To each their own...to me a dog older than a few months has no monetary value at all. I'll compensate a breeder for their work, and I'd compensate a rescue for their work if I was adopting, but I'd look at it more as a donation to the rescue so they can do what they do rather than a true payment for said dog.
If I was looking for a dog, and someone wanted to re-home theirs and there was an interest, I would not expect to pay for that dog. No matter how many titles he/she has slapped on behind their name. Sorry...if you're re-homing, and I'm giving this dog a "pet/working" home, I'm doing YOU a favor. If they want money to "make sure I'm a good home" I'll move on to the next person with a dog that needs a home (there's no shortage of them). If (Like in Mrs. K's situation) I was doing something that I really needed to make sure a dog was good for, I'd definitely consider paying for an older dog...but even then I understand why the neutering/spaying thing would matter. Say I paid for the dog to be a great SAR dog...and although not a guarantee, logically if that dog had puppies they would be more inclined to be better at SAR...possibly giving me my next generation of SAR dog at a lower cost and also possibly providing more SAR dogs for others to use. If the dog is bred...I have less chance/risk that the puppy won't work out. If that dog is speutered...I have to go through this again in x amount of years to find my next dog.
Here is a conversation I overheard this weekend at my club...a breeder has an 18 month old male that didn't work out for conformation. She wasn't to rehome him. Someone at the club told others about him and they're interested. The price the lady said (without talking to breeder) was $500, the breeder said she'd be happy with $250 but since she already told them $500, tell them $350. Why the sudden change of $100? Because you now know you can get that much?
Now...my dogs breeder...had a year old pup returned to them by the family due to circumstances that aren't the dog's fault. They just want to find her a good home and wouldn't ask for any money. Why? They've been compensated for that dog once, now it just deserves a good home.
I also know both of these situations are pet homes and not Schutzhund, but either way, its just the mindset of the people that are looking to either rehome or adopt another dog.
Not everyone wants to risk buying a puppy. They can see the temperament and the hip and elbows, and the size and structure of an adult dog. It actually makes sense to spend MORE money to get a green or started dog for sport, work or breeding in a lot of cases. Not everyone is hung up on the cuteness of puppies, and the need to have the baby months of a dog. Certainly not everyone looks at dogs beyond a few months of age as worthless in a monetary sense.
Most police departments do not start with puppies, many buy the dog already trained, but others buy green dogs and train them themselves, but starting with a puppy is such a crap shoot, that few start with puppies.
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