Most good breeders will have the litter sold already, before it is born. They don't raise puppies, just to produce more dogs. They have an idea in mind, perhaps to create a show dog with a certain breeding.
If they are good dogs, with all the testings done, I doubt there would be any dogs left over in the litter. Most good breeders don't need to advertise, they let the dogs speak for themselves, whether it be at the show ring or in the field, working.
Can't speak for the puppy mills though, they produce so many sickly, defective pups, not sure what they do with them. At least I don't want to think about what they do with their excess dogs. Many are killed, not so humanely. Check out some of the puppy millers sites and find out just what those kinds of breeders do with their left-over, unwanted dogs. You will cry.
I went to that amish puppy site prior to seeing the other thread and it sounded so nice but then I followed the link on the thread and wanted to vomit when I saw what was happening to those poor babies. It makes me sick to think about how many people could be decieved by them.
Good Breeders - Have most, if not all, of the litter sold/spoken for before the puppies even arrive. I will occasionally have a puppy left over after I get through my waiting list when I have an abundance of one sex or color, but almost always have the "remainder" puppy/ies spoken for within a week of the end of my waiting list. My most current litters - I had 2 puppies remaining they were taken by families that already had a puppy from me.
Middle of the road breeders - will keep them until they place/sell them. They may be 6, 7,8 months old but they just keep advertising them. Usually they end up marking their prices down as low as they can go without losing all the costs they've put into them. This category does not include show breeders that keep a puppy to grow it out, or breeders that have a "buyer" unexpectantly decide not to adopt a puppy that they have a deposit down on due to family/personal reasons.
Puppy Mills/Farms - I know a lady who breeds Shelties that if she doesn't have puppies sold by 7 weeks of age then she brokers them. I'm assuming the pups then end up in pet stores. Most USDA licensed Puppy Mills/Farms take this avenue. They get so much as a base rate for the puppy (based on breed and the weight of the puppy at 8 weeks usually). Then they don't have to worry. The breeder I mentioned makes more off her pups if she sells them privately than she does brokering them, but at least she doesn't have to pay any more expenses on them and she gets something for them. It kind of makes me sick. I supposed non USDA licensed facilities either wait until they can sell them, or who knows.... I try not to think about it. Some people will do all kinds of horrible things...
Well... I don't know about good breeders, but there is this guy and every year on the side of this highway he sells his puppies... I can't think of the breed...and whichever pups don't sell he lets loose.. ON THE HIGHWAY.
My puppies are all welcome to stay as long as they need up to forever. They are all welcome to come back. I have a boy hanging around who is 5 months old becuase his new family had military stuff pop up adn won't be able to pick him up for a few months. That bothers me not, I like the family and want them to have him so I'll wait.
My puppies are not a product. I breed to work on mine lines. My dogs do not loose their quality because they age and I won't "mark them down" to get rid of htem. I had a couple of people ask me about that when I had one left. He was three months old and people asked if I was going to discount him.
Why? His quality had not deminished. In fact, he was crate trained, housebroken, leash broken, and well socialized.
I don't belive marking dogs down to sell. If you are not prepared to keep them, don't have them. It is not feasable for us to keep whole litters and yes, we will sell them but there should not be a need to sell them right now, discounted if need be to get htem moved out.
Another side effect of PAWS, that the shortsighted people at the AKC did not think about when they supported this bill, is that most “Middle of the road breeders” limit the # of litters they have to what they can sell, and keep the left over pups until they can find them a home. Now, if PAWS passes, they will be forced to have more options to place their unwanted pups. Many breeders will be tempted to use these newly available venues that were previously only available to USDA commercial breeders. If a pup can’t sell, they can dump it on a broker, auction, or sell straight to a pet store. Some might even be tempted to sell their pups to research labs. The limited market that regulated the amount of pups they could sell to will be greatly expended. I don’t think that is what the AKC had in mind when they support this bill. But then again, maybe that is what they are really after. More dogs mean more money for the AKC.
Yeah... the trainer that Riley used to go to has her facility right across the street. Every year she has to run out and grab them before they get killed. They've called the cops and ASPCA and no one has done anything about it. I think theyre huskies.
We generally have our pups spoken for by the time they are 8 weeks old, and we dont generally use newspaper ads. But, recently we did breed for specific qualities for show and have 2 boys left that arent spoken for, everyone wanted girls lately. Only had one person wanted a male and he decided to buy closer to home to avoid the 6 hour drive. So, they will stay until a suitable home is found, and one is a show prospect, so we will have longer to evaluate him.
I agree with Icy on the aspect of keeping a puppy until it needs to go home. I had a sheltie puppy last summer that I held on to until he was 4 1/2 months old because his family lived in Florida and wanted to wait until the hurricane season was over (since they had already been evacuated twice and didn't want to put a new puppy through all that chaos). I totally respected their request as it was well thought out and in the best interest of the puppy. I did ask them to cover the additional vaccines and such - but they got a puppy that was 75-80% housebroken, and had been taught to sit, lay down, come, and stay before he came home.
I'll take back any of my puppies at any time for any reason. I also don't mind babysitting (I have one of my 6 month old pups back for 2 weeks right now while his family went on vacation - they didn't have to board him with strangers and knew he'd have lots of space to play and family who cared about him to play with - the people and furry kind).
The best way to put it - good breeders treat their puppies like good pet owners treat their pets. Don't let a breeder settle for less than what you would do for your dog - and don't be shocked if they do more! You shouldn't be breeding dogs unless you love dogs and you love your breed!