|Barked: Thu Nov 1, '12 12:28pm PST |
|My biggest question is what do these breeders do with their dogs, as in breed showing, field work, obedience/performance work?? If they are just breeding these dogs I think you have a legitiment concern about a dog sitting in a kennel for two years. If they do something with the dogs it is most likely the dog has at least been trained and gone to events away from the kennel.
As for them placing a dog they didn't breed and just got two years ago, I recently retired from breeding labs myself and two years earlier I had no intention of not continuing to show/breed, etc so it would have been likely that I could have had a younger dog for placement, HOWEVER, any time I ever got a dog from another breeder we co-owned and the understanding was that the dog would be returned to that breeder if I couldn't/didn't want to keep it.
A concern I might have would be a two year old dog being up for placement if because it failed its two year old hip exam and not because I didn't want to breed it??? Do you know these people well enough to know if they might just omit that information when placing the dog? If you were limiting the breeding you were doing it would seem more logical to place OLDER dogs, not young ones. I guess I would want to see copies of the hip, elbow, heart and eye clearances on ANY dog two years old or older before I took the dog.
As for price, I sell my older dogs for the same price as my puppies. Let's face it, they have cost me MUCH more to raise them to that age and it is much easier to determine the temperament, health, etc., of an already mature dog, plus they are covered with my same guarantee.