|Barked: Thu Sep 22, '11 4:01am PST |
|I'm going to be a bit frank, as well as a bit long-winded. The only problem isn't the age. Really.
From everything you've said, which is not terribly much, this breeder sounds like someone you really need to stay away from.
First of all, unfortunately, designer breeds rarely come from reputable breeders, as stated before.
Health testing! Vet inspection! This is incredibly important. You need to know the dog you're paying a lot of money for is healthy. Because you're paying for a puppy for a reason, right? This dog will be your responsibility for the next decade +, assuming it is more or less healthy. There are horror stories of people bringing home seemingly healthy pups from BYBs and they end up dying within a month.
The age is not only illegal, but incredibly detrimental to the dog. Not to mention all the other dogs they're sending off. This is a HUGE red flag they don't care about the dogs, or they're incredibly ignorant. Both are bad. If they don't care about the health and well-being of the dog, that's horrible. I don't think I should have to say why. If they're ignorant, that's just as bad. They have no business breeding dogs in that case. They can do a lot of damage, and won't be raising your puppy into a well-adjusted adult. This could result in a myriad of problems. You could get a fearful dog. That in itself can manifest in many ways. Chances are if they leave that early they will not know what to do with other dogs well enough not to get in fights. It's a huge pit of 'uh-oh'.
You need to look at mom and dad. You said mom pees on the floor. This could mean a few things. She could be poorly trained. That means that they probably won't do much in the way of your dog. Also, it could mean a health condition. Maybe from having so many puppies? This could be a sick mom. If you look at some of the newer stuff in epigenetics, then you'll see how unhealthy mom when she's pregnant can affect the dogs in many generations to come.
Please, PLEASE don't buy this puppy. You're just lining the pockets of these people who probably don't even care about their dogs, or our population of dogs in general. Unfortunately, many people use their fluffy pretty dogs as cash cows. Not to get on too much of a crusade about the homeless dogs and whatnot, but it's true. When people buy these sickly, ill-cared for puppies from mills or BYBs they're just saying 'make more dogs! The money keeps coming!" while many other dogs are put down in shelters upon admission due to space. Some of these dogs very well could end up there. A responsible breeder will always have homes lined up and waiting, and are certainly not doing it for the money. (Listen to Toto, Toto is very knowledgeable in this sort of field.) They will check, and recheck potential homes for he unborn pups. They also will ALWAYS take the dog back, for any reason, no matter how long it's been. BYBs often don't do these thigns and your puppy's brothers and sisters could end up back in the shelters because "He has breathing problems" "She bites children" and so on.
Please, PLEASE educate yourself on this subject. A lot of dogs will thank you. I'm not trying to be holier than thou, I'm not trying to be elitist. I honestly love animals and want to do everything we can for them, not worsen the situation.
I beseech you!
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