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Old 01-28-2013, 10:59 AM
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Default Breeders, is age of buyer a serious concern?

Hi all! New here, though not to dog ownership - I finally get to say that after raising Gyp from pup to age three, woot! - or dog forums.

I will be, in the next year or so, very seriously investigating breeders in the hopes of acquiring a puppy or young adult of a rare breed from a closeknit breed community. I have nothing but the very best intentions for this dog, of course, and would only add to the gang when I'm financially, emotionally, and in all other ways prepared. I'm the type of person to plan ahead and out, often in excess. As it is, I've been researching this particular breed since I got Gypsy.

However, I am only 22 years old. As a breeder, would my age be a concern for you? On the flipside, as a buyer, was your age a concern for your breeder? A barrier to purchasing a puppy? What kinds of things could I do to reassure the breeder, if possible?

I'm meeting a breeder this weekend. Not to purchase, or even plan to purchase, but to meet some fine examples of the breed. As much research as I've done, I've never met any of these dogs. But this is about to change! Anyway, I'm a little nervous that I won't be taken seriously. Or that my age will come as a surprise or disappointment.

GYPSY, border collie & Australian shepherd mix, 1/10/10
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