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Buying an older dog from a breeder

I was thinking of getting a dog (1-3yr old) as a puppy.

1. Is it possible to get the puppy at about 4 months old?

2. Since I will be getting the puppy from a breeder, would that mean I can’t pick the colour, size, etc.?

3. Which is better, an older male or female dog?

I am not really looking to get a show winner, but if I was, I would not want to pay $2,000 or so.

I have been scouring the board for ages now and haven’t found anything that would lead me to believe it is possible to get a puppy around 4 months old from a breeder.

Please help, and thanks in advance.

Re: Buying an older dog from a breeder

I don't know how old you plan to get the dog, but generally the breeding/breeding stock gets more expensive at younger ages. I got my dog from a breeder at 6 weeks. It's been great ever since.

There are a couple of advantages to getting your puppy at an older age. First is that you will probably get a well socialized puppy that can handle lots of new experiences. Second is that it will be less stressful for the puppy to live in a household that has older dogs and children around. This will put a lot less stress on you and your children.

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That's really the reason I asked. I got my last dog when I was a lot younger. If I got my current dog when I was younger, it could be the problem. Plus I was thinking I would get a female because she is the one that would really be good around the kids. Plus I don't plan on training the dogs right away.

And if you think of it, I can always get a puppy from a breeder if I can't get an older one, just to save the trouble of having to go through all that work

Re: Buying an older dog from a breeder

Originally Posted by jenwilson

That's really the reason I asked. I got my last dog when I was a lot younger. If I got my current dog when I was younger, it could be the problem. Plus I was thinking I would get a female because she is the one that would really be good around the kids. Plus I don't plan on training the dogs right away.

And if you think of it, I can always get a puppy from a breeder if I can't get an older one, just to save the trouble of having to go through all that work

I get a feeling your dog is going to have a very hard time getting your dog to obey him. At that age there's so many things they can pick up. They learn everything.

A puppy is not for your dog.

If I were in your situation, I would be looking for a young adult of either sex with a decent work ethic and some basic training.

In a perfect world we would be all adopting puppies at the local shelter and saving that $ from euthanasia, but the world is not perfect.

Re: Buying an older dog from a breeder

Originally Posted by pfelix

I get a feeling your dog is going to have a very hard time getting your dog to obey him. At that age there's so many things they can pick up. They learn everything.

A puppy is not for your dog.

If I were in your situation, I would be looking for a young adult of either sex with a decent work ethic and some basic training.

In a perfect world we would be all adopting puppies at the local shelter and saving that $ from euthanasia, but the world is not perfect.

Agreed, but we are not adopting puppies from the shelter. He's a wonderful dog.

He's just not old enough to learn that we have control over him yet. I know he's smart enough that he probably picks it up eventually, but in the meantime it's driving me crazy. He gets frustrated with it.

Re: Buying an older dog from a breeder

I would suggest a class on body language, a well-trained dog will have a very obvious body language of being happy and eager to do the right thing, a frustrated dog will have lots of body language telling the opposite. If the dog is showing lots of body language, the dog is most likely not really happy or interested in the task at hand. Also, look for a dog with a strong jaw - usually older dogs will have a stronger jaw.

There's no need to go down to the shelter to look at pure bred dogs. All breeds in the same species have pretty much the same look to them. The more you can work with the breeder to help train the dog, the better. If a breeder really just wants to show off their breed's fancy pedigree, then that's going to show up.

You'll never get a true picture of a dog's personality unless you spend some time getting to know them. You won't really be able to tell if they're going to be a good fit until you're in the situation with them - you can only get an idea of their temperament and personality after spending time with them.

One last thing - look for an older dog with the healthiest teeth and coat. These dogs will be happier, healthier, more willing to work and they will usually take to training just as well as the younger dogs, if not better.

Re: Buying an older dog from a breeder

I would love to do the whole puppy train them when they are a puppy routine when they are a puppy. But my Mom and I are both disabled and she can't drive. So how can I do this. We live in a one dog town.

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I can understand that, but then I have a 2 month old puppy who I'm bringing in as a puppy. But I would love to train a senior dog. So I'm just wondering what kind of people we need to be to do this? How would I start? A dog doesn't grow up by itself does it? I'm asking because she's only 2 months old and I can't teach her anything.

Re: Buying an older dog from a breeder

I would love to do the whole puppy train them when they are a puppy routine when they are a puppy. But my Mom and I are both disabled and she can't drive. So how can I do this. We live in a one dog town.

Re: Buying an older dog from a breeder

I think the key for you is training your dog (and yourself!) before it is too old to train, and then just do it. There are always ways to train older dogs. Like the old adage, if you don't train them when they are young, you can always do it when they are old.

You have to realize that every dog is a different individual, with different temperaments. My girl would never learn anything if she is a puppy, so, I work with her at her level. You have to remember that.

There is the "teach a dog to drive" thread and one of the dogs in there has been taught to drive (the "truck" is a standard PX who has worked in the yard, taken her to the vet and done just about anything the owner has asked). There are some good threads in that



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