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Old 11-26-2011, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I always wonder what happens to the GS puppies when a breeder can't find buyers or when the color, temperament or drive of the GS puppies don't match with what a breeder is looking for.
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I suppose it depends on the breeder.

If the puppy is getting older and no one wants to meet the price, the breeder will either lower the price or keep the dog, working with it and waiting for the right owner. Less scrupulous breeders will dump the dog or I suppose kill the dog -- I have heard some horror stories.

Normally, if the color, temperament, or drive of the puppies do not match a specific home, they will find a pet home and usually sell the puppy on a limited registration.
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Depends on the breeder.
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A friend of mine breeds Belgian Tervurens. She is very careful about matching the dog to a home and she sometimes has puppies that she ends up keeping because she can't find the right match.

Tervs can be very dominating dogs to an owner who doesn't know how to handle them. She had 2 boys left from a litter 3 years ago that she ended up keeping because of this. She just recently placed them into experience agility homes.

She has a litter right now with 3 month old puppies. She has a couple left that need show homes with co-ownership/breeding agreements. She will keep these also if she cannot find a the right home.

Her dogs are beautiful! I go and visit the puppies when she needs people to come over for socialization.
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I suppose it depends on the breeder.

If the puppy is getting older and no one wants to meet the price, the breeder will either lower the price or keep the dog, working with it and waiting for the right owner. Less scrupulous breeders will dump the dog or I suppose kill the dog -- I have heard some horror stories.

Normally, if the color, temperament, or drive of the puppies do not match a specific home, they will find a pet home and usually sell the puppy on a limited registration.
This.

Sometimes they even give them away for free. Good breeders have a huge network and pretty much any dog that doesn't meet the standard can and will be placed in pet homes either for a fraction of the price or for free.
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I suppose it depends on the breeder.

If the puppy is getting older and no one wants to meet the price, the breeder will either lower the price or keep the dog, working with it and waiting for the right owner. Less scrupulous breeders will dump the dog or I suppose kill the dog -- I have heard some horror stories.

Normally, if the color, temperament, or drive of the puppies do not match a specific home, they will find a pet home and usually sell the puppy on a limited registration.
I think breeders who dump or kill unsold GS should not be in the business of breeding GS at all.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not really sure. All the puppies I've bought or "fostered" were from litters that were entirely spoken for before the puppies went home. I know when I got Nikon several people were turned away.
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I think breeders who dump or kill unsold GS should not be in the business of breeding GS at all.
You wouldn't believe how many times that happens in the US and Germany.
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Depends. If the breeder has no conscience or backbone, or if they come from a pet store, they end up in the shelter. I also often see puppies listed on Craigslist "last one!!!" at greatly reduced prices or free.
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You wouldn't believe how many times that happens in the US and Germany.

That is really sad when breeders treat dogs as inventory! Does it happen to small breeders too?
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