I dont think any ONE persons way to place pups are raise/lower price is right or wrong. It is the choice of the individual breeder whether to take a cut or not. Mine stay with me until they get homes. Last Pug litter we had mostly males...majority of my orders were for females. No one seemed top want males. I held the last pet male until 9 months and he was already lead broke, houstrained, crate trained, etc. But everyone has their way of setting price and that is up to the individual what is right for them.
schoolbusgal....sounds like someone either wanted a 'freebie', or was looking to stock their pet shop or labratory.........grrrrrrrrrr. Just like the 'lovely' people who say to you, well you have several dogs....cant you just give me one? riiiight!!
I bought my pup at 6months of age from his breeder. itwas lucky on my part because when he was a newborn Ihad been looking at him but wasnt ready for a dog yet, but a few months down the line he still hadnt been sold and his breeder still had him so i was able to get my boy! and his price was lowered a bit too.
schoolbus - I actually have gotten a similar question to that multiple times. Usually, it's someone in the area that thinks I'll have puppies that are older that I want to give away to get out of my home. :) I even had one family tell me they'd take one of my spay/neutered ones off my hands... I nicely explained that if I wanted to sell/place them I would have them advertised as available...
I actually run a waiting list for my puppies and don't breed a litter unless I have at least 3/4 of the POSSIBLE puppies spoken for ahead of time with small refundable deposits down on them (I HATE dealing with window shoppers and impulse buyers). This way I have a chance to get to know all my families before the puppies leave me. Most people end up on my list for at least 2 months before they take a puppy home.
I've never had a pet puppy not spoken for by 6-7 weeks old - but I place 99.9% of my puppies on spay/neuter contracts. I'll hold the puppy until 10-12 weeks sometimes if I want to see it gain more weight before it leaves me, but that's the only reason anyone is still with me after 10 weeks (unless their family requests they stay longer).
But I've had A LOT of people ask me what I do with puppies I can't sell... It's fun to see the look on their face when I tell them I've never had that problem. Though I wouldn't have a problem holding on to a puppy until it was older (a couple years back when Florida was having that nasty hurricane season I had a family from Florida that got a puppy from me that was 9 weeks in August and they asked me to hold him until October when hurricane season was over. That was kind of fun as I got to send them a puppy that was 90% potty trained, knew sit, down, come, and stay, and was REALLY well socialized. All I asked was that they cover the cost of his extra vet appointments and his rabies vaccine).
Mainly I do things the way I do because I like being able to get to know my families really well. I've personally never had a good experience with a breeder where I've been able to take a puppy home soon after I found them. All the puppies I've gotten myself that have turned out the best, and that I have the best relationship with their breeder, have been ones where I spent at least 4-6 weeks in contact with their breeder first.
Without wanting to offend anyone. I also had pondered as to what happens to puppies who don't get sold straight away?
Personally I don't think... infact I know I could never be a breeder. I couldn't imagine taking away a litter from the mother. Plus I'd always be thinking have they really gone to a good home? I mean this with no disrespect to any breeders on the board. I'm too much a softy at heart! (LOL)
However thanks a million to all those who do breed! :) You all allow us ~pet owners~ to have a slice of never ending luv! :)
I agree with Lpn and Alicat for this issue on pricing pups..I have had one who stayed an extra 4 weeks I didnt want some one to buy him on a whim during Christmas..And I also had a pup we kept out only to decide to sell as we changed our mind and he was not the best canadate for our purpose to show...Many times a breeder cant tell if a dog will be show potential until 6 or more months..that said..I have lowered my asking price as I am thinking of the pups best interest...The first 4 to 5 months they imprint with the family and although dogs can bond at any age...I want pups to be the best possable pets...So..I have and will continue the practise I have...Like Lpn said...it is a preference as to how you price them..no way is right or wrong for all instances...thats my opinion any way. If you have a non typical breed like afghans and rare breeds I would expect people will keep pricing the same...but with shepherds and boxers people assume that the older ones are roudy and unruley...and in some way sub standard...I had the worst time trying to get the best home for the older one i had...they didnt seem to care if he was house broke, crate trained...a few tricks under his belt...and well socialised. Many didnt care of the ofa rating ( of the parents)...the champions parents...their bloodlines...I was suprised...I tell them all the information I look for and ask about when I am buying a dog...but the comment is the same...i am just looking for a pet...I dont need all of that,..Maybe the ones who are looking at rare breeds are more highly evolved then the average shepherd and boxer pet owner...but...thats what I have encountered...some one might have different experences...but waiting lists I found many fall short...and when you call them back they have changed their minds..It is a good tool..but not the total answer i think any way..
Most of my pups are sold before they are even on the ground, however I kept one nice little Bernese Mtn. pup untill she was 6 months, I was hoping to show her. She was a really great dog, but her coat never came in really nice, and I didn't want her in the show ring, however she now lives with someone who uses her for competitive AKC obedience.