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post #21 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 06:00 PM
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I'm a breeder and show, so I get emails from people asking about a puppy from me. I can tell you first off, if all I get is 'I want a puppy, how much are they?' I sigh. You would not believe how many people don't even sign their name! Many breeders I know will put that request immediately into the trash. I will answer, and educate. When I get a letter from someone who tells me they are looking for a puppy and then tell me about themselves, I am leaning forward reading. I love to see someone tell me about their family, other dogs and pets, their children and ages. I like to know about their house, do they own it or rent? Do they have a yard and is it fenced. If it's not fenced, what are their plans. I love when they tell me if they are looking for a pet, something for show or performance. I want them to ask me about clearences, because then I know they've done their research. The more information they give me and ask of me, the more impressed I am with them.

One of the best homes I've ever had for a dog was with a college student who trained under a friend of mine. Maturity is more important than age, so it's case by case.
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Uh I feel old, I guess I'm almost considered in my late 20's now? lol. I got Moose as a present from my boyfriend when I turned 25. We knew we were going to be buying a house soon and we both had had steady jobs. We were 100% ready, and we felt ready. I think it depends on how mature you are. If I wanted to party every weekend, and not save any money and not have responsibilities, then clearly I shouldn't have a dog. But that is not me at all. I swear Moose gets treated better then some peoples kids in my old neighbourhood..
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I have provided references for several "young" dog owners who have come through my classes. Being able to demonstrate that a dog has been through training, is well mannered, quiet, and housebroken is valuable. I have sold puppies to young people who have proven that they are committed to training and being responsible pet owners. As always, each situation is carefully considered individually. It has nothing to do with age, for me. There have been well-off adults who I would not allow to touch one of my puppies with a ten foot pole. I sold a Zoom baby to a family solely based on my communications with their then 12 year old daughter. (After several interactions with her I asked her to have her parents contact me, and it progressed from there...) I helped the young lady convince her folks that it was a good thing... the puppy - littermate to Ch. Crew - is now the Dad's best friend!)
Every situation is different.

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My personal opinion is that one's place in life does not necessarily coorelate with one's age. In addition, being older, I come from an era where people adopted stray dogs wandering around the neighborhood, and did not have to be vetted by a rescue organization. So I cringe at any criteria which is so specific that it makes exclusions based on apartment vs. house, age of children, age, etc. I think that everyone should be approached on a case by case basis.

I grew up with dogs, and adopted my first dog as an adult at age 24, a dog (puppy, actually) I found at my aunt's house. No one claimed the puppy, so I kept her- no questions asked. She lived with me for 16 years. At age 24, I had completed 2 master's degrees, had just bought my own (tiny) house, and had my own business. Shorlty after, I added 2 more dogs, which were gifted to me from a customer (top breeder of Pekingnese)- she did not hesitate to give me the dogs, because she knew me well. Not having children at the time, and living alone, I had plenty of time/resources to devote to these three dogs, and feel that I was an extremely good dog owner throughout my 20's and 30's. We went on many, many walks and trips, the dogs received great veterinary care & grooming, and most of all, tons of love and attention. I am very happy that no one denied me the opportunity to care for these three devoted dogs.
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Oh, and I also had a trainer come out to my house for all 3 of those dogs- forgot to add this.
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I have always had dogs and cats in my life. I actually got my first job at a vet office when I was 13 so I could spay and neuter my cats. I didnt have the money to do that prior to the job. Yes I think there many responsible young people out there and it is a shame that everyone is lumped together. I have placed a number of dogs with young people and I know they have fine homes. I think it depends on the person and how they were raised. I have no pet insurance and I dont have a huge savings but my animals would be taken care if something should happen.
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It's reassuring that so many people would be willing to go on a case by case basis. Any ideas for how to help convince a breeder or rescue group that I would be one of the good cases of young dog owners?
Honestly, just be EXACTLY who you are. It is simple. Honest, truthful people always shine thru. Any breeder or rescue would be thrilled to have you take one of their dogs.
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IMO- Some people should and others shouldn't have pets. My uncle is 60 (Buddy's previous owner) has no business ever owning pets. But irresponsible breeders keep selling him dogs and his one neighbor who "rescues" dog even gave him one . I would not trust him with a house plant let alone a living creature. Others are fully supporting his animals right now so they don't suffer.

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I just had this talk with my dog's breeder. She got a recent email from someone like yourself and she was impressed with the girl's preparedness, etc. I was 26 when I got Gibbs and married, but still young. I think we're more prepared and responsible and DEFINITELY more active than many other pet homes. We also rent... but just bought out first house and are moving next week. All around she took a chance on us-- but it paid off big for her. We show both of our dogs in conformation and I hope to have obedience titles on them soon. I have also made a very good friend. If she hadn't taken a chance on a young couple, I wonder what we would have done.
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I just had this talk with my dog's breeder. She got a recent email from someone like yourself and she was impressed with the girl's preparedness, etc. I was 26 when I got Gibbs and married, but still young. I think we're more prepared and responsible and DEFINITELY more active than many other pet homes. We also rent... but just bought out first house and are moving next week. All around she took a chance on us-- but it paid off big for her. We show both of our dogs in conformation and I hope to have obedience titles on them soon. I have also made a very good friend. If she hadn't taken a chance on a young couple, I wonder what we would have done.

I think you are probably talking about me! I've been emailing around because I am hoping to get a puppy next year, which is a big reason I asked this question! I wanted to know how people felt about it, so I could know how to respond to concerns about age. I've been drafting some responses.
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