Things to Know

At Captiva we take pride in the puppies we have so carefully planned for and lovingly raised. We have very high standards for our prospective owners. We hope you ask the same of your breeder.

We hope you have done your research and are aware of the care and maintenance required for an Irish Setter.  Irish Setters are predisposed to certain health problems. As responsible breeders we have x-rayed our breeding dogs for Hip Dysplasia . All of our breeding dogs are also genetically clear for PRA and DM, or DNA tested.   All in all we have made every effort to provide our clients with beautiful, healthy representatives of the breed and if problems do arise we stand behind our puppies.

Irish Setters are extremely intelligent dogs but they require training and proper socialization to become well behaved family members. Finally, Irish Setters require plenty of exercise, they are notorious counter surfers and love being on furniture….if you are not prepared for this…this is NOT the breed for you.

All our companion puppies are sold on  a Pet Contract.  Your puppy MUST be a full time house dog and family member. We feel it is important to stay in contact throughout your dog’s life. If for any reason you are unable to keep your dog it MUST be returned to us.

A good puppy is worth waiting for. Be prepared to wait up to a year for that special puppy. In most cases, our puppies are reserved well in advance of a planned breeding. In order to be considered for one of our puppies it is first required that our on-line puppy evaluation questionnaire be completed and submitted. Once the application is approved we will arrange for a visit (or phone visit) to meet your family and give you the opportunity to meet with ours. Upon final approval, we require a $600 deposit (Non Refundable) to reserve your puppy.

What happens next?

Next we wait for the arrival of the puppies. Once the puppies are born I can determine what is available and confirm your reservation. I supply regular pictures so you can watch as your puppy grows. At around 5 weeks of age, weather permitting, I plan a puppy visit for all the new owners and the puppies. ( This visit is limited to IMMEDIATE family members only
and as distance allows).

We choose your puppy for you.
After years of experience and many hours spent interacting with our puppies
before they go, we feel we are the best judge of which puppy is best suited for
your family. Puppies are for life which is why we want to choose a puppy that
will best suit the needs of it’s family and vice versa. Your limited interaction
with the litter will not give you enough time or information to make an educated
decision on which puppy would best suit your lifestyle. We carefully pair
puppies with their new owners based on your application, your interview, and the puppy’s personality.

Puppies will receive their first vaccines and be tattooed at 6-7-8 weeks of age. By this time they will have been dewormed several times. They will start leaving for their new homes the weekend following their 8th or 9th week birthday. (depending on the maturity of the particular litter) Appointments are arranged for pick up so we can go over the contents of the puppy package, sign paperwork and answer any final questions.

We offer life time “technical support” for your new family member. We appreciate updates as your puppy grows and pictures are always welcomed.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Jill Taylor