|Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 4:34pm PST |
|One of the best things my mentor taught me 40 years ago was to reserve pick male AND pick female in each litter for myself. Her reasoning was that if I did this breeding looking for something and, at 5 or 6 or even 7 weeks it showed up I needed to at least keep it and grow it on even if it was the opposite sex of what I did the breeding for. Therefore, when the first person gave me a deposit, they then had second choice of the sex of their choice, and on down the litter.
I normally would allow "pick" visits at 6 weeks, and at that time, with my help, WE would select TWO choices... their first choice and their second choice IF I should keep one of that sex. (However, in almost EVERY case, their "choices" were absolutely guided by me, whether they realized it or not, BOL. People need to believe they have a choice, however, when they came back for their second or third dog over the years they DID realize I picked their puppy for them and they asked me to do the same with the new one!)
The next people in line would pick two choices, their first and their second, out of the remaining pups of that sex. Thus, if I kept one, they all got their second choice, if not, they all got their first choice.
Over the years this worked out extremely well, and saved my sanity as well as saved some people real heartbreak when a puppy (only TWICE, thank goodness) did not pass its health certificate. One was, of all things, a deaf puppy and the other was a bad heart, which, interestingly enough, I ended up keeping and he became my top show winning dog of all time and lived to a ripe old age of 15!!!
It was rare that I would grow on one of each sex from each litter, but more commonly, another breeder would see the litter and decide they wanted one for show/breeding and they would get "my" other sex first choice option.
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