|Barked: Fri Aug 27, '10 9:07am PST |
|Ah, well typically there "first pick" does not mean pick of the entire litter, but pick of available puppies, meaning those retained for show would not be amongst the pups available. So when people come over, the puppies they see in the ex-pen (or whatever) are the pet pups.
When you get down to it, breeders always have the "first" pick. Maybe the second and third, too....however many interest them in a "breed" sense. If they are breeding dogs with hopes of show or work placements, they will be interested in targeting who those are. Most who do breed for show would be very reluctant to let a show grade puppy go to a pet home.
I babble a little because this is one of the barometers for judging a good breeder. Now of course for you, it's prickly as I assume you are on a lesser known breed, so your options are limited. So just generalities spoken here, 'kay?
.....Breeders who DO the first, second, third pick on down the line, as identified by the sequence of deposits received, and are talking about the entire litter truly - yuck. I do not know how that could more loudly blare out "puppy producer." One would HOPE you breed for a reason. That part of your objective is to either retain something for yourself to show/work, and/or to place with homes, on co or full ownerships, who would do the same. If the point of breeding is to better the breed, then of course you would hope dogs from a litter will go on to have some consequence....to achieve some title, to be showcased before breed enthusiasts, to be a breeding prospect. So if you have a litter and just resign their futures wholly, why are you breeding in the first place other than for saleable units?
....Breeders who allow "first pick" in more reasonable fashion....i.e., first pick of the available pet grade pups...are not irresponsible by right, BUT are doing less than they could. I've never dealt with that sort of breeder, not for myself or as an agent, and never would. Why? Well, just pure logic. If a breeder prefers to match each puppy to the buyer most ideal for them, they are likely to be practicing more evaluation procedures, temperament tests, drive tests and so on, and through that not only know their pups a little better, but through practice are more skilled at assessing puppies, for obviously they put more effort into doing so. Did that make sense? Given that it is a life long commitment and the breeder has been with the pups from day one, I far, FAR prefer to deal with breeders who obviously are putting in as much effort as can be done to know the pups best. I mean, on Dogster all the time, we get down to the breed being a reliable generality, and then the individual gets down to specifics. Those "specifics" are probably a concern to you, the pet buyer. So it is a good thing for pet buyers to chew over....how much effort is this breeder making to give you the dog you are expecting? The more effort they DO make, the less likely you are to end up with a pup who is not what you expected.
EXCEPTIONS to this are when breeders narrow it down to a couple of puppies in a litter that strongly fit your specs, and then have you choose.
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