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To assume a pedigree dog that is a 7 month old regime should not be sold as a full priced pup of 8 weeks?

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ShiksaSista Mon 30-Oct-17 14:49:24

We're very interested in a rehomed dog

She has a few issues and was in her new home for 7 weeks before being returned to the breeder

I'm meeting her this afternoon but the breeder mentioned she wanted £900 for her.

I have been researching the breed for a while and was advised that a regime shouldn't cost as much as a pup. Is this correct?

I don't want to be had over.

Many thanks.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 30-Oct-17 15:03:40

Correct. I bought a six month pedigree from a crufts winning breeder for half the price of a puppy. It did btw turn out to be the most under socialised, aggressive dog i've owned. Was fine at the breeders and attacked dh within minutes of being home so tread carefully.

Booboostwo Mon 30-Oct-17 15:05:04

I am not too sure what a regime is but the story sounds like a complete scam.

Firstly a puppy that has been returned after 7 weeks is likely to have been with an entirely unsuitable family and may not have had the crucial socialization needed in the first 14 weeks of its life.

Secondly the breeder sold the pup once at 8wks and now wants to profit again which is weird. Older puppies are much harder to rehome as they are not as cute and may have picked up bad habits from all the changes in their home. A decent breeder should be focusing on finding the right family for this puppy, not on making money.

Why are you so interested in this particular puppy? Are you sure the breeder has been truthful about the problems that led thenpuppy to be returned? Often it's hapless owners but sometimes it can be puppies that are naturally much more demanding than others.

haveagobletofblood Mon 30-Oct-17 15:09:08

What breed is it? Does the breeder show dogs? A dog of that age I would presume has been kept to see if it will be fit for showing and isn't up to the mark so is being sold as a pet. If it genuinely has been returned either it has health problems or I suppose it is possible that the previous owner couldn't be bothered with it anymore (so many people think pups magically train themselves and are astonished to find they pee in the house/don't sleep through the night etc)

In any case there are very few dogs worth £900, the dog shouldn't be sold at the same price a pup would and the whole thing sets alarm bells ringing to me.

haveagobletofblood Mon 30-Oct-17 15:10:55

Don't be swayed by a pedigree by the way, it's no guarantee of good health or good temperament and definitely no guarantee of a decent breeder.

furlinedsheepskinjacket Mon 30-Oct-17 15:18:02


way too many red flags

KungFuEric Mon 30-Oct-17 15:24:42

Is the breeder degistered? Have you seen all relevant health checks for both parents of the pup (hip/elbow scores) etc? Vaccines all up to date?

Why was the puppy returned to the breeder? It sounds to me like the owner is very money orientated.

ShiksaSista Mon 30-Oct-17 15:43:29

I've checked the Breeders credentials and they are good
She also has mum, dad, Aunty and brother to the pup we've seen.

Her pups go for £1000 the breed normally sells between £850-£1500

We were interested in the breed after being a carer for one and after fostering another dog (same breed-complete coincidence) whilst my friend went into premature labour and her mum was ill in hospital.

The pup we are looking at was earmarked for a home, the deposit was paid by the prospective owners then unfortunately they had a family issue meaning they could not home the dog for a couple of months. They then had him for a short period before they could not cope.

It's not a puppy farm but I do think the breeder is asking for too much as you get a blank slate with an 8 week old- but I'm not interested so much in a cute pup as I love adult dogs.

We are regulars at our local shelter but they've not been keen to place with families with children in the home.

ShiksaSista Mon 30-Oct-17 15:44:59

I have seen copies of vets card /initial puppy check but yet to see the scores which I have asked for.

ShiksaSista Mon 30-Oct-17 15:46:51

Sorry for autocorrect typo in title
Should read 7 month old REHOME

KungFuEric Mon 30-Oct-17 16:03:34

If you've yet to see scores then assume they didn't carry them out.

Puppy farm can conjure up images of cruella devil operating some puppy factory, the reality though is much more like what you've described. People using their family pets to finance their holidays and Christmas without taking due care.

What is the breed?

ShiksaSista Mon 30-Oct-17 16:05:27

I'd rather not say the breed.

She works from home doing something else (have checked)and is a hobby breeder -

Thank you for all of this, it's really helpful.

KungFuEric Mon 30-Oct-17 16:06:16

A grand a pup and no health checks? Nice hobby.

furlinedsheepskinjacket Mon 30-Oct-17 16:10:33

awww go on tell us the breed


Booboostwo Mon 30-Oct-17 17:38:31

It's very easy to show you health breed scores. Many you can see online at the bitch's and dog's KC registered pages. Others she can just scan and email you in five minutes. No health screening for he parents means 100% puppy farmer.

ShiksaSista Mon 30-Oct-17 18:03:55

Thanks BooBoo
We couldn't make it in the end so seeing him on Wednesday where we can meet mum and dad and go through all the paperwork which they've said they'll show up and we can make copies

Booboostwo Tue 31-Oct-17 08:01:42

Hope it goes well.

They have both the mum and the dad? That is also odd.

JigglyTuff Tue 31-Oct-17 08:18:46

I think this sounds v suss

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