Adoption Policy


Thank you for considering adding a lovable pet from AGreatDog to your family. Our adoption policy tells you everything you need to know before receiving a dog from us. 

Puppy Selection

The best time to pick out a puppy is at 4 weeks since that is the time the puppy will start to distinguish itself and show its character and form a unique personality. However, the puppy will not be ready for a new home before it is 8 weeks old, which will allow us time to screen the puppies for any health issues and provide necessary vaccinations. You can select a puppy in two ways:

  • By viewing posted pictures and videos of available puppies on the Web page;
  • Through advanced reservations, you are allowed to select a puppy based on your preference for sex and color before the puppies are advertised or posted on our web page. Advanced reservations can be made by sending a deposit of $100 for Shih Tzu and $200 for Chow Chow puppies.
  • An adoption application (located on contact page) must be filled out before deposits are accepted.
  • Puppy Prices can be viewed Here.  All sales subject to IA sales tax of 7%.

Choosing a puppy is done on a first come, first served basis, with the person who makes the first reservation by deposit, getting the first choice. The person who makes the second deposit gets the second choice, and so on.


AGreatDog Policy for All Visitors

In an effort to provide healthy disease-free puppies to the public, we have  a visitor policy. With puppies in various stages of growth that may not yet have received complete vaccinations, any outside bacteria or viruses introduced can be lethal. Even the older dogs may be at risk, and they can become carriers to the newborns later. Thus, we cannot allow vistors past our show room or have any contact with breeding stock or newborn puppies not yet of correct age.

As the health of our dogs and puppies is of highest importance, even after adoption, we have diet, vaccination and neutering recommendations.  If these recommendations are followed, we can offer a Limited Lifetime Health Guarantee.

This policy is not meant to offend anyone. We are doing this to protect our beloved dogs and puppies. If this is a problem for anyone, please consider finding a different breeder. Thank you for your understanding.

Important Notes

While our puppies can be used for show or breeding, no guarantee is made that they would be suitable for that purpose. Breeding voids the health guarantee.

Each week, video updates will be emailed in order to show you how your selected puppy is maturing. If you are not 100% satisfied, you may opt to wait for a different puppy from another litter.

If circumstances do not allow you to receive your puppy at the time due, we will happily keep the puppy and care for it until you are ready for him/her. There will be a $20 a month fee for the care and extra vaccinations that may be needed. The puppy must be paid for in full, and any cancellations will be dealt with in accordance with the return policy.

Please note that:

  • We do not offer stud services.
  • We prefer not to supply puppies as breeding stock.
  • We prefer not to sell to pet stores.
  • We prefer not to sell to pet brokers.
  • We do not wholesale puppies.


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