Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Snohomish, WA
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The run like hell feels like they got stung by a bee and need to race around the yard, house etc. for a minute or so until they have to catch their breath. Marley usually does it after I give him a bath...up and down the stairs, over the sofa, into one room room, then another etc. etc. It's pretty funny as long as you don't lose any priceless antiques in the process, LOL,
$1200 would be on the low side for a puppy that comes from a recommended breeder, $2000 range more likely. Yes, you can find some backyard breeders or puppy mills that will see you one for $600 or so, but I can only recommend NOT to go that route. There are lots of posts on this topic in the forum, read as much as you possibly can on that before ever going to visit a breeder (temptation to take one home will be way too much to handle, so you need to set your priorities up before a visit).
Potty training took a while with Marley, but after a few months he finally got it and he doesn't ever have any accidents. Having a breeder that sets them up right in that department is HUGE, if they develop bad habits in the first few weeks (e.g. because there are no separate sleep and elimination areas), potty training will be hell.
What are the other breeds you are considering?