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Thread: Why Do Breeders Allocate Very Young Pups to Buyers? How Can I Choose So Young?!

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    I mean that specific pups are being allocated at less than 2 weeks old.

    I had a good relationship with the breeder but I think she got excited about how keen people were and decided not to wait until the pups were old enough to differentiate between. So at 13 days old I got pictures etc, with pressure to urgently select the one I wanted because she had sold some individual pups already.

    I couldn't do it! It's too important of a decision to just say "I'll have puppy #3" when at that age I can gauge nothing about its looks or character.

    So, ironically, she's ended up selling to emotionally-motivated random strangers instead of considered buyers.

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    That's how we picked Boss out...

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    Im sorry Finley, but thats how a lot of breeders do it...
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    Some breeders have a knack for picking puppies.
    If they know the lines then they can tell exactly how the puppies are going to grow and develop.

    Temperament is moot at that age. No puppy is at its full 'potential' temperament wise when it goes to it's new home.
    At about 12 months they settle down and you start to see the real personality of the dog.
    My pup is 11 months old and just settling from his puppy nervousness and become a happy go lucky little dog. Would I have picked him at 4 weeks? Maybe not, but he's the best choice for us and the breeder knew it.

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    OT - sorry. But Mitte, unusally high numbers of males can often be a sign of iodine deficiency, some breeds have different nutritional requirements than others. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the JP may have been a breed that developed in an area where they probably had a high fish diet? Ocean fish can have higher iodine than other meats.

    Seaweed supplements are a safe way to increase iodine intake, and more female babies are often the result.

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    [QUOTE=Finley;

    So, ironically, she's ended up selling to emotionally-motivated random strangers instead of considered buyers.

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    not really.. We had to pay $100 depoit to be on the waiting list

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    And you need to get yourself known on a friendly basis with the breeders you like so you can be at the top of their buyer list. I imagine with the best breeders, they'd want to know a lot about where their puppy was going and they'd rather not sell it off to some random stranger.
    Very good advice Hy !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Some breeders have a knack for picking puppies.
    If they know the lines then they can tell exactly how the puppies are going to grow and develop.

    Temperament is moot at that age. No puppy is at its full 'potential' temperament wise when it goes to it's new home.
    At about 12 months they settle down and you start to see the real personality of the dog.
    My pup is 11 months old and just settling from his puppy nervousness and become a happy go lucky little dog. Would I have picked him at 4 weeks? Maybe not, but he's the best choice for us and the breeder knew it.
    I disagree here.........we used the Volhard system to pick our puppy. Luckily we were given the opportunity to pick the best pup from the litter at initially four weeks and confirming meeting at five and six weeks. our breeder picked for conformation, because we trusted her for that and we picked our pup with the Volhard system for trainability and character. We have a long standing relationship with our breeder and have had a few pups from her. It must have driven the other potential owners nuts, that we took so long to make our choice. but she allows choice in order. So first, second, third and it happens after the first choice is made..........We have the most gorgeous gregarious trainable clever dog because of this. Katy our 14 month old has given us nothing but joy........We have done this with our last two newfy pups now. I have also met previous litter mates, so I know waht the end results were of the litters. i believe you can tell character in pups and trainability
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    How wonderful! You are so lucky to have had such a responsible, patient breeder who understands the importance of choosing a house-mate of the next 10-15 years carefully!

    I do wish that greed/impatience would play less of a part. The fact is, with lovely dogs such as these the breeder knows that selling all of them is guaranteed - people are knocking down their doors to buy a pup - so what's the rush? Why not allow the best potential owners time to choose with care? What's the downside, other than a minor bit of effort?

    Isn't that better than offloading them at the first opportunity to random strangers who don't care all that much about the decision they are making?
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    Have you checked on the Volhard system at all (?spelling) It is incredible. we had this little 5 week old pup interacting with us and she had us both laughing, she was retrieving of sorts and following a ball..........Our Breeder also does a lot of early socialization with some of her other dogs and it has made such a huge difference. Katy is a very polite and friendly dog. And so comfertable in most situations. I fully agree that picking a pup does make a difference. Good luck in your venture of getting a puppy
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