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1.   "Where are you located?"

2.   "How much are your puppies?"

3.   "Do you presently have any puppies available?"

4.   "What size(s) are the Cockapoos, Cavapoos
            and Schnoodles?
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5.   "What colored puppiess do you raise?"

6.   "Do you ship your puppies?"

7.   "At what age do you wean and /or release puppies
            to their new owners? 
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8.   "Which shots are given to the puppies?"

9.   "Are the puppies wormed?"

10. "Is crate training recommended?"

11. "What type of food is recommended?"

12. "At what age can a pup be taken out to obedience
            classes, to parks, etc.? 
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13. "Is there really a difference between Male & Female
            puppies regarding temperament, personality and
            ‘trainability’ ?
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14. "What's the difference between 1st-Generation
            and 2nd-Generation Cockapoos ?
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15. "RESTRICTIONS?.. WHAT Restrictions?! "

16. "What is your Phone Number? "

17. "Can I come visit Mulberry Farm? "

18. "Why do young puppies sometimes appear to be
            'cross-eyed' or have 'wandering ~ drifting' eyes?
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~ ~ NOT-so-Frequently Asked Questions ~ ~

1.   "Why so much money for 'mixed-breed' dogs?"

2.   "Why mix the breeds? " (e.g., Poodles  with
            Am. Cocker Spaniels, Mini-Schnauzers)

3.   "Why dock tails and remove dew claws?"

4.   "Can I recommend other Cockapoo breeders?"


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Answer No. 1  -  We are located in NY State, a little over an hour north of NY City.

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Answer No. 2  -  Check the respective breed pages in the "Available" column of the Navigation menu (see above) for specifics, but generally $1,850 and up.

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Answer No. 3  -  Available pups are listed on the respective breed's "Available" page on the website.

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Answer No. 4  -  Cockapoos range in size from small (10-12 lbs.) to medium (13-20 lbs.) to large (over 20lbs.)

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Answer No. 5  -  Select "Coat Colors" from the "Our Dogs" option in the Navigation menu (above) for details, but figure we have many colors most of the time.

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Answer No. 6  -  Never, under any circumstances.

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Answer No. 7  -  Pups are gradually weaned by 6 weeks of age, and released to new owners at about 8 weeks.

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Answer No. 8  -  Pups typically get a parvo virus shot at 4 or 5 weeks, then a combination DA2PPv (Distemper virus, Adenovirus type 2, Parainfluenza and Parvo virus) shot at 6 or 7 weeks and then at 9 weeks, depending on the circumstances.

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Answer No. 9  -  Puppies are wormed prophylactically with Nemex 2TM at 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age.

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Answer No. 10  -  Yes, crate training is strongly recommended, and we sell crates separately or as part of our complete "Puppy Accessories Kit" for those who never had a puppy before.

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Answer No. 11  -  DiamondTM-brand Chicken SoupTM puppy food is used primarily at Mulberry Farm.  We supply a starter bag of food to new owners.  If owners can't find Chicken SoupTM, we recommend EVOTM (made by InnovaTM) or Science DietTM Growth Small Bites for Puppies.  Other quality foods may be recommended by your Vet.

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Answer No. 12  -  We recommend waiting until a puppy is 16 weeks of age and has the complete series of vaccinations before taking out onto streets, into parks, to the groomer, etc.  Puppies do not have full immunity until all puppy shots have been administered.

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Answer No. 13  -  We have found no difference in the temperament, personality quality or ease of training between Male and Female puppies.

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Answer No. 15  -

* RESTRICTIONS *

Mulberry Farm will no longer sell puppies  to . . .
  1. Families with more than one child under 6 years old, unless we can see the children interact with our puppies
  2. People who are away from home for more than four (4)
    consecutive hours per day
  3. People who smoke tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, cigars and/or pipes), OR ...
  4. People who would need a puppy shipped to them by air
      We reserve the right to NOT sell our puppies to people if we do not feel it will be in the puppy's best interest.
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Answer No. 16  -  Our calling hours are *ONLY* between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Our phone numbers are (845) 635-9609 and (845) 417-8383.

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Answer No. 17  -  Visits to see Mulberry Farm and our puppies (when available) are by appointment *ONLY* between 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  If you make an appointment with us, we will supply you with excellent directions!

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Answer No. 18  -  Young puppies (typically between the age of 2 weeks, when their eyes open for the first time, to 10-12 weeks) can sometimes appear to be "cross-eyed" and/or have one eye looking straight forward, while the other eye "drifts" to be pointing to one side or the other.  Although this may appear to be an "eye-health problem", it's only a reflection that the puppies' eye muscles (which are attached to the eyeballs, and allow the pups to look in different directions) are still developing and strengthening.  This is actually quite normal, and in the vast majority of instances, the puppy will outgrow this purported "developmental flaw".

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N-s-F.A.Q. Answer No. 1  -  When you adopt/purchase a puppy, you are paying for more than just the quality of the dog.  You are paying for the dog's excellent ancestry, the breeder's assistance, the time given to the puppy while in the breeder's care, and the care given to the parent dogs.  The socialization, handling, care, feeding, cleaning and vet work done with and to the puppy are a major factor in it's future life.
Knowledge and experience in raising puppies and health care can make the difference between life and death for a puppy.  Raising a litter of puppies requires alot of time, patience, food, vet care (i.e., vaccinations are a "must"), record keeping, puppy health records, starter kits, guarantees, written information, advertising, the proper equipment (e.g., whelping pens, kennels, outdoor runs), puppy grooming, adult dog grooming & care, and so much more.  And, after all these things... there is the breeder's integrity.  Without that, all the above will be suspect.

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N-s-F.A.Q. Answer No. 2  -  To answer this question, one must know the qualities of both breeds.  Cocker Spaniels are gentle, kind, mellow, eager to please, without guile.  Poodles are highly intelligent, non-shedding, and come in a variety of sizes.  Poodles can be nervous and "high-energy". Poodle coats are oily (they were bred to be water dogs) and are hard to groom.  Combining a good Cocker Spaniel with a good Poodle brings out the best qualities of each breed in the resulting offspring.  What I am breeding for are: dogs who have good confidence but are not overly bold or aggressive; people-pleasers with exceptional intelligence but without nervousness; dogs with soft, fluffy haircoats that are referred to as "non-shedding" and are easy to maintain; healthy, well-balanced dogs who will lead a long, active life.  Cockapoos are extremely intelligent and eager to please, have a great easy-going temperament, love kids, are easy to train, obedient, and friendly.  They are moderately active.  Their hair is soft and fluffy... like a stuffed teddy bear!  The blend of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle makes for a wonderful dog!

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N-s-F.A.Q. Answer No. 3  -  Tails are docked for several reasons.  Cockapoos have a tendency to carry their very long tails rather low.  In addition, their tails grow extremely long hair which has a tendency to pick up dirt, burdocks from weeds, etc.  It is very painful to the dog to have the tail combed out when it becomes matted.  Cockapoos should be fairly short-backed, squarely-built dogs, and the length of their tails sometimes looks "out of proportion" to their bodies.  Both parent dog breeds have docked tails, and people seem to like the look.  Most importantly, WE like the tails docked!!
Dew claws are vestigial thumbs/big-toes, and are entirely non-functional to the dog.  They are situated high on the ankle region and can get caught and tear, causing great pain and sometimes requiring surgery.
They are also an impediment when grooming the dogs' legs.  The tail and dew claws are removed when the puppy is quite young, thereby causing no bleeding, requiring no stitches whatsoever, and when done correctly, causing very little discomfort.

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N-s-F.A.Q. Answer No. 4  -  NO.

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