|09-28-2013 04:38 PM|
|Makobytes||Did you tell the breeder that you intend to roll the puppies on their backs to test them?|
|09-28-2013 03:44 PM|
I know for my Siamese cat whose one testicle had not dropped, the neuter surgery was more invasive, and therefore, more expensive. I believe I remember it being several hundred dollars, but that will vary. He did not have any complications. This may not influence your decision-just letting you know it will be more expensive, have a bit more risk, and require a bit more recovery time.
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|09-28-2013 03:39 PM|
So I did a bit of research about Cryptorchidism and it seems to be a better idea to stay away from a pup with it.
I'll keep looking, but thanks again.
|09-28-2013 03:03 PM|
I went and saw him today. He's a great pup and very social, very friendly. The breeder did tell me though that he only has one testicle. The other is up in the body and can't be "dropped" but would need to be removed when neutered. He seems great with kids, I brought my nieces and playful. I doubt he's had any actual training since it seems he lives in the kennel. I don't know how big of an issue the testicle thing is, and I'm looking at the same time into other breeders as well.
Thanks for all your input and help so far.
|09-28-2013 11:03 AM|
If it were me I'd go for the older puppy just because I like to avoid all the baby stuff that goes with bringing a baby into the house (although there's nothing cuter than an 8 week old puppy).
As far as why the breeder has two older puppies it could be for a lot of reasons including "growing them out" to see how they mature. If they don't mature to the breeder's expectations the dogs are sold or placed in good homes. I've gotten a couple great puppies this way including my current boy Slider who was 9 months old when I got him ... trained, housebroken, etc. He was a true Southern Gentleman when I got him and he remains so to this day (he just celebrated his 11th birthday a couple weeks ago).
Good luck in whatever you decide to do!!!
|09-28-2013 10:37 AM|
I would definitely have a good look at this breeder and obtain references. Just because they still have 2- 7 month old Pups doesn't have to mean there are problems with these 2 Pups.
When we got Jake from our Breeder he was 4 months old because his original owner never had a Dog before and didn't know he was allergic so Jake went back to the Breeder. When we got Jake they till had one of his litter mates by choice as every couple of years they keep a Puppy for evaluation purposes. Jasper (his Litter-Mate) ended up being sold when he was 9 or 10 months old and is a Therapy Dog now. The Breeding Program at our Breeder consists of 2 Studs and 3 Bitches. They have several litters a year and their Pups always sellout in no time. The pups are handled by the Breeders young (8 year old) son from 5 weeks old.
I would look it to these 7 month olds and not give up right away.
Just my 2 cents!
|09-28-2013 09:45 AM|
Ok, this is just my opinion and my thoughts.
Why didn't those 2 older puppies sell?
If the breeder still had 2 puppies to find homes for then why did they breed another litter?
Reputable breeders usually have waiting lists for their puppies and the fact that those 2 puppies are 7 months old now and still haven't found a home kind of strikes me as a little odd. I am sure that a reputable breeder might have 1 puppy longer than expected but 2 puppies that are that old, I personally would pass on this breeder.
|09-28-2013 09:29 AM|
|fredh||Thats One Good Looking Dog. Good Luck!|
|09-28-2013 09:10 AM|
I personally prefer getting them young. But, it depends on what YOU like.
There are advantages/disadvantages to both.
Puppies are a lot of work but, you get to train it 'right out of the gate', so to speak.
Older dogs can be good too...if they've had socialization, some training, etc.
But, if they've been just sitting in a kennel, you may have to 'undo' a lot of behaviors.
I've had both, loved them all. I prefer 'puppies' though.
|09-28-2013 12:11 AM|
Thanks for the advice
I believe he is a kennel dog but I'm not completely sure. That's something I forgot to ask, but you guys make good points. I'm going there tomorrow to see him and the litter. They're still too young (a couple of weeks old) so I'll probably have to make another trip to see them again.
Here's a couple of pictures of one of the 7 old month pups (the male) that I was considering.
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