Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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It totally depends on the breeder. There have been several puppies that I've kept to show and then as they get old enough for showing age or even thereafter, I realize they are not necessarily what I want in my breeding program.
Breeders are constantly reviewing their future and their goals. Sometimes they realize that even as much as they love a dog, the dog would be better off in a pet home vs. kept in their kennel/home as a larger pack.
If you are really interested, I think it is a good idea to contact some reputable breeders that regularly refer to other breeders. Many of us network with other breeders so we can help those great dogs find fabulous homes. I have a large network of breeders that I do ask regularly if they have older puppies or adults that need re-homing.
Be aware that some breeders do not necessarily lessen the cost for older dogs and may even charge more. It just depends on the breeder and the dog.