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Thread: Timeline for adding a possible puppy/young staffy with Serena and family

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    Hi all

    Please forgive me if I am getting ahead of things but thought I would get some advice. I was thinking of one day of adding a puppy or young Stafford to the crazy household. I would envisage looking for a reputable registered breeder (not LAE) with all the right credentials and reputation for breeding Staffords of good temperament and type.

    I guess my question is - how long should I wait before Serena might tolerate a new addition. or should I wait a few more years . Ideally, I would like to get a pup whilst Serena is still pretty active and mobile but don't want to upset the apple cart if you think its a bad idea. Or is it a 'how long is a length of string argument?"

    Think of this post as a sort of thinking out loud process and some general advice, past experiences would be appreciated.

    Also, given my past experience, how do I weed out the crapola breeders from the reputable ones?

    thanks very much for your continued help here!

    cheers

    Adrian
    Last edited by Ados; 04-18-2014 at 09:42 AM.

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    How old is Serena?
    Dodge was 6 years old when i brought Koda home, and honestly, that was the best thing i could have done for her Having a puppy to play with really gave Dodge energy and lots of fun. Before that, she never had an interest in playing with people, other dogs or toys. Koda essentially taught her how to be a dog, she now plays with toys, plays with other dogs and sometimes plays with people She also learnt how fun it is to rip things apart and be destructive

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    I had the opposite experience. My dog was 6 when I bought home a new puppy and she never forgave me. She wasnt mean to the puppy just totally ignored her and my relationship with her was never quite the same again. I know in my situation it has been different with different dogs. I have another old bitch who just adored puppies, each one she welcomed into the home, but her bond with me was never affected.

    I think you also need to ask yourself are you ready. There will be a lot of hard work ahead of you.

    Do you know what Serena is like around puppies given that young staffs can be very full on. My mothers ex breeding bitch really did not like puppies getting in her face.

    The other thing- has Serena bonded with you sufficiently yet, could a puppy and all the attention and training it requires be a diversion.

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    Hi guys, thanks for the different points of view.

    The last thing I want to do is to alienate Serena and destroy any progress we have made. I guess my thinking was that as she was an ex breeder dog, she might enjoy the company of a puppy, but maybe that is a bit simplistic.

    She is not a cranky dog now but that may change as she nears her twilight years. On bonding, Serena and I are bonding very well and hand feeding has made a big difference.

    Bonding with the remainder of the tribe is still a slow process so I would think it would be a bad idea to bring a puppy into the house until that bond is stronger?

    There are a few puppies at the park and dog beach and Serena is either indifferent or excited/happy. But I suspect this isn't a true reflection of her behavior towards puppies which may change in a home environment on her turf, so to speak.
    In any case, I am in no rush at all and am happy to have Serena to myself.

    thanks again

    Adrian

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    If getting another pup is what you and your family want – then go for it !

    You mentioned this before and I said that it was far too early at that stage. Serena had only basically arrived and had not settled in.

    As time goes on - the bond between Serena, you and the family will only increase and get better and better. She feels safe - so keep up the excellent work that you are doing !

    It takes a pup a few months to settle in – so as long as Serena is happy and settled and your family are prepared for all the time and work with another pup – then why not ?

    You already know that she is OK with other dogs. Though having another one full time in the same yard is different – it should not pose a problem for Serena – being an ex-kennel pup.

    I would be looking at a male this time. I find that a male/female mix in 2 pup homes works the best. I am sure Serena will love having a ‘toy boy’ to boss around and share her lovely home with him.

    I wouldn’t dismiss looking again at breeders for a pup – even if you are looking for an older one. It is a shame that the breeder you got Serena from was a tad ‘skinny’ with the truth. They are not all like that.

    Just do your homework, this time visit the breeder, ask heaps of questions and don't get one that is ‘blue’ in colour or from a kennel that specializes in the ‘blue’ colour !
    So – here are a few links to get you started !

    Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeders, Australia

    DogsWest - Home

    https://www.facebook.com/staffyandbullybreedrescue

    Staffy Rescue

    Maybe you could look at being a foster carer – just a suggestion ! Then you could 'test the waters' and see how things go !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    If getting another pup is what you and your family want – then go for it !

    You mentioned this before and I said that it was far too early at that stage. Serena had only basically arrived and had not settled in.

    As time goes on - the bond between Serena, you and the family will only increase and get better and better. She feels safe - so keep up the excellent work that you are doing !

    It takes a pup a few months to settle in – so as long as Serena is happy and settled and your family are prepared for all the time and work with another pup – then why not ?

    You already know that she is OK with other dogs. Though having another one full time in the same yard is different – it should not pose a problem for Serena – being an ex-kennel pup.

    I would be looking at a male this time. I find that a male/female mix in 2 pup homes works the best. I am sure Serena will love having a ‘toy boy’ to boss around and share her lovely home with him.

    I wouldn’t dismiss looking again at breeders for a pup – even if you are looking for an older one. It is a shame that the breeder you got Serena from was a tad ‘skinny’ with the truth. They are not all like that.

    Just do your homework, this time visit the breeder, ask heaps of questions and don't get one that is ‘blue’ in colour or from a kennel that specializes in the ‘blue’ colour !
    So – here are a few links to get you started !

    Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeders, Australia

    DogsWest - Home

    https://www.facebook.com/staffyandbullybreedrescue

    Staffy Rescue

    Maybe you could look at being a foster carer – just a suggestion ! Then you could 'test the waters' and see how things go !
    Thanks Riley and all others for your perspectives. Doing my homework will be a super priority. I am joining the Perth Staffordshire Bull Terrier club and I hope I can make some contacts with reputable local breeders as well as introducing Serena to some staffy friends. They seem like a good bunch of people and they have a 'fun' day in May.

    There are only a small number of staffy breeders here so interstate breeders may have to be considered


    Like I said, I am in no rush and will happily wait until the time is right.

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    Why not a 'blue' staffy pup? If I believed the ads on gumtree....the blue ones are rare and more desirable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaraGSX View Post
    Why not a 'blue' staffy pup? If I believed the ads on gumtree....the blue ones are rare and more desirable!
    Yes, I think they come from the cloud forests of Cambodia where they frolic among the orchids and drink the blood of smurfs, hence the colour. I think anything over $2,400 is a fair price for such rarity. I think they sell well to a certain sector of society. They are, unfortunately, not rare.

    I would be happy for a run of the mill, common, boring, average stafford, perhaps even a black and white one like Serena, and try telling her she isn't rare or special

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    'Ados' - go with your gut feeling - now enhanced by your experience with Serena !

    Regardless of what you would like to say - as far as I am concerned - with your past knowledge and experience of staffies - plus what the breeder suggested - Serena was more than probably a really good fit for your family.

    Have I got it wrong ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    'Ados' - go with your gut feeling - now enhanced by your experience with Serena !

    Regardless of what you would like to say - as far as I am concerned - with your past knowledge and experience of staffies - plus what the breeder suggested - Serena was more than probably a really good fit for your family.

    Have I got it wrong ?
    Hi RileyJ,

    I think you are absolutely spot on there. She IS a perfect fit for us. The more we bond, the more that statement is true and I wouldn't change her for the world.




    cheers

    Adrian
    Last edited by Ados; 04-20-2014 at 08:46 PM.

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