Discussion in 'The Breeding Ground' started by ufimych, Sep 19, 2009.
They are absolutely gorgeous.
Gorgeous pups! How're they doing?
Haven't read all the posts, but I'm responding to the part about "not having enough homes" and whatnot.
As a breeder, I have notification lists. Each litter is at least 30 people long. I don't take any deposits from people before the puppies are born, because I can never count my chickens before they hatch (or, in this case, dachshunds).
So, when they're born, I e-mail those 30+ people on the list. Guess what? Maybe 5 people respond, and most just to say, "Oh they're so cute, congratulations!" Because it's easy for someone to ask to be put on the notification list, but when the time rolls around to make a commitment, a lot of people are MIA. And that's okay - I don't want those people to have my puppies.
Most of my puppies have deposits on them before 5 weeks old and are all gone before 12 weeks.
Molly, you are right. This is what I learned several times, dealing with prospective puppy buyers. In this case with Saluki puppies, it is the same story. A lot of warm wishes and even some inquiries before the puppies are on the ground. Then, most of those would be interested vanish, not always respond. However, I persevered, advertised, educated about the breed, entered hunters forums and became noticed. Interesting that some, who did not think high about Saluki before reading my posts, changed their minds and some even wanted a Saluki puppy, but exactly out of my hounds, not out of show/lure coursing lines. I sold one smallish puppy to a pair of falconers. One beautiful female will go to Oregon tomorrow. The last male will go to Hawaii, when he is ready. It seems I do not need to keep a lot of them, because they are not wanted by others. I am even three puppies short! Two puppies are claimed form a future litter. It is a lot of work and negotiations. I had to reject a few thieves and idiots and even faked buyers from a certain rescue group. They wanted to buy a few of my puppies and then claim they "rescued them from horrible conditions"! This is one of their methods to destroy a breeder. Be ware of this sort zealous corporations and all kind of idiots. If the buyer is writing and talking strange, he may be unfit having a dog, mistreat it, or he would want you to take it back, or worse. Sell to buyers with a certain minimum of intelligence. Did anyone ship a puppy to Hawaii? They have a complicated animal importation policy. I will not breed next couple of years, but I will help other owners of good Saluki to sell their puppies to rite people