About the cost of the puppy and his choice
Absolutely subjective notes reflecting the author’s view on the sale of puppies in general and puppies from their own kennel in particular.
This article was written at a time when there were puppies in the kennel, so to speak, according to fresh impressions, it was addressed mainly to potential buyers, but since all my breeders who sold puppies complained about how clearly the speech of the breeders of RRK and how clearly they were instructed, I decided that maybe this information will be useful for the breeders of the National Club, as well as for professionals in regions that are just starting to breed.
Every day at least 20 times I answer questions about puppies. Therefore, I decided to write this article about puppies and their acquisition opportunities.
First of all, gentlemen, they are alive – they are not cars, not real estate, why are so few people asking about the puppies themselves? Yes, of course, nobody will give puppies for which the price is around $ 600, for 100. Just because:
– If you have been dreaming about a Labrador for a long time and cannot save money for it, then how will you maintain it?
– if you didn’t even dream about him at all, and this is a momentary whim and right now you have only so much money and have fired up to buy a dog, do you need it or will you abandon it (or throw it away worse), carried away by something else?
– If you are a principled opponent of buying a dog expensive, then continuing this theory, you need to feed the dog with garbage.
But believe me, if you need a dog, you can always find a compromise. This is not a guide to action – in fact, you can’t buy a Mercedes at the price of Zaporozhets, how many do not bargain. But you can buy a puppy in installments, for puppies, etc. Only in this case you should not be offended that, for example, you will not be given the documents until the final payment.
In addition, in a huge number of announcements, information, you need to be able to navigate, or at least try to understand why this or that puppy is asked for exactly this amount. For example, in Finland the price range for puppies is about 50 Euros (at a price of about 1000 Euros), so they buy it either simply in a kennel that is closer so as not to travel far, or from a specific breeder if they want to take a dog seriously.
I am very upset when decent people come with a one-year-old dog and start a conversation about exhibitions, and the dog is cute, beloved, sleek, but her rating is tenth “very good” at best — she would sit on the couch and please the owners. But the owners “fired up” with exhibitions, they are ready to pay any money to the handler, but only to be exposed. A year ago, they were sure that it was stupid to buy a dog for more than $ 200. Does the buyer pay twice? “Perhaps, but very sorry for both people and the dog …”
When selling, there was a certain stereotype, there is a set of certain expressions – try to understand what is behind them:
ELITE PUPPIES – apparently, it is a synonym for the word “beautiful”. In fact, this term has an absolutely specific meaning – the “Elite” class is the result of scoring (that is, evaluating a dog by the total score). The score is awarded on points – the dog receives some points for the titles, some for a working diploma, some for each puppy who came to the exhibition or for working trials. The rating was widespread in the Soviet cynological organizations – DOSAAFE, MGOLS – was the subject of worries, intrigues, etc. In fact, since the exterior and the participation of descendants in exhibitions are equally taken into account, the most active breeders, and not the best dogs, achieved the best results.
BONITITATION IS NOT BEING PERFORMED IN RKF, AND THE ELITE IS NOT AWARDED.
Until now, only hunting clubs play these “games”, but there they take into account the exterior rating given only by the expert hunter and, of course, the descendants, and a diploma is issued that you can take an interest in. As for the assessment of the exterior, I know 5 brilliant expert hunters, and 500 are judged by exhibitions.
UNIQUE LITTER – try to ask the breeder to explain what he means by these words. From my point of view, “unique” is mating abroad, there are no other such bloods in Russia and there is a chance that males will knit. If dad and mom, their parents, littermates live nearby, then what is unique here? Even when puppies from mating in Finland were sold with Tweedledum Steamy Windows a few years ago and all the advertising was based on the uniqueness of the blood, and at the same time puppies from the daughter of the same dog were sold, then from my point of view, this was pure fraud intended for laymen .
MALES WILL KNIT – and who guarantees it to you? And how much will they knit? In the case of a club chairman who is madly devoted to his lines and a favorable combination of circumstances, your dog will be tied 4 times in a lifetime. In Russia, there is now a fairly high level of Labradors (for goldens, see below) – we almost caught up with Europe – and there the males mate a little, ours in our own kennel, etc. The slogan “the dog will mate” is when the Czechs rented in Belgium