Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Lee's examples aren't location specific. Pretty much anywhere in the country you could get 2 show line pups, or 3-4 working line pups, from titled and fully health certified parents, for the $5000 you quoted.
Like others have said, I would never, ever buy a puppy without seeing the pedigree first. The pedigree is the genetic blueprint of the dog and provides clues as to how the dog will turn out when mature, both physically and mentally, and if there are any warning signs of problems in either of those areas it will likely show them too. It's nice that the breeder is providing a puppy packet that will include the pedigree, but most of the information in that puppy pack, particularly the pedigree of the litter, ought to be made available to interested purchasers before they put a deposit on a pup.
For someone interested in breeding, this is especially important. If you have hopes of this pup being a breeding dog, make sure everything is stacked in favor of that before buying a pup. Even if you consider this pup to be a learning dog and don't plan to breed it in the future, it will still be with you for the next 12-14 years. A well bred dog is more likely to be a sound, healthy companion for that timeframe and also better able to provide you with a better learning experience. If you can't afford a well bred pup from a good breeder, or haven't yet been able to find one that fits your distance constraints, than wait.
It never pays to be in a hurry, cut corners and do things on impulse. Not when buying a dog, not when raising and training it, and certainly not when breeding. An important lesson to learn, and again especially important given your goals of becoming a breeder.
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