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Buying A Show Quality Dog From A Professional Breeder

Gemma | October 27th, 2008
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Some of you would absolutely love to own a puppy that could aspire to becoming show ring material. If this is the case, it is important to realize that the breeder has no way of knowing how well an 8-week old puppy will turn out as a top-notch show dog.

In fact, no reputable breeder will ever guarantee a tiny puppy as a show dog. If a breeder does make this claim, then be adamant about making your skepticism known.

What the breeder can say, which is perfectly acceptable, is from all appearances at this time, the puppy seems to be of show quality and if no major faults develop, he could be a great show prospect. Then it is up to you to ask what the faults are (major and minor), and keep your eyes open for them.

Breeder Contracts

At times, if a puppy is thought to be pretty outstanding, but the breeder does not want to keep the puppy at the kennel, you may be asked to sign a contract stating that you will show the dog. If the puppy is a female, you may be asked to sign a contract stating that you will allow your new dog to be bred ONLY to a male of the breeder’s choice.

You may also be asked to co-own the puppy along with the professional breeder. This would mean that you are not the sole owner, and that your partner has a say in all matters pertaining to the puppy you take home.

When you set out to purchase your show-quality puppy, remember that no one is forcing you to buy that particular dog. If you do, and the time comes for you to live up to any agreements you have made, it would be completely unfair to have complaints. Contracts and agreements should be well thought out in advance. There are plenty of puppies to be purchased from the same breeder without any contracts involved.

When The Breeder Is Out Of State

The breeder of your choice may live too far way for you to be able to inspect the premises, and the dog you are getting. In such cases, ask for pictures of the puppy, as well as pictures of both parents. This way, you will not be surprised if you have never seen a puppy of that particular breed.

Some new owners can be very shocked when a tiny, skinny, coatless puppy arrives on their doorstep when they were expecting a small replica of an adult dog. The photographs will also give you some idea of the actual size of the puppy will be. If the photographs do not satisfy your curiosity, ask for the height and weight of the parents.

If you plan on having your new puppy shipped to you, try to make sure that he is on a non-stop flight so that you know he will not be waiting at some airport for endless hours, scared half out of his mind. Be at the airport yourself, to pick up your new friend. Chances are, the little guy will be confused and very upset, and he’ll need you at that time, more than ever.

Purebred Puppies Are Worth Every Penny!

Alan | October 23rd, 2008
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What you pay for your new dog depends to a large extent on the particular breed you want, how popular it is when you want it, what part of the country you live in, and the time of year you decide to buy the dog.

If you are shopping for a new dog during Thanksgiving or Christmas, holiday seasons, prices can be on the high side, because the demand is that much greater.

The price range for a good eight week old puppy will vary from about $500 (pet quality) to approximately $3,000 on up (a show dog prospect). The high price being a puppy who comes from a pedigreed line which has a history of champions.

If a puppy has fully grown out and is about eight to 12 months old, the price has been known to shoot up to as much as $10,000 or more.

Do Smaller Dogs Cost Less?

The size of a breed has nothing to do with the cost of the puppy. Many toy breeds, such as the Poodle or Yorkshire Terriers, are expensive, simply as a result of supply and demand. Since the demand for them is so great, it is not unusual that the entire litter is sold even before it arrives. Smaller dogs are easier to care for, less expensive to maintain, and require far less living space.

A female will usually be less expensive than a male unless she exhibits a great show potential. In that case, she will cost more because a great female puppy will be the foundation stock of a future breeding line. Many people do not wish to purchase a female simply because they don’t want the problem of dealing with newborn puppies, which will happen unless the animal is spayed. However, as far as being good pets, females are every bit as good as males and some people even feel females learn quicker, and easier.

Unscrupulous Breeders

As in any business, there will occasionally be found unscrupulous breeders with whom you might make contact with from time to time. Fortunately, they are soon discovered and ferreted out by members of their own profession who described him as the cancer of the breeding world. Word travels very rapidly throughout the doggie world.

In your search for the ultimate puppy, please take your time and do not rush in and buy the first dog you fall in love with. No matter how irresistible he may be, make sure he is exactly what you want. Check out other litters. In other words, shop around a bit before buying. Hopefully, the dog will be living with you for the rest of his or her life, and a good part of yours.