Dogs live in the here and now. And after a couple of months they re-adjust just fine.
As breeders we can't keep them all. It is not practical. It is very expensive to be a breeder. People think we make money - well I'm here to tell you that is total and utter crap.
I have travelled to both Melbourne and Brisbane this year with my dogs, selling dogs does not cover those expenses let alone all the other day to day expenses.
It costs me about $45.00 in entries fees into a show with 4 dogs, Specialty shows with overseas judges can cost me over $100. Lets add travel costs to that and you may see where I'm coming from. So you can see I don't do it for the money.
For me personally if a dog/bitch becomes a Champion or produces well in the whelping box and therefore has probably been with me about 14months plus then it stays with me for it's entire life. Not because I don't think he/she would adjust to living elsewhere but because I wouldn't adjust to not having he/she in my life.
And yes some dogs are not good candidates for re-homing and if that's the case then we have not raised them to be well adjusted happy dogs.
I don't take any decision on the re-homing of dogs lightly. No adult dog ever leaves here without first being de-sexed. And like any of my puppies they can be returned at any time no questions asked. They are my responsibility for life.
Also you have to remember that we are talking of entire dogs and trust me entire bitches coming in and out of season can have their moments. Also when the girls are in season some dogs can get quite competitive amongst each other. So sometimes it's better for a dog/bitch to be rehomed to a house with less dogs.
At other times while you've chosen a real winner you can tell their heart isn't in the show ring. They'd much prefer to grace somebodies lounge, not bothered by pesky puppies etc. Or in the case of my most recent re-home I ran two sisters on to see who would be the better bitch. You cannot pick a show winner at 8 weeks of age. But when they reached 8 months of age I made a decision.
Don't think that sometimes when we rehome we don't do it with a heavy heart. But I take my heart out of the equation and do it for the sake of the dog.
I'm a breeder. I show my dogs & I want to only breed from the very best. Quite often my bitches will only have one or two litters.
But when it boils down to it all, a well raised, well adjusted animal will go into it's new home and thrive and bring lots of joy to their new owner.
Personally if I was not a breeder myself I'd be happy to miss the puppy stage and the first place I'd go looking is to a good breeder who can match me up with an adult dog. Especially an ex-show dog, it's crate trained, toilet trained, lead trained, a good traveler and is just looking for that special home to be No. 1.
P.S. I did not read any of the other posts because I wanted to tell why from my point of view. I could tell you all about the young bitch I re-homed late last year but you'd just be jealous of her fabulous new life by the ocean in the East Lakes District of Vic, boating and fishing and enjoying life with her new retired owner.