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Old 05-23-2012, 08:05 PM
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Same with Finn and I.
Always nice to hear that! I was worried about it with Sako at first, but after talking to her for hours on the phone, I felt it was the right choice!

You know I secretly want a BC..

Guess it's not a secret anymore LOL.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:14 PM
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Honestly, the breeders who just let you pick with no input worry me.

My last three dogs were selected for me.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:19 PM
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Mia was selected for me. I asked about a different (older) puppy but the breeder suggested Mia. It's been by far the best choice ever for me. Mia is pretty much the best thing in the world.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:20 PM
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Not sure.. I trusted my breeder though. The day I met Sako was the day I picked him up! Couldn't have asked for a better dog.
Same here for both schnauzers.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:21 PM
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I only have experience watching my family place hounds and working ACDs, and from what I saw, the people wouldn't have been able to pick on their own.

when they came, they had a list of what they were looking for. why would they know best how to pick a dog that they have just met and spent maybe an hour with, or a few hours over the course of a few days, non-consecutively, than the person who has just spent every waking hour with them for 12 weeks?
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:51 PM
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I knew exactly what I wanted in my puppy.

The breeders were able to tell me which puppy fit what I wanted.

They were right.

Happily ever after.

If I was determined to pick my own pup...well I would have gone elsewhere I suppose. Wasn't so didn't.
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I knew exactly what I wanted in my puppy.

The breeders were able to tell me which puppy fit what I wanted.

They were right.

Happily ever after.

If I was determined to pick my own pup...well I would have gone elsewhere I suppose. Wasn't so didn't.
^THIS.
I know what I want.
I tell the breeder what I am looking for.
Breeder asked a few questions such as make a list of things you are looking for and put them in order of importance.
Breeder then picks a puppy that best fits my list. Or tells me she doesn't have what I'm looking for.
A good breeder KNOWS her puppies and puppy buyers and can pick out the best puppy that fits that owner.
Ivans breeder did a good job of matching him and I up that, I will be going back to her for a second dog. Which is totally common with this breeder to get repeat puppy people and even multiple repeat puppy buyers.
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Dreizehn is my first dog and his breeder picked him for me.

I told her exactly what I wanted/needed personality wise, I told her what I was expecting to be doing in my life and with the dog. I told her that I wanted a black/rust male. With that information, his breeder picked him for me. Originally she was choosing between three dogs and having met all three I know that she made the right choice for me.

Now, if I was somebody who had spent years and years in the breed around many a puppy than maybe I would have asked if I could have some more specific input in choosing a puppy. But ultimately, unless I was spending multiple hours multiple days each week with the dogs how would I ever know which puppy fit what I was looking for?
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:20 AM
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I have two sight unseen dogs asleep on my bed. Both so different and yet both the perfect fit for our family. My breeder has been judging and breeding Paps for over 40 years. I think I might trust her a bit.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:01 AM
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Now, if I was somebody who had spent years and years in the breed around many a puppy than maybe I would have asked if I could have some more specific input in choosing a puppy.
I guess to me even if the breeder wants to pick the pup for you, that doesn't prevent you from also quietly picking the pup for you if you wish to do that. If both picks match -- great! Done deal. If not, talk about it or walk away and try again elsewhere.
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