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Tough decision....

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by Kit, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    So, there is a local Staffy Bull that does agility. He is an awesome dog, I have threatened to steal him multiple times. I would LOVE to have a Hamish puppy. I've seen some of his puppies from a recent litter (8 months old) and they are doing quite will in their various sports.
    BUT, I really don't want to deal with a breeder. Several of my friends have not had good dealings with their dogs breeder (various breeds)
    One gal is co-owning her Terv. This dog has horrible conformation, she knows it, breeder knows it, everyone knows it. Yet the breeder is requiring her to collect from him before she can neuter him.
    Another gal hasn't been able to get the right papers from her breeder (Border Collie) to get her puppy registered. She went with this breeder because her current dog is from this gal and he is an awesome dog.

    So...should I suck it up and deal with a breeder (Hamish's breeder SEEMS pretty chill), or stick with a shelter puppy, which I've had good luck with in the past.

    I have plenty of time to decide, it will be at least 2 years before I get a new puppy. Frankie has to be 10, and she just turned 8.
    I also won't get a puppy until our 2 seniors are gone, Rosie is 14, Marshall is 12.
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  2. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    Sounds like they are choosing the wrong breeders, good breeders want all of the offspring to succeed and want to have a good relationship with owners. Part of the issue may also be the breed, Staffies are not super common in the states and people can get greedy here and want quantity over quality. I'm also having difficulty finding a breeder I trust who properly tests their dogs (APBT). I'm considering AST because there are more breeders producing quality versatile dogs.

    Another option is a soft cull, plenty of pups or juvenile dogs don't make the cut and just need a good pet home and are still completely capable of recreational sports. Breeders expect less of their pet homes.
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