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03-08-2014 12:48 PM
sourdough44 Don't forget the 'Volhard Puppy Test'.

Volhard Dog Training and Nutrition: Behavior and Training: Behavior
03-08-2014 01:53 AM
wolfstraum Pups are not clones. They are different, some very subtly, but different....there should be general uniformity yes! But always there will be a more dominant pup and a stronger drived pup and one who is happier being a lap pup....one who is the least likely to fight the other pups...watching litters from day one, you can see the ones who fight harder for the nipple, who push the others out of the way. The one who snuggles with you first. THIS type of observation helps the breeder know what personality is more likely to suit the working home, the companion home, the LE home.....I knew in my K's that my favorite female was going to be the best suited for a companion home, even though she had very nice drives for toys and food....but she was the most snuggly pup....the pushiest female went to a working home, the female I liked for myself was really the best fit for a companion home due to personality - not drive....the boys were so so close, it was hard to chose - two were to be shipped....so other factors played a role...one pup was gorgeous, drivy, a little long - one was a tad more into tugging - one was in between...all had drive. They are all working towards titles, even the "pet" one who is outstanding in work...

No one can spend a few hours and understand the subtle differences in pups like a breeder who watches them from the beginning. I have had and will have litters whelped by co-owners - I (will) trust their observations in helping place the pups because they will understand the dynamics of the litter much better than I can.

Lee
03-07-2014 10:02 PM
zyppi if this is a quality breeder then there should be enough uniformity to the pups that it isn't an issue.
03-07-2014 09:50 PM
RubyTuesday I'm among those that want input on which pup I'm getting. I conferred with the breeder regarding which pups I liked prior to getting Djibouti. When she advised against a drop dead gorgeous guy b/c she felt he was a bit shy & would be overwhelmed by my household I took her advice & I'm very, very glad that I did.

I liked Djibouti's litter very much. I'm sure other pups would have also suited me nicely but he was my preferred pup. Again, I conferred with the breeder & she felt that he was an excellent choice, especially for the high crime, chaotic urban neighborhood I live in.

I appreciated her advice & input. She was spot on. I'll ask for her help/advice when choosing my next pup, but I also enjoyed ultimately making my own decision.
02-26-2014 06:44 AM
sourdough44 When the pups are ready to go home, go visit right away. Chances are some buyers can't get there right away, so maybe you move up in line? I doubt they would make you wait for others slow to get there.

I'm sure it makes us feel better to sift through the puppies to pick the 'right' one. Whether it's a beneficial practice or not. So do folks think the last dog is a dud? I say no, make it what you want.
02-20-2014 07:51 PM
cltyus
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Originally Posted by kallie View Post
Hey Jamie

cltyus "but then when I look in threads they say that "no responsible breeder will let you pick""

I'm sorry but that is bull, I "personally" want an input in what pup I get. Then again I always go and see the pups and see how they interact. I don't want a breeder that picks for me with me having no input..Just me, but I want to pick my pup, not the breeder. I want the breeders input, but not my pick

I agree
02-20-2014 07:44 PM
cltyus Well as if right now, I'm just praying that everybody on the list doesn't want a pup so I can get one lol
02-20-2014 07:38 PM
onyx'girl So Kallie, if you were on the list 7th down from the "pick" you'd have two pups to choose from? How do you get first pick, pay more? Highest bidder gets first dibs?
02-20-2014 07:35 PM
kallie
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Originally Posted by Jamie_in_KY View Post
I think Jen answered well for me
I told him that we do our best to match the right puppy with the right owner. Of course we do not sit back and let the buyer make a choice with none of our input But we do not pick the puppies for the buyers without their input; that is not fair to them IMO.
Hey Jamie

cltyus "but then when I look in threads they say that "no responsible breeder will let you pick""

I'm sorry but that is bull, I "personally" want an input in what pup I get. Then again I always go and see the pups and see how they interact. I don't want a breeder that picks for me with me having no input..Just me, but I want to pick my pup, not the breeder. I want the breeders input, but not my pick
02-20-2014 08:31 AM
Kayos and Havoc There are many good breeders who allow the buyer to chose the pup. In any litter there will most likely be several pups that would meet the buyer's requirements. I have no problem with a breeder allowing a buyer to chose a pup from a group that would meet their needs.

My Mayhem was selected this way.

I have also had breeders chose for me. Kayos was a perfect choice for me. Havoc, not so much but we have grown together.

Puppies do a lot of developing in the first 2 years, well after they have left the breeders.
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