right breeder for you.

We DO NOT ship any puppies nor do we sell any puppies sight unseen. You must be present to pick up your puppy in person and we prefer that we meet you in person prior to selling you a puppy. Also – please don’t say ‘staffy’ these are Staffordshire Bull Terriers. If you cannot say the entire name at least please respectfully call them Staffords. Please read our blog post on why we strongly feel this way.