I have seen this often in posts to be an important question to ask a breeder, however, I am very unclear as to how long of a time frame should a buyer be looking for. Also, why is it so important? Just something I'm not understanding.
hi, I get asked that a lot, and sometimes I wonder why, myself! However, when I transitioned from Labs to Doodles (it's a long story so I'll leave it at that) I told some clients some things that were said out of my own ignorance and inexperience with doodles. So now, when someone approaches me about being mentored into breeding I tell them to be honest about their experience: it should be reflected in their price and in how they speak to clients or potential clients. Inexperience is nothing to be ashamed of, but it also can mean that not everything is going to be clear or accurate, that an inexperienced breeder says.
does that help you at all?
I don't think that a new breeder should be avoided at all! I just think that it's one factor. If they are trying to be responsible and honorable it's great. They'll be even better after about 3 more litters. :wink:
The only reason I tell people to ask that questions is if you would have a problem with the dog a year from now and they are no longer in business you have no recourse and the contract they may have given you is worthless. No with that said someone who has been breeding for years could just decide to stop one day and retire.
So the main thing is ask a lot of question get a written contract most of the time you can tell if a breeder knows what they are talking about in the answers they give you. Hope this helps.
Ya know what? I'm taking the topic and veering off a bit, but if a doodle-owner is one that wants to have that "one litter...for my kids... cuz we want one of her puppies.....etc etc. then the buyer of those puppies really has no support if something shows up later do they?
I don't see this as the same as inexperience, with a breeder who's committed to making their name and sticking around, but it is just now occurring to me that the 1-litter breeders could be a problem for the people buying those puppies farther down the road.