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Old 09-05-2012, 12:48 PM   #131 (permalink)
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In the end the choice is yours!!

But a 350$ Dog now that you love, if it gets sick later due to poor breeding will cost you infinitely more in $$ and emotional pain.

I hope you find a great puppy and a great dog who is healthy and happy! It can be done!!

I took a different route I put $ a way for 2 years to get the 1200 I needed for a pup from a breeder I just adore.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:44 PM   #132 (permalink)
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Can someone tell me where to report someone selling puppies too young? I just bought a German shepherd puppy Monday from a woman near Lowry City, MO. Her ad said they were seven weeks, but when I called she said they were ready to go so I just assumed they were now eight. I asked her date of birth because I'm a dork and have dog birthday parties and she said October 29th. It didn't click until I was back home and looked at a calendar that the poor thing was only five weeks! I love her and don't want to take her back but I'm very worried she'll be stressed and sick. She definitely acts very, very young. Is there somewhere to report this? It's just mean to separate them from their mommies that little.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:10 PM   #133 (permalink)
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In the end the choice is yours!!

But a 350$ Dog now that you love, if it gets sick later due to poor breeding will cost you infinitely more in $$ and emotional pain.

I hope you find a great puppy and a great dog who is healthy and happy! It can be done!!

I took a different route I put $ a way for 2 years to get the 1200 I needed for a pup from a breeder I just adore.

But let us not assume that buying a puppy from a well known breeder will insulate one from medical problem - NOT TRUE!

Our current dog has had by far the most medical issues of any of the number of GSD's that we have owned over the last 40 years (some BYB, some working and acouple also from well known show kennels!). They can happen from anywhere. (BTW - the type of medical problem may well vary however!)
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:24 PM   #134 (permalink)
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Can someone tell me where to report someone selling puppies too young? I just bought a German shepherd puppy Monday from a woman near Lowry City, MO. Her ad said they were seven weeks, but when I called she said they were ready to go so I just assumed they were now eight. I asked her date of birth because I'm a dork and have dog birthday parties and she said October 29th. It didn't click until I was back home and looked at a calendar that the poor thing was only five weeks! I love her and don't want to take her back but I'm very worried she'll be stressed and sick. She definitely acts very, very young. Is there somewhere to report this? It's just mean to separate them from their mommies that little.
Usually when dealing with livestock (and that's what dog selling usually falls under) you contact the Dept of Agriculture. Another place might be the local animal control/SPCA.
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Can someone tell me where to report someone selling puppies too young? I just bought a German shepherd puppy Monday from a woman near Lowry City, MO. Her ad said they were seven weeks, but when I called she said they were ready to go so I just assumed they were now eight. I asked her date of birth because I'm a dork and have dog birthday parties and she said October 29th. It didn't click until I was back home and looked at a calendar that the poor thing was only five weeks! I love her and don't want to take her back but I'm very worried she'll be stressed and sick. She definitely acts very, very young. Is there somewhere to report this? It's just mean to separate them from their mommies that little.
Here's a chart by state - Missouri does have a law against selling puppies younger than 8 weeks old: Age to Sell Puppy Table
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:36 PM   #136 (permalink)
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wow just got to the end of this thread.... did she get the puppy or not?
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I believe the OP did end up getting the pup, but not until 8 weeks old.

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...es-indeed.html
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #138 (permalink)
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Just to let you know, 8 weeks is not the average...it is the law in most states. Letting puppies go earlier than that leads to socialization issues and other problems. But I'll let the experts chime in with all the side effects...

I would not get a puppy from this breeder if they are doing that. I don't know a single breeder on this page that would do that, unless the dam died or some other disaster.
It's only the law in 18 states (could be 21, haven't counted in a while). I hardly call that MOST

As far as separating early, I know MANY breeders that separate around 5-6 weeks, and honestly I completely agree with their reasoning. As far as sending HOME that young, the breeders I know that do separate still won't send home until 8 weeks simply to monitor puppies, make sure no health issues (hypoglycemia with a young pup), unless they KNOW the person.

I have a good friend that breeds, I was going to take one of his pups home at 6.5 weeks but decided his lines weren't the temperament I was looking for (super drivey czechs, no thank you haha)
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Of course, what I just posted could be considered a dangerous post as well. Everyone is right, the average person SHOULDN'T take home a 6 week old puppy, and the average breeder probably SHOULDN'T be separating at 6 weeks. I do agree with everyone, in THIS situation it sounds like a very shady breeder and just shady dealings in general.
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those pups are cute, but what if the pup you get washes out as a SCH prospect? will you keep the dog for its life or return the dog to the breeder or rehome the dog?
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