Because good breeders plan litters in advance, the dam may not be with the breeder when the plans for the litter are announced. She may be with a handler, competing as a special or doing performance events, or she may be living with a co-owner.
Also, some breeders keep several puppies to grow them out some and make their real pick when the pups get a bit older. If someone is looking at older pups, the dam may have already gone back to a handler or co-owner.
protodog- this is really getting crazy. I know there can be many reasons why the parents of a litter aren't with the breeder, but my question was to minniyar. I think the person should still be able to ask the breeder to see the parents. Minniyar said it was a tricky question? If the breeder is reputable she will have a good reason why they aren't together. I just wanted to give Minniyar a change to clarify. I wanted to understand were she was coming from.
Now does everyone understand were I'm coming from?
When you tell dusty to "read the whole thread" it says to me that you don't think that she was paying attention, when clearly she was. I agree that a PM is the best way to get an answer from a single person without other people interrupting your supposed personal conversation.
dusty- I wasn't wanting to be snooty, I just wanted minniyar to have a change to explain why it was a tricky question. When people want to buy a puppy they should be able to ask to meet the puppies dam and sire. I'm sure others on here would like to know what made it a tricky question to ask a breeder (minniyar comment and her reason). I'm sure she has a good reason and I just wanted to give her a change to explain. Too bad she isn't around to end the confusion.
Not to mention, this is an old topic that got bumped up. Minniyar posted said controversial post you are stuck on, back in 2004.
I haven't seen her around lately, if you have such an issue with her wording and are in dire need of her attention... plus you seem to be annoyed at the fact that other people are addressing your question, private message her. That would be located on the bottom right corner of each post. *points*
Denim, you appear to be running on quite the intense war path lately.
One more thing -- On some days it's rare that people here stop insulting each other long enough to try to answer each other's questions. Knowing that, I don't think it's wise to "bite the hand" that is trying to feed you info, even if it is not the exact answer you want.
Sometimes a person recieves pick of the litter for the use of the stud, but the sire should be on the premises if that is the case. I have even heard of people who sell a pup, to ask for pick of the first litter back as part of the payment agreement, so in that case the parents would not be on the premises.
Sorry, I didn't finish reading the whole thread, before I answered so ignore my answer, please.