Zip Tie

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  1. Sparrow

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    I dont know if it's been mentioned, and don't know how well this would work out given the uncommon nature of the procedures, but maybe do a contract for surgical sterilization other than neutering? I think I'll be going with a vasectomy if I end up with a male dog... though my current plan for a male is a Lundehund, which will possibly be bred.

    I wouldn't buy a male pup from someone requiring me to neuter him, at least not before full maturity, and that seems like a tough one with most breeders. It's good to see people understanding the importance of this before breeding. I really love this breed, and have considerd them very seriously off and on, but honestly the politics seem like a big dramatic mess. :( Too bad for everyone involved.

    I've read some really great things about their lifespans, and that's huge for me. Anyone have stats on this?
     
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    noludoru Bored Now.

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    THIS.

    They have such a similar look, you really can't mistake them for anything but relatives. And I love how Trav, Didgie, and Zinga look - they are gorgeous dogs.

    Second, I love this thread. Puppy pictures? Check. Transparent willingness to answer reasonable, polite questions about your potential breeding program? Check. More Koolie pictures? Check. Awesome, and a very informative read. This is what the other thread really should have been. I think it says a lot about Sara and Linds and their breeding ethics.
     
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    Have you looked into cost for a vesctomy? Last I head years ago, there was only one vet possibly in the whole state willing to do it (a repro vet) and it was $800+. I imagine its over $1000. It doesn't really seem fair to require puppy buyers commit to such an expensive surgery that they may or may not find a vet willing to do anywhere.
     
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    Very much this!

    I love how informative and transparent Linds and Sara are about their potential breeding program. Koolies are a breed I've been interested in since Linds brought Traveler home. I'm not ready for another dog any time in the near future, but I'm definitely keeping them on my radar for the future. I am so eager to see how everything works out, because I would absolutely love to get a puppy from them :)
     
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    I think the availability of a vastectomy would hinder that option. Like I said (or maybe I didn't, can't remember!), any agreement will be open for discussion and I'm actually really fond of writing up individual contracts for each puppy buyer based on the situations. I have no problem with people waiting until the appropriate time to neuter/spay as I tend to wait until at least 16 months with my dogs.

    Their life spans are awesome! Zip Tie's grandad is 16 years old, I believe. The Toolalla dogs also are incredibly long lived. The best part? They keep working for the majority of their lives.
     
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    This. I know we don't do them at the clinic I work at, I've never looked into the cost or availability elsewhere, but I can't imagine it's that viable of an option. A great one in theory though!!
     
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    Thank you! Yes, the consistency is one important reason why I chose to go with this breeder. Consistency in looks, structure as well as temperament. I needed to know what I was getting when I'm shipping a dog halfway around the world! This is also extremely important because I don't feel that it is worth it to ship an older dog (in terms of stress for the dog). Unless they are used to being in a crate, I can't imagine that long of a plane ride is anything but stressful on them. Puppies tend to bounce back easier from stressful situations, very apparent from when Didgie and Zinga came bouncing out of their crate at the airport!
     
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    Is Zip Tie from the same breeder as Trav, Zinga, and Didgie?
     
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    No, he's from a different breeder. However, his father is a Toolalla dog so they do share lines.
     
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    You're welcome. :)

    I completely agree. . . I just don't see why anyone would buy a puppy without knowing what they're getting into. If I bought a puppy I'd expect consistent look and temperament. It doesn't make sense to pay $600-2,000 for a puppy you're not sure about when you could pay $300 for one from a rescue that's already been vetted, neutered, etc.
     
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    I kind of thought so. I've read it is becoming more popular, so maybe at some point it will be a better option. I never know what it's like out there in the "real world." Living in small town Alaska, I see people in other states talking about "just take your dog to XYZ specialist," etc. We just don't have that here, so sometimes I think everyone else has all sorts of great resources! I had to drive Zoe for three hours and get a hotel for two nights to get her TPLO done.

    Their lifespans and long working careers sounds like exactly what I want in a dog. Granted, working would be running, hiking, and dog sports, not a "job," but I definitely want a dog that can keep up for many, many years. After all the stress of having a big dog, I decided I needed something with a better chance at a longer lifespan next (even though at nearly ten years old, the people in my nosework class thought Zoe was barely an adult!) Of course, then I fell in love with the Lundehund. :eek: Figures. We'll see where life takes me. Maybe right into a crazy herder some day! I need a little variety where I can get it. :D
     

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