Relationship with your dogs breeder

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  1. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    Buffy and Kharma's breeder and I stayed in touch fairly regularly and genuinely liked each other. Unfortunately, Judy was diagnosed with 4th stage cancer, her husband was severely injured on his job and they had to give up their dogs. I tried to help them find a home for their last male, Buffy's littermate -- I'd have taken him in a heartbeat but Bimmer would never have gone for that, and then the last few times I tried to call them I got a voice mail and nothing, so I can only assume that Judy passed away.
     
  2. Lizmo

    Lizmo Water Junkie

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    Oh, Renee, I'm so sorry to hear that!

    This sums up my feelings pretty much to a 'T'.
     
  3. Renee750il

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    Judy was good people and she scrambled up as a Fila breeder the hard way, making some mistakes early on, but learning from them. And she loved her dogs. Gamble was an amazing foundation dog for her -- one of the reasons I'm so determined to find a good match for Kharma. She's her father's daughter, through and through, and I told Judy I would do my best to try not to lose Gamble's line.
     
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    I'm not BFF with Juno's breeder. If I had a question or something came up, I wouldn't hesitate to contact her and I would trust her advice--I just really don't feel like having a strong relationship and I don't think she's "that" kind of breeder either. I email her updated pictures and let her know how Juno is doing and she appreciates that sort of thing, but that's as far as it goes.

    As far as food goes, she feeds her boxers Purina because that's the only thing they've done well on, but she recommended me to the Dog Food Analysis site and was really pleased that I was giving Taste of the Wild a shot, and told me to consider raw.. she has a lifetime health guarantee and when her vet "suspected" that Juno had a hernia, she offered to pay to have it fixed (turns out there is no hernia though)... so relationship or not, I'm fine with her breeding practices.
     
  5. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I need to step in again and say that Mia's breeder has been amazing. I've been talking to her about Mia's leash reactivity and she's got me in touch with a trainer to help work through the problem.
     
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    I am very very happy with my females breeder. She's a great woman. We keep in touch, she emails me updates on Anna's parents and I email her updates on Anna. She did a wonderful job at matching us with exactly what we wanted.

    I think it is important for breeders to have a functional professional working relationship with their puppy buyers. I'm probably one of the few who thinks its best however not to go to someone who is a friend for a dog. I think that puts too much tension on your friendship, especially should the dog have a problem or the friend do something dumb. I know someone who sold two puppies to a friend, allowed them to keep breeding rights and ended up taking back two pregnant puppies until they had their litters and having to find them homes.

    I would not buy a dog from anyone I did not feel comfortable with. When we were looking for our show puppy, we first went to a bigger show kennel and they were somewhat short with me and I took my business elsewhere, even though I love their dogs. I don't think anyone has a dog so above every other breeders in quality that it would require me to lower my expectations. I may have to wait, but I do have patience so that is okay. I also would not sell a puppy to anyone I do not genuinely feel comfortable conversing with for the next 10 to 15 years.
     
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    That's why I prefer one on one and not on line buying .
     
  8. Bigpoodleperson

    Bigpoodleperson Megan and Draco

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    Rileys breeder and i have a so-so relationship. She remembers me after 7 years which i like. Since she lives so far away, we hadnt met in person before i picked Riley up. She is a pretty decent breeder, but has done some things i dont like. Health tests though and has very sound temperament puppies.
    We went through a really rocky phase awhile ago. Things have been better lately. I have been letting her know about Rileys health issues, and she found out we got a TDX and email to congradulate me. Because of Rileys health issues and the fact that no other puppies from that litter have any she is apologetic. She has offered me a discount on my next puppy. I am really not sure if i will go back to her though for another puppy. We shall see, but i appreciate the offer.
     
  9. Beanie

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    I was thinking of this thread the other day... after agility practice, I was sitting on the ground while we were talking, and Auggie went over and lay down at his breeder's feet. I was like "D= Hey, Auggie! Who's your owner here???"
    And yesterday at doggie daycare, she came into the store but didn't immediately come back to see the dogs. She was standing up front talking to somebody. Auggie reportedly had a HUGE crying fit because he wanted her to come back and see him. =P I believe the phrase was that "he cried like a little sissy girl."


    So not only do *I* have a great relationship with Auggie's breeder... but my DOG has a great relationship with her, too. ;P
     
  10. planet molosser

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    I no longer sell to anyone who dont click with me. aint worth aggravation.
    I look for like minded people who understand dump my dog in shelter I HUNT YOU DOWN.

    My breeder first CAS i help convict for puppymiller status
    2nd was a LGD breeder I keep in touch with ever few year in france
    3rd was imported from Central asian no contact
    4th was a return to breeder too hard to handle -i bougth from breeder allot of contact
    last was breeding dog lost in divorce i called Poland when his dog won the World dog show he cried.
     
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    One day when I get a dog from a breeder, I want mine and the breeder's relationship to be like that.
    That kind of relationship is INCREDIBLE.
     
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    one word...amazing

    The breeder of my bcs has become a truly dear friend. She introduced me to the breed and I got my 1st girl because a mutual friend recommended me. We certainly don't see eye to eye on ALL things, but totally agree on many, including health testing and the health and happiness of the dogs. I can ask her advice on anything and she's helped me out in too many ways to mention. I've learned more from her than I can even begin to list.

    I've never met the breeders of my PON face to face, but we've had some seriously long phone calls. :) They are also an amazing source of information and I feel I can email/call with any questions I might have.

    I couldn't see myself getting a dog from someone that I didn't "click" with. A good breeder puts their heart and soul into their dogs...and you have to connect with the breeder to connect with the pup.
     
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    I wish I could find a breeder that could talk back at me. :(

    I ask them about the parets, lines, titles, etc ,and they don't have interest in responding back.

    Looks like is 'cause

    1) I don't have alredy a dog from a breeder or had a dog with a ch title.

    2) Or maybe is 'cause I'm from a tird world county. :mad:
     
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    It depends on you and the breeder, like in all human relationships. You do not have to become best friends, but trust in the process of acquiring a puppy, or an adult dog, is absolutely important.
     

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