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Puppy Buyer Ettiquette

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:50 am
by connie
Alex's breeder posted this link, a good article-- especially to me after I just updated my post about the friend who got a Doodle puppy from a breeder and the effing mess it made of her dog household:
https://rufflyspeaking.wordpress.com/20 ... ttiquette/

Re: Puppy Buyer Ettiquette

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:46 pm
by Amanda
Great article. I try to be this puppy buyer. It’s working out very well so far with our new breeder. In hindsight, I was the same with zeke’s breeder and she didn’t react the way I expected. Should have been a red flag.

Re: Puppy Buyer Ettiquette

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:15 am
by connie
Good point, Amanda -- it works both ways, and the person getting the puppy should see certain things from the breeder.

Alex was 8 months old when I got him, I wasn't picking a puppy from a litter, but Linda had several males she was going to place -- pulled from the show ring at various stages in their show careers, for various reasons; Alex because he was clearly not going to get to the 20" height that is optimal in the standard -- and Linda knows me and knows the kinds of things I do with my dogs, so she told me Alex would suit me best, because of his enthusiasm for new places and activities. (In retrospect, I think she was saying he was a brat. LOL!) She was right, and I allowed her to choose the dog she would place with me.

The breeder should be pretty good at assessing temperaments and personalities even at 8-10 weeks, and should know the parents and the pedigree well enough to make a prediction about how a particular pup will mature. Matching that to the applicants is what a good breeder does.