Shillington Kennels




Explanation of Terms and Conditions for Purchasing Puppies

– Deposits for Puppy Purchases

– Terms and Conditions

– Some Comments on Gender, Personality, Size and "Pick of the Litter"

– Visiting Puppies

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Deposits for Puppy Purchases

In 2009, we instituted a deposit system for prospective puppy owners. We had to do this because we typically have more interest from prospective owners than the number of puppies available, which sometimes creates delays in having what you want available. Also, people waiting for a puppy sometimes find one elsewhere or change their minds. Having a deposit reserves your place on our waiting list with other people who are ready to get a pup from us. (Top of Page)

Terms and Conditions

  1. Your deposit is non refundable if you should cancel. In the event we do not have a puppy available for you we will refund your deposit. We ask for a deposit of $100. This amount is deducted from the total price of the dog at sale.
  2. Your deposit puts you on our waiting list. While we will take your name and contact information, don't count on us having a puppy for you. While demand goes up and down, we usually have a small group of people who have paid deposits. We don't want to leave you with any false expectations.
  3. It's first come, first served except in the event you have a specific request. For example, if one person wants a Beagle and doesn't care whether it's a female or male and any colour will do, they get the next available pup when their turn comes up. However, if you definitely want a tri-coloured female puppy, you'll get one when your turn comes up and there's one available. We work with Mother Nature!
  4. We only take a limited number of deposits. We look ahead to estimate upcoming litters within a reasonable timeframe. This is why it's important to get a deposit in: if you wait until you're ready to get a pup, there will usually be people ahead of you in the line.
  5. If something changes in your life and you want your deposit back, we will gladly refund your money, no questions asked. However, if you haven't notified us that you can't take a puppy and we have been reserving one for you (thereby turning away other nice people who would want the pup), we will refund your money when the pup is sold. (Top of Page)

Some Comments on Gender, Personality, Size and "Pick of the Litter"

As you can imagine, we occasionally receive opinions from prospective puppy owners who have usually received "advice" from well-meaning friends. Quite often the advice is unfounded when it comes to Beagles or serious breeders in general.

We won't argue with you about your beliefs, but we would like to take this opportunity to dispel some myths.

Kim has been showing and breeding purebred dogs for over thirty years. Tim has a degree in Animal Science, has been involved in showing and breeding purebred dogs since 1976 and has worked in production agriculture breeding swine for sale as breeding stock. Both of us have also worked in small animal veterinary practices. We don't presume to know it all, but we've raised and shown a lot of dogs over the years.

When it comes to differences in personality between gender, it makes virtually no difference whether you get a male or female. In other breeds there are differences, but in Beagles it really doesn't matter: they're both sweet and affectionate.

In terms of personality of an individual, they do have their individual personality, but their behaviour is mostly dependent upon how you raise them. Beagles are affectionate, loving pets. We have heard ridiculous stories from people who "didn't want a bully" or who didn't want a puppy from a litter of one because "it wouldn't be socialized".

Some people want or don't want "the runt of the litter". This is also rubbish. Beagles are classified as 13 or 15 inch varieties. There are no runts. By the same token, there's an old adage that says, "never underestimate the little one" when it comes to breeding show dogs. Our Beagle, Minnie, was tiny when she was born and was the top Beagle Puppy in Canada in 2007. We don't sell unhealthy dogs.

If you get a puppy from us, you may or may not have other puppies to choose from. We reserve the right to select what we consider the best potential show/breeding prospects from any litter. This is how we continually improve: better show dogs, better puppies. Whether you get a choice between puppies depends on what you are looking for. If you want a female and there was only one in the litter, there's only one to look at. (Top of Page)

Visiting Puppies

Please do not ask to come and visit newborn baby puppies under 6 weeks of age. We understand people are anxious to see them but we are thinking of the best interest of your puppy.

These puppies are still in the constant care of their mother. It is upsetting to the mother to have strangers looking at or touching the puppies.

Equally important, puppies under 8 weeks have not been vaccinated and would be susceptable to many, life-threatening diseases you may inadvertantly bring in. For example, if you came in contact with a source of parvovirus – through casual contact with an infected dog or some other source – we could easily lose all young puppies at our kennel. The risk is just too high.

We do our best to take puppy pictures while they are small and will gladly email them to prospective owners.

This information is not meant to be a lecture, just full disclosure. If you have any questions, please let us know. We are happy to answer your questions and concerns in an honest and forthright manner. (Top of Page)


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Updated: December 31, 2015


Kim & Tim Delaney
PO Box 601
Stewiacke, NS B0N 2J0
(902) 639-9663