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Roman Reign Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
Austin, TX 78748
Please copy and paste this puppy
application information into an email as inline text. Photos can be shared via
web links (Facebook photo album or website url).
Information you should know before
completing this application:
*Puppies are sold for $2,500. Pet
puppies will be sold on AKC limited registration. Show prospects will be sold
with AKC full registration on co-ownerships or as agreed to on case by case
*A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is
required once the puppies are born if you are selected as a home, we do not
accept deposits until the puppies are actually born and thriving.
*Puppies are not placed based on a
first come first serve basis. It is in the best interest of the puppy to be
placed in a home with a lifestyle that is appropriate for the puppy’s energy
level and personality. Please fully answer the questionnaire so that we can
match you with a puppy that suits your family.
*Roman Reign reserves the first right
to all dogs that may not be able to stay in their current living situation.
We are available for our dogs throughout their entire lives.
Links to websites, blogs, or social
Please list other individuals living in
your home with ages:
Please provide two emergency contacts.
I will verify that they are willing to assist your family and your Swissy during
Please provide contact information or
your vet. If you do not currently have a vet, we will assist you in finding one
in your area. Your vet will need to be aware that bloat and splenic torsion are
life-threatening issues requiring emergency surgery.
Do you prefer a male or female
Swissy? Or would you accept either?
Would you be interested in an adult
(rehome) or rescued Swissy?
Would you be interested in a
special need GSMD (non-life threatening physical abnormality)?
Would you accept a blue or a red
Whose decision was it to get a dog?
What specifically attracted you to
How did you become interested in
If you are not
interested in showing your Swissy yourself, would you be open to co-owning a show
quality puppy? The puppy would live primarily with you, and the puppy would
travel with me to shows that are agreeable to both parties. All showing and
health expenses related to showing/breeding would be funded by Roman Reign.
Previous dog ownership experience:
Have you previously owned this
Have you previously owned a dog?
If yes, please provide the following for each dog you have owned (attach
list if necessary):
- Breed (or prevalent breed if mixed) and sex
- How did you obtain the dog (purchased, found, given as a gift, adopted,
- Age when obtained
- What happened to the dog (sold, given to others, lost, died (include cause
What animals do you currently own?
If you currently own another dog, is it altered?
Are you planning on getting another
dog in the near future?
Do you breed dogs now, or have you
had experience breeding dogs?
Purpose and Training:
Why do you want a Swissy? Please
list all that apply and feel free to elaborate. Pet, show, breeding,
working, search and rescue, therapy, or other?
What type of disposition are you
looking for? What habits or behaviors would you not be able to tolerate?
Describe what you expect of and for this puppy.
What experience do you have owning
and training dogs?
What type of training methods do
you plan on using? Where do you plan on attending training with your Swissy?
Are you aware that Swissies can be
very vocal, stubborn, persistent, crafty, independent, and physically strong
with high prey drive? Please explain how you have managed other dogs or
people like this in the past?
Are you committed to a lifetime of
training your dog, especially when they go through the terrible teenager
Do you agree to kennel train your
puppy? A dog that is kennel trained will be easier to transport during
Are you committed to dedicating all
of your time in the first 16 weeks of your Swissy’s life to elaborate
socialization? I will provide detailed instructions on the process, and it
is absolutely critical that it is done correctly.
Do you agree to call me first if
your Swissy exhibits any unacceptable behaviors?
Are you aware that Swissies are not
very easy to housetrain and often times are not reliable until 9 months of
age or even older?
Detailed Purpose and
Which of the following reasons best fit the primary reason(s) you would like to
have a dog? Please elaborate as needed.
for the children
for other pet
search and rescue
If you are interested in breeding
this dog, what are your reasons?
Show/breeding homes only, do you agree to a co-ownership
contract on any show/breeding dogs until requirements for health
certifications as recommended by the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club are
Have you ever shown in conformation
or competed with a dog in any working events? Please detail, if your answer
Are you currently pregnant or
expecting to adopt or have a child within 1 year of getting your new puppy?
Is there anyone else who will be
living with the dog that is not already listed above?
Is anyone living in the home with
the dog allergic to dogs?
Where do you live? City, suburban,
How would you describe your
neighborhood? Are you in a condo, apartment, duplex, ranch, developer
Would your neighbors tolerate a
loud mouth dog?
Do you own your own home?
Do you access to a fenced area?
Work schedule and typical hours per
Occupation of Spouse/Companion:
Work schedule and typical hours per
How many hours per day would the
dog be left alone?
Who will be the primary caretaker
of the dog?
Where will the dog spend his days?
Where will the dog's sleeping
Please provide pictures of your
home/apartment complex & outdoor space (type of fencing and or perimeter
Maintenance and Care
How will your dog normally be
transported? Are you able to transport your dog in kennel?
How will you exercise your dog?
Do you agree to keep your dog in a
climate controlled environment during extreme temperatures? Swissies are not
heat tolerant, and they can easily suffer heat strokes in 75 degree weather.
You must take care to not over exercise them in the heat.
Are you willing to enroll this
puppy in at least two obedience courses?
Are you dedicated to maintaining
your Swissy’s training throughout his or her entire lifetime?
What brand of dog food do you
anticipate feeding? Would you be able to feed your puppy at least 3 times
per day and your adult Swissy 2 times per day?
Do you agree to keep your Swissy at
a fit weight for the sake of their health?
What arrangements would you make
for the care of the dog when you are traveling?
If your dog is traveling with you,
do you have a process for making the dog as comfortable as possible?
What would you do with your dog if any
of the following situations were to happen to you:
New baby in the home
Elderly family member in home
Loss of job or serious illness
Develop allergy to dogs
Decided to that you do not want
Do you agree to sign a written contract
A) Stipulates any rehoming of the Roman
Reign dog may only be done under the care of Roman Reign or the permission,
approval, and guidance of Roman Reign.
B) Roman Reign has a first right of
refusal to take any dog back at any time for any reason should the owner decide
they can no longer keep their dog.
C) Does not permit the alteration of
our Swissies until full sexual maturity at 24 months of age for health reasons.
D) Requires you to use your
veterinarian, trainer, and Roman Reign as your 1st resource for the health,
training, and well-being of the dog. Information on the Internet can be useful
in understanding health and training questions, however it is not the best
source for diagnoses and recommendations.
E) As an owner of a Roman Reign puppy,
you will become an ambassador of the breed by virtue of having a Swissy. You
agree to responsibly train and manage your Swissy. You and your Swissy will
likely become the face of the breed in the area, and you agree to represent the
breed in the best light both online and in person.
You will have two options to pick up
your pet/companion pup:
A. Pick up puppy in person at our home
in Austin, TX.
B. Buy a round trip plane ticket and
take pup back home with you in a X-Large collapsible Sherpa bag under the seat
in the Airplane Cabin. Puppies will not be sent home any earlier than 8.5 weeks
and no later than 9.5 weeks in this circumstance.
Austin Airport (ATX) is 25 minutes away
with no traffic.
George Bush International (IAH) and
Houston Hobby (HOU) airports are about 3.5 hours away with no traffic.
Dallas Love Field (DAL) is about 5
hours with traffic. There is always traffic.
Shipping via cargo is not an option for
a puppy. Adults may be shipped in proper conditions.
How did you find us?
Were you referred to Roman Reign?
Have you met an adult Greater Swiss
If yes, please list the owner’s
name and place of meeting:
If you have not met any Swissies in
person, are you willing to?
Relationship with Breeder:
Will you commit to
staying in contact with Roman Reign for the life of your puppy with both good
news and bad should it occur?
Will you provide Roman
Reign with pictures as your puppy grows from a baby to an adult to a geriatric
Are you willing to update
Roman Reign with your puppy’s health status for the life of your dog?
Will you purchase
insurance for your Swissy puppy?
Optional for non-breeding dogs:
Would you be open to radiographing your pet after 24 months of age for hip,
elbows, and shoulder disorders?
Have you researched
all the diseases and/or problems that could happen with your Swissy
(epilepsy, bloat, splenic torsion, entropion, bleeding of unknown origin,
hip/elbow dysplasia, OCD) and realize that if these unexpected problems
occur they can lead to very expensive, unavoidable vet bills? Roman Reign is
dedicating to improving the health of Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, and we
will support all Swissy owners through health problems. We are available
Would you be interested in joining the:
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of
Your regional GSMD Club
Special Interest clubs
Your local clubs
Please feel free to add any additional comments or questions you might have. We
look forward to working with you.