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

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    Finley

    That's why you have to go meet up with the breeders, and the ones that don't understand what you need or can get you to understand what they need - walk away, the right breeders will be out there for you. It's like shopping for a house. You have to be prepared to do your research, meet a lot of people, and walk away when it's not right for you.

    Personally - I'd stay away from the profit motivated, or the ones selling this week's hot fashion item trendy puppy.

    Do check out the dogs on pet rescue and at the shelters. Your dream dog could be there too.

    For those of us who had never heard of Volhard...
    their method for choosing a puppy.
    Volhard Dog Training - Choosing a Puppy

    The way I did it was to pick the friendly playful pup and get the helpers at AWL to describe her personality (outgoing, friendly and barks a lot at dinner time). That was at 10 weeks and at 2 years - she's the same.

    And yes, there was good chase but zero retrieve the day I met her, and nothing much has changed. Sometimes she does retrieve and sometimes she doesn't.

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    Retrieve is very important in the training (water rescue) I like to do with my dogs, but not for some........you have to choose what you want/need
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finley View Post
    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.


    Definitely not a good breeder.

    Good breeders will spend 8 weeks evaluating litters . The more they know about their pups, the better the chance they'll pick one to suit you.
    Good breeders don't have pups available 365 days of the year. A pup from the right breeder is worth waiting for. Breeders who don't have pups too often often know others that do.
    Also expect a good breeder to ask just as many questions of you as you have of them. They will want to know that you are knowledgeable of the breed and committed to enough to raise the pup well.

    What breed are you after?

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    Quote Originally Posted by molly33 View Post
    Definitely not a good breeder.

    Good breeders will spend 8 weeks evaluating litters . The more they know about their pups, the better the chance they'll pick one to suit you.
    Good breeders don't have pups available 365 days of the year. A pup from the right breeder is worth waiting for. Breeders who don't have pups too often often know others that do.
    Also expect a good breeder to ask just as many questions of you as you have of them. They will want to know that you are knowledgeable of the breed and committed to enough to raise the pup well.

    What breed are you after?
    Disagree.

    8 weeks is a long time, some pups go home at 8 weeks. I would never let a breeder chose a puppy for me.
    As I said earlier in the thread, I have some really good Dally breeders in mind. I love the look of their dogs and the litters they have produced. Their health and temperament tests are up to my 'standards', their dogs have won numerous titles and their general breeding ethic im happy with.
    Closer to the time, I'd be more than happy to put my name down on a waiting list, because I know what im getting from that breeder.
    Did you read the whole thread?
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    Not sure what I missed.
    I will never own a a registered purebred dog. I work in rescue and my choice will always be a rescued dog.
    Not for everyone I know and since I promote both I researched registered purebred breeders. After having several discussions with some this is how they work. 8 weeks is the min age they send them home some 10 weeks. Most prefer to choose the pup for the owner but not always the case. Also depends on the breed, whether you are interested in showing or if you just want a pet.
    I have spoken to several owners where the breeder chose the pup and they were more than happy with the choice. I have two friends where the breeder also chose the pups and the out come was perfect.
    If I was happy with the breeder I would be guided by them.

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