|10-25-2014 10:03 AM|
Many breeders are not members on this site so can't defend themselves and give a balanced response. Much of the time there is my story, and your story and somewhere in the middle, the truth.
So anyone, ANYONE, can get exactly the same detailed information thru a PM from one person and more easily take in the information in a more balanced manner without other people are chiming in and adding to the possible mis-information and over reacting.
Factual statements based on information on their website isn't usually 'bashing' but clearly will be taken on a case by case basis.
|10-25-2014 01:00 AM|
Yup. I totally get it!! LOL. I had a similar communication problem with another breeder before I went with Vom Banach. Nothing more frustrating than that.
And of course, both parties have to be comfortable with a guarantee. If either is not comfortable than you walk away. Understandable.
|10-25-2014 12:49 AM|
I didn't want my concerns to seem like breeder "bashing", as I don't think she produces bad dogs by any means. I dont think shes a bad breeder by any means. I did just want to point out restrictions with her contract I did not agree with and simply made me decide on another breeder. I think it also applies differently to different homes, I was purchasing a pup for schutzhund so definitely wanted a solid health guarantee I agreed with.
One of my only true "irritations" was how much I tried to contact her through different means and never received a response. I understand people have lives and they get busy. If further research had not turned me down a different path, I could of easily tried harder. But it can still be a little frustrating and off putting, and that's just being honest.
|10-24-2014 09:45 PM|
Just to jump in. She does not ONLY sell males to working homes. If you read the entire statement, the end says something along the lines of, "or experienced homes". One of my boys male litter mate is in a pet home.
Her contract is restrictive. None of it applied to me in a way that made me think twice. She knows her dogs.
I am very happy with my dog.
|10-24-2014 02:00 PM|
Plus, I want a male for my next puppy. This breeder would automatically exclude me.
|10-24-2014 01:27 AM|
I agree with you that it should be public info to help others form an opinion.
For me there were too many restrictions in the contract. The website was more about marketing and she has a lot of litters at the same time. This was during the time I was inquiring. She did take the time to talk to me though.
|10-24-2014 12:35 AM|
I tried contacting the breeder several times via phone and email, and never received a response. Which was dissapointing as I had had an eye on irvin for years.
There are also terms with the contract I don't agree with, and I wouldn't want to own a dog with those stipulations. For example, only covering bilateral HD because the breeder believes unilateral HD can only be caused by injury or other owner faults, not genetics. I work with board certified veterinary surgeons that would disagree with that. There's just not enough evidence either way, too much we still don't know. Because it's worded so specifically it makes me wonder if there have been pups that have developed unilateral HD?
I don't agree with not guaranteeing against HD if a raw diet is fed. Many working line handlers feed appropriate raw diets.
I definitely don't agree with sedation free OFAs being a must. I will tell you, he is better now with maturing, but at a year old there is no way in **** I would of been able to get straight OFA appropriate preliminary films on Berlin. And I'm his owner, handler, and xray technician/restrainer. A complete stranger? Definitely no way. Yes, sedation can loosen hips. But realistically, if your ofas come back moderate, it's probably because your dog has HD, not because it's sedated. Berlin was fully sedated and his prelims came back good, nice tight sockets.
I question her only giving females to pet homes, and males commonly only being able to go to working homes. It's been my (granted minimal) experience that females tend to be "harder". Even with original ddr lines, I've read numerous reports of actual patrol and working dogs along the wall being female, and males simply being used as intimidation chained up along the wall. I would hope though she knows her dogs and what she produces best, so I'm hopeful that's there's a perfectly valid reason for why she places what she places.
So there, those are my problems with the breeder I expressed in my private pm. She has the right to cover whatever she wants in her warranty, and I have the right to only purchase a dog and contract I'm comfortable with. Which is why I simply found another breeder.
|10-24-2014 12:18 AM|
|ArizGSD||Never understood all the PM's. I thought this was a forum, with an open exchange of information?|
|04-12-2014 06:28 PM|
|daisyrunner||Can I have info too? Just looking down the road in a year or so to get #2....|
|04-11-2014 12:38 PM|
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