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If there is a compelling reason to have the breeder fly up rather than you fly down, then by all means do it, as long as you feel 100% confident in the breeder. However, even if you DO feel very comfortable with the breeder (as I did) there are some real advantages to going down to get the pup yourself. First, although a good breeder will do their best to pair you with a pup who is the right match for you, they can't know you all that well from the limited contact you have with them ahead of time. My trainer was adamant that I needed to be prepared to walk away if it wasn't the right puppy. That's a lot harder to do in an airport, when the breeder has come all the way up to you.
Second, I wanted to see, first hand, the conditions my prospective pup was living under. I wanted to meet both of his parents, and see for myself what their temperaments were like. Having met "the whole family" I felt really comfortable that I was getting THE right puppy for me. Every puppy is cute... I wanted to feel comfortable that I had the best shot possible of finding, in a year or two, that I had the DOG I wanted.
Third, the time I spent in the breeders' home (Pam and Tom King, who are members of this forum) was invaluable. They showed me how to bathe him, clip his nails, trim his feet, tummy and bottom. They even showed me how to "line brush" an adult Hav's coat. They were a wealth of knowledge about the breed in general, and I left feeling that I had not only gained a puppy, but new friends as well.
Travelling home with Kodi was really not difficult. The Kings provided me with EVERYTHING I needed for the trip, from Sherpa bag, to potty pads to toys and everything in between. We had a two hour car ride to the airport, and he slept most of the way. He woke up and whined at one point, so we took him out of his bag, put him on his pad and he peed. Put him back in the bag, and back to sleep he went. We gave him an opportunity to pee just before we got on the plane, and he slept quietly until we got to Boston. After another pee break there, he was set for the hour ride home. Maybe not all puppies are as sterling as Kodi was (and I do know the Kings had already introduced him to the Sherpa bag, crates, and riding in the car) but from what I've read, most puppies sleep pretty well on an airplane.
I know that for some people it's not possible to travel to get their puppy. And I think it's a great sign that your breeder cares enough about her puppies to be willing to travel to you. But I urge you to consider going if you can. It's a part of your puppy's life story that you can't really experience any other way.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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