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Bob and Joy Good                  912-863-5767                  Sylvania



Frequently asked questions


1.            What is the price of your puppies?

A:  The majority of my pet puppies sell for $1200 - $1400. Puppies that are sold as show/breeding potential start at $1600 but may be up to $1800 for a 10 week old puppy. Older puppies may be higher.

2.            How do you determine at what price you sell a puppy?

A: Puppies are evaluated from birth for breed characteristics, general appearance, temperament, and personality. Those that show outstanding traits are grown out as show/breeding potential.  Those that have average characteristics and some faults are sold as companions not to be bred.


3.            Why do quality puppies cost so much?

A:  I base my price on the quality and how much I have put into the litter. Genetic testing for the breeding stock, stud fees, travel, and vet care etc, has become very expensive. Hip x-rays and OFA certification for one dog is nearly $200. DNA testing for vWD is $140, eye certification is $35 per dog, Stud fees run from $800 up then you add travel or shipping plus the cost of the Brucellosis test at $90 and sometimes progesterone levels at $108 each (usually times 3 tests) that the stud owner requires and you can see how the cost of producing a litter of high quality pups can be very expensive. This doesn't even take into consideration the initial purchase price of the parent, which can be as little as $800 to many thousands of dollars. People that buy pet quality dogs, do not show, do not do genetic testing, and breed their own 2 dogs together, can sell their pups for much less, but you get what you pay for. I know that the price of a pup is a lot but when you consider the amount of money spent to care for a pet properly, the initial purchase price is not that much. To properly care for a dog, it costs as much for a mixed breed as it does for a high quality purebred. If you can't afford the cost of a well-bred pup, you may not be able to afford to give proper care to any dog.  I hope I have helped you to understand what goes into the cost of breeding pups, and I hope that if you are interested in breeding that you will take this information seriously. Do the math and I think that you will see. For example the approximate costs:

Mother cost $800 up

OFA hips    $200

Eye exam    $ 35

Stud Fee    $ 800 up

Travel         $100

Brucellosis test $90

Progesterone test x2 $216

AKC litter papers 25 plus $2 per pup

Food           $100

Shots            $12 to 20 per pup for 1st shot.

Total            $2351 (on 5 pups)

This does not take into consideration any vet bills due to illness or complications during the pregnancy and whelping, nor the cost of showing, advertising and promoting the parent. It also does not take into consideration puppy worming, feeding the pups, caring for sick pups, etc. If there are only 2 puppies born or that survive, you can see how the breeder will not be able to recoup the expenses of this litter. If the bitch fails to have puppies at all, the monetary loss is considerable!


4.            Do you guarantee your puppies?

A:  My pups are sold with a 72-hour health guarantee to give the buyer time to take the pup to the vet. If the vet finds a problem, the buyer can return the pup with a letter from the vet, for a full refund. Additionally, I guarantee the puppy for the first year against genetic defects that result in; the puppy being unsuitable as a pet; the puppy’s death or required euthanasia.


5.            What makes a puppy pet quality?

A:   There are many factors that go into my decision to sell a puppy as a companion not to be bred. I endeavor to produce puppies with excellent temperaments that will be wonderful to own whether they go to a show, performance or companion home, but sometimes a pup is ideal for show except for temperament. It takes a rather bold, fearless temperament to do well in the show ring. Not all puppies that have the conformation for show have the temperament to go with it. Sometimes puppies have a very showy temperament but lack the outstanding conformation characteristics to make a successful show dogs. These pups are often ideal for performance. Sometimes, puppies are too small or too large for show but a well suited for performance or companion homes. Each puppy is an individual and is judged and placed on the basis of his or her merit.


6.            What do you require of the people that you sell puppies to?

A: The most important thing is the patience, love and desire to give the puppy a wonderful home. The new owner must protect and care for the pup, socialize and train it. Puppies are like toddlers and must be supervised and cared for properly to reach their full potential. If the buyer is getting a show prospect, they must agree to train, socialize, maintain ear training and make an honest effort to show the pup or put it with a handler if the pup fulfills it’s early promise. I feel that it is important that the pup have room to exercise properly in a safe environment like a fenced yard. The new owner is fully responsible for the care and well being of the puppy from the moment of purchase throughout the life of the puppy.


7.            Do you do genetic testing on your dogs?

A: All of my breeding stock is tested normal for hip dysplasia, eye disease, and von Willebrand’s Disease. 


8. Why do you require a pet puppy to be registered with AKC?

I can understand why you might wonder what the big deal is since you are not going to breed or show. For me it is a show of pride of ownership of a well bred dog. Until you register the puppy, it is mine according to AKC because their records show only me as the owner. As a breeder I work very hard to breed the best dogs possible from the best bloodlines. Breeder of non tested non show stock pups probably wouldn’t care less if you registered your pet.  Registering your pup gives you proof of ownership. If he/she is micro-chipped when he/she is registered with AKC the ID # on the micro-chip can be permanently registered for their recovery program if the pup is ever lost.  With people failing to register their pups I have changed my policy. If they want one of my pups, they have to bring a check for the registration fee made out to AKC. I hold the papers if they don’t have a name picked out or want to micro-chip the pup before registering the pup. They let me know when they have made the name choice and the micro-chip number and I send it in for them. They then will receive the papers. This may seem like “much a due” about nothing but again I say it is a matter of pride owing a quality bred registered dog. With the new electric registration, I am able to register the pups online and the new owner can complete the registration by adding the name. If the new owner fails to name the pup by 6 months of age, I reserve the right to complete the registration with a name of my choice.
AKC describes the benefits as follows:

When you register your purebred dog with the AKC, you receive:

  • A frameable AKC Registration Certificate and your dog’s name recorded in the AKC Registry.
  • Optional registration packages that include an   AKC collar tag with 24/7 lifetime recovery services, a three-generation AKC pedigree, a one-year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine, and a dog care and training video.
  • A Complimentary 60-Day Trial of AKC Pet Insurance*, for newly registered puppies. Details about this special benefit will be sent to you shortly after registration.
  • A certificate for a complimentary first veterinary office visit. Submit your e-mail address when registering your new puppy and the AKC will e-mail you a certificate for a complimentary first veterinary office visit along with a list of participating veterinarians.
  • Eligibility to participate in diverse and exciting AKC events, including agility, obedience, tracking, field  trials, dog shows, junior showmanship, and many others!

Your registration fee makes a difference.

Over the last seven years, AKC has allocated close to $30 million to fund invaluable programs for the betterment of dogs and communities. The not-for-profit AKC is the only purebred dog registry that offers these programs and services:

Kennel Inspections
Kennel inspections ensure the integrity of the AKC registry and monitor care and conditions at kennels across the country. The AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the United States that maintains a systematic and sustained investigation and inspection effort. The AKC conducts approximately 5,000 inspections each year to ensure compliance with standards that support the health, safety, and welfare of dogs and the environments in which they live.

AKC Canine Health Foundation
Founded and supported by the AKC, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC-CHF) ( works to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners by funding research projects focusing on the genetics of disease, the canine genome map, and clinical studies.

Canine Search-and-Rescue
The AKC supports professional and volunteer canine search-and-rescue (SAR) organizations throughout the United States through its national program, DOGNYsm —  America’s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs. To date, DOGNYsm  fundraising efforts have raised nearly $3 million for the support of canine SAR organizations throughout America.

Canine Good Citizen® program
The AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program is a certification program that rewards dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Each year, theAKC certifies more than 30,000 dogs as official Canine Good Citizens.

Public Education
The AKC works with dog club volunteers, teachers, and librarians across the country to educate children and adults about the responsibilities of dog ownership, basic dog care and training, and safety around dogs.

Government Relations
The AKC Government Relations department monitors and provides input for federal, state and local legislation governing responsible dog ownership. Sign up for legislative alerts about dog laws that may affect you at the “Legislative Alerts” section of

DNA Profiling
The AKC has built the world’s largest database of canine DNA profiles for the purposes of parentage verification and genetic identity. AKC uses DNA certification to ensure reliable registration records vital to the preservation and advancement of purebred dogs.

AKC Museum of the Dog
The AKC Museum of the Dog, in St. Louis, MO, maintains one of the world’s largest collections of dog-related fine art and artifacts. Founded and supported by the AKC, the museum is open year-round to the public and offers many educational programs and special exhibitions.

And much more!
To learn more about how easy it is to register and  the many programs and services offered by the AKC, visit or call (919) 233-9767.

Reuniting Lost Pets with Owners
As a non-profit organization and affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, AKC Companion Animal
Recovery (AKC CAR)
provides lifetime recovery services for uniquely identified animals.  An owner’s name, address, and telephone number are linked to the pet’s unique identification number, whether it is a microchip, tattoo, or AKC CAR-issued collar tag.  AKC CAR provides recovery services 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to reunite owners with their lost pets.  Visit or call (800) 252-7894 for enrollment information.

The American Kennel Club, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most esteemed purebred dog registry.

The AKC Mission Statement:
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

I hope that you now understand the value I place on each pup that I produce. I want only the best for them.

9. What is hip dysplasia?



Hip dysplasia is a polygenic, hereditary, and developmental condition. It occasionally shows up in puppies as early as eight weeks, but more commonly cannot be detected until somewhere between four months and two years. It is apparently related in some way to the amount of inherited muscle mass around the hip joint as well as the actual bone formation, and it is also influenced by environmental factors such as too rapid growth rate, excess
weight, and poor diet. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The thigh bone of the dog has an offset protrusion at the top in the shape of a ball. Normally this ball fits into a socket in the pelvis and is held firmly in place by muscles and ligaments. Occasionally, however, the socket is not deep enough, or is improperly formed, thus allowing the thigh bone to slip. Other times the ball is not properly formed and does not fit well into the socket. This is hip dysplasia.
A Sheltie may go through life with a very mild degree of hip dysplasia that is noticeable only as a sort of hitch in his rear gait, or he may occasionally suffer a great deal of pain. If your Sheltie falls easily, sways from side to side when walking, or has noticeable difficulty getting up,
suspect dysplasia. There is no cure, although an operation can sometimes relieve the symptoms.

Diagnosis and the OFA

The only positive method of diagnosing hip dysplasia is by x-ray. This must be carefully done with the dog anesthetized and in an exact position. Even then, mild dysplasia can be difficult to diagnose. For this reason an organization called the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
(OFA) was established for the purpose of checking and certifying dogs of all breeds for hip dysplasia. HD is another defect which cannot always be picked up in a young dog. If you want your dog certified, wait until he is two years old or over to have him x-rayed. Your
veterinarian will forward the x-ray films, along with an application form and fee, to OFA. There the x-ray will be identified, given an application number, inspected for quality,
and sent to three different veterinary radiologists for diagnosis. A report based on their findings will be sent to the owner and to the veterinarian who took the x-rays.
In 1974 OFA adopted the following method of classifying hip dysplasia:
1. Excellent conformation.
2. Good conformation.
3. Fair conformation.
4. Borderline conformation/Intermediate.
5. Mild degree of dysplasia.
6. Moderate degree of dysplasia.
7. Severe degree of dysplasia.
More information about OFA may be obtained by writing
them at University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201.


Being polygenic in mode of inheritance, hip dysplasia is difficult to breed out of a line or a breed of dogs. Many genes are involved, and all must occur in a dog before the condition is expressed. Non-dysplastic Shelties may not have any of the genes for dysplasia, or the genes for the defect may be present but not in the right combination to allow the defect to be expressed. The latter may produce dysplastic puppies if mated with another carrier. In order to consistently produce dysplasia-free Shelties, you must know that the defect was not present in the ancestors of a dog (or the litter mates of those ancestors) for at least three to six generations. This, of course, is a tremendous undertaking, and without the cooperation of breeders in obtaining certification and making this information available, it is impossible.

10. What is MDR1?

Most dog owners are aware that Collies and other herding breeds may be sensitive to ivermectin, used for heartworm prevention and to treat certain parasites. But did you know that these dogs can also be sensitive to a number of other drugs, and that other breeds can also be affected?

It’s been known since 1983 that ivermectin can cause neurologic toxicity in some, but not all, Collies. In affected dogs, toxicity is caused by doses of ivermectin that are 1/200th of the dose needed to cause toxicity in normal dogs. Symptoms of neurologic toxicity can include uncoordination or loss of balance (ataxia), depression, disorientation, excess salivation, pupil dilation, nystagmus (abnormal movement of the eyes), blindness, tremors, recumbency (inability to get up), coma, respiratory compromise, and even death.

But the next big accomplishment in gaining an understanding of exactly what was responsible for the toxic effects of ivermectin in some dogs came in 2001, when Katrina Mealey, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP, at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, identified a mutation in the MDR1 gene that causes ivermectin sensitivity. The discovery led to WSU’s development of a test that can detect the mutant gene, so that dogs who are susceptible to this toxicity can be identified.

Testing can save lives

Dogs can have either two copies of the defective gene (homozygous, double recessive), or one defective gene and one normal gene (heterozygous). Dogs with two copies will be most severely affected. Dogs with one copy are less sensitive (able to tolerate a higher dose before adverse effects are seen), but they are more sensitive than normal dogs.

Further research revealed that dogs with the MDR1 mutation are sensitive to a number of different drugs, not just ivermectin. Melissa Best, DVM, who went to veterinary school at WSU, explains, “MDR stands for ‘multidrug resistance.’ The protein encoded by this gene is P-glycoprotein (PGP) and is an important protein for keeping potential neurotoxins from entering the brain. The MDR1 mutation means that this protein is improperly coded and cannot do its job.”

The MDR1 mutation allows drugs to build to toxic levels in the brain, and is now referred to as “multidrug sensitivity.” Toxicity may occur from a single high dose or frequent low doses of problem drugs. Topical application of certain drugs can also cause toxicity, and the effects may last longer, but it generally takes higher doses.

WSU is the sole patent holder for the test to detect the mutant gene. The test requires only a simple, non-invasive cheek swab that you can collect yourself and send to WSU’s Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory (VCPL). The test costs $70 (as of December 2012), with a discount for more than four dogs. It can be performed on any dog, including mixed breeds, at any age after weaning. The test will identify whether a dog has one or two copies of the defective gene. It takes about two weeks to get results.

Dogs with an unknown MDR1 status should be treated as if they are MDR1 Mutant/Mutant and not be given any drug that is on the list of dangerous drugs.

More information is available on


11.    Are there additional costs to buying the puppy?

A:Due to the new government regulations, I will no longer ship puppies. The perspective owner must come and meet me and see the pup in person prior to sale.  I carefully screen the people that are purchasing my pups and take great care to insure that the best home for any particular pup will be found before the pup leaves my home. The purchaser is responsible for all expenses involved in aquiring the pup. I register the puppy with AKC but usually allow the new owner to select the name. Goodtime(s) appears in the name.


12.      What is limited registration?

A:    Limited registration is used in conjunction with a spay/neuter contract for puppies that are being sold as pets only and not for breeding. If a dog is bred that has limited registration, the puppies are not AKC registerable. In my contract, I allow puppies to be re-evaluated at one year, prior to spay/neuter, for quality and breeding quality. If the puppy has exceeded it’s early promise and is found to be of good breeding quality, the limited registration can be reversed at the owner’s expense. The owner will pay the difference between pet and breeding quality and agree to abide by the breeder’s contract for breeding quality dogs.


13.      What if my show/breeding puppy turns out to be pet quality?

A:   With acceptable proof, I will refund to pet price, a $200 refund or more on a case by case basis, once the puppy is spayed or neutered.   


14.  Why do you co-own breeding/ show prospects?

A:   The co-ownership is temporary and lasts only until the puppy has had prelim hip x-rays and eyes checked. Once the tests are complete and normal, I will sign off as co-owner. If the tests are not normal, the puppy must be spayed or neutered. I will refund to pet price and sign off as co-owner with proof that the puppy is altered.


15. Can I name my puppy?

A:  The new owner has the right to name the puppy. I often make suggestions for names that I feel carry the impact of the bloodlines. I also require that the new owner use Goodtime(s) somewhere in the registered name.


16. Are your dogs AKC registered?

A:  Yes, all of my pups are AKC registered. I also register most of my dogs in UKC and IABCA as well. As I show in all three venues, I use all three registries.


Please feel free to call or email me if you have questions that I have not answered. I hope that the information above will help you to understand my policies and breeding program.



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