Covenant Farm Puppies are a product of our unique breeding philosophy and our Christian worldview. Proverbs 12:10 says, "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel". We treat all of our dogs and puppies as pets, as if we were keeping them for ourselves. Our lasses take turns "confined" in a quarter-acre fenced yard when they go into heat. They are never crated or tied. Our dogs are never left alone without companionship.

The puppies are whelped in our home, not in a kennel. They are handled daily. Puppies go outside at 4 weeks old, when they start on solid food. They have pens that are 10' wide by 20' feet deep, a full 200 square feet of space each. They have a heated igloo in the winter that stays on all the time. They are exposed to sounds, smells, changing temperatures and the adult dogs, all of which helps them prepare for normal family life with you.

Veterinarian Examined

We work with a local veterinarian who gives our pups a complete examination at about 6 weeks. We do not allow the pups to be released for sale until they are eight weeks old. Studies have shown that staying with their Mom the extra two weeks after they reach six weeks is important for both health and socialization. Your puppy is guaranteed to be healthy and up-to-date on shots and worming when you purchase one, regardless of it's age. You will receive a Health Record detailing the shots and worming schedule, and the puppy's diet at time of sale.

Genetic Health Guarantee

We guarantee our pups to be free of life-threatening or life-shortening genetic defects up to three years from the whelping date, and guarantee hip and elbow soundness for 3 years as well. A diagnosis of moderate to severe hip dysplasia must be made by a licensed veterinary orthopaedist. Mild subluxation is relatively commonplace in large breeds, is easily managable, and is not covered under this guarantee. This part of the guarantee is null and void if your dog has been spayed or neutered before 24 months of age (See our Care & Feeding page for more info on why we insist on waiting that length of time).

If your puppy is found to have any life-threatening or life-shortening genetic defect, we will be happy to refund all of the purchase price of the puppy upon certification of spay/neuter (if over 24 months of age) and an affidavit stating that the dog has not been bred. The other alternative for refund is upon the return of the dog. Any genetic defect claims must be accompanied by test results from a licensed veterinarian or animal hospital, and only after our consultation with that vet.

Also included is a guarantee that your puppy is healthy when you take delivery. You must have the puppy vet-checked within 7 days of taking delivery. If your puppy is found to be sick with any of the major canine diseases that are vaccinated for, your money will be refunded, and you may keep the puppy or bring it back, as you wish. We will not reimburse any veterinarian bills incurred by the treatment of the sickness.

Genetic Testing

Our breeding dogs are all tested for over 150 genetic issues to insure compatibility and limit the chance of inherited problems showing up later in life. Hybid (cross-breed) dogs are generally much less less susceptible to the genetic problems of the foundation breeds, as their gene pool has been expanded and the hereditary problems diluted. But genetic testing will help make certain that problems are not carried forward and multiplied.

Delivery

We hire a puppy delivery van service that delivers anywhere in the continental US. They are set up to exclusively transport pets Canadian customers must cross the border to the US side to take delivery of their puppy.

We also offer personal delivery (by our family) anywhere within a 200 mile radius of Covenant Farm in Concord, Virginia. We have regular meeting places in the Washington, DC and Richmond areas, and door-to-door deliveries can be arranged. The cost is $175 for delivery to Washington DC, $200 for Hampton Roads and Raleigh/Durham, NC areas, and adjusted down for shorter distances. Air shipping is $550 to anywhere in the continental U.S., though we prefer not to fly puppies unless absolutely necessary. This is the lowest it can be done for, as we are almost 2 hours from the nearest major airport. That cost includes the airfare, delivery to the airport, crate and airline-required Health Certificate from the vet.

Lifetime Support

We offer lifetime support for every puppy that comes from Covenant Farm. That includes any dog that was rehomed to a new family, or any puppy that was marketed as a Covenant Farm Puppy, but came from a breeder that we mentored. That is most easily accomplished via Facebook, but we will deliver that support however it is needed. We help with advice on diet and health issues, behavior, training and whatever else you might need, to the best of our ability, and will offer resources to answer your questions, and recommend products to address health and dietary questions.

Lifetime Rehoming Policy

We realize that there are times when circumstances force a family to give up their pets. We do not ever want one of our puppies or dogs to end up in a shelter, a dog pound or just abandoned. If such an emergency arises, we will always help you to rehome your dog. We have a network of over 2500 families on Facebook, and we will help you find a suitable home and family situation for your dog.