Getting a JOVAL Puppy

In addition to the care we take in managing our breeding program, we also ensure that ALL of our puppies are placed in an appropriate environment with a new owner that is willing to undertake the responsibility of Airedale Ownership. As part of this process, we require all prospective puppy buyers to complete our Prospective Puppy Owner Questionnaire.

Your thoughtful answers to the questions on this form help us understand what you are looking for in a dog as well as forcing you to consider some of the aspects of Airedale ownership that you may not have considered. Your answers allow us to "match-up" the right temperament pup with your expectations and your family's lifestyle.
Please make sure that you indicate your gender preference when you complete the questionnaire so that we can plan accordingly. If you have no preference for a male or female, please indicate that also, as it makes it easier to select the right puppy for you based on personality, not gender.

After you have completed the Prospective Puppy Owner Questionnaire and we have corresponded with you to clarify any elements of your answers that may require additional follow-up, we will instruct you on the next-steps. So that you fully understand our process and policies, we have a Reservation Deposit Agreement that we ask you to read, print, sign and return via postal mail along with your Initial Reservation Deposit check.

You are also welcome to pre-pay in full for your puppy at the same time you submit your reservation deposit, however, the more common process is to simply bring the "Final payment" with you at the time of pick-up.

Reservations are accepted on a first come-first served basis and your position in the litter "reservation queue" is determined by the receipt order of buyer's Reservation Deposit Agreement. Male and female requests will be considered independently but ultimate availability is based on nature with additional consideration being given based on puppy temperament testing and evaluations performed.

Upon receipt of your Deposit Agreement, clients will be emailed a packet of information specially compiled to assist them in the acclimation of their new pup to its new home. EVERY new owner is STRONGLY URGED to FULLY review this information before they take possession of their new family member to ensure the puppy's transition and acclimation is as easy as possible. We also provide articles and training guides to the new owner to assist them in their personal "Airedale Education".

but... they are TRANSFERRABLE from one litter to another.**
You will never loose your deposited money, however you may need to wait a little longer
until the "right puppy for you" is available.

** Deposit Transfer Arrangements must be made well in advance of the pick-up date (generally no less than one month prior) and must be approved by JOVAL. Approval will not be unreasonably withheld, but, as we honor our commitments to you - we expect clients to honor the commitments that are made to us as well.

About two weeks after the puppies have been born and determined to be healthy and thriving, a gender availability breakdown will be done. Persons in the "reservation queue" will be notified of "their puppy's availability" via email. The order of notification is based on number of puppies available and their order in the queue. At that time you will be receive an email asking you to commit to a reasonably approximated puppy pick-up date. Your email confirmation will serve this purpose as a formal commitment, accepting this puppy.

If we have not received your timely reply with commitment, we will put you back in the reservation queue and contact the next person in the queue. Your desposit will automatically transfer towards a puppy from our next litter. Please understand we MUST ensure that the pick-up arrangements are set well in advance of the scheduled pick-up date.

If, for whatever the reason may be, "your perfect puppy" is not available from the current litter, we will put you back in the reservation queue where you would receive Priority in the selection order for a puppy (male or female) from the next available litter. This is a lifetime commitment for the dog and we need to ensure that there is a good fit. Please understand that final number of available puppies CAN NOT be fully known nor can selections be made until after evaluations are performed. Puppies are normally allowed to leave for their new homes at approximately 8 to 9 weeks, but occasionally additional evaluation is required and they are not available to go to their new homes until after 10-12 weeks. 

All JOVAL Companion puppies are sold on a legally binding Sales Agreement
that clearly states the Terms of Placement including a SPAY/NEUTER obligation.

Our "Terms of Placement" have been derived from those implemented by the ATCA as well as most other Breed "Parent" Organizations and are specifically designed to ensure the safety, health & welfare of our placed Airedales while protecting the interests and reputation of our breeding program. 

Joval companion puppies are sold with the intent to be on AKC Limited Registrations unless otherwise specified in the agreement. With this type of registration, these animals must be spayed/neutered at the appropriate age and may not be shown in AKC Conformation Events. This is a stipulation required by most reputable breeders and is necessary to minimize the possibility of improper breeding and to protect the name and reputation of their kennel. Animals on Limited Registrations may, however, compete in agility, obedience, rally or other non-conformation events and we encourage owners to explore these activities with their new companion.

All puppies sold will have undergone a veterinary examination within a few days of the scheduled pick-up date.
During this visit, they will receive their first DHPP vaccination and be implanted with a microchip.
A "puppy exam reportcard" will be provided to new owners at time of pickup.

Please note: Additional to the purchase price of the Airedale Puppy itself, at the time of pick-up or prior to delivery, we will need to collect Virginia Sales Tax on the total purchase amount. (if the transaction is physically conducted within the state of Virginia).
At the same time, and as appropriate, we will also need to verify information that will be used to complete the form for the AKC Limited Registration and the Registration of the Microchip. There will be additional costs for these registrations.

For your protection and ours, we contractually require ALL puppies sold to
leave our care on active Pet Insurance Policies. We certainly want you to partner
with whichever provider you trust or your veterinarian is familiar with, so we accept
simple proof of coverage at pick-up time to satisfy this requirement.
Rest assured that if you do not have a preference, or simply do not wish
to spend the time researching plans at this time, we will facilitate your enrollment into a
30-day NO COST plan for your puppy through a reputable industry leading provider.

In order to ensure that your new family companion will be a "well-behaved"
family member, our sales agreement requires you to attend a training class
with your Airedale during the first 9 months or ownership.

Every new owner is encouraged to keep us informed through emails, letters and pictures about how they and their new family member is doing. We try to include the pictures we receive in the gallery section of the website. Feel free also to read what a few of our extended Joval Family have said about their "experience" in our testimonials section.

JOVAL is on FaceBook and we welcome you to Follow and/or Friend us @  We also maintain a private & secret FaceBook Group Page for our Joval Extended Family Members where families who purchase puppies from us can share in the grander JOVAL Airedale Experience, meet JOVAL relatives (who may live nearby for play dates), post cute pictures and accomplishments, or simply chat with Fellow JOVAL Airedalers.

We do not usually sell Breeding Stock, but, if you have a special interest in showing please contact us individually via email and not as a general puppy inquiry through the questionnaire.

JOVAL - Prospective Puppy Owner Questionnaire        JOVAL - Reservation Deposit Agreement

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