I had a phone call the other day that freaked me out. They asked what do you do with your leftover puppies? I asked what do you mean? and they said, you know the ones you don't sell? I assured them that I find good homes for all my puppies and if they did not find a home, I kept them because evntually someone will want an older pup that has been trained some, etc.. Gee maybe I should have said that Tuesdays are leftover days... I think they were looking for a freebie. So out of curiosity, what is the longest you all have had a litter and still had pups?
SchoolBus Gal I have heard stories of breeders keeping pups up to 6 mths and longer if they don't sell. If you are a truely good breeder if your pups didn't sale you'd keep them for life. In a perfect world the people would have had a list a mile long of people that wanted pups long before the dogs were bred.
***Edited By: Rebel on 6/6/2006 7:15:33 PM*** Reason: .............
Sorry Rebel, but I did think it was a dumb question because I figured the person wanted a freebie and was hoping her reply would have been "Why I give them away, would you like one?" I suppose she could have just been curious though... I didn't mean to upset you.
I';ve had a person or two back out of my waiting list and have had a puppy until 6 months before. I think of it as time to evaluate my program and to brush up on my puppy training skills. Everyday is a new learning opportunity! i've not had that call yet, but have the "do you have any defective or sick puppies, we can't afford one of your others?" My question is, "do you have any idea how expensive it would be to care for an ill or problem puppy properly??" That usually takes care of the conversation or email. But it's true!
Its becuase people think of the dog thing as a buissness and think for some reason that if they are not all sold by eight or nine week something must be wrong and you must want to unload them all.
I don't understand the concept.
I didn't even start advertising my last litter till 3 months. One of the ladies asked me if I was going to discount them I was like why? Nothing is wrong with them and they all wound up leaving house trained and crate trained eventually.
I don't have 'leftovers' or 'spares' that I need to get rid of. If I make them I am responsible for them. The concept really pisses me off.
I haven't had any one ask me like that, but they will definately ask what will happen 'if I don't sell them all'. I assure them that has never been an issue. I will say that sometimes if I have a lot of males in a litter, they end up leaving at a lower price then they started, particularly if it is to a good pet home.
I don't think that persons question is dumb at all. A friend of mine worked at a petstore and told me that ALOT of leftover puppies are often brought there to try to sell them. I would rather a breeder tell me that any leftover puppies will remain in their care, rather then a petstore. maybe the question was asked simply out of curiosity to make sure the breeder is a good one? whether that person was looking for a freebie or not, thats really up to the breeder to decide whether or not she will get one!
I have found males are harder to place. I may think they are worth X, but maybe the nicer ones left first and this one may be plain or what ever. Maybe it's muzzle turned out longer than I thought or what ever.
I much rather it go to a good pet family, than have me hold out for a few extra hundred bucks, sure you will get it eventually but you are putting way more time/vet/ and food in to them.
I don't think of it as a profit or not or I would either keep the price the same, or raise it like you suggested. I think there is a benifit of having a puppy go with a new family by 12 weeks they should be getting used to a new routine and it's permantent family, home, and name. Others can disagree. I am sure their way is okay too.
I discount 'pet' puppies to the right families at 8 weeks. It depends on the puppy and it depends on the family. My prices are never set in stone, for show puppies I work out payment arrangements, or co-ownerships if I think it is a good family that truely has an interest in showing.
Every one chooses to price their puppies how they feel best. I don't think one way is any better than another. They are that breeders responsiblity. JMO.
The longest I have had a puppy is to the age of 12 weeks. That was a long time ago when I had a litter of longhairs (doxies) which aren't that popular around here. Everybody wants a red smooth female. Other than that I have never had any "leftovers", but if I did, I would not change the price. Sooner or later somebody will call looking for just that age. If I ended up keeping it, no problem. I am glad they do not stay long because I would become too attached and hate letting it go!
***Edited By: luvmydoxys on 6/6/2006 9:35:34 PM*** Reason: **