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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 personís needs. 
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.  www.PorterHorses.com/hypoglycemia.htm
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.  Really. 

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 reasons.
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 simple.

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 on.
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.

 

Lindsey  
       ~ proud Aussie breeder since 2002

Thanks for reading and understanding!  As always feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns. 

 

 

 

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