Lincoln and Scout's Mom
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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How best to help someone w/ puppy search?
How do you help friends find a puppy, when they are not able to go the "reputable breeder" route?
I have helped two friends find puppies now - both did their research and went the reputable breeder route.
But now, I have a third friend who just does not have the money to spend on a puppy from a reputable breeder. I am encouraging her to do more research into different breeds, and steered her towards petfinder.com. I am concerned she will give into those "bargain" puppies offered on the internet here and there by backyard breeders or puppy mills. I've given her good info, encouraged her to think about the cost of the dog being the least amount of money she will spend on this dog over its lifetime, and how much vet bills can add up for an unhealthy dog, etc. She was interested in a non-Hav breed and talked to one breeder (got the name from the AKC parent club website) who told her if she couldn't afford the $1800 for the dog, to check the newspaper!
At this point, I'm really trying to slow her down so she doesn't make an impulsive decision. Another mutual friend told her the same thing - that it took them well over a year to find their dog and they are glad they took the time.
Help. Do you find yourself in this position too? People asking you to help them find a pup, you educating them, etc. What do you tell them? What if they are just not willing to wait to save the money, or spend that kind of money on a dog, etc.?