Hi guys, some of you know the story about our rescue puppy attempt. Well my fiance and I are now looking into getting another puppy, but we're wanting to take our time and get the right one because we both have so much guilt over Ralley not working out.
I had a border collie as a teenager and he was the most beautiful dog. So I called up the breeder we got him from (in Perth) and they said they had one left from their current litter and if we wanted "it" we had to put a deposit down ($600, half the price) and then get whatever one we were given (last, since we paid the deposit last).
No questions about us, no idea about what sort of dog we wanted - working on a farm, for a city backyard, with kids etc. Also, we weren't able to meet the dog until 6 weeks, and by then she said "it will definitely have a new owner so you'll miss out".
This breeder is registered and listed on a few dog websites, although I can't seem to find a border collie association in WA.
Does this sound dodgy to you? Our first BC from these guys was fantastic, mind you he did die from "cancer" (the vet couldn't find it though) at 7 years old.
I guess the main thing is to ask breeders is what they're breeding for - looks, temperament, family pets, markings, showing etc. which will give you a good idea. And anyone happy to take your money without asking any questions, especially for breeds like border collies (who can go a bit nuts if not in the right environment) should make you suspicious. This goes for registered breeders and those who are not. This breeder also told me a BC would be ok in a townhouse if it got enough mental and physical stimulation. Interesting....