I lodged an Expression of Interest, but I was not successful in getting a puppy – why not?

We take the life of each puppy we breed very seriously, and we’re looking to find each puppy the best possible home.

When the puppies from a litter are one week old, we open Expressions of Interest (EoI) for a few days, and notify everyone on our mailing list. Applying early earns no advantage: we’re only concerned about finding the best possible home for each puppy, and the date and time you applied is not relevant to that mission.

We often get 80+ expressions of interest for each litter we breed (105 is the record), so in a way we are “spoiled for choice” in this – but the process is by no means easy for us. Every EoI gets a call where we discuss the home they’d provide. We ask everyone the same questions, and type up detailed notes from each call.

We assess each answer given on criteria graded to a 1-to-5 scale, then make an assessment of the family overall, considering “How good will the home be for this dog?”. There’s some subjectivity, but all we go on are the answers given to our questions.

The process we use is not infallible (arguably, it benefits people who “interview well”, and relies on people being truthful), but over time we’ve found it to be a reasonably good indicator. People who have thought deeply about what it will mean to have a dog share their life for the next 12 years tend to do better than people who expressed interest on a whim.

These assessments can mean, people who seem like they’d provide a very good home do not get a puppy, because someone else can provide an excellent home (and our goal is to find the best possible home for each puppy).

The higher-assessed a family is, the higher the chance they’ll be invited to the second round process. We make a shortlist of the best-home-for-a-dog people, and let everyone else know they have been unsuccessful. We may also notify some standbys – in case someone drops out, we have one or two families on standby.

If you made an EoI, you missed out, and you express interest in the next litter we have (when those puppies are one week old), expressing interest previously will not place you at an advantage: we do not believe that applying twice has any bearing on the quality of home you’ll provide for a new puppy.