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Buying a dog or puppy with the
intention of breeding.
This is going to be a blunt, straight up note for my
customers who are considering getting into the breeding business or adding to
their breeding program.
First of all, let me say that there are just as many people getting into the
breeding business everyday as there are getting out. This is not easy. It
takes a lot of work, sweat, time, self-education and lots of tears. If you are
a new Aussie breeder, welcome!
If you are looking into buying a puppy or dog with the intentions of making
money, let me say that this is an investment. YOUR investment. Like all good
investments, there are risks involved. Please understand that these dogs are
animals. They can die. They can have issues which no one could possibly know
about that could cause the dog to be unbreedable for one reason or another.
There is an endless amount of reasons. I could never cover them all.
They are animals.
These things happen.
They happen to me, they happen to everyone who is in it long enough. This is
just part of the risk we take when we make the investment.
As a seller, I never want someone to have a dog they are unhappy with.
Personally Iíd rather not sell a dog than take the chance that someone will be
unhappy with it. There is a person for every dog so therefore, there is no
reason for a dog to go somewhere that it would not be a good fit for that
That being said, it is possible to buy a puppy that for example, never comes in
heat or never breeds. That is not something that anyone can foresee. This is a
risk we all take when we buy a dog or a puppy. They are animals. Obviously, I
take the same risks. If I buy a dog that doesnít breed, wonít raise a litter or
has to have C-sections every time, I find them a pet home. I understand this is
part of it. No one owes me for this, it was MY investment. A chance I took.
This is common sense.
Now-I have had someone call me because their dog jumped out
of the truck and wanted me to pay for their vet bills and then replace it when
it didnít make it. Not happening.
I have had people call me after theyíve had their puppy for a month and all of
the sudden I get a call that died of hypoglycemia. They are, of course, sure it
isnít their fault and that I should pay for it. Here is the thing, I cannot
feed and take care of a puppy after it leaves here. I physically canít do it.
I have a very informative write up on my website that I spent hours doing so
people can be informed.
I have had someone that left the gate open, dog got out, got hit by a car and
they call me wanting me to help with vet bills because they canít afford it
without making payments so since, quote ďI can and should have compassion, I
SHOULDĒ pay the vet bills for the dog that got hit.
Yet another person called me wanting to pay vet bills on a puppy that got killed
because they left it unattended in an enclosure with other dogs. The puppy that
I sent them is the one that got killed by their other dogs so since they donít
even have the dog paid off yet, they wanted me to replace the puppy. Yes.
I can go on and on about the calls Iíve received over the
years. Itís common sense. I am obviously not going to replace a dog for these
Unfortunately, there are millions of things that can happen. Things that can go
wrong. I could never cover every situation that would possibly come up. I deal
with things professionally on a case to case basis. And as a helpful hint, I
sure deal much better with people who do not call yelling and making threats.
Do I replace dogs? Of course! If there is a real problem
with a dog, I want to know so that I can fix it. I want people to be happy. I
run a successful business and I havenít gotten where I am today by scraping by,
coning people into buying something they donít want or doing people wrong. I
deal with each situation on a case to case basis. Using common sense. Itís
Will I stand behind a puppy if there is something wrong
with it? Of course! This is why I recommend taking your new puppy or dog to
the vet right away. They are vet checked before they leave but I like for you
to have your puppy checked out so you can ensure that when you receive the
puppy/dog it is up to your standards and expectations.
I have been on the bad end of deals with bad and
un-reputable breeders. Yes, Iíve bought dogs that were supposed to be one thing
and were not even the same dog pictured. Expensive ones. And their response
was- ďsometimes you just get screwedĒ. So, I just paid the stupid tax and went
Iíve bought dogs, unfortunately on several occasions, that were supposed to have
papers and then didnít. Part of making an investment. Sometimes they arenít
good ones. Sometimes you can get it worked out with a lawyer, sometimes it just
isnít worth the hassle. Again, I just write it off as having to pay the stupid
tax again. Believe me, Iíve been there. It sucks. And I will NEVER purposely
misrepresent a dog or intentionally sell someone a dog that isnít a good fit for
them. It sucks. And itís not good for the person or the dog. If the person
isnít happy, the dog isnít happy. Both are equally important.
OK, now that that is out of the wayÖ
Letís talk about expenses, let me tell you, there will be
expenses. There will be expenses that you have thought of and ones that you
havenít. Thatís just life. Things come up. Vet bills are not the only thing
Iím talking about. Housing for dogs and puppies isnít cheap. Even if they live
in your house and just have access to a fenced yard, it never fails. There will
be a hole in the fence, a dog door that needs installed, new buckets, new dog
houses, the expense of the government trying to make itís dime from your hard
work. Kennel licenses and taxes.
How am I successful?
For the first 10 years, I put everything back into my dogs. The profit I made
on my dogs went straight back into expanding or bettering my facilities, adding
to my breeding program, showing and promoting my dogs, vet bills, staying legal
and licensed and jumping through all the hoops is very expensive. Now Iím not
saying that if I didnít need a new refrigerator that I didnít go buy one. But
when youíre getting started if you want to be successful, just because you
profit $5000 on a litter that doesnít mean you have $5000 to go spend on a car,
a new wardrobe or whatever you want. It means that you have $5000 more to put
back for unexpected dog expenses or towards your next project. Be it updating
your dog facilities, buying a grooming table to make your job easier or adding
to your breeding program. I strongly believe that when spending money to make
your facilities better it saves you valuable time and money in the long run. I
have always spent the extra time and money to make things easier. To work for
me instead of against me.
To be successful this is, in my opinion, the only way to
go. Dogs are first. Always. No matter what. If that is not or can not be
the case, this is not the business for you. These are animals. They live for
us and they have no say in what kind of life they have. We are their world. We
are what makes their lives good, bad, fun or miserable. If you canít make the
commitment to make their lives the best possible, please consider another
investment. This is not the lifestyle for you.
Let me say, we have just had a blunt discussion about
buying dogs/puppies as investments. Let me be very clear. Anytime I spend
money on something, as a business woman, I consider it an investment. Vehicle,
phone, horses, dogs, saddles, computers, anything. Now that being said, these
dogs are not JUST an investment to me. They are my life. My world. They are
my every single day. They are what I live for. I plan my life around them as
you would around your children. They are all individuals that hold special
places in my heart. Many are spayed and retired here. They will live out their
lives here if I can not find the perfect home that fits them. They earn that.
They deserve that. Many of these are 5-8 generations my breeding. That means
that I have several generations of old ladies hanging out here while I raise
their great great great great great great grand puppies. There arenít words to
describe sitting on a bench with 6 generations of dogs that Iíve raised and
loved over the last decade sitting in my lap. The pride, the unconditional
love, the blood sweat and tears that we have shared over the years. It must
compare to the way great grandparents feel when they sit down for dinner with
their family. Several generations under the same roof. Proud to be a part of
something so wonderful that has taken years of love and nurturing. Something
they have spent their life doing.
For me, my life, I wouldnít change a thing. Iíll always have Aussies. I
wouldnít be happier if I won the lottery. Even then (Iíd have to buy a lottery
ticket first) Iíd still have my dogs. I wonít lie, Iíd probably hire more
staff, but I would never be without my dogs and the wonderful friends Iíve made
through this journey.
~ proud Aussie breeder since 2002
Thanks for reading and understanding! As always feel free
to call or email with any questions or concerns.