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Just wanted to give an update...

Today, the pups are 10 days old. We haven't received any new pictures since Monday as the breeder is back at her regular job and obviously very busy. She said she will probably send out more this weekend.

I did get a chance to talk to her today though for about 20 minutes. I decided to call her...I was getting anxious, and since we are starting to buy things for the puppy I wanted to know for sure that this is actually going to happen. The breeder said we are FOR SURE getting a puppy!! It just makes me feel so much better to have her say it!

We are also at the top of the list and will be picking from 3-4 puppies, and she said before any of the other puppy owners.

She also said they are scheduling the first visits for Jan 18, 19, & 20. 3 weeks from now...ugh, that seems like forever!

The mom has mastitis, but the breeder said it's not too bad right now and they caught it early. So she said it's pretty time consuming to deal with as a breeder...I have so much respect for breeders and am so appreciative, but I am not sure how they juggle everything!

We also briefly talked about possible litter themes...and this is where I have a couple of questions...

1. Do you normally want to give your dog a call name that relates to the litter theme? Do breeders prefer/require this?

2. Do breeders have the owners come up with the name that comes from the theme (is it the registration name)? My breeder mentioned some themes she was thinking about, then said to start thinking of names based on those themes (she was referring to the name that comes from the theme, not the call name).

Anyways, just wondering and thought I'd give a brief update!
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I'll let the breeders chime in but I think its most common for the breeder to pick the theme, and for the owner to pick the AKC and CALL NAMES.
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Oh okay great thanks! So does the call name have to relate to the AKC name?

Also, why does the puppy need an AKC name if it's not being shown and is just going to be a pet?

Thanks so much!
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My breeder required that Molly's AKC name had the word "potion" in it. Her call name is vaguely related to her AKC name but it doesn't have to be.

I think it's nice to register them and put them on k9data to add to the family tree. And plus, you never know if you'll end up wanting to do something like obedience, agility, etc.


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My breeder required that Molly's AKC name had the word "potion" in it. Her call name is vaguely related to her AKC name but it doesn't have to be.

I think it's nice to register them and put them on k9data to add to the family tree. And plus, you never know if you'll end up wanting to do something like obedience, agility, etc.


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Oh okay, thanks for your response! I don't want to sound stupid but where do you register them, and why? Sorry...new to this

What is Molly's AKC name? Geez it was hard enough to come up with a call name, now I am going to be wracking by brain trying to think of an AKC name too!!

Has anyone ever heard of breeders requiring the puppy owners to use a call name that relates to the AKC name and theme? Just curious...
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If I remember right, someone also said that Themes help them know what litter they came from too...

We don't have a theme but do have to use the kennel name in part of our AKC name.
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Congrats on your puppy! The wait is going to be interminable. I know it is for me, as I'm waiting for a puppy right now, too. Mine is 4 weeks and 1 day old today, and I can't wait to get him!

The call name does not have to relate to the AKC name. But some people -- I am one of them -- like to have some connection. I've had them all different ways. One dog was named Seabreeze's Chelsea Morning and called Chelsea. One was named Bonacres Mystic Fourrest and called Charlie, which was no relation at all to the AKC name. And the new puppy will be Ridgeview's In Hot Pursuit and will be called Gibbs, which is a distant relation to the AKC name (Gibbs is a character in the TV show NCIS, and they are always "in hot pursuit" of the bad guy). So, it can be any way you want. Totally up to you. The only requirement is whatever the theme is. Sometimes themes require a particular word to be used. Gibbs comes in the "hot" litter theme, so his AKC name has to have the word "hot" in it. Other themes are more general, like a movie theme, where you don't need a particular word, but you have to have the name of a movie (like an AKC name "Kennelname's Gone With The Wind" and call name "Scarlett").

You don't have to register your dog with the AKC, but it's kind of a cool thing to do, and it's also fun to put him/her on K9Data.com, where you can then see his/her whole family tree and it's helpful for the breeder and others who might buy puppies from that breeder in the future. Also, if you ever want to compete in obedience or agility or something, they have to be AKC registered. You don't want to wait two or three years, only to discover that you want to participate in those things but never registered your dog. That said, I have a rescue Golden that I got as a puppy, and I never registered her. So, totally up to what you feel like.

I haven't seen pics of your puppy, if you've posted any. Do you have some? Can you post them?
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Don't forget that the money you pay goes to support the AKC. The AKC is a non-profit organization. They do so much for dogs with their work for dog health, to protect the rights of dog owners and promoting responsible ownership. So registering your dog not only gives you a registration document that you can take pride in and compete with, it supports the continuation of AKC programs. That is a win win to me


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If I remember right, someone also said that Themes help them know what litter they came from too...

We don't have a theme but do have to use the kennel name in part of our AKC name.
Oh okay ya that makes sense then! I think in ours too we have to have the breeder name and then the theme name (AKC) name.

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Congrats on your puppy! The wait is going to be interminable. I know it is for me, as I'm waiting for a puppy right now, too. Mine is 4 weeks and 1 day old today, and I can't wait to get him!

The call name does not have to relate to the AKC name. But some people -- I am one of them -- like to have some connection. I've had them all different ways. One dog was named Seabreeze's Chelsea Morning and called Chelsea. One was named Bonacres Mystic Fourrest and called Charlie, which was no relation at all to the AKC name. And the new puppy will be Ridgeview's In Hot Pursuit and will be called Gibbs, which is a distant relation to the AKC name (Gibbs is a character in the TV show NCIS, and they are always "in hot pursuit" of the bad guy). So, it can be any way you want. Totally up to you. The only requirement is whatever the theme is. Sometimes themes require a particular word to be used. Gibbs comes in the "hot" litter theme, so his AKC name has to have the word "hot" in it. Other themes are more general, like a movie theme, where you don't need a particular word, but you have to have the name of a movie (like an AKC name "Kennelname's Gone With The Wind" and call name "Scarlett").

You don't have to register your dog with the AKC, but it's kind of a cool thing to do, and it's also fun to put him/her on K9Data.com, where you can then see his/her whole family tree and it's helpful for the breeder and others who might buy puppies from that breeder in the future. Also, if you ever want to compete in obedience or agility or something, they have to be AKC registered. You don't want to wait two or three years, only to discover that you want to participate in those things but never registered your dog. That said, I have a rescue Golden that I got as a puppy, and I never registered her. So, totally up to what you feel like.

I haven't seen pics of your puppy, if you've posted any. Do you have some? Can you post them?
Ugh this wait is horrible...as I am sure you know! I just want to visit them already! Do you get to go visit the puppies prior to pick up day? Do you already know which one is yours?

Thanks for the information on the AKC names. Gibbs is a really cute name, and I like how creative it is! Our breeder isn't sure yet what the theme will be, she was possibly thinking of including the word "left." We want to name our dog Champ as a call name, so now I've been thinking about "left" AKC names. So far (in the 3 hours I've been thinking about it since I talked to the breeder), I came up with "Left my heart in San Francisco"; "Out of Left Field"; "Leaning Left" and hubby suggested, "Leftovers" I thought the "Leftovers" was really funny actually, since it is followed by the breeders name, and they get to pick the show puppies first, then we get the "leftovers" But if the name is Champ, I also like "Out of Left Field." We are trying to think of sports related names with Left in it, as well as political left names.

And thanks for the info about registering through the AKC. I didn't know any of that, so I will make sure to register him (I presume that happens once we get him).

I haven't posted any personal photos of him. I do get some from the breeder often, but I feel a little weird posting the pics she sends me. However, she did post some pics on her website, and I did post that since it is public information. Here are the photos=). If I take photos when I go visit, I will post those too!

Did you post pics of your puppy? I'd love to see some as well if you have them!

Thanks again for the information!
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Don't forget that the money you pay goes to support the AKC. The AKC is a non-profit organization. They do so much for dogs with their work for dog health, to protect the rights of dog owners and promoting responsible ownership. So registering your dog not only gives you a registration document that you can take pride in and compete with, it supports the continuation of AKC programs. That is a win win to me
Oh nice! Thank you, I didn't know that! I'm glad you told me! I will make sure to register him...if I can ever come up with the name
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