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12-16-2013 12:26 PM
LaRen616 I forgot to mention that I can and I have passed up a litter of puppies before. I met 3 female Dalmatian puppies last year, one really stood out and I wanted her but the breeder decided to keep her to show. I was offered my 2nd choice but I passed her up.

The litter that I got my Draco from, he was the least attractive puppy left, he was still a very good looking puppy but the others were more attractive, I chose him based on his personality and the way my heart felt when he would come over to me. I wouldn't have taken a puppy if I didn't feel something for it. I just knew he was the one.
12-16-2013 12:15 PM
LaRen616 I picked my German Shepherd named Sinister without the help of the breeder, he was 11 weeks old and the last black male puppy. He had the sweetest personality, he was funny and very loving. He was from a byb but he is the best decision I ever made.

I was originally going with a different Dalmatian breeder but we kept having some delays so I decided after a year of waiting for them I would move on to another breeder. As soon as I talked to the new breeder I knew it was meant to be, I really, really liked her and we agreed on a lot of things and I told her what I was looking for and she told me she had 4 puppies left from her last litter and I should come out to see them. I went and met them, I spent time with all 4 of them, 1 was a female and I didn't want a female, 1 was a show dog so he would need to be co-owned and I didn't want that, so that left 2 little patch earred boys. I spent time with them both together and then time with them separately and I asked what the difference was between the 2 of them. She told me either one would be a good match for me but one was a little more confident and a little more adventurous than the other, she also told me not to take one if my heart wasn't in it. Well it was too late! I fell in love with my double patch boy and I made the perfect choice! He's been a dream and he quickly worked his way into my heart. It was a match made in heaven!

I liked having the breeder's input but I liked that she also allowed me to have a say in which puppy I took home, I know she wouldn't have let me take a puppy that wasn't a good fit for me. Anyways I talk to her quite a bit still and I would definitely go through her again for my next Dalmatian puppy.
12-16-2013 12:14 PM
Saphire Carmen listened closely to what I wanted and expected from our pup. Aside from specifying I wanted a male, she did the rest. Not once did I doubt her experience or depth of knowledge of the dogs/lines she has been breeding for 30+ years. Gus is exactly what she said he would be.

Reputable breeders know their dogs and know what characteristics to watch for and the end results of each.
12-16-2013 11:56 AM
gsdsar
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Originally Posted by lhczth View Post
You learn a lot about people when you talk to them and listen to what they say. It isn't so much asking specific questions, but just talking to them and listening.
This is very true. In the conversations I had with my boys breeder, it was always a free flowing chat. We just talked. And the thing that made up her mind about which puppy I was going to get, was a one off comment about the things I do with my dogs. I like to go to festivals and friends houses and be out and about. It's a bigger part of my life than strict training. So she picked a puppy for me that was more open and social. Instead of the super serious puppy. So far she was spot on.


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12-16-2013 11:48 AM
lhczth You learn a lot about people when you talk to them and listen to what they say. It isn't so much asking specific questions, but just talking to them and listening.
12-16-2013 11:38 AM
Shade I was leery at first but the more I knew my breeder the more I trusted her to make the right decision. I laid out my expectations and hopes for her and I wasn't disappointed
12-16-2013 11:31 AM
Okin Once you know the puppies in your litter and have a good idea about their personalities, is it difficult to know enough about the buyer based on some phone/email conversations to know them well enough?

I can understand how someone walking in to a house with a litter of puppies won't know much about them other than thinking one is cute, one seems more active or liking the colors in the small amount of time you have with them. I would think it would be hard to gauge the buyer though.
12-16-2013 10:37 AM
lhczth
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Have you had very many buyers move on if they didn't agree? I can't imagine how hard that would be, planning on bringing home a puppy and then leaving without one. I don't think I have that kind of will power..
Once. He came out and met the whole litter and none of the pups did anything for him. I also didn't like him once I met him in person so it was a win-win for us both.
12-15-2013 11:45 PM
angelas
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If I'm comfortable enough with a breeder to get a puppy from them I trust their judgement. If they don't know what they've been looking at for 8-10 weeks I'll just take my patronage elsewhere.
This is my feeling on the subject.
12-15-2013 11:42 PM
marbury If I'm comfortable enough with a breeder to get a puppy from them I trust their judgement. If they don't know what they've been looking at for 8-10 weeks I'll just take my patronage elsewhere.
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