I'll start from the beginning.My 13 year old Standard passed away end of March and I was devastated (Still am) I was searching for new pups and found this site advertising Standard Poodle Breeder on this site..I fell in love with 2 of the puppies she sent me pictures of. I asked all the questions, health, testing etc...and was answered yes...I sent a deposit and the pups were shipped to me as I fed ex'd a check to them...When they arrived, they had very severe ear infections, no papers, no health guarentee..nothing. I was livid and stop pay'd the check...It gets better...My female had a hernia...and I was not discounted for the health issue..As I said, I bought 2...Now right after I sent the check to this lady...I got back on line and saw she was selling the puppies for $300.00, she was charging me $800.00 each saying that they had champion bloodlines..
I was trusting and naive and never even got a copy of the shipping bill.. So now the battle goes on. Since I was not told the truth about my pups, I feel I should only pay the $300.00 each plus shipping as I have copies of her ad showing $300.00 each.. Also after some investigation , I learned they were country folk ( nothing against this) just breeding 2 Standards for puppies to sell for money..OK but.........I love these puppies...
I feel I got shammed and I just pray that my 2 will remain healthy. My vet was appalled. They also did not get their 12 week shots as I was told they would...
Ruffian-I consider myself/fiance a good breeder and we do advertise. The reason being, it takes time to get to know people and for people to get to know us so if we advertise now but dont have any available from the current litter I get to stay in touch and get to know people and vise versa. I also dont sell localy to much because of the things around where I live and my breed so I have to get to know people in some way. I travel they travel we work it out. I have never had a dog shipped to me before but have driven 8 hours one way to get a dog and people have done the same to get one from me, I would not have had contact with these people if it werent for advertising.I have sold 3 to a police department 9 hours away I would not have had contact with them if it werent for advertising........ On the other hand I do understand what you mean by some peoples ads. "buy now going quick" "2 litters to choose from"
Yep that makes sense. Anyone who has dogs readily available all the time is bad news. For my breed I hate the ads that say "big blocky heads" or "widest bullys around" I hate that and in the same ad they will say the dogs are show quality. HMMMM for what show because they dont have one called biggest head or widest chest. URRGGGG
I think the biggest think is the contract. Everything has to be in writing. I get a deposit, and I send the contract. If someone wants to read it ahead of time great, it is only paper I dont care. I think sometimes we see a very cute pic, and react on impulse. You fall in love with the puppy in the pic and want it now. You dont think about the money or getting screwed. Also I belive that as humans we trust everyone and think that people are nice and friendly. Unfortunatly that is sooo not true. Also of byb, and bullsh** people just want the money. They know excatly what to say to make it sound good, and make you trust them. Sorry things went so bad, and hopefully your babies will stay healthy.
(when saying you, I mean people in general, no one specific)
Also FYI, std poodles are known for their ear infections, so you will probably battle that then entire life of your puppies.
This is just bad news for buyers and breeders a like. I only have one litter a year. Some breeders breed their poor dogs to death. This gives AKC a bad name for breeders the register for and the poor people who buy from these idiots. I have puppies now on the site, but I give a contract, a health genetic guarantee and make sure the parents i sell to ask me questions and know me and feel confident buying from me. Also breeders if you cannot back your litter with a good quality line and not just throw two dogs together than get out of the business of dogs! AKC is asking us breeders to take care of the bitch, sire and puppies that are in our care. My bitches go to the vet and my sire before I even THINK of breeding them. THEY are family first not breeding stock. Carrying on the best breedline for the dog you are selling or representing should be second to the list. Make sure your dogs are healthy first and part of your family. Check out the families that take your puppies. You are SUPPOSED to spend a lot of time cleaning, caring and socializing these little puppies before sending them out into the world. Remember their might be children or other pets in the home. Ask questions of the people's situations and make sure they can afford vet care, how they will care for the life of the dog, training the puppy will get, family members want a puppy in agreement?, and most of all are they going to love the new member of the family for life so another dog does not end up in a shelter unloved and unwanted. Choose your families carefully not the first sale that comes along. If you do, all this i bow down to your good breeding practices, if you don't, stop breeding. It is not a business people, it is quality of life that matters.
Sorry you had a bad experience. My Standard Poodle has been the love of my life. Healthy and loving, I couldn't ask for a better dog, and I've had a lot. I used to praise the benefits of getting a mutt, but since getting my poodle I've had to tone down my views. Not that I would turn away a mutt (all of mine have been strays) but if you want particular characteristics in your pet try a pure breed.
The ear infection thing applys to any breed of dog with floppy ears my half black half chocolate lab got horrible ear infections we started just cleaning his hears every week to keep him health then we got a labradoodle and he started getting them to we ended up moving to a humid climate area and it stopped my new rotties got floppy ears no problems yet my toy poodle never got them either I thank it has to do with climate like up in Alaska dogs dont need flee or heart worm meds we got down to Texas started giving them those pills now all our dogs are getting fatty cell lumps all over their chest and arms