|10-04-2013 10:30 AM|
|10-04-2013 09:21 AM|
I hate the whole concept of "pick" - every pup in the litter should be more similar than dissimilar....small nuances separate them - when a person picks from a photo or a short (couple hours) time spent with them, there is no way to understand the actual differences in puppies in a litter. I do not ever use the terminology of numerical pick when placing a litter....part of my temperament evaluation is based on dominance and working potential...the most inexperienced buyer gets the pup that is the least dominant/drivy...is that picked first or last?????? It does not matter....the pup is what it is and it is placed in the home where I feel it will be the most successful. A pup I placed in a pet home with kids was probably the most talented tracking prospect in the litter, doing variable surface on concrete like a pro when she was kept by an experienced person (his neighbor who is State Trooper and has titled dogs for me) while the owner was away on business for a month. She was still the best choice for that family - not the "last pick" puppy.
Another friend was offered the last unsold puppy sight unseen from a litter in the Czech Republic - he had waited for a litter of mine for over a year and I found him a working prospect puppy...he was hesitant to take the pup as it was a "left over" in his mind. The dog is freaking awesome. In more experienced hands, he could be a top level competition dog - and the owner has learned alot, has the BH and will title the dog and we hope he does get to National level - the dog is capable, it is the owner keeping up with him....trust me - he is thrilled that he took that "left over" puppy! The original buyer (an experienced handler in Germany) backed out because he wanted a dark dark sable and was not happy with the color on the litter. Auron is a nice color and that guy should be kicking himself for not taking him!
|10-04-2013 08:27 AM|
|JakodaCD OA||she was for about 10 years She will be 14 yrs old in a few weeks, still pretty spry for her age, deaf as a doornail, but has had a smile on her face all her life|
|10-03-2013 08:51 PM|
|My5dogs||Lol too funny! Is she still a monster??|
|10-03-2013 08:34 PM|
My puppies were picked around 7 weeks old, via Temperament Testing as well as the fact the breeder(s) had spent those 7 weeks with them and pretty much had them pegged for what I wanted/didn't want.
I should say it was pretty much 'confirmed' when they were TT'd,,pretty much knew a little bit earlier, tho things changed a couple times, as puppies do change..
When I got my first aussie, I was a nervous wreck, so many aussies out there that were real butt heads, I didn't want that..The breeder I used, gave me updates weekley, and at about 5 weeks, she said to me, "I think this girl puppy I have is going to be the one for you, first one to climb out of the xpen, come up my stairs and look for me"...I thought OMG, she's gonna be a monster! LOL...At 7 weeks, the breeder said, "yep, she is the one for you "..and even tho I was terrified thinking I was getting this crazy crazy dog, she turned out to be just what I wanted
|10-03-2013 08:28 PM|
|My5dogs||Out of curiousity at what age does a breeder "pick" your puppy or puppies they feel meets your needs.|
|10-03-2013 08:20 PM|
It should kind of be the other way around, or maybe I'm misunderstanding your post.
Buyer tells breeder what they want and don't want in a dog, their lifestyle, expectations,,Breeder then picks say, a couple puppies that they feel would fit into that home, and says "ok I think these would fit, which one do YOU like?"..
Of course if the buyer is not happy with the breeders picks, well that's their choice to..
My last 3 dogs were picked for me, one sight unseen, I have always gotten exactly what I wanted. You have to have two things, Trust in your breeder, and a breeder who can 'peg' their puppies and pick the appropriate home for them.
Now as to 3rd pick..My first GSD when I moved out on my own, was last one in the litter, I took him, he was the best dog ever
Others were picked by the breeders, as I said, and I believe I was probably first or second in line, don't recall now..
It wouldn't bother me to be 3rd on the list, IF it was a puppy I wanted and we/ breeder and I both agreed on.
|10-03-2013 10:27 AM|
|10-03-2013 09:32 AM|
I was in a similar situation. I was stationed in Japan and getting ready to PCS back to the states. So I found a breeder close to my next base and ended up being 4th pick. My first 2 choices got picked and I was left with my 3rd choice. I was wondering if I should just wait for another litter, but decided I would stick with my pick. I couldn't be happier!
All of us who got puppies from this litter talk and keep in contact. Of all the puppies, mine has the best personality for me. He is very well behaved and has NEVER went potty in the house. He is an ol soul and is just awesome. My number 1 pick has been a demon lol. She has so many stubborn issues with him and he is just a butt lol.
So in my experience, in the end it works out. Especially since you have never seen them you are just basing your opinion on looks. Your 3rd pick maybe made for you
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|10-03-2013 08:53 AM|
|Kayos and Havoc||
I have had the breeder pick twice for me and have been mostly happy happy with that.
When I got Havoc I too was deployed and did most of my communication online. It worked out fine.
Mayhem's breeder allows the family to pick the pup. She does this in order of deposits received which may be where the 1st, 2nd, 3rd pick etc comes in. She does recommend pups for each family. There may be two or three pups that would suit and she recommends they choose one of them. Her thinking is the buyer spends the life with the pup, they should be allowed to chose for themselves. This has worked well for her with very few mismatches over the years.
I think in the long run if you get the pup, love the pup, and he or she will be the pup for you.
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