Info for puppy buyers
Hopefully this page will answer most of your questions but please let us know if there is anything we haven`t covered here that you would find useful and we will add it.
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If you are interested in a RIVERLANDS puppy please email us in the first instance with what you are looking for (breed/sex/colour/coat type) and a little about yourself and family and the home/lifestyle you can offer a puppy. We do not list our phone number on the website as we were getting calls at all hours and we go to bed quite early as we get up very early. We will arrange a time to speak to you that suits us both.
We welcome visits to the kennels to view the adults but puppies can`t be viewed/handled until they are vaccinated between six and seven weeks of age. Photos of puppies are uploaded to the litters pages on the webiste weekly so you can watch them grow.
We do not require a deposit to go on the waiting list but ask that if you decide to get a puppy from another breeder you let us know to take you off our list. Deposits are only taken after puppies are born and we can confirm availability. Pet puppies are chosen by photos/video in order of contact after our pick and any show prospects or exports.
We, as memebers of DOGS NSW, are bound by a code of ethics (see "DOGS NSW Code of Ethics"page) and are not permitted to let puppies go to their new homes until 8 weeks of age.
These prices are for pet puppies only on the Limited Register.
Smooth Fox Terrier $1,000
Jack Russell Terrier - $1,500
Labrador Retriever $2,000 black and yellow - $2,500 chocolate
Contact us for prices for Main Register show/breeding prospects. Prices will vary depending on the bloodlines of the litter.
We are located 70km from Wagga Wagga NSW for pick up.
Transport can be arranged nationwide by air ex Wagga Wagga with JetPets or ex Narrandera with Dogtainers or by road in NSW/VIC via GTE Dog transport.
We send puppies between Sydney and Melbourne by road with GTE Dog Transport.
Waaga to Sydney or Wagga to Melbourne - $100. Contact us for a quote to other areas.
Jet Pets prices ex Wagga Wagga including hire crate.
JRT/SFT - PP20 crate 48 cm x 33 cm x 38 cm
Wagga Wagga to Brisbane - $226.93
Wagga Wagga to Adelaide - $238.83
Wagga Wagga to Perth - $276.94
Wagga Wagga to Hobart or Launceston - $238.83
Labrador - PP40 crate 67cm x 38 cm x 52 cm
Wagga Wagga to Brisbane - $249.55
Wagga Wagga to Adelaide - $267.41
Wagga Wagga to Perth - $380.52
Wagga Wagga to Hobart or Launceston - $273.36
Prices supplied by Jet Pets 28th November 2018 and are subject to change. Please contact us for an up to date quote and other destinations. We make the bookings with Jet Pets including breeder discount and email the quote to the new owner to pay directly to JetPets.
THE ANKC (AUSTRALIAN NATION KENNEL COUNCIL IS THE ONE AND ONLY OFFICIAL REGISTRY FOR PUREBRED DOGS IN AUSTRALIA.
MDBA, ABR and ICBS are NOT official registry bodies.
Only certificates issued from DOGS NSW, DOGS QLD, DOGS VIC, DOGS WA, DOGS NT AND DOGS TAS are offical pedigree papers like the ones below.
The blue papers are MAIN REGISTER for conformation showing and breeding. The orange papers are LIMITED REGISTER for pets (not for breeding or export).
ALL Riverlands puppies come with pedigree papers. We, as memebers of DOGS NSW, are bound by a code of ethics (see "DOGS NSW Code of Ethics" page) and are not permitted to sell puppies without papers. Every pup we breed must be registered so please don`t ask us for a cheaper puppy "without papers" as the rego costs are minimal any breeder willing to offer this is up to something like breeding their bitch more often than the twice in two years allowed and just not registering some of the litters or maybe the parents aren`t registered at all! Any reputable registered breeder will provide papers with their purebred puppy! BUYER BEWARE!
All our pet puppies are sold on the Limited Register which means they are not eligable for confrmation showing and breeding. They can still participate in all canine sports such as obedience, agility, rally-o, earth dog etc. Puppies are placed on the limtied register as their pet owners have no intention to breed or show and inted to have them desexed.
Main register puppies are sold only to registered breeders for show/breeding purposes. These puppies are chosen for their outstanding conformation and are priced accordingly.
You may choose the registered name of your pet puppy. This is the name that appears on the pedigree papers. It must be no longer than 30 characters including spaces and start with the prefix RIVERLANDS. You need to provide two options as if DOGS NSW reject the first option and a second one is not provided they may issue a random name,
We implant our puppies with the new European "nanochip" around six weeks of age. The "nanochip" is smaller again than the mini chip which is 40% smaller than the standard 12 mm x 2.12 mm microchip. The 7 mm x 1.25mm RFID transponders are less invasive and due to size and weight less likely to migrate around the body. We feel these are more suitable for a small breed. They also have read/write capability.
All microchips are registered with the NSW Companion Animals Register and also with the AAR - Australiasian Animal Registry via a prepaid form supplied in the puppy pack that just needs to be filled in and posted as it asks for a password.
The AAR was established in 1989 and is the largest not for profit and most comprehensive animal registration and recovery service in Australasia. AAR is a division of the RAS - Royal Agricultural Society which has been in existance since 1822. AAR follows the guiding principals and policies of RAS which includes placing a high priority on the care of all animals. AAR maintains records for over 1.5 million animals from across Australia and New Zealand including dogs, cats, birds, horses, zoo animals and even ferrets.
All puppies going to new homes outside NSW need to be regsitered with local council in their new state of residence.
Puppies are given a C3 vaccination around six to seven weeks of age against Parvovirus, Canine Distemper and Canine Hepatitis requiring two more at 10 - 12 weeks and 14 - 16 weeks. A series of three vaccines is given because puppies who have nursed on their mother's milk have received maternal antibodies which block the effectiveness of a vaccine. As we don`t know when the levels have dropped anough to allow a full immune response to vaccination we do three at approximately four week intervals to give the puppy the best chance of protection during this time. By as early as six weeks 25% of puppies have a strong immune response to vaccines and by 14 - 16 weeks of age the maternal antibodies have fallen enough to allow a full immune response in over 90% of puppies. A booster one year after the last puppy vaccine is given then every three years thereafter. Studies have shown immunity for up to seven years after the inital booster so now most vets offer a titre test to check for immunity before administering a vaccine. Vets used to recommend yearly boosters but this is becomming a thing of the past and although the titre may cost more than the vaccine it eliminates over vaccination and the associated health effects such as auto immune disease and injection site tumours. Vaccines are also available for leptospirosis for those living in areas prone to the disease and also corona virus and kennel cough. All puppies leaving at eight weeks come with one C3 vaccination and those leaving after ten weeks will have had a second vaccination.
Puppies are wormed every two weeks from birth initially with Drontal puppy syrup then with Drontal all wormer for small dogs and puppies. We recommend rotating wormer to avoid ressistance. Puppies should continue to be wormed fortnightly until three months of age then every three months for life.
Puppies are not started on Heatworm treatment before going to their new homes. Heartworm prevention can be started from three to six months of age. You can discuss the many options available on the market today with your veterinarian.
Tail docking is now illegal in ALL states of Australia without a medical reason so none of our puppies have docked tails.
All of our Smooth Fox Terrier puppies have dew claws removed at 3 days old.
Our Jack Russell Terriers DO NOT have dew claws removed.
Puppies have their nails trimmed at least every two weeks with human nail clippers, keep this up escecially while they are small so they grow accustomed to it and don`t grow up to be dogs who make a fuss at nail trimming time.
Our dogs are fed a varied diet of beef/chicken mince, RAW chicken wings/drumsticks, tinned sardines, Royal Canin dry food, brisket bones, lactose free or goats milk, fish oil/coconut oil and rice/pasta/vegetables/offal. It is important for all dogs to eat a varied diet including meaty bones to clean their teeth and ensure inner health. There is no reason your dog cannot have table scraps like leftover meat and veggies but be mindful of the foods which are poisonous to dogs. If in doubt - check first! Never allow your dog to chew a cooked bone as they become brittle and can crack teeth, get stuck in the roof of their mouth or splinter and perforate their gut. Only ever feed chicken bones RAW. Always supervise your dog with any type of bone. Chicken wings/drumsticks and beef brisket are excellent for teething puppies to help lose their milk teeth.
Many treats on the market today contain sugar and preservatives. I like to use cheese, sliced frankfurt or cooked sausage or home dried liver. Please be aware that treats made overseas like rawhide and pigs ears are not subject to the same manufacturing standards as here in Australia and can be preserved with and contain harmful and potentially cancer causing chemicals as they are deemed not for human consumption. Please be mindful of what you allow your dog to eat. Try to buy naturally preserved products and buy Australian made!
All our puppies are raised inside out home and are trained to use a "Pet Potty Mat" ($20 - K Mart).
A broken or rough coat JRT does not need to be taken to the groomer or clipped. We provide a comb and easy grooming instructions in our puppy pack.
All our puppies go home with a puppy pack and folder. The contents of the pack may vary due to availability but will always come with a puppy starter pack from Royal Canin containing a booklet, voucher and bag of dry food which is what your puppy has been weaned onto along with the raw meats outlined above. For Jack Russell Terriers and Smooth Fox Terriers this is a 2kg bag of Mini Junior and for Labrador Retrivers it is a 3kg bag of Labrador Junior. We also send each pup home with a blanket that has familiar smells from their litter mates and to make settling into a new enviornment a little easier. Also toys and treats along with a folder containing copies of parents photos, pedigrees, health clearances and DNA profiles, microchipping documents, vaccination book, puppy photos and other info.
Puppy packs are posted to interstate purchasers ahead of the new arrival and we will send a towel in the travel crate as often if the puppy soils the bedding JetPets will remove and dispose of it so we no longer send the blanket in the crate for travel.
We do not recommend desexing a puppy too young as like any growing animal they need the hormones produced naturally in the body to grow and develop both mentally and physically. Some breeders desex at 8 weeks before the puppy leaves for fear they will be bred from. We believe this is detrimental to the health of the animal. Most vets will also recommend desexing as early as possible. We recommend to leave it until at least 6-10 months of age to allow the dog to grow to its full potential. There are many studies from leading scientists which can be found online explaining the health consequences of early desexing. We encourage you to do your own research and make an informed decision.
All RIVERLANDS litters are bred with the intention to retain something from the litter to show and improve our lines and as a result top quality puppies are remaining for pet homes. We DO NOT breed solely to suply a pet market. Each litter is carefully considered with conformation, temperament and working ability in mind. We only breed DNA tested parents to ensure we NEVER produce an "affected" puppy.
PRIMARY LENS LUXATION (PLL) - JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS
The DNA test for PLL is not expensive and we hope in the future all JRT breeders will undertake to test for this very preventable disease. All RIVERLANDS puppies are guaranteed NOT AFFECTED by parentage and come with copies of their parents DNA profiles. Most litters are CLEAR by parentage.
For more information on PLL please see the "JRT Health Testing" page.
SCA AND LOA - JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS
We are in the process of having all our dogs tested for SCA and LOA and results will be posted as they become available.
For more information on SCA and LOA please see the "JRT Health Testing" page.
PRA AND EIC - LABRADOR RETRIVERS
All RIVERLANDS puppies are guaranteed PRA and EIC CLEAR by parentage and come with copies of their parents DNA profiles.
For more information on PRA and EIC please see the "Labrador Health Testing" page.
HNPK - LABRADOR RETREIVERS
ALL RIVERLANDS puppies are guaranteed NOT AFFECTED by parentage and come with copies of their parents DNA profiles.
Most litters are clear by parentage.
For more information on HNPK please see the "Labrador Health Testing" page.
This page is a work in progress, please check back soon for updates.
(Last updated 26/10/2019)