Hazards of buying an older dog from a breeder
Many owners decide to get a dog but don't want to go through puppyhood. Prospective owners might opt for a purebred dog from a breeder but want one that is not a puppy.
Often breeders hold back certain puppies from sale so that they can see how they "turn out" from a show or breeding perspective. In other cases, some puppies just never get sold, or sometimes a puppy was returned.
While the thought process is valid, e.g., not wanting to go through potty training, biting and the like, some beliefs have inherent fallacies.
If you have made a decision to acquire a specific breed dog from a breeder, what might you be getting?
Some undesirable characteristics could include:
If you are lucky when acquiring this dog, he has lived in the breeder's home and has had exposure to kids and other people. He has been taken places other than dog shows.
She has had special attention from people. She has been leash-walked to potty.
By purchasing or adopting from a breeder, you can have the specific breed you want. Make sure the dog is of a size and age that works with your family.
However, just because they are past puppyhood does not mean they are well-trained, secure, self-assured dogs. Most issues can be worked through with time but require patience and training on the new owner's part.
Abby Bird is owner of Alpha Dog Obedience Training. email@example.com