Maybe I'm crazy.. but no tiny weeny Chihuahua that says absolutely NOTHING about its health should be advertised/sold for $1500!!! the prices get worse than that. I've seen Chihuahua's being advertised and SOLD for $2800. I can buy a used car for that. Are these people actually insane?!!?! Who on earth is supposed to be able to afford these little guys besides Paris Hilton. Even on terrificpets.com there are some insanely priced Chi's for sale. My boyfriend almost fell over when I was excited about a 'cheap' $800 Chi.
Mind you.. I have seen cheaper ones, but anything under $900 is RARE to find in my city. RIIIIIIIIdiculous.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 1/1/2008 7:29:39 PM*** Reason: please do not provide links to breeders. against forum rules
People can ask whatever price they want for their puppies. Sadly its the uninformed buyers that will pay the ridiculous prices. As long as there are people willing to pay those high prices, there will be people asking them.
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This is not unusual for B.C. in fact more normal, than anything else. It will definitely be the Canadian Kennel Club, and Akc registration. Till I joined TP I never heard of the Continental Kennel Club, and in talking to my other breeder friends, only one of them had heard of it. What I would wonder about though, is the fact that these dogs are advertised on Kijiji. Most reputable breeders I know don't advertise at all.
If I were looking for a certain breed, the first thing I would do is look up the breed club of Canada, or U.S, depending where you are. On that club site you will find lists of breeders. Not all breeders belong to the club of their breed, but quite a few do.Then you pick a breeder, and contact them, and go from there. It's much easier to find a puppy that's well bred than people think it is. Are you looking for a Chi?
Actually looking for several breeds, I have 2 years to decide, been doing TONS of research.
I live in Canada, so that would be the CKC, right?? I'll have to find their webpage. if i'm wrong.. someone please correct me lol I'm a dog N00b.
never owned a dog in my life, parents never allowed it. the breeds that appeal to me most JUST based on appearance (I'm doing research on all as well, this was my base to narrow the list a bit so I don't research EVERY breed)
Nicool, you could look at the CKC web page, but it's all about CKC. What you want is the individual breed club site. Like the Alaskan Malamute club of Canada, you see? And yes, 2 years is a good long time to look up a decent breeder, and I'm sure you'll find one. What part of the country do you live in?
I wouldnt' really consider a Beauceron, shiba inu, or belgian malinois good for a first time dog owner either. All three are very intense dogs that require careful training, and 'jobs' to keep them busy. Personally I consider a Shiba Inu kind of like an Akita in a small dog's body. I've never owned one, but I know akita owners who have,a nd there's a few people in our Kennel club who have Shiba and they can be quite the handful for a little dog.
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I know you shouldn't judge a breed based on the experience of knowing one of those dogs.. but I know this Akita who is THE nicest sweetest dog I've ever known, doesn't jump up or anything just its by your feet and wags its tail when you come around and puts its huge head on your lap.
This is why I liked the Shiba Inu, but I'm going to take your advice and probably end up crossing it off the list if you advise it's not a good breed for beginners. The beauceron is the most attractive dog i've ever seen, but pretty sure I couldn't handle it.
What about a Doberman Pinscher?? Does anyone have any experience with them? i know all the bad rumours.. but all the research I've been doing on them proves otherwise, unless the breed info web pages are just sugar-coating the breed's temperament. I would REALLY like to hear everyone's opinion on the Doberman, if you have been around any, or ever owned one. I'm really interested in this breed.
I DONT recommend a Catahoula for most owners. You have to Be willing to spend a lot of time of training. They can be highly aggressive with strangers.They arent for a casual owner. Type Catahoula in Google and you will see the same thing.
If we ban Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are humans some dont like next ?
Again, per TP rules I don't think you are supposed to be posting the link to that ad. It is the breeders business what they charge. If you don't like it, you don't have to buy the puppy.
There is a HUGE awful petstore that used to be called "Wizard of Claws" in FLORIDA and they got in a bunch of trouble with lawsuits. They changed their name to something different, and they are advertising on every major puppy selling site. Including this one. They get $3000-5000 for most of their tiny, sickly puppies.
To me, they are the bottom of the barrel, but they have REALLY cute puppy pictures and they do a lot of marketing. They changed their name, so now, unless you are familiar with who they were, people don't know much about them. They continue to sell these tiny puppies for big money.
Winnipeg has a pitbull ban.. The last known pittie like dog died they think in 2004. They still can't identify a bully breed very well.. so sadly you may want to take into account and that they may add other breeds to their BSL, or they could misidentify other breeds you choose. The burden of proof is yours. Lots of things to think about in picking a breed when you live with BSL sadly.
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I love dobes but don't recommend them to a first time dog owner. Most of the breeds you are interested in are a bit more advanced-I don't really know what word to use there. but not for the first time owner.
Why not get a rescue for your first dog? You can get an older already trained dog or be able to go through puppyhood with an easier dog. Go get a lab mix from a shelter and then two to three years after that if you feel you can handle it get another breed.
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Look into the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. I had two when I was a child and they were WONDERFUL. They are a breed recognized by both the AKC and the CKC, and are, of course, native to Canada.
While being working dogs, they have a wonderful temperament and make good pets as long as their exercise needs are addressed. If you are at all interested in obedience or agility, they would be excellent.
Manitoba would, of course, be good country for an Alaskan Malamute, which would be a harder dog to own, but a breed that makes a very satisfactory companion as long as, again, exercise needs are addressed and a firm, consistent hand in house obedience (I'm slipping, what a run-on sentence! And grammar... )
Well, you get the idea.
If you would tell us what you want the dog to do for you. Do you have a family? What size city do you live in? Are you into outdoor activities? Do you have children?
Lots of people on TP just adore giving advice about the dogs other people should own. And, if you sift through all the verbiage, you might get some really excellent advice.
Just looking at the photos of those Chi's I can tell they are poorly bred & of pet quality. Most likely a back yard breeder or broker. Bet they have more than Chi's too! Grrrrr. You can also got to a dog rescue group to find your 1st furkid. Even better than a breeder if you are looking for a pet & companion. Just google a breed & put rescue after it....it wll lead you to where you need to go. Good luck!
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It is ridiculous people are paying good money for ridicolous prices If I were them I would look for under $900 ( the most ) Inless they just won the lottery or are milion aiers than look for better prices and helth contact