Puppy FAQs

What is the process for applying for a puppy? Our goal in placing puppies is to pair the home that is a perfect fit for each breed and individual puppy. To do so, we ask that each home completes our application for a puppy. After reviewing the application, we will have a screening call to discuss if the breed is a good fit. If the home is a good fit, we ask for a $100 waiting list fee if we do not currently have a puppy or a $1,000 onboarding fee if we currently have available puppies. The waiting list fee and/or onboarding fee will be applied to the final price of the puppy. A few weeks before puppies are ready to go home, we will finalize which puppy will be paired with each home, and the remaining balance will be due upon pick up day.

Can you tell me more about the waiting list fee? Our waiting list will open ~6 months prior to a planned litter arriving(sometimes with a cobreeder). If we are not planning a litter, you will be referred to another trusted breeder who has availability. If our list is full, you may opt to wait until puppies are born, be referred to another breeder, or do both. *Lowchen homes might not get puppies from the very next litter coming as the litters are extremely small. Homes on our waiting list have already completed the application process and are ready for the Gotcha Day preparation. Gotcha Day support consists of:

  • Finding a local trainer
  • Finding a local vet
  • Online Training Resources
  • Access to our mailing list of deals on products we recommend
  • Assistance with selecting products for your new companion

Can you tell me more about the onboarding fee?

The onboarding fee includes the same Gotcha Day support with video/Facetime with the litter. The waiting list fee is for litters that are not yet born, and the onboarding fee is for after the litter is born.

What can homes expect from Roman Reign puppies? Our breeding dogs are health tested, raised in our home following Puppy Culture protocol, and comes with our lifetime support. It is never too early and never too late to call us if you have any questions. We are available for the life of your puppies. Additionally, we are involved at a national level in both breeds and in a variety of sports. All the knowledge that we gain is used to help our homes have the best experience possible with their beloved companions.

Can you tell me about your puppy prices? Our 2022 Greater Swiss puppies are $3,750, and our Lowchen puppies are $3,500. The price of our puppies reflect the value of health testing, Puppy Culture protocol training, and lifetime support that we offer our homes. Our goal is to provide you with an excellent companion with our support from puppyhood, adulthood, and into the golden years. Our ability to provide support involves our constant education on canine health, participation in canine sports, and ongoing education and evolution in training. We also volunteer and fund health related projects.  We do offer reimbursements upon earning specific titles. *Note that prices for intentionally bred puppies across all breeds have increased significantly. Financial pressures such as increased veterinary expenses, present challenges in transportation, and increased barriers to breeding impact prices.

What is Puppy Culture? Puppy Culture isn’t just training. It is a protocol that teaches puppies to regulate their own emotions, recover quickly after startling, enter new situations with confidence, communicate with their owners, and learn how to learn. These are key qualities that put our puppies in the best position possible for service work, performance sports, and great family pets.

What kind of vaccines will my puppy have? I start the neopar vaccine at 5 weeks, neovac da2 at 6 weeks, neopar at 7 weeks, then 5 way at 8 weeks. I also offer canine flu bivalent and kennel cough vaccine if desired. Canine flu and kennel cough vaccine decisions are based on lifestyle of your puppy.

Do you have some resources for puppies? Sure do.

What else will my puppy have at pick up?

  • Puppy Culture protocol training
  • Litter trained (most of the time). At 8 weeks, they are going in the litter box 95% of the time.
  • Crate conditioned started
  • Clicker started
  • AKC registration (limited) that includes 30 days of pet insurance. Completed for you online.
  • Registered microchip with AKC Reunite chips. Completed for you online.
  • Age appropriate vaccines (neopar, neovac da2, and one round of 5 way vaccination at 8 weeks)
  • If desired, kennel cough vaccine
  • If desired, canine flu bivalent vaccine
  • 30 days of Trupanion pet insurance
  • Lowchen puppies will have OFA CAER eye exams prior to pick up.

What kind of name will my puppy have? We call most puppies some type of fun nickname, but they will transition to whatever you want to call them pretty easily. You will get to select your puppy’s registered name based on the litter theme with the prefix of Roman Reign.

Where are you located? We are in Minnesota, previously from Austin, TX. We moved for my day job. All litters are raised in Minnesota.

What is a call name? What you would call your dog.

What is Clicker Started? Puppies are exposed to the sound of the clicker. At the started level, they will understand that the sound of the clicker is associated to good things.

What kind of litter does my puppy use to relieve him/herself? I use horse pellets that are commonly found at feed and farm stores. It is very easy to transition the puppies over from the pellets to grass. The Marth brand disintegrates with moisture. Depending on age, they may already be transitioned to artificial turf.

What kind of health guarantees does my puppy have? All puppies come with a 3 day full refund for any reason, and all puppies will be healthy at the time of transfer. All puppies come from health tested parents.

What will my puppy be eating? The vast majority of our litters are eating either dry ProPlan adult kibble (Savor formula) or soaked in water by the time they go to new homes.

Do you recommend health insurance? I currently do not. However, if I did, I would select Embrace. I do have an article about insurance to help you think about the possible costs associated with owning a dog.

What are your favorite crates? I generally recommend size 42 inch or 48 inch Midwest wire crates for Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. Lowchens do well in 24 inch crates. For airline travel in cargo, I highly recommend the Sky Kennel brands in sizes 28 inch for Lowchens, and the 40 inch or 48 inch for Greater Swiss.

What about those fancy crates? I love both East Coast Crates and Impact Crates. They are both quality products that will last a lifetime. East Coast Crates often has show discounts and Impact Crate has Black Friday sales. I can help you plan your purchase if you wish.

Other products I recommend:

Nature’s Farmacy Complete is my favorite joint and wellness supplement.

Red Dingo Dog Tags for Greater Swiss

Gas-x strips.

Zymox ear cleaner and preventative products

Lavender 256 Disinfectant Concentrate

Choco Nose Water Bottles for Lowchens

Sit up and Beg, my favorite show leads for Lowchens

Hogan Leather, show leads for big dogs

Wahl Mini Arco Clippers for Lowchens (light clipping only)

Primo Pads (crate pads)

Mes Amis Collars for every day wear.

K9 Competition Keratin and Silver lines for Lowchens in show coat

Chris Christensen slicker, pin, breezy brushes, and buttercombs

Nature’s Miracle Deodorizer / enzymatic cleaner

Building Blocks for Performance by Bobbie Anderson with Tracy Libby

Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor

Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

Control Unleashed:Creating a Focused & Confident Dog by Leslie McDevitt

Structure in Action by Pat Hastings

Tricks of the Trade by Pat Hastings

Developing Jumping Skills for Awesome Agility Dogs by Linda Mecklenburg

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell

Water Work, Water Play by Judi Adler

Get $20 off your first pair of Rothy’s, my favorite dog show and work shoe!

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