I've done soo much research on Chihuahuas and Ive been searching for a good breeder for two months now. I got a hold of AKC and found that there are only four or five Chihuahua breeders in my area. The one that I decided to go with told me today that she will not sell me the pup bc I offended her by asking her questions about health guarentees and stuff. I had my heart set on bringing home the female pup that I had been talking to her about. This puppy would have been the sister of the puppy I am sitting for right now!!! I was sooo excited. Had the weeks counting down on my calandar and everything. The women was sooo rude to me! I couldn't believe it. The second I got on the phone she said, "oh, about the dog. She's not for sale!" Anyways, I was crying right there on the phone and now I'm heartbroken. What do I do.
I would be upset too but its obvious she isn't such a great breeder after all. For a breeder to be offended of a potential owner asking questions is your indication to find another breeder. A reputable/responsible breeder would be happy to answer any questions that someone may have.
Good luck and I'm sorry it didn't work out. I know you will find another breeder.
It is easy to fall in love with a puppy but there are more out there. Any breeder who gets upset becuase you asked about health clerances is a red flag, sorry. I'll happily tell you what I've had done on my dogs, what their grandparents had done, and etc etc etc.
Shes mad because she has not had them done and feels that you should just take her word as law that her dogs are healthy. Considering all the problems toys can have and how devistating and expensive some aspects can be, it is the buyers right to ask and the breeders responsibility to have htem done.
I need to find another Chi breeder in or around NY! I contacted AKC and the four breeders that they had listed. None of them have puppies for sale, except one and she is selling "t-cup" pups (AHHH)! So now what? I didn't want to get one from a rescue right now bc I know that they can be nasty little dogs if not socialized right and we have a lot of friends over and I foster other dogs too. Any ideas. Anyone live in a state surrounding NY and know of a good breeder? Let me know!! Thanks you guys.....sorry to keep bugging everyone with my complaints, but I really am heart broken. I have been waiting and waiting.......
I'm sorry to hear that! :( I would stay clear of any breeder that does,'t want to be asked any questions! Are you planning on showing? If not, you might want to try anothe one of the other breeders in your area or check out www.petfinder.com
Wow, everyone is right you don't need to be buying a puppy from this breeder... I couldn't imagine... I don't like it when a potenial parent doesn't ask... I want them to ask every question known to man... and even come and see my home and dogs....
I am going to try to explain this from my point as a breeder.
I have bred dogs for all of my adult life and I have dedicated myself to learning about dogs in general and the breeds I have become a fancier of in particular. In total more than 30 years. I'm good at what I do, I am not God. I cannot guarantee anyone a happy ever after. I do stand behind what I breed within reason, and believe me when I say that reason can be a very elusive thing.
I have been approached by people who actually have done some research beyond the basics who are interrested in the heritage pedigrees I breed. People who ask me in a civilized fashion if I test, and what guarantees I offer. I will bend over backward to answer these people in a straightforward fashion.
Then there is the phone call that I would sooner eat ground glass than answer. The one that starts with 15 questions, at least half of which do not even apply to my breed, delivered like bullets out of a machine gun. Do you test for this, do you test for that, do you test for the other? What clubs do you belong to, how many champions have you finished? What results? Why not? My first reaction to someone who so obviously knows way more in the 15 minutes they have been involved in dogs than I can ever hope to learn is pretty nasty. The polite version is I'm sorry, the dog is sold. This is not nor should it ever be handled like an interrogation.
You are not doing me a favour buying the results of my 15 or 20 years of diligent work, I am doing you a favour allowing you caretakership of one of my precious babies.(this is why I breed very seldom, usually for myself or friends)
There is a term that I am coming to recognize as a deffinite problem with today's society; entitlement. It is not anyone's God given right to purchase any dog, it is a priveledge in so many senses of the word.
true, tj, approach is something to be sure you do well and politely, but also i think of me buying my lab 5 years ago, my first breeder purchase. i researched and researched all i should ask a breeder and why, and i probably drove my lab breeder nuts with the questions! but i did it in a nice way. some people are novices at this and go for everything written a book to check in to. but i do agree some people come across way entitled and like the breeder is going to rip them off before they even get to know the breeder.
Thank you for the responses. I only asked this women one question. She does all of the shots herself and her pups don't see a vet before they go home with the new owner. I wanted to know if she had a health gurantee or if she has done genetics testing. I wanted to know because she told me her Chihuahuas are only $350.00 when every other breeder I've talked to have dogs priced from $800.00-$1300.00. What if I took home a sick dog because it hadn't been to a vet she wouldn't even know if it was sick........Anyways, that is the only question I asked her about and it seemed ligit at the time. Now I wish I just kept quiet and then I could have had my little puppy. I didn't think I offended her, but apparently I did. I don't speak harshly or rudely to people.
Anyhow, there is more to this story....more than I have the patience to type. I am mainly concerned about getting a puppy before May and I am out of ideas. Thanks to all that responded.
Tonka: This is just my opinion, but I would definately shy away from a breeder that had an attitude like that. If you are simply trying to determine whether the dog or pups have been tested for various genetic defects and / or ailments, then it is your right as a buyer. You are doing your homework and determining what is the healthiest puppy to adopt.
If she got all bent out of shape, then perhaps she realized that she couldn't hide genetic defects or possible defects from you. She knew that she couldn't pull the proverbial wool over your eyes, so she may have chosen to simply not sell the dog, for fear of being exposed.
There are so many puppies looking for new homes, give it time. The right puppy will come along, sometimes when you aren't even looking.
Good luck and I commend you for really checking out all possibilities first on your intended puppy before jumping in and buying blindly.
Definately stay away from a breeder that doesn't even take the vets in for a well puppy check up before selling. Unless she is a licensed vet, which I doubt, then those dogs need to be examined before she starts selling them.
Of course she can't offer a health guarantee, there is no vet that will sign a health guarantee, without actually examining the puppy first.
While many (or some) of us may have the ability to administer shots at home (I think most backyard breeders or puppy mills do this to keep their overhead at the barest minimum, since they are only in it for the money and not for the health or quality of puppies offered) I would think that a responsible dog breeder would not sell a puppy that has been examined by a licensed vet. Knowing how to give a shot or multiple shots in no way means that you know how, or have the equipment or knowledge, to do a complete physical exam on said puppy.
This is what a vet goes to school for and I would not recommend buying from a breeder that does not have a vet attend to the needs of their dogs.
If they were a responsible breeder, then they would only want to sell the best dogs possible, they would not want to sell puppies that are not up to health standards. If they dog sell defective dogs, word of mouth is strong, people will start talking and telling others about the troubles they have had with the pups or dogs and next thing you know, who would buy from that backyard breeder anymore.
Aw! Tonka, I'm sorry! I was excited to see pics of your new Chi too. It was probably a sign though that you weren't meant to have that particular Chi. If you're okay with your puppy being shipped to you, (or you flying out to get one..they can ride on your lap in the cabin with you which I think is safer) you could try looking for a legitimate breeder in another state. It would cost an additional 200 or so for the transportation, but if you find the right breeder it's totally worth it. Maybe get back on the AKC website and start contacting breeders in surrounding states?
The one thing that I have to ask is, why do you have to have the puppy by May?
As a breeder, if someone simply must have a puppy by some certain date, I might not be willing to sell the puppy. Why is a puppy suddenly inconvienient in June or July? Because if you do not have the long-term ability to care for a puppy, why should I sell you one?
Now- you may have a good answer, but there are some people that might not have such a good answer, and if a puppy suddenly becomes inconvienient for someone a month or two later, what happens to the puppy?
That's a good question Hope. I guess from what I have seen though, usually people want dogs at certain time not because it would be inconveinent later, but because that is the time that they will be able to spend the most time with it before having to go back to work or school or whatnot. My friend just got a puppy because she is on spring break from college. So she will have 2 full weeks to spend with the puppy to help it adjust to her new life :)
As a breeder, I would rather sell a pup to someone that asks those kind of questions! ( if asked in a nice way which is sounds like you did). It shows me that the person has done research and cares about the health and well being of their future family member! I give my own shots but always do a well check on the pups before they go to thier new homes. I feel that is a must for any breeder. DO NOT be afraid to ask those questions again when looking for another dog.