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I have been putting off making this public because then it's official - but the reality is, decisions have been made and I need to let you know about them.
Muddy Acre Pups is taking a break from breeding. We have high standards, not only for our dogs, but for ourselves as well. We have to be willing to keep, raise and train any dog that we bring into this world and right now that could look like us keeping many puppies from each litter - which is not good for us or best for the dogs.
The market is saturated with puppies from breeders that do things vastly different than we do and although people are seeing the effects that has on their dogs, unfortunately the price point drives the decision. We get it, we are affected by the economy as well but we can't keep our high standards for breed, health, training etc and sell pups for a few hundred dollars. So, we stand by our commitment to not over produce dogs or bring pups into this world that won't get their forever family.
So, what does this look like going forward?
We will spay and retire Charlie. She was a stellar Mama and we are so proud of her puppies and what they're doing in the world today! She will enjoy retirement and live her best life with our family, alongside Nate, as his favorite sidekick!
We will revisit this pause and assess the market around February 2024, when we expect Maggie (our mini goldendoodle) to go back into heat. If we have a full list for her puppies, then we will breed her - if not, then we will wait and start discussions about when to spay her (it's not healthy for a dog to have multiple heats and not produce a litter - so we have to keep our dog's health in mind as well!)
Georgie is a beautiful addition to our pack, but she will produce larger dogs and potentially larger litters, and for this reason, we plan to sell her to a family that is interested in having her as a pet. If we don't find the perfect fit for Georgie, she will stay with us and possibly complete the rest of her health testing, if the market turns around.
Josie is the puppy that we kept back from our last litter to continue Charlie's line. That is still a possibility since, we won't even consider breeding her for another year and a half - but we'll have to wait and see if and how things turn around in the market.
In an effort to always be transparent - these decisions make me really sad. I love what we do, raising puppies, watching their personalities grow and take shape and seeing the joy on the faces of their families when they go home - it is a privilege to be on this side of things. We will stay present on our social media pages and keep you updated on what's happening here.
I plan to work on training with our pups at home and will pass along information that we find helpful.
We want to keep up with you as well! So, reach out, keep asking questions, keep posting pictures of your dogs, etc!
Thank you for all of your love and support!
We have met the most amazing people through this journey and we hope to meet many more in the future!
Muddy Acre Pups
-Nate, Julie, & the Kids