I agreed to purchase a GSD that would entitle me to "first position". I interpreted that to mean pick of the litter and, in fact, the breeder confirmed that I would have first pick. Breeder has now contacted me and informed me that she is shipping puppies a day or two early and would I like my puppy shipped as well. We have been waiting for weeks for this puppy but I feel like I am being squeezed as I have not even seen the puppies let alone been given "first position". I'm sure the breeder picked out what she feels is the top pup and that is the one she is planning on sending, but puppies all have different personalities and I wanted to see the puppy interact with the other puppies before selecting the one I wanted. Am I being unreasonable or is this a common practice?
***Edited By: bo on 5/2/2005 4:13:11 PM*** Reason: I typed i instead of I.
The breeder does have the right to refuse to sell you a puppy that she thinks is unsuitable for your household, but if you are close enough to go see them, I don't see the refusal at going to see them..
I wouldn't sell a show dog to a family that wants a dog to chill with the kids, nor would I sell the shyest pup in the litter to a person who wanted to go everywhere with the dog. Breeders are usually pretty good at picking pups personalities for what the family has planned for the dog.
i agree with most of that, but i also wouldnt be comfortable with taking a pup, sight unseen on a breeders word. unless you personally know the breeder . if i am buying a pup ,i would like to be able to see what she has and pick the one that i want. most breeders will keep a pup or two and sell show pups to show homes only. the ones that are still available after that are what you should be able to choose from. and if you are buying a puppy that is too far to pick up yourself, you should be provided with pictures at different weeks of their growth. i would never buy a pup sight unseen from someone you dont personally know and trust. and by the way .gsd's are wonderful. i have always had shepherds. my harley is 9 years old now and a smart, loving loyal friend
Only you know what kind of dog best suits you, someone you don't know cannot make that decision, they are more then likely going to give you whichever they want, whichever is “Left over”. However I do agree with Mafia Princess, but how can you determine at such a young age which pups would be good for show and which would be good for families. If I was spending $$ on a pup and was promised first pick then that is what I would want. Good Luck with your new pup which ever way it turns out.
Well it depends on what your contract with the breeder is. She may send you what she considers pick, but what one consideres pick is not always anothers.
When it comes down to people wanting my puppies, I discuss what they are looking at first and then tell them which puppies fit what they are looking for. If they plan to go out everywhere, take the dog, and have lots of parties, I am not selling them a wallflower, no matter how much they like it.
While some people tell you you can have *this* puppy, I'm more for telling people that if they want X, Y and Z, these are the pups to choose from.
I refuse to sell someone a pup because they are in love with it if its not what they want. I'm intersted in dogs having homes, and I will loose a puppy buyer before I place a dog that I feel is inapproprate for the situation.
In the case that started this post, it sounds like there is a lack of communication from seller to buyer. When we are going to sell these dogs online, I feel that there is a great responsibility with the seller to have the buyer comfrotable. I sent pictures almost daily so they could see their pup developed.
Please reember, you can always pull out of a sale if you feel uncomfrotable with it. Even if you loose money, thats better then winding up witha pet you do not want.
Perhaps the breeder forgot that you were promised pick of the litter. She should have written that down somewhere so it was not forgotten. Be nice when you ask her about it. Do you live close enough to drive to make your choice? If she is asking if you want it shipped, that makes me think you possibly live too far away to make a trip just to choose, and then another trip to pick it up. She may also just be making plane reservations, which need to be made ahead of time, and needs to know how many reservations to make. If you don't want shipping, then she may be thinking that there will still be time for you to take your pick of the litter before the rest are shipped, and needing to make arrangements for that too. When you make your pick, bring some nail polish and paint the toes of the pup you want to identify it. That way there will be no mixup. Sometimes pups' looks can change very quickly.
by first position and pick of the litter what do you mean ? were you first on the waiting list and thought you would see the pups before anyone else and pick which one you wanted ? or were you looking for a how dog and thats what you meant by pick of the litter ?
my breeder picked scout out for me. i couldnt have picked out a better dog for myself and my family.