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Old 12-30-2012, 06:53 PM
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So I write this confused, saddened, and upset. I have been reading a lot on this forum about the different breeders out there and their reputations. So here is my little rant.

10 years ago we brought Kallie home. It was one of the best days of our families lives. She was an amazing addition to the family. Our family, like many people just wanted a puppy, not fully understanding the process it takes to picking out a puppy. So, our research included the local newspaper and a visit to the home. Looking back now, we would have done everything different.

Kallie hasn't always been the perfect dog...because we got her at such a young age, she has had many social issues. We have worked with her, but she has always been timid around strangers. It's hard to look back on the bad times, but to think that a lot of the issues could have been avoided if only the breeder truly cared. Throughout our time she has taught us so much...more than we could ever teach her. And as many health and other issues that we have had...we love her. She has been there for our family through the happiest and saddest of times.

So why the rant if it seems like we wouldn't have traded it? I just feel it's unfair. Yes, Kallie might have still had her health issues, but she could have also had such a better life had she been bred from someone who looking back truly cared. I look back on the website and see the breeder is selling some of her puppies for $5,000 + for those who are potentially looking for show dogs (who in herself has never shown a dog). We got an email from her saying she was having a holiday sale for those who have purchased puppies before. Although, if you look on the website the deal was for any person looking to have an addition. She now breeds labs, goldens, "english creme goldens" (and on a separate link from the "golden retrievers"), AND bernese mountain dogs. She not only seems to ALWAYS have puppies for sale she also retires her dogs. This quote was actually on the website: "in order to continue breeding, we retire our dogs at a reasonable age, so that they can live a longer life..." I understand retiring your dog, but to rehome them because they no longer can breed for you!?

Ugh...I'm just so frustrated with this breeder. So, I guess the point of this is if you are looking for a puppy PLEASE, PLEASE do your research. It's hard to wait, but it will be well worth it.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:05 PM
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Hindsight is 20/20. Don't beat yourself up over it.

BTW, most reputable breeders also re-home their retired breeding dogs.


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BTW, most reputable breeders also re-home their retired breeding dogs.
I wouldn't say "most" place retired breeding dogs, but some certainly do. I have more commonly sees reputable breeders place young dogs and puppies that don't turn out for whatever reason and will not be used in a breeding program.

I do agree that hindsight is 20/20...but when you know better you do better. I'm sure going forward you will be making much better decisions in terms of breeders and puppies.
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Not every one re homes retired breeding dogs... It depends on the situation and circumstance...
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I wouldn't say "most" place retired breeding dogs, but some certainly do. I have more commonly sees reputable breeders place young dogs and puppies that don't turn out for whatever reason and will not be used in a breeding program.

I do agree that hindsight is 20/20...but when you know better you do better. I'm sure going forward you will be making much better decisions in terms of breeders and puppies.
I fall under that category thanks to this forum. My next dog will be an older WELL BRED GR (one puppy experience is enough )

Do the breeders advertise the older dogs or do you have to know someone? It's waaaaaay down the road but just asking. Thanks
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I wouldn't say "most" place retired breeding dogs, but some certainly do. I have more commonly sees reputable breeders place young dogs and puppies that don't turn out for whatever reason and will not be used in a breeding program.
I don't have a problem with breeders rehoming their retired dogs. I completely understand why it is done. I don't think any less of a breeder who does. So most or some, it doesn't matter to me specifically, but thank you for pointing out that it is not as common as I thought it was.


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That is true, I do know some reputable breeders rehome...however I don't think this particular breeder has the right intentions about it.
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That is true, I do know some reputable breeders rehome...however I don't think this particular breeder has the right intentions about it.
If the breeder has that many dogs and litters, I think it would be in their dogs' best interest to be re-homed so they could get the attention they deserve, even if the breeder's goal is to just make more room for more dogs for more money.


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If the breeder has that many dogs and litters, I think it would be in their dogs' best interest to be re-homed so they could get the attention they deserve, even if the breeder's goal is to just make more room for more dogs for more money.


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Sadly, that is very true.
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