My daughter said she heard Germans didn't like to sell dogs to Americans because they tend to leave them because they don't want to pay to take them back. I was curious if you had heard that and if you had any issue with that. Thanks!
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Issues? Yeah you could say that.
We started looking for a dog nearly two years ago. We didn't have a breed picked out and really wanted a rescue. The pounds here are run very differently from the states. First, we had to drive over an hour to even find a place that would look at us as a case by case situation and not just the blanket statement of "no americans". I understand that rule though. There really is a problem with soldiers leaving pets when they move. Sometimes it's because they're deploying and they don't have a choice to bring them but not always.
Once it became apparent that we weren't going to be able to get a young rescue dog locally we looked into what it would take to get a pound puppy from the states brought over here. Even though you can find puppies all over the place in pounds, especially if you aren't looking for anything specific it would still cost so much to ship a dog and the added stress is something we wanted to skip if we could.
Next came the breed search. After looking up everything and talking to anyone we could get a hold of we decided on a Havanese. Finding breeders that would deal with Americans was easy compared to shelters but it still took time. We found Die JoKiTas's and were so very lucky. They speak very little english and we speak very broken german and they were still so welcoming. She translated everything so we knew exactly what Indy was doing during the day and sent pictures every week. I do think we're missing out because I won't walk away with a breeder who I will be able to contact with any questions. I know they would do their best to help but the language barrier is so hard to overcome. I've read so many stories here about how breeders become good friends and I hate that we miss out on that but I'm so glad that Indy is apart of our family.
So yes. Finding a young dog as an American can be a little bit of a problem but it just makes bringing home the fur ball that much more exciting!