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    What I don't get is that the ads tell you what they want for a deposit on a puppy, but they won't tell you the cost of the puppy.

    Who cares how much the deposit is, if you don't know how much the puppy costs? Anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swampcollie View Post
    Once you get out of the newspaper puppy world, most breeders don't post prices in ads.

    Most breeders want to have some conversation with the prospective homes for their puppies. They want to discuss many things and develop a feel for what kind of home a prospective owner will provide for the puppy. If the breeder has any kind of uneasy feeling about somebody they will more than likely not sell them a puppy. So if you're interested in a puppy, call the breeder. They intentionally omitted the price to foster communication with people.

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    The first litter I advertised 2 1/2 years ago I did not include the price. The most recent litter, a repeat of the first, I did advertise the price. Two interesting things. The litter where I included the price produced fewer calls, but most were serious. That same litter ad also resulted in three scam emails with offers to pay more than my asking price, where the first ad I ran did not attract any scammers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    What I don't get is that the ads tell you what they want for a deposit on a puppy, but they won't tell you the cost of the puppy.

    Who cares how much the deposit is, if you don't know how much the puppy costs? Anyone?

    Renee: for the same reason that country clubs dont advertise the cost of membership...about 15 years ago a well known owner of a nationally known dog was at a FT boasting about a litter of puppies sired by his dog..my brother and his wife just happened to be at the trial and were just spectators seeing if any familiar faces were in the gallery and they were looking to get back in the game...Clint politely asked how much the puppies were going for, and got a very blunt "you can't afford one"..when the seller later found out that my brother was a Dr. with previous FT experience at the national level he apologized...but just shows that breeders can be very picky about who they sell their dogs to and just because you can afford the asking price doesnt mean they will sell you one
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    Egocentric and rediculous. Just my opinion.

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    I'm not in the market for a puppy...I just bought one and am happy with him and the breeder. Great experience all around.

    But to add to this...when you see that a breeder wants to interview a potential buyer to see where the puppy is going, or "to competitive homes" only or preferred, what IS or ARE the most important factors in placing puppies?

    Is it more important that the puppies are in a HT or FT home? Or more important that they're in a good environment/family? Hypothetically, if someone wanted a $2,500 puppy, to hunt 60 days a year or more, and be a great family pet and a responsible owner, would this deter someone from placing said puppy in that home?

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    I've spent hours and hours, year after year, looking into what's being bred. Price has never factored into my decision on a litter. Price really isn't something I need to know until I've decided that's the litter I want. Whether the dog ends up being $900 or $2500, I'm going to pick the litter that I believe is best suited for me. The puppy is going to be a partner with me for hopefully the next 12-15 years, so I'm going to find the best possible match. And don't get me wrong, I don't have money to just be throwing away, I'm one that is holding my breath every month waiting on my pay check. But when it comes to getting a dog, I don't let the price influence my decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    Renee: for the same reason that country clubs dont advertise the cost of membership...about 15 years ago a well known owner of a nationally known dog was at a FT boasting about a litter of puppies sired by his dog..my brother and his wife just happened to be at the trial and were just spectators seeing if any familiar faces were in the gallery and they were looking to get back in the game...Clint politely asked how much the puppies were going for, and got a very blunt "you can't afford one"..when the seller later found out that my brother was a Dr. with previous FT experience at the national level he apologized...but just shows that breeders can be very picky about who they sell their dogs to and just because you can afford the asking price doesnt mean they will sell you one
    BINGO! BonMallari **** just shows that breeders can be very picky about who they sell their dogs to and just because you can afford the asking price doesnt mean they will sell you one ****

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    Let's say I call breeder and say I am a successful Doctor or Lawyer .. do I get charged the same price?
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    Figure the deposit is roughly 25-33% is the total asking price for a pup.

    Breeders that "prefer FT , HT homes " are able to get official verification and records of what they created.
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