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01-08-2014 09:08 PM
alexg
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Originally Posted by GSDav8r View Post
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Yes, we have a Chihuahua...more my wife's dog...I wouldn't be "too" upset if Luger ate her. KIDDING!! Kidding!!
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I don't think you would be kidding if your wile had you walk this little rodent.
01-08-2014 09:04 PM
zyppi I don't know what your deposit was and admit I didn't read all the responses to your post, but... any deposit is just a drop in the bucket on what you will spend responsibly raising a GSD pup.

A pup with health issues can end up being a very expensive pet.

There are no guarantees on pups, but weighing odds in your favor by using a breeder with known good practices helps.

Good luck whatever, but be forewarned and ready to save for future health expenses.
01-08-2014 08:51 PM
GSDav8r
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This isn't wholly applicable, but I've bottle fed a range of kittens. Single kittens with no littermates are fierce, evil adults with no bite inhibition, even when we've played 'rough' and corrected biting activity during their development. Kittens bottle raised with even just a single sibling have all been wonderful adults with proper bite inhibition.

We had a litter of pitbulls come into the office because mom stopped feeding and was attacking and killing them at 4 weeks. Three of my coworkers took a pup each. Two were raised together and have wonderful manners. One was raised solo and is a heathen.

There is no distinct advantage of keeping a litter WITH MOM after 6 weeks. There is a huge advantage keeping puppies with their littermates, however.
Wow, a couple of great, informative examples. Thanks for taking the time to post those!

Will more replies here now, I think I will plan on leaving Luger with her as long as the littermates are there and bring him home once he's the last one. When I talked to her a week or so back (prior to this last conversation we're all discussing now), it sounded like she still had a couple of pups unsold. That may all have changed by now, but maybe there's a shot there'd be another pup or two still around. I know she mentioned they may keep one. I'll find out more when I can.

For now, I've got a trip in the morning and need to get packing. Have a great night, folks!
01-08-2014 08:44 PM
GSDav8r
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If the breeder is open to it, and if you have time, maybe make up some puppy packs with information for the new buyers. It'll help pass the time! Or is the breeder doing something already?
Not sure if the breeder is doing anything, but I didn't think to ask either. I've been doing most of my own research and whatnot, which is what led me here. Unfortunately, we'll just miss the new Puppy training class by a week or two, so we'll have to get in the next one.

Good idea!
01-08-2014 08:30 PM
marbury This isn't wholly applicable, but I've bottle fed a range of kittens. Single kittens with no littermates are fierce, evil adults with no bite inhibition, even when we've played 'rough' and corrected biting activity during their development. Kittens bottle raised with even just a single sibling have all been wonderful adults with proper bite inhibition.

We had a litter of pitbulls come into the office because mom stopped feeding and was attacking and killing them at 4 weeks. Three of my coworkers took a pup each. Two were raised together and have wonderful manners. One was raised solo and is a heathen.

There is no distinct advantage of keeping a litter WITH MOM after 6 weeks. There is a huge advantage keeping puppies with their littermates, however.
01-08-2014 08:16 PM
onyx'girl If the breeder is open to it, and if you have time, maybe make up some puppy packs with information for the new buyers. It'll help pass the time! Or is the breeder doing something already?
01-08-2014 07:48 PM
GSDav8r
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I think it's good you have another dog in the house, good luck with the new addition,,we do insist on pictures when the time comes
ABsoLUTEly!! Thanks!
01-08-2014 07:41 PM
JakodaCD OA I think it's good you have another dog in the house, good luck with the new addition,,we do insist on pictures when the time comes
01-08-2014 07:21 PM
GSDav8r Still here, still reading the replies coming in. Thanks again.

You all, obviously, have a great more deal of experience at this than I do. I'm new to this so I am just going to have to learn from it.

Someone asked if we have another dog in the house. Yes, we have a Chihuahua...more my wife's dog...I wouldn't be "too" upset if Luger ate her. KIDDING!! Kidding!!

She was pretty good with our Beagle when we had him. (RIP Poky) She missed him quite a bit when he passed.
01-08-2014 07:09 PM
Liesje I think some people think that once puppies are weaned they should go home. The mother may be done with them earlier or later but the litter should stay together 7-8 weeks.

I don't get that they aren't "true breeders" because it's an oops litter. They may not be good breeders, but when you have two intact dogs and aren't diligent...you get a litter!
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