Mmmm .....I'm not at all sure what to do. Yesterday, I was so excited to discover the Gordon we had originally chosen, & his sister. We would probably go for the girl, rather than the boy, as we have two boys. However, I do have some worries, having spoken on the phone with the breeder. These puppies come from Show Gordon's, not Field Gordon's, & all the pups have gone into pet homes. Gordon's are the most settled of the setters, according to all the research I have done.
In NZ Labradors are the breed mainly used for duck shooting ....i guess some people use Setters for hunting, but they would definitely be in the minority. Goldens are sometimes used for duck shooting, but its not all that common. Huntaways & Vizlas are mainly used for other forms of hunting, or sometimes terriers I think. Setters are usually only used for pets ....different in UK though. Over there, Setters are mainly used for waterfowl hunting, I think.
Anyway, getting back to my concerns . Firstly, these seven month old pups have not had exposure to cats at close range. The breeder does run a boarding chattery & kennel from her premises, so they do see cats from a distance, & she said the pup will be more likely to stay away from the cats, until it feels confident that the cats won't hurt it. Then it will just get to know them & they will be part of the pup's new family. Secondly, my husband has read that Gordons can sometimes get jealous of other dogs in the family .....I have read that too, but I have also read that they can be wonderful with other dogs. These pups are exposed to different dogs almost on a daily basis, as new dogs are boarded at the kennels virtually every day, & the pups are living at the kennels & use the same exercise area as all the boarding dogs. And that is my third concern, that they are seven months old & have never lived in a family situation. They have had a lot of exposure to different people & different dogs, but in a kennel setting ....the breeder also has a riding stable, so the pups get to meet up with lots of people. I don't know if the breeder has the pups in her house at all.
This breeder is passionate about Gordons & I think she would be fine with letting us have the pup on a trial basis for a few days, to see if it would be a good fit for our family. At this point though, I am just not sure if we will do this, as my husband is having a hard time bonding well with Loki ....the problem being that I have been off work with a herniated disc & nerve compression since a week before we got Loki. That made it difficult for me to look after a young puppy, but it also meant that I have been home virtually 24/7 since the day he joined our family, whilst my husband works full time. I put a lot of effort into the puppy, training him daily, taking him to fun places like the park, talking to him, etc. My husband takes him for his evening walk, but that is only in the last month ..up to then, I was doing both walks, as my husband wanted to relax when he got home from work at 6pm. I told him he needed to spend time on his own with Loki, in order to really start bonding with him, because I will return to work in another week or so, & will not be here late afternoons & evenings four days one week, & two days the next.
My husband is now saying that Loki doesn't want to do things with him, because as with our other dog, he is very closely bonded with me. Last night Loki did not want to walk with him, so he got as far as two houses away & then bought him back ...Loki kept sitting down & refusing to get up. I took Loki out instead. My husband has had little interest in doing any training with Loki, so I can handle it when he misbehaves, but my husband can't. Loki is always excited to see my husband come home & my husband seems happy to see him, but I think the problem is that he wants to relax when he gets home from work, & when Loki is snoozing at his feet, he really enjoys having him around. But when Loki is behaving like a puppy & jumping about, my husband doesn't enjoy having him around, & doesn't know how to cope. We are fortunate that Loki is very mellow & does not act up much at all nowadays, but I think my husband is worried that bringing another puppy into the equation, is going to make his life more difficult, as he will then have two large puppies that he does not know how to handle, & Loki might become more active. I guess he might be right about it making his life more difficult, & although I think it would be nice for Loki to have another dog to romp about with, I am starting to now worry that my husband will not cope when he is on his own with the dogs. Strangely enough, it is my husband who is the large dog person. I have always been more drawn to the smaller breeds! I am just worried that Loki is turning into a lap dog, preferring to be indoors than out ...snoozing the day away, in between walks or trips to the park. I was thinking that another large puppy would motivate him to romp about in the garden, instead of snoozing in the lounge, & make him more interested in going on his walks. Sorry for this very long comment!
Last edited by Dwyllis; 12-13-2012 at 04:58 PM.