BREEDING FOR HEALTH AND LONGEVITY
You can follow the progress of our litters on our Facebook & Instagram Stories (Links at bottom of page)
WE DO NOT EXPORT PUPPIES TO PET HOMES BUT WE WILL CONSIDER ESTABLISED BREEDING/SHOW HOMES
Our Plans Include:
IRISH WOLFHOUND PUPPIES
WE NO DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE PUPPIES AVAILABLE
WE DO NOT KEEP A WAITING LIST
If you are interested in applying for one of our puppies please read the information below
WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD PUPPIES
WE NO DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE PUPPIES AVAILABLE – MAYBE 2024
PUPPY HOMING INFORMATION
We always consider homes we know and trust first so there are not always puppies available. I do know that we have a lot of interest in our next Irish Wolfhound litter from people we know so if we do get puppies there may not be any available.
If we have any puppies available we will take enquires once the puppies reach 4 weeks old
Please do not contact us before this.
WE DO NOT HAVE A WAITING LIST.
We let people know if any puppies are available via our Newsletter. We do not do this until the litter is at least 4 weeks old. The process of finding forever homes can then take us a number of weeks as we like to consider all applications to ensure our puppies go to the very best homes.
We do not have a waiting list as we find people quite often change their minds or get puppies elsewhere when they have any length of time to wait. We home check & interview all prospective homes before we decide if they are suitable. We do not do this before we have puppies, quite simply because we do not have time for time wasters.
If we have puppies available, we will send a Puppy Enquiry Form in a Newsletter for prospective owners to fill out. Any homes we like the sound of will have a telephone interview, if we are happy we will then carry out a home check. We do not do this until after the puppies are 4 weeks old & only if there are available puppies in the litter. Many of our puppies have homes before they are born, with friends, family, previous Austonley owners and breeder recommendations. (Please understand that ringing me regularly or sending me photos of your dogs everyday does not mean that I will get to know you)
After we have completed a telephone interview & a home check, we then invite prospective new owners to come to meet the pack and the puppies and carry out a face to face interview. We fill Facebook with videos, photos and info regarding all our litters so you can see exactly where they are born and how our puppies are raised.
If you are chosen as a prospective home for a puppy, you can then come and visit as often as you like (within reason). Our puppies come with a contract of sale and until that contract is signed on the day you collect your puppy, we do reserve the right to deny you a puppy if we find out anything that deems the life you have to offer one of our puppies as unsuitable (in our opinion).
Our puppies are UK Kennel Club Registered and are endorsed ‘Progeny Not Eligible for Registration and Export Pedigree Not Allowed’ This prevents future litters from our puppies being registered with the UK & overseas Kennels Clubs unless previously agreed that we will lift endorsements pending clear heart test results and crufts qualification to show the dog is of good breeding stock. We would also need to see clear heart test results for the proposed stud/dam and agree that they are best suited for mating before we would consider lifting endorsements.
”The use of Kennel Club endorsements is undoubtedly beneficial to breeders as a measure to help in protecting stock which has been carefully and responsibly bred. It is generally assumed that breeders endorse their stock to safeguard the dog’s future, the breed and themselves. As some breeds can be prone to suffer from particular health problems, the breeder should ensure that any stock bred by them is examined under any relevant health schemes prior to being bred from. There may also be concerns about sending dogs to certain overseas countries and therefore using the Export endorsement may help to prevent the dog falling into the wrong hands.”
We do not home puppies on a first come first served basis so it makes no difference how quick you get your name down, we do not home puppies via text messages, emails or social media.
We home puppies based on suitability and we only let puppies go to homes that we are 100% happy is the very best home we can find for them, we will keep our puppies as long as that takes. Once we have eventually picked homes, they are then given an order that they will chose their puppies (at around 8 weeks). This is the only way we can do it fairly without allocating the puppies to the families ourselves. We like people to have a choice but someone has to be last, sometimes the last remaining puppy is the one you most wanted (even if it is not, I guarantee once you get it home it will very quickly become your absolute favourite)
Breeding to sell puppies to the general public is not our incentive. We breed when we intend to keep a puppy, homing the rest of the litter is by far the most difficult part of the whole process. We quite often do not choose the puppy/puppies we will be keeping until they are ready to leave for their new home as we look at development and conformation etc. So potential owners do not get to pick their puppy until usually around 8 weeks. This also coincides with the puppies having their liver shunt test at 7 weeks, we always hope to have test results back by 8 weeks.
Raising Irish Wolfhounds puppies is immensely hard work. Pups are 1-2lb when born and mum can weigh as much as 140+ lbs (10 stone). Mum can unintentionally injure or kill a puppy or the entire litter very quickly so they require 24 hour supervision. We do not leave them for a second within the first 4 to 5 weeks, after this they still need supervision when mum is with them as a broken leg is far more serious to a Giant Breed than it is to smaller breeds
We then like to ensure that our puppies go to live in a safe environment so no matter if you are royalty or a pop star, everyone is thoroughly vetted.
You can keep up to date with what we are doing on Facebook @ Austonley Irish Wolfhounds
You will also find videos and photos of previous litter on Facebook and Instagram
WHY ARE WE SO STRICT ABOUT CHOOSING HOMES?
There is unfortunately a vile creature trying to get hold of puppies, this woman is banned for keeping animals for 10 years for the most horrific abuse in the UK and then she fled to Southern Ireland, unfortunately it is now believed she is back in the UK and trying to get hold of dogs. Breeders need to be vigilant when finding homes, especially as this person hides behind fake emails, fake Facebook profiles and fake names Please, Please home check. This woman is very believable so we have to be very strict.
Woman convicted of cruelty receives increased ban
On Thursday 8th September 2016, the woman convicted of cruelty towards two Irish Wolfhounds in August 2015, was again in court.
The RSPCA brought a further prosecution against her for breaching her 5 year ban on keeping dogs. She was also accused of the neglect of three rabbits, found in a shed. The rabbits, along with 22 dogs and puppies – mostly Irish Wolfhounds and Newfoundlands – were removed from her property in November 2015.
This was three months after the hearing at which she was banned from keeping dogs, when she claimed to have only 9 dogs on her property.
Great Yarmouth Magistrates handed her a 6 week suspended prison sentence and increased the ban to 10 years. This time she has been banned from keeping ALL animals. She was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs.
The Chairman of the bench told the defendant: “We don’t find you a credible witness in any way.” This comment reflects the fact that this woman was demonstrated to have used a number of false names and contact details, in order to conceal her true identity, thus misleading breeders into continuing to sell puppies to her.
She is known to have bought dogs from Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Russia, as well as the UK. Breeders are warned to be vigilant when selling puppies and always to ask someone reliable to carry out home-checks on potential buyers.
The RSPCA officer who co-ordinated the case said he would be “keen to hear” from anyone who, in the future, thinks the defendant might be breaking her order. Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999
Amanda Adams, previously of Lynton Rd, Walcott, in Norwich – a notorious pet peddler, backyard breeder and serial animal abuser is now living is Southern Ireland using the name Amanda Rawlings, with 8 large dogs.
MARCH 2021 – NOW BELIEVED TO BE BACK IN THE UK