|Barked: Wed Sep 11, '13 7:56am PST |
|Ok, I'm reading through the "slew" of complains on Neverest and what I'm seeing is pretty standard fare for a larger kennel. IE, several nasty ones (which the breeder, on several occasions, actually took the time to respond to in a professional manner) and plenty of positive ones. To put it short, these sort of complaints would not deter me from contacting this person if I was interested, I would rather see for myself in this instance.
Second, where on earth are you getting $1200 being over priced for a good quality pet? Maybe field Lab breeders hack prices below this line, but for ANY other breeder I have personally looked into, $1200-1500 is all very standard.
I'm all for breeders keeping puppies longer, you get a BIG thumbs up for me keeping them 10-12 weeks, BUT... big but... most breeders don't and that's just a fact of life. They are a slightly larger kennel, its not unreasonable that they simply don't have the extra space or kennel staff to dedicate to them past what they have already planned. This, again, would not necessarily turn me off from a breeder. I would LIKE one who would release at 10 weeks... but good luck finding it in most large, working breeds.
Multiple litters a year, wouldn't even think twice about it. If the quality of the operation is good, the dogs are all being handled correctly and they have the kennel staff to manage it, doesn't bother me one bit. Personally, I prefer buying from somewhat larger kennels... I like a breeder who has enough stock and is working with enough dogs to have a big-picture view of what is being produced from them. Small kennels are great and I'll say no malice towards them, but if you only have 2-3 dogs that you're breeding once every couple of years... how much do you REALLY know about those lines, what and how they produce?
C-section things is weird, I would want more info.
I get that these aren't hard-lining field dogs tearing after ducks all day... that's what TRIGGER wants... but its not what everyone wants, and its not what most people need. I know opinions are hot regarding what any given breed "should" be, what its drives should be like to maintain its original purpose, so on. But frankly, I'm not seeing anything here that outright turns me away. Again, in such a situation, I would actually go and TALK to these people, see the kennel and the dogs, get an ACTUAL feel for what they are like before making judgments based on what random people are saying on the internet.
Edited by author Wed Sep 11, '13 7:57am PST
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