We are located in Kosciusko, MS. Center of the state of MS. About 100 miles SE of Memphis, TN and about 70 miles NE of Jackson, MS.
Can I be added to your waitlist?
I do not keep a formal waitlist. I do, however, keep a contact list of those who wish to be notified of litters born. When pups are about 7 -14 days old, those on the contact list are notified via a group email of what is available a few days prior to my posting them on my website and other advertising sites. Once I send out the notification email, I will take inquiries on a first come/first serve basis. If there is nothing in the litter that strikes you, then do nothing and you will remain on the contact list and will receive the same type of notice when I make the next litter available. If you desire to be added to the list and notified when I make new litters available please email to make that request.
Can I make a deposit on an upcoming litter? I do not take deposits on unborn pups.
How much are your puppies?
Puppy prices vary depending on size, color & gender. Please see our Prices & Shipping page
Are the puppies warranted? Yes, pups are warranted. See our warranty and bill of sale here. Bill of Sale/Warranty
Can I make a deposit by personal check?
I accept cash, paypal, postal money orders and certified bank checks for deposits or for full payment. Personal checks are accepted for deposits only up until the puppy is 5 weeks old. After that time, all payments should be in the forms listed previously.
Can you tell me more about the disposition of a cockapoo?
Cockapoos are generally "people pleasers". If they figure out what you desire of them, they strive hard to win your approval & devotion. They are easily trainable b/c of the high intelligence inherited from their poodle ancestors. They are also easy going & loveable, as are their cocker spaniel ancestors. The result is a dog that is the best of both breeds. As evidenced on my Home page, they are very good with children and make wonderful family pets. Because they are so people oriented, they should not be left alone for extended periods of time.
Can you tell me more about the health of a cockapoo?
By crossbreeding a 100% cocker spaniel to a 100% poodle, thereby producing first generation cockapoos, you effectively open up the gene pool and thus help deter some of the hereditary health issues prominent in the individual breeds. (Please notice that I said "deter" not "eliminate".) The probability of heredity health issues are much higher in thoroughbreds than in cross breeds. That is not to say that cross breeds will never have any issues, but rather that hereditary health related issues are much statistically reduced. Many refer to this as "hybrid vigor". I have heard many times of people having cockapoos that are 15+ years. It's not that uncommon in the cockapoo. Please be aware, that by breeding cockapoos to cockapoos, and producing 2nd generation and beyond, you potentially loose some of the hybrid health vigor because you are once again breeding cocker spaniel genes to cocker spaniel genes and poodle genes to poodle genes.
Do you temperament test your puppies?
No. I know what all the books say, but in my experience these tests are unreliable and the tests seem more a form of bullying a small animal. One test suggests that you startle the puppies to see how they respond..? Seems a little mean to me.
Do you health test your parent dogs?
No. CERF'ing and OFA'ing are exams on the parent dogs that only tell you that the dog does not present with a problem at the time of examination. These tests give you, the consumer, a false sense of security. It does not tell the breeder or the consumer if the dog "carries a recessive genetic trait". For instance, I am brown eyed, which is a dominant trait. Yet, I have two green eyed children. Green eyes is a trait that is recessive to brown eyes. The only way for me to produce green eyed offspring would be that I carry a recessive trait for green eyes even though I do not have green eyes. The same can be true of a parent dog and a health issue. The dog can carry for the issue even though it is not afflicted with the issue. The only true testing for hereditary issues would be genetic testing. I have researched the genetic testing and at present, there are no genetic test for the most common health issues in cocker or poodles. The last time I inquired with several laboratories, I was told that the research was suspended due to a lack of funding. So, at present the best I can do is try to acquire dogs that come from parents that are not afflicted w/ any issues, have my vet examine adult dogs for the presence of any issues at that time, retire dogs as soon as I find out they may have produced a puppy with an issue and retire dogs that develop issues themselves. Any breeder that tells you they can guarantee puppies because their dogs are issue free since they have been health tested is misleading the consumer unless they are genetic testing (and as I have said, my investigations have revealed that genetic testing is not available for the most common health issues to cockers and poodles.) Honestly, they may not know any better because many do not understand the genetics and biology involved.
What is required to hold the pup of my choice?
A NONREFUNDABLE deposit of $200 will hold the pup of your choice. The puppy will remain available on my website until you tell me that the check or money order is in the mail or until I receive the deposit via paypal. Once I am told the check is in the mail, I will allow 5 business days to receive. If not received in that timeframe, the puppy will become available again. (Unfortunately, people who say they will do something and then not do it makes this policy necessary. I cannot tell you how many times I have taken a puppy off of the website only to have to repost it because folks made commitments they did not keep.) The deposit is applied toward the purchase price of your puppy. The only reason for a possible refund is that I or my vet determines that the health of the pup you chose is questionable in someway. Under those very rare circumstances, you are eligible to apply the deposit toward another pup or a full refund.
Do you require that prospective new owners complete an application?
No. It is my experience that unethical people will tell you what they believe you want to hear and I have little ability or time to verify the information that is put on such a document. In lieu, I ask you to sign a bill of sale/warranty. It defines the terms of my warranty and it also stipulates owner requirements. It is my prayer that if you purchase a puppy and sign this document, you are going to abide by the terms of the owner requirements. However, I do reserve the right to terminate a sale and refund the deposit at anytime should I determine that a placement is not in the best interest of my puppy.
Is shipping available?
We live in a very rural area of Mississippi and the nearest international airport is Jackson. This requires a connection to nearly anywhere that we ship. Due to increased regulations by the Delta Airlines that require longer wait times between connecting flights and increased USDA regulations placed on businesses that ship live animals, we will no longer be shipping. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. If Delta relaxes its wait time requirements between flights and the USDA lessens its regulations, we may revisit this issue at a later date. However, right now, we have determined that these regulations would be difficult for an adult person, much less an 8 week old puppy. While I love living where we live, there are down sides and this in one of them.
When are puppies available for new homes?
Pups are available for new homes when they are 7-9 weeksold (depending on size and how they progress), have received 2 vaccinations and have received veterinary clearance. Please do not ask to take possession of your puppy sooner. Pups are not fully immunized even with two vaccinations. Puppies will be examined and vaccinated by my veterinarian approximately two days prior to availability date. I will not allow them to leave or warranty a puppy prior to receiving veterinary clearance and two vaccinations.
To what size do your pups mature?
Pups generally mature in the 14 - 20 lb. range. However, I have had the occasional pup that is under 10 lbs. and occasionally well over 20 lbs. Size generally depends on the parents. I cannot & will not attempt to guarantee a particular size.
Are cockapoos considered non shedding?
Yes, like poodles, the cockapoo is considered to be non shedding & as a general rule, hypo allergenic. However, pups, like children, can take on the characteristics of one parent more than another. Occasionally a pup will have a more cocker like appearance with a straighter more cocker like coat. If so, the chances of some light shedding are more likely.
What are 1st generation cockapoos?
1st generation cockapoos or F1 cockapoo are the offspring of a cocker spaniel parent & a poodle parent. 2nd generation cockapoos (F2 cockapoos) and further are the result of cockapoo to cockapoo pairings. A true cockapoo is 50% cocker spaniel and 50% poodle. Some breeders breed a cockapoo back to a poodle & call it an F1b cockapoo. The b stands for "back crossed" as I understand it. The offsrping in that pairing will always be 75% poodle and 25% cocker. This is generally done to intensify the traits of the poodle in the hybrid offspring. Not a true cockapoo by the definition stated above. We only raise 1st generation cockapoos (F1 cockapoos) at Attala County Cockapoos. For a more detailed discussion of the genetics and biology of 1st generation vs. 2nd generation and beyond, please visit the First Generation and Beyond page.
Why do you raise only 1st generation cockapoos?
Again, we are going to refer to genetics. If you breed 1st generation cockapoos using one poodle parent and one cocker parent, you are effectively opening the gene pool and seriously reducing the opportunity for hereditary health issues. With 2nd generation cockapoos, where both parents are cockapoos, you are once again breeding cocker spaniel genes back to cocker spaniel genes and poodle genes back to poodle genes, thereby increasing the opportunity for the hereditary health issues prevalent to those breeds. You potentially loose the hybrid health vigor you sought to gain by getting a crossbreed or hybrid dog in the first place. Also, for the same genetic reasons, some 2nd generations, 3rd generation and beyond cockapoos may look more like cockers and some more like poodles. I personally believe that you get a more consistent, classic "cockapoo look" that is the best blend of desirable physical traits from a 100% cocker spaniel to a 100% poodle breeding (1st generation cockapoo). (That is a personal opinion & other breeders often disagree. However, the biology is the biology and is not subject to opinion.) Again, for a more detailed discussion of the genetics and biology of 1st generation vs. 2nd generation and beyond, please visit the First Generation and Beyond page.
Are dew claws removed & tails docked? If so, why?
Yes, dews are removed & tails are docked. Dews are removed to eliminate the danger of the extra toenail becoming hung & tearing. Tails are docked for aesthetic and sanitary reasons. Tails are docked so that the pup will have a 3 - 4 inch tail at maturity. We do not nub the tails off even with the butt. I believe dogs should have something back there to wag!! That tail will tell you so much about how a dog is feeling!
We have chosen a puppy, but won't be able to pick it up when it is ready. Will you hold the pup?
Pups should be picked up by the weekend following their availability date as stated on the website. If necessary, I will hold a pup for 2 days past it's availability date, provided arrangements are made ahead of time & this is preapproved. (Please address this issue before making a deposit to make sure that we are available to hold your puppy later.) After that, there is a $15 per day charge for boarding, plus additional charges for any required veterinary care, vaccinations, wormings, etc.
Can you meet us in order to facilitate the delivery pickup of our puppy?
I try to assist when I can. Please keep in mind that there are as many families wanting their puppies as there are puppies in the litter. Often, that is six, seven or even eight puppies. I cannot arrange meet times with eight different families on eight different days and/or places. Please do not assume that I can/will meet. If I have two or more puppies headed in the same direction, I will try to arrange a meet with all new owners at some place convenient if I can arrange a time that accommodates all. It will require coordination with several families and often I do not know if I can make it work until all puppies are placed and that is usually only a few days prior to the availability date. Holidays are particularly difficult times to plan for. If you are interested in a possible meet, you can tell me early on and I will try to make it happen, but no commitment will be made until puppies are placed and are nearly ready to go to new homes. If there are several families in one direction, I try particularly hard to coordinate and meet all those interested. However, that will require a certain level of flexibility with all the families concerned in order to coordinate. If I can coordinate with several families, then delivery to Jackson, Meridian, Columbus or Southaven, MS would be no charge. If a special trip is required for your family, there will be a $10 per hour and a $.50 per mile charge. A trip to Jackson, MS or Meridian, MS or Columbus, MS would be $100 additional. A trip to Southaven, MS would be $210. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please note that if a family wishes to pick up at our facility, I must accommodate those as well.
Can you meet us at the airport if we fly into take possession of our puppy.
Again, I will try to assist when I can. Please do not assume that I can/will meet. This is particularly difficult because flight plans must be made in advance to get the best deals. Keep in mind that puppies are not cleared by my vet until a couple of days prior to release date. The nearest major airports are Jackson, MS (1.5 hrs away) and Memphis, TN (3 hrs. away). I cannot promise that I can meet you weeks in advance of puppies being ready to go. We will need to discuss this prior to your committing to a puppy.
Can we receive updated photos of our puppy?
I update photos about every two weeks, More often if time allows. I am hard to please when taking & posting photos. I take a good bit of time taking photos & then there is a good deal of time required to load & edit the photos for a litter of pups. Please be patient. I know you are anxious to keep up with your pup's progress, and will update as often as I can.
What can you tell me about the differences in genders - male vs. female?
There are some inherent differences in the males & females. Please see our Male vs. Female page.
Are visits to your home to see the pups allowed?
Yes, visits are allowed on a limited basis. Please contact ahead to arrange an appointment. Visits are allowed at the convenience of our family. Random, "checking out the facilities" visits are discouraged. I understand your desire to "check things out" and do your due diligence. You are only trying to be responsible. However, my responsibility is to my puppies and to the buyers that have already placed deposits on puppies. Only "serious, we are interested in a particular puppy and would like to view that puppy and the parents" visits please. Please be aware that due to the risk of parvo contamination, you may view puppies but handling of puppies will be only by me until they have had at least two vaccinations. I know of breeders that have lost upwards of 15 or more puppies after having a visitor that had, unknowingly and inadvertently I am sure, brought disease into their kennel. These breeders had raised puppies for years and had never had parvo. Then, they permitted visitors to handle puppies and suddenly they had a parvo outbreak that went through the entire nursery. Parvo is very virulent, contagious and dangerous to puppies and most do not survive it. If you step in the same spot that I have stepped and I had previously stepped in feces of a dog shedding parvo, then you will be carrying the virus on the bottom of your shoe and wherever you step after that point, could now have parvo virus. Parvo can live under a blanket of snow for up to 7 months and about the only thing that will destroy this virus is bleach (I use a lot of bleach on a regular basis. I keep a spray bottle full and use it liberally and often.) I must try to protect all my puppies. While puppies should have some immunity provided by mom, you can never be certain of their level of immunity until after they have had a series of vaccinations. Please understand and help keep it safe for everybody involved, including any potential puppies at which you look! A parvo outbreak can be the financial ruin for a breeder, huge veterinarian expenses (it won't just be one puppy. If you have parvo or distemper in one puppy, you will likely have it in all puppies on the premises), and the loss of reputation is hard to recover and overcome with today's internet and social media! Not to mention the heartbreak of watching numerous puppies struggle and then die and the heartbreak of those who already have deposits on a puppy that doesn't survive. (I definitely do not want to go there.) Also, if you plan to visit my home, I respectfully request that you not do it on a day when you have visited other shelters, kennels, etc. Shelters and rescues often have outbreaks of disease because of the frequent exposure of incoming dogs. What appears to be a healthy dog to you today could be a very sick animal in 3 - 5 days because these very virulent and contagious diseases often do not display symptoms for several days. (Hence, my 5 day contagious disease warranty. Much more than most breeders offer.) I would prefer to miss out on a potential sale, than have someone accidentally introducing parvo or distemper or even something as simple as kennel cough to these babies! Plus once it is in the house or kennel system, it is extremely difficult to purge a kennel/home of it. I have been fortunate to date (knocking on wood now), but I correspond with numerous breeders and I have heard many horror stories that I want no part of! I have spent a great deal of my time developing a medication and vaccination regimen that works for me and my dogs and has given me a great deal of success. It is the reason that I can offer a better warranty on contagious disease than most other breeders (standard for most breeders is 48 or 72 hours). For more information regarding the causes, spread, diagnosis and treatment of parvovirus, please check out the following sites
In addition, visitors can upset nursing moms who then injure their own puppies. Even my easiest going moms, do not like visitors when they have puppies. Female dogs that have never, ever been aggressive turn into something else entirely when the perceive a threat to their babies and in their upset, they often cause harm to those they are trying to protect. While it is rare, some moms will even refuse to nurse a puppy that has an unfamiliar person's scent. Talk about post partum baby blues!! If you visit, you will likely view puppies in my home and not in the building I use for my nursery.
Also, please be advised that due to insurance and liability requirements, our adult dogs will likely be secured away at the time of your visit. When we purchased our new facility, the insurance required this despite the fact that we have not had an aggressive incident in over 20 years and that incident was with a miniature dachshund...Not a cocker or a poodle. You may view the parents upon request and at a distance.
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Tonia & Mike Hatcher
Quality hobby breeders of f1 cockapoos in central Mississippi.