Frequently Asked Questions

Where Are You Located?

We are located in Leawood, KS, fairly close to a large airport. (MCI)

How Long Has Picture Perfect Puppy Been in Business?

We have been breeding with integrity for 13 years as PPP, and we have loved every stage of PPP. However, our Owner Sara has been breeding since she was 10 years old and had a wealth of knowledge and intuitive expertise that is very rare.

Do You Do Genetic Testing?


All our Studs and 90% of our Dames have had genetic testing. All of our dogs are in exceptional health and are thriving.

An important note is that we have had some of our breeding lines for 13 years, so once genetic testing became available, I did not feel the need to jump on it as we have had a 13-year track record of excellent health. However, as we have introduced new lines into our program, I have felt the responsible thing to do is to go forward with the testing. Plus, I am super curious and want to know what I can about my parents!

I love learning and growing in all areas of my life and business.

Even with all the fancy things out there now, I still believe that prayer, love, and care are the most critical aspects of any breeding program. If you love wholeheartedly and care for every part of the animal, you will invest in their overall wellbeing and the best dogs possible on the front end when choosing what dogs to purchase to breed (like I have done).

Genetic testing confirms your knowledge and helps you be even more responsible in breeding pairs!

How long is the current Wait List?

Our wait list is always the same for each new family, 2 mo – 2 years. And we will not take a deposit from anyone unwilling to potentially wait 2 years.

We will not take any deposits from anyone unwilling to wait two years, in the event moms do not conceive or pregnancies are lost however our wait time is more commonly around 8 months, unless you are overly specific about what you are wanting by way of color.

How does the Waitlist work?

The Wait List operates on a first come, first serve basis with the average wait time varying for the different cavapoo generations and the pure bred cavaliers and poodles.

Our Wait List allows for 1 transfer for ANY REASON

Important notation

We have changed the 1st come first server slightly. Because of covid we have had to let many people put their deposit on hold as their living situations or jobs have changed or some have had unexpected babies! So, this has required us, like many business to be more flexible and so we are allowing people to contact us when there is a puppy that they are particularly drawn to IF the individual is currently on our wait list. However, if we contact you because we have a puppy that fits the description of what you are on our waitlist for then that still counts are your one pass.

Can I transfer my deposit towards another litter if needed?


You are allowed to pass on your turn one time to a different litter without any hit to your deposit. After that, you will need to re-up your deposit to hold a place in line. Please do not ask for exceptions. If you would like to get on our wait list but are not ready for a puppy please give us a date that you would not like to be offered a puppy before, this makes the best use of your 1 transfer option.

Does my deposit go towards the full purchase price?

Yes. The deposit will go towards the purchase price of $3,800.

Once I am approved to be on the Waitlist, what do I need to do?

Once approved, you will need to:

  • Pay your invoice within 48 hrs of receiving your approval email.

  • Read and sign the Puppy Purchase Agreement, mentioned above immediately.

After payment has been received and your purchase agreement signed, you will officially be a part of the PPP family! YAY!!!

How much is the deposit and is it refundable?

Why is the deposit nonrefundable?

The deposit is nonrefundable because it is, paying for and influencing multiple things and a statement of your commitment to getting a, Picture Perfect Puppy. 

Your deposit pays for my time with you in the process from start to finish, it also pays for part of the care of our mother and father dogs between litters. Your commitment to PPP, influences the number of puppies we plan for each year and you are taking a spot that I would have otherwise sold to another family.

We take your commitment to PPP very seriously and we want you to do so as well.

If you have to back out we understand that things happen and you are always welcome back but we would like you to plan for that and not request us to give you both our time and your spot in line that has been held, for free. 

When is the balance on my puppy due?

The balance on your puppy ($3,000) is due when you are told you are able to choose your puppy and this is typically at 5-6 weeks but no later than when your puppy is 6 weeks old.

This is after their vet well puppy check!

How much is a Picture Perfect Puppy?

Our puppies are $3,800 which includes the $800 deposit we require to get on the wait list making your final payment $3,000.

Why are your puppies a premium price?

For all of the reasons above. It is really that, we do all the foreseeable hard work for you upfront so that you get a “turn key” puppy. We do our very best to take all of the hassle and guess work  out of the, “puppy experience”, so that you can just enjoy one of the most magical things in the world…. your new puppy.

We do everything with excellence, not cutting any corners. We know that you are highly investing and for us to do something this well, means we have invested highly as well!

We raise our puppies with your next 15 years in mind and we make sure we do everything in our power to bless your and the puppy’s socks off!e

We stay in contact with you for years to come, always willing to help in whatever way we can.

We respect the investment in your future and your quality of life with a pet. We do not take lightly the trust you put in us.

We know that when you choose to invest in a PPP you are not just choosing a puppy breeder you are actually choosing a higher quality of life for you as a pet owner, therefore we do everything we can to make that investment pay off for you.

You also are choosing to support a movement of bringing integrity to the breeding world.

All of that being said, you will still have to be intentional with your puppy and put effort in to continuing its potty training and leading it to make the eventual transition to going to the bathroom out doors instead of in the litter box but its a totally different experience, getting a puppy who has been raised well, than getting a puppy who has no experience in training and exposure to every day life.

What happens when my name is at the top of the Waitlist?

You will be notified when the litter containing your puppy is born. If there is a transfer puppy available you will be notified as soon as possibly but could be after 5 weeks.

Do I get to choose my puppy?

Yes! You will get to choose your puppy after it reaches 5 weeks of age and has had its “Well-puppy” checkup.

Families get to choose their puppy in the order deposits were received and the full payment is due the day you pick your puppy.

How much in advance to taking the puppy home, will we know we are getting puppy?

We try to give you at least 3 weeks’ notice, but with how our waitlist works, sometimes we do not know someone is passing or transferring their turn until later. We will try to let you know as soon as possible. This is the reason for the comment above, “be ready for the call any time.” Learn that you can be offered a puppy at any time with each litter you see announced.

What if I Do Not Want Any of the Puppies From That Litter?

You can pass/transfer on your turn and use your one free transfer without hitting your deposit.

You must inform us ASAP and not after 5 weeks of age that you want to transfer so that waiting families can be notified of available puppies.

You may not transfer after submitting full payment.

How Will I Get My Picture Perfect Puppy?

There are 2 ways to get your puppy.

  1. You May Come to Pick Up Your Puppy
  2. Have Someone From PPP Deliver Your Puppy.
What are the costs for delivery?

If you choose to pick up your puppy, it will cost the price of your flight, plus $95 for the puppy and $45 for its bag. Alternatively, delivery from PPP is a flat fee of $700 which covers both chaperone and puppy costs. The option of having PPP deliver your puppy to you typically runs about $200 more than doing the transportation yourself.

If I fly to come get my puppy, which airport do I fly into?

You will fly into the airport in Kansas City (MCI). We will meet you at the airport for a fee of $125.00

If I fly to come get my puppy, which airport do I fly into?

You will fly into the airport in Kansas City (MCI). We will meet you at the airport for a fee of $125.00

What size will my adult dog be?

The average

  • Cavapoos, all generations, will be around 15 pounds. We can accommodate anywhere from 7 – 30 pounds. 

  • Mini Poodle 10-12 lbs

  • Toy Poodle 5-10 lbs 

  • Cavalier 15 lbs

Are your puppies hypo-allergenic?

Cavapoos are not technically considered hypo-allergenic because they are a mixed breed. In our years of experience we have not had any families with even severe allergies report a problem. If allergies are an extreme concern, you should consider getting a Miniature Poodle or 2 or 3rd generation Cavapoos, from us.

Will my puppy need vaccinations?

When our puppies go to their forever homes at 8 weeks of age, they are up to date on vaccinations and de-worming but you will need to take your puppy to the vet for their next round of vaccinations and to establish care. You should have them seen to establish care and have a well-puppy check within 72 hrs. of getting your new puppy.

Will my puppy be potty trained?

We start our systematic house breaking process at birth by keeping the puppies and mother exceptionally clean at all times. At 3 ½ – 4 weeks of age we start wood chip training them. All of our puppies are wood chip box trained by the time they leave. This is an incredibly easy transition from wood chips to outdoor grass. If you decide to get a puppy from PPP we will walk you through the progression from indoor wood chips to outdoor grass.

Will my puppy have had any other kind of training?

Our puppy training starts at birth! We do personality assessments at birth and start working with each puppy the first day of life. We are regularly doing formal and informal age appropriate stimulation for their senses throughout their first 8 weeks to create the most wonderfully adjusted puppy and adult dog.

Am I allowed to breed my puppy when it's old enough?

No, and you will sign a binding contract stating that you will spay or neuter your puppy by 8 months of age unless you are a part of our breeding program.

Do you have a health guarantee?

Yes, we do. We offer a year warranty for any life ending condition that is congenital. Additional warranty is available for purchase. In the event that your puppy dies in the first year from a congenital condition, we will replace your puppy completely free of charge. Proof of death from a vet will be necessary or this guarantee is void.

What do we do if our puppy had a health condition that is not life ending but is significant in the first year?

We always want to be notified if one of our puppies ever has an issue throughout its life but we are not legally obligated to any compensation. However we will consider the best/most fair solution and decide how to proceed on a case by case basis.

Have you ever needed to use your guarantee or your contract?

No. In 10 years we have never once run into a problem with any of our dogs or families that caused us to even reference an agreement. We will always strive to give you our very best and we believe that includes being fair in every way. This document and the contract you will sign to become a PPP family serves as an outline as to what we are obligated to and what you are obligated to. This ensures that everyone is clear about what is to be expected. We find this allows us to be generous and have the freedom to set limits and this is the way all relationships including business, work best.

New Puppy – FAQs

To crate train or not to crate train?

Yes, do it. We feel strongly about this one. It’s really hard to manage a puppy without a crate. Here is a great crate training video by Zak George.  Crate Training

Do I put a bed in the kennel?

No, we recommend towels that are easy to wash with bleach in the event of an accident.

When should I let my puppy out to potty?

Anticipating your puppy’s potty needs is a great way to start training on the right foot. You should always let your puppy/dog out first thing in the morning and last thing at night, and about 10-20 min after each meal. Throughout your day, observe the way your dog is walking and its posture while walking through the house and alternately when its getting ready to go potty. If you observe closely, you will see the walking habits change before relieving itself. Being a student of your new puppy will help you anticipate its needs. One thing I like to do is to start a stop watch on my phone when my puppy goes potty and then stop the watch the next time it goes. Doing this a few times gives you a good idea of how often you will need to take your dog to the litter box or outside to avoid accidents. After you have a good handle on the average time between bathroom breaks you will want to set an alarm on your phone to go off when it’s time to take the puppy out.

For example, if your puppy can go 1 hr  30 min between using the bathroom, you will set a timer on your phone for 1 hr  30 min. If you have an I-phone you can simply tell Siri to set an alarm on your phone for 1 hr 30 min.  Also, remember that every time your puppy wakes up from sleeping, even short naps, it will need to go potty.

I hope the Zak George video above in the, “Where do I begin in the potty training journey?”, section above, is helpful!

Should I give my puppy something special to eat, for the first few days or weeks?

Yes.  Diggin’ Your Dog Firm Up Supplement can be fed daily for consistent digestive support and is also great to help your pet transition to a new diet. The fiber from this supplement makes changes much easier on your pet’s body.

Do you recommend puppy pads?

Not for potty training. If you are using puppy pads as your potty training tool you are basically teaching them to go potty on plastic or paper when you want them to go in their litter box and eventually go outside. If you are using puppy pads to protect your carpet and to catch accidents, then Yes! But if your puppy potties on them you correct as if it were your floor – an undesirable place to potty.   Puppy Pad

Do you recommend puppy pads?

Not for potty training. If you are using puppy pads as your potty training tool you are basically teaching them to go potty on plastic or paper when you want them to go in their litter box and eventually go outside. If you are using puppy pads to protect your carpet and to catch accidents, then Yes! But if your puppy potties on them you correct as if it were your floor – an undesirable place to potty.   Puppy Pad

Can my puppy play without me in a room while I am doing other things ?

No,  not until they have proven themselves trustworthy to not potty where they shouldn’t. You do not want your puppy to get in the habit of sneaking away to do their business. It is very important to catch each accident and to use a stern voice when you notice it and while cleaning up so that they take the relational and pack leader cue from you that this is not a good thing. Conversely, when your puppy goes where they should, use a happy and praising voice so that they know that you, their pack leader, are pleased with them!

Because you can not have your puppy with you at all times a playpen is a very handy thing to have. See the above portion of this doc. where we have a link to the Clearly Loved Pets playpen we use. You can also get other playpens. We just really love this one because it is functional in your home forever and there are no slats in it for the puppy to learn how to climb.

Are there certain dog bowls I should use?

With dog bowls you do not need to be picky. All I care about is that they are not easily tipped, are easy to pick up, and of course cute. Here is a link to a cute one.  Dog Bowl

How often do you feed and water?

As a general rule, adult dogs need about one ounce of water per pound of body weight, per day. For example, if your pup weighs 5 pounds, he’ll need somewhere between 5 and 10 ounces of water daily. On especially active days, he may need even more water.

Puppies should be fed, 2 – 3 times a day. Choose a feeding schedule that makes sense for you, but do your best to not feed or water your puppy past 5 pm. This cut off time allows you to cut back on potty accidents in the crate or middle of the night wake up calls.

Remember smaller meals are easier for the puppy to digest and energy levels don’t peak and fall as much with frequent meals. For these reasons, we suggest 3 meals a day. At around six months you may certainly start feeding twice a day for convenience.

To discourage picky habits, feed at regular times and let the puppy eat as much as he or she would like at each feeding.  Continue this routine until they are about 2 years old and don’t leave food down for more than 10 to 20 minutes.

Free feeding vs Scheduled feeding?

We recommend scheduled feeding. Having meals help because if you pet eats throughout the day, it can cause difficulty with potty training (you can anticipate the need for trips outside more easily with a scheduled meal time).

Simply put, if you don’t know when food is going into the dog, it’s much harder to know when it will need to come out of the dog! This is especially important when initially house-training a puppy or newly adopted dog, but it holds true throughout the dog’s life.

When a dog is fed on a reasonably consistent schedule, it’s easy to determine his or her bathroom needs and develop a routine that’s easy to follow. Even better than a set routine is to feed your dog in a “window of time.” This helps prevent stressing an anxious dog when life throws a curve ball and he can’t be fed at the exact time he’s used to. It also helps prevent the creation of a clock-watching, demanding, reminding dog.

What do I need to know about vaccinations and vet appointments?

Your puppy will come to you up to date on all their vaccinations and deworming. We will send your puppy with either a paper or electronic copy of their shot records.

At your  first vet appointment, that should be before 72 hrs after receiving your puppy, your vet will give you instructions for their recommended vaccination schedule. 

You should ask your vet, at what age is it okay to walk your puppy outside and when its appropriate to start play dates or obedience classes. 

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