Welcome To Mountain Fork Russell Terriers
Small Epic Kennel. Small European Dogs.
Located in Broken Bow, OK USA
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please take a few moments to read the entire page and email with any questions not answered here.

 

How do I reserve/hold a puppy by PayPal?

Please send an email request. I answer emails with the purchase agreement attached; pick up dates noted when puppies go to their forever homes, after completion of the weaning process, beginning at 8 weeks of age. The buyer (person who sends/places the PayPal holding fee) signs the purchase agreement with an actual signature, emails it back as well as their non-refundable $300 PayPal holding fee. The holding fee is credited towards the purchase price of the puppy. Please visit our "PayPal" page, where buyers send their holding fee on a specific puppy, via the PayPal link. 

 

What steps are required to reserve a specific puppy out of a litter?

When litter information is posted, buyer sends an email requesting puppies in order of their choice. An example of an email from a buyer would be the following: "I would like to reserve a puppy from Gaya & Anubis's litter. My 1st choice is Leo, second choice is Lincoln, third choice is Lucy".  I then email the Purchase Agreement with the tentative pick up date listed (a weekend, Saturday/Sunday after the puppy has turned 8 weeks old and is completely weaned-the same tentative date posted on the litters' webpage). Buyer signs the Purchase Agreement, emails it back to me and places their PayPal holding fee at that time. A clear cell phone photo of the 3 page signed purchase agreement image is acceptable and may be sent in an email (no texts) or by fax: 580-286-2012 Attention: Kelly Sparkman. Approximately 2-4 weeks later, when puppy is 8 weeks old and completely weaned, buyer picks up their puppy in person, at Broken Bow, OK.
 

We do not hold puppies without a holding fee once their announcement is posted. Please be aware when inquiring on any puppy listed as "Available", we are often times replying to other inquiries on the same puppy. Confirm with us a puppy is available, and we will email the purchase agreement. Once we receive the signed purchase agreement, Buyer places their $300 PayPal holding fee to hold that specific puppy. The remaining balance is due in "Cash Only" (no checks) at the time of puppy pick up. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of any puppy. If we do so, the holding fee would be promptly refunded.

 

Should a Buyer place a PayPal holding fee with us in turn holding a puppy until the mutually agreed upon pick up date, then Buyer ignores pick up appointment or informs us they are unable to pick up their puppy, the PayPal holding fee(s) would be forfeited.  

Due to the volume of inquiries we receive on a daily basis, e-mails are my preferred method of contact as I am able to sort through them. I return phone calls M-F from 6PM-9PM, in the order they are received. I accept and return calls during the weekends, 9AM-9PM when available, between meeting with Buyers. If I do not answer my phone, I am more than likely attending to our dogs and puppies. Please send a text and I will reply as soon as possible.

 

What payment method do you prefer, at the time of puppy pick up?

We accept "Cash Only" at the time of puppy pick up (no checks). We do not accept PayPal at the time of puppy pickup due to lack of cell phone coverage for some, in our rural area.

Do you have a waiting list?

Due to the volume of inquiries we receive on a daily basis, we do not keep a "Waiting List". Please watch our website for updates, posted daily.

 

When and where do we meet to pick up our puppy?

Pratt Veterinarian Services located at 2668 South Park Drive, Broken Bow, OK 74728 is where we meet buyers during scheduled pick up times. With notice, we can schedule a weekday pickup and James will meet you. Puppies are veterinarian checked in our home @ 7-8 weeks of age, and come with a copy of their "Housecall" vet issued health certificate. The name and address of the buyer who places the PayPal holding fee will be the person listed on the veterinarian issued health certificate. Let us know in advance (when you place the PayPal holding fee) if this is NOT the same person who will be flying home with the puppy or if you want 2 names on the health certificate, in case one or the other is not available when puppy pick up day arrives! Reason being, some airlines will ask for the health certificate & passengers ID prior to boarding the plane. The name (or one of the two names) on the health cert and the passenger ID must match! Also, the health certificate cannot be older than 10 days for the airlines to accept it.

We do not carry commercial liability insurance. Our USAA homeowners insurance policy forbids the sale of puppies/buyers from purchasing/picking up their puppy at our home. Therefore, we do not conduct "kennel" tours, allowing the public onto our property and into our home. Our licensed veterinarian & staff come to our home for an annual kennel inspection. They also make monthly veterinarian "house call" health examinations, as we do not expose our newly vaccinated puppies to an animal hospital/vet clinic where they could come into contact with parvo.

Our hobby requires a significant amount of uninterrupted time for daily attention; cleaning and preventive measures to properly care and manage their health. During the week, I am a Communicable Disease RN with Oklahoma State. My husband, James, is retired, manages our cabin rentals and is our primary pet caregiver. 

 

What is the difference between a Jack Russell Terrier and a Russell Terrier?

Throughout the rest of the kennel club world in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, this breed is known as the Jack Russell Terrier. In the USA, it is known as the Russell Terrier both in the AKC and in the UKC. Although the country of origin of this little terrier is England, Australia was the first country to officially recognize and register the 10" to 12" shorter, more rectangular Jack Russell Terrier. Kudos to all the dedicated Australian breeders for recognizing the distinctive qualities in the Russell Terrier and for nurturing, developing and promoting the breed.

There is so much confusion among the general public regarding the difference between a Parson Russell and a Jack Russell or Russell Terrier. Although the two breeds are reputed to have historically originated in England from the working kennel of the Reverend John Russell, after Russell's death, two distinct varieties emerged with differences mainly in height and in proportion. The Parson Russell Terrier is a taller, leggier terrier that appears approximately square standing between 12" and 15" at the withers. The Jack Russell Terrier, or Russell Terrier as he is known in the USA, stands between 10" to 12" and is slightly longer than he is tall, giving an overall rectangular appearance. his depth of body from withers to brisket is equal to the length of his leg from the elbow to the ground. The Russell Terrier is not an American invention. Do not be fooled by those who do not register with world wide recognized registries such as the American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club.

They do not come from recently developed shorties, but rather carry numerous generations of documented, registered, champion ancestors from Australia, the country of development, and England, the country of origin. There is no shortcut to breeding dogs of exceptional quality with generations of champions in their pedigrees and are healthy, temperamentally sound dogs that make loving pets as well as top show dogs. Blood tells, and extensive pedigrees of proven quality insures that we are producing pups of notable, long-standing heritage. Some mistake the shorter legged Russell Terrier to be a terrier with Queen Anne legs; very short legs and very long back. This couldn't be more incorrect. This breed is NOT what is known as a pudding. A pudding is NOT a Russell Terrier. A bench legged dog, a little terrier with pricked ears or under 10" is NOT a Russell Terrier and does NOT come from quality Russell Terrier breeding stock. Do NOT be fooled into paying a large price for a pup from parents like the above. Many call these little dogs shorties or shorty Russells. Both the FCI and Australian breed standard call for a dog SLIGHTLY longer in body than he is tall. A Russell Terrier that is 2 inches longer or more than he is tall is incorrect, not desirable and is a fault. A Russell Terrier with VERY short, stubby legs is also incorrect, a fault and not desirable. Any deviation from an arrow -straight leg is a fault. not only is a bent leg a fault, but is is a genetic disorder and unhealthy. A benched leg or crooked leg is termed achond roplastic and is a sign of dwarfism.

Which U.S. Kennel Club Registries recognize the Russell Terrier?

The UKC first recognized and registered the short Jack Russell Terrier aka Russell Terrier on 01/01/2001, with the internationally accepted FCI breed standard. The UKC wisely changed the name of the breed to its proper, internationally accepted name of Jack Russell Terrier on 01/01/2009. The AKC began to include the Russell Terrier aka short legged Jack Russell Terrier into the Foundation Stock Service (FSS) in January 2006. The breed advanced quickly and entered full registration in the Terrier Group the end of June 2012.

Our own Russell Terriers are both FCI and AKC registered. All of our foundation adults are directly imported from Europe, by us and their European pedigrees denote them as Jack Russell Terriers (not the taller Parson Terrier). The American Kennel Club of America (AKC) does not recognize the term "Jack" Russell Terrier. Instead, their AKC registration reflects they are categorized as an AKC registered Russell Terrier. Ours are short legged and have rough or broken coats...yum!

How do I get on a wait list?

Please answer and forward our potential puppy buyer questionnaire and send us an email. We care about the well being of each puppy sold and desire to match our puppies with responsible owners.

How old are puppies when photos are posted and reservations with signed purchase agreements are accepted?

Puppies are reserved on a first come basis, once photos are posted at six weeks of age. We post photos on Saturdays. 

 

Are your dogs housed in an indoor commercial kennel?

We live on 15 fenced acres and our dogs are raised in a residential setting; they have free run secured and protected from the elements as well as from outdoor prey (coyotes). Our 2 males as well as our 6 females each have their 2500 sq ft run they are placed in, when we need to leave home. During spring & fall, our girls birth their puppies in the privacy of our home nursery. Once puppies reach 4 weeks of age, they venture all over the place, supervised. Our dogs are family pets and accompany us on our daily walks. We really enjoy their company and they often join us in outings where they are typically the center of attention....what a conversation piece!

How much do your puppies sell for? Do you accept PayPal for the puppy holding fee?

Our European puppies are sold exclusively to families wanting them as a superior household pet without breeding rights and we have a potential puppy buyer questionnaire. Prices are noted next to each puppy's photo on their nursery page. 

We have a PayPal page with link/button on our website. Option 1 is for reserving/holding 1 puppy, Option 2 is for reserving/holding 2 puppies.

Please confirm with us, current availability before placing a puppy holding fee via PayPal. We accept PayPal, once a potential puppy buyer questionnaire and signed purchase agreement has been received. We do not accept puppy holding fees in advance, before puppies are born, nor do we hold puppies without a holding fee, once their litter announcement has been posted on our website. Puppy holding fees are non-refundable and are forfeited if a buyer were to change their mind or fail to follow through with the purchase of said puppy at the mutually agreed upon pick up date. Holding fees do not transfer over to another puppy in a future litter.

Do you sell breeding rights? When do we get our puppy's AKC papers?

We do not sell breeding rights, as outlined in our purchase agreement. All puppies are sold as family pets and companions. Limited registration/pet only AKC registration papers are provided with the PIN# blackened out, denoting limited registration/not for breeding. 

Do you ship your puppies in cargo?

Due to USDA regulations regarding the purchase of puppies "sight unseen", we do not offer shipping. Buyers drive to Broken Bow, OK to pick up their puppy in person. Another option available; buyers fly to DFW International Airport in Dallas, TX and rent a car to drive the remaining way to us in Broken Bow, OK. We are approx. 3.5 hours one way, from DFW via the Sam Rayburn Turnpike.

Also, with advance notice, we can meet buyers at DFW for an additional fee.

Which hotels/motels do you recommend in the area?

HiWay Inn Express is near the vet clinic, located at 1699 South Park Drive, Broken Bow, OK 74728. Call 580.584.7400 for reservations.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is located closest to the vet clinic, at 1701 South Park Drive, Broken Bow, OK 74728. Call 580.584.7708 for reservations.

Lakeview Lodge is located 12 miles North of Broken Bow, at 678 Lakeview Lane. The lodge has hiking trails nearby and overlooks beautiful Broken Bow Lake. Call 580.494.6179 for reservations.

Hochatown County Lodge is located 8 miles North of Broken Bow, at 6613 North US HWY 259, Broken Bow, OK 74728. Call 580.494.6099 for reservations. 

Do you DNA test your breeding dogs? Do you offer a health guarantee on your puppies?

Our dogs are foreign import DNA tested as well as for PLL (Primary Lens Luxation) and SCA (Spinocerebellar Ataxia). All puppies come with a written one year health warranty, receive a house call vet exam in our home, a copy of that screening as well as microchipped prior to going to their forever homes.

Do you breed rough/broken coats only?

Our dogs are 100% European direct imported and have either rough or broken coats. We do not breed for smooth coats.

Do you dock tails?

We adhere to the European Russell Terrier show quality standard and do not dock tails.

What colors are available?

We concentrate on producing white with tan markings. 

What will we need for our trip home with our new puppy?

A bag of their current puppy food, both dry and wet is provided in their puppy kit, as well as toys, a blanket with their mommy's scent and their health record. Buyers will need to bring their own carrier/pet taxi, lined with absorbent bedding, bottled water and food & water bowls.

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 Website Updated: 7-17-18

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Kelly Sparkman RN

James Sparkman

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