I understand completely Gabi. A lot of people do want an older puppy or dog for that reason. A retired breeder would be pretty old, and as other said, you may take a chance that it has not been a home raised dog. An older puppy can already be housebroken and crate trained for instance. That is why I was recommending considering my Grace as she is near 13 weeks old and has had training, but is still young enough for the puppy bonding that others mentioned as important as well. I didn't mean to try to talk you out of an older dog, just wondered what your reasons were so you could choose what would be best for children. Sorry if I offended anyone, it was certainly not my intent! Good luck on your search for the perfect pet for you family!
experience of owning a dog. It gives you wonderful perspective when the pup has matured and you look back at how well you did raising it. Older dogs do not equate with 'trained' dogs. You might get... more
dogs from other breeders that were shamefully undersocialized and poorly trained. I have one that I will have here forever that came from a large kennel as I could never in good conscience place her... more
I have retired many breeding dogs and they are well socialized, housetrained dogs ready to be part of a family and I think any family would be lucky to have them, I know other breeders who also raise ... more
make great pets, but let's face it, they are in the minority. Breeders who 'resell' their stud after they have used him up in their program come to mind. Most of those dogs are not house raised. They ... more
when you need it? Not because you said my name. I honestly feel like the biggest disservice many breeders do to themselves, their dogs and owners is keeping dogs past 8 weeks of age. Many don't have... more
There are many breeders who do a great job of raising a puppy from birth to 8 weeks but so much more care and attention goes into raising them right past 8 weeks. If they are not properly socialized... more