Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
I really don't see how time of year matters. Not if a breeder is screening buyers as they should be. It's pretty easy to weed out the people looking to impulse buy something for under the Christmas tree. And those same sort of people will impulse buy at other times of the year too, not just Christmas, and should be avoided altogether regardless of what time of year it is. Likewise just because a litter is ready to go around Christmas and people are ready to take them around Christmas certainly does not mean that they are "Christmas puppies".
We've placed pups around the holidays, sure. They're ready to go when they're ready to go. We don't have some magic wand that allows us to pick and choose when a bitch will come into heat, be bred, whelp and then pups will hit the 8-9 week mark. Whether that happens to fall around a holiday is totally up to her. We don't get any say in the matter.
But it's never been a concern because of the types of homes we place pups in and the screening those people go through. If the pups hit the go home age of 8-9 weeks right in the middle of the holidays, then we just work with the person to figure out the best time for them to get the pup. For many people, the holidays are good for bringing a puppy home because they have time off work during the holidays and nothing much else going on. For others, the holidays might not be a good time if they're travelling, hosting lots of parties, or for any number of reasons. So we just handle that on a case by case basis to see what makes the most sense for that individual situation, and if it means us holding a puppy for an extra week or two until things settle down for the new owner and they are ready that's fine.
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