We have always been wary of allowing home visits for two reasons.
1. Our babies are important to us and it is our job to keep them safe from viruses that thrive in dog communities in the metropolitan areas. It is very easy to walk a problem onto our property on tyres, shoes and clothes and for this reason we are reluctant to put babies at risk.
2. For our own safety. We know of puppies that have been stolen after home visits to check out security etc, it is also for our own personal safety as we put ourselves at risk every time we invite a stranger into the house and these days it is not a wise move. After recently hearing of the murder of the poodle breeder in USA for her dogs we will no longer be allowing home visits to people we don't know.
Sorry if this upsets you but you are always welcome to visit and handle the dogs at shows where we are happy to answer questions and let you have a cuddle and we are always available via phone or email. Our priority is to keep puppies safe and ourselves of course
WELCOME TO OUR PUPPY PAGE
If living interstate from us in Sth Australia and you are interested in purchasing a puppy we can organise travel arrangements for you through Animal Travel SA. If you wish to organise your own transport or just get a quote email us for their contact number. We can highly recommend them and are now using them exclusively to transport puppies both interstate and occasionally overseas. My puppies can usually travel at 10-12 weeks of age depending on how far they need to go
SHOW OR PET ?
Show prospects will be considered on the full register only to approved and registered members of an ANKC affiliate. Those wanting to enter the show scene should contact us for advice in regards to membership and the possibility of available show puppies. We are always happy to support or mentor new exhibitors or newcomers to our breed.
All pet puppies are sold with first C3 vaccination at 10 weeks, regular worming, microchip (transferred to you) and limited (pet) registration/pedigree papers (transferred to you) from DogsSA. Free insurance for 6 weeks is also offered from our association with "Petplan".
THE BLUE FACTOR and HEALTH CONCERNS
We are continuously asked for blue coloured babies. Firstly understand that we put colour way down the list when breeding preferring to breed healthy, strong, sound, well conformed puppies and secondly you need to realise that blue and blue pigmented fawns are occasionally affected by "CDA" (Colour dilute alopecia) which means that as your dog gets older it may start to lose hair down the back, on head and tail and gradually over the body caused by the mutation of the black gene that produces the blue colour which is a dilute and not a natural colour for a dog. As a breeder there is no gene marker or proof of hereditable cause and we know that some pups are affected and some are not from the same litters so we have no idea when selling a blue/blue fawn puppy if it will or will not ever be affected. I liken it to male baldness in humans. Some brothers lose their hair as adults and some don't. It is a bit of a lottery so when buying a blue pigmented puppy of any breed you risk it being a possibility and as a breeder I prefer not to deliberately breed for the colour. I do however occasionally get one pop up in a litter and if looking to buy one please realise that it is at your own risk. Aside of early onset hair loss the pups are completely healthy and will still be a wonderful companion although will need sun and wind protection as they are prone to sun and windburn without their coats protection which can lead to skin cancers and often does.
There are a few illnesses that we are as yet unable to test for that can affect an Italian in later life. CDA - Colour Dilute Alopecia (above) and Epilepsy are a couple of concerns but as new tests become available we will be checking our dogs and until then we will not keep any dog that may be remotely affected in our stud team.
All Tunamara Puppies are bred by us at home and you deal with us personally. We do not use outside / surrogate breeders and simply badge the puppies with our name and prefix on pedigrees as some do and we are always available to help with any questions that may arise. We also do not charge extra for various coloured puppies as all pups are born equal and colour is surface deep and not our priority. We prefer to breed good sound conformation and temperaments with colour being very low on our scale of importance.
FOR SALE PUPPIES
Keep an eye on this page as litter pictures will be posted here first.
I am sorry I don't keep waiting lists or make calls to those waiting when pups arrive as I have many enquiries and people being anxious for a pet often don't hold out and buy the first one seen elsewhere "which is fine with me". So if you see a pup here that is available and appeals to you please contact me for information and reserve it.
We support desexing of pets to help control the backyard and farmed production of puppies for profit and as a protection against the cancers that can occur in the reproductive areas of some older dogs. To this end we have discussed options with a vet and have been advised that desexing of small dogs is very safe now with new techniques from age 8 weeks and recovery is much easier and quicker than it would be with older dogs so unless a puppy is required specifically for a show/breeding home with an ANKC registered breeder it will be speyed or castrated before it leaves us (The cost is included in your purchase price). It is becoming compulsory for all dogs to be desexed under 6 months of age as new state government rules in some states of Australia now.
Talk to us about the procedure as it will be organised by us prior to re homing rather than for you to be waiting for the pup to grow up before having their operations as has been the case.
This boy is available to a loving home. A nice solid fawn with toes and chest markings. Born 03/05/23 he is sired by Tunamara Leading Me On, mother is Tunamara Ember Glow.
He is not the bravest soul and would need a patient home where he gets that personal attention. I advise that he would not be good in a large family situation and does not understand children so not advised for this situation. He would however love a doggy friend to help him to understand his new home and give him some confidence.