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    Hi everyone =)

    Just wondering how long I should hold onto new born puppies before I let them go to their new homes?

    I've heard 6 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks?


    Also, not sure how much to sell them for. I want to make sure people have the money to look after them, feed them, pay vet bills, etc... but I don't want to over price them either.
    They are purebreds but have no papers...

    Thanks =)

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    8 weeks is the recommended minimum for well socialised puppies. 6 weeks is too young and will lead to problems for the future owner(s).

    It is my understanding that all puppies of registered purebred parents must also be registered (either main or limited), so the statement that you have purebreds but no papers - does not make sense to me.

    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    How old should a puppy be before they are adopted/purchased? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    Price wise
    Liberty Dog Rescue - Home - About Us
    has a list of costs and how they add up.

    You might want to consider putting a bond on each puppy to encourage the new owner to get it desexed. Eg get a quote from your vet on desexing and add that to the price of the dog, and when the owner comes back with a dog that is desexed (with appropriate ear tattoo) you can refund the amount you added on. Have a time limit maybe 6 to 12 months.

    And you should get all the puppies microchipped before you adopt them out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lollen View Post
    Hi everyone =)

    Just wondering how long I should hold onto new born puppies before I let them go to their new homes?

    I've heard 6 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks?


    Also, not sure how much to sell them for. I want to make sure people have the money to look after them, feed them, pay vet bills, etc... but I don't want to over price them either.
    They are purebreds but have no papers...

    Thanks =)

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    I don't have papers for the mum because I adopted her. I am not a breeder. We found out she was preggers after we took her in.

    The previous owners are slack and say they don't have papers for her nor the dad. They didn't bother holding onto them because they were just family pets.

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    Hi Lollen

    Have a discussion with your vet about pricing and desexing bonds for the puppies because you don't want what happened to you to happen to anyone else. As much as you can encourage people to do the right thing.

    I know the AWL will desex the mum for free in exchange for the puppies ie finding homes for the puppies for you. They will also desex all the puppies before they are allowed to go to new homes.
    Animal Welfare League NSW | Welcome to Animal Welfare League NSW
    and
    National Desexing Network | Home

    It might also be worth talking to the vet, AWL or another rescue organisation about pricing and the kinds of questions to ask prospective new owners and information to supply them on how to look after their new puppy eg sleeping arrangement, toilet training, puppy pre-school, vaccination regimes, feeding etc.

    The new owners need to have a secure and safe back yard, and shelter and water for the puppy etc. A lot of the rescue organisations do "home checks" before they allow a puppy or rescue dog to go to the new home. They've usually done a lot of work to save a dog, and they don't want it to boomerang straight back into the pound system because they've allowed someone to take it who doesn't have the right kind of home.

    Here's a good list of questions you could ask any potential puppy owner...
    Puppy Buyers Guide

    And I would also contact the GSP club in NSW and ask them for advice.

    I'd also see if you can get the previous owners to give you the name of the person they originally got their dogs from to ask them for advice. There is a possibility they can organise the papers for you or put you in touch with people who want pet GSP.

    This is has the contact details for the GSP society and a couple of breeders in NSW. Hopefully they will be able to help.
    Breeders Directory | Dogs NSW

    Sorry I didn't connect the dots about adopting pregnant dog and this post... Good on you for helping the poor mum out. Hope it all works out.

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    As usual, Hy, you are a wealth of good information.

    Good luck with the pups, Lollen.

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    you can go the young desex route & sell at 12wks already desexed or sell with a desex contract that offers money back opun desexing. I would look into some rescues policies with rehoming puppies & some may even allow you to advertise them through there rescue.
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    8 weeks minimum IMO, preferrably 10-12 weeks.
    What breed are they?
    I definately agree with the nueter/spay, and returning contract too.
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    aussie myf

    It's a GSP

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/my-dog-ph...-cleo-3-a.html

    very cute too.

    I've always had a soft spot for these... our family had one but it kept escaping, with all of us at school there was not enough at home to keep it entertained. And it rehomed itself half way back to its old home (in the country) with a family whose kids were pre-school age ie home all day.

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    Is the pups dad also GSP(sorry if your've already said) & if not did they know what breed the dad dog is?
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    CD, I would guess she is purebred, which is weird that she was in a shelter.
    You want to sell them at a price that the owner can't feel like they can just be thrown away, but because she isn't registered or had health/temp tests, won titles etc. you don't want the pups over priced.
    Im no puppy sale expert, but I'd say maybe $250-$350?
    Maybe?
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