Buying An Older Pup, or "Leftover Pup"



     There are a lot of ideas about the "correct" age to buy a pup, or how to pick one.  Really, there are no hard and fast rules about this.  A lot of  the process of  picking a puppy has to do with individual taste and goals, and a chemistry between the pup and potential owner. One person's "pick" puppy may not be remotely desirable to another, and vice versa.  So just because there is only a pup or two left, it doesn't mean they are not going to be the "best" pup in the litter for you.  

   Also, while I tend to like to see puppies in their homes by 8 weeks of age, sometimes that is not possible.  As long as the pup is worked with daily, and introduced to all the things he may encounter in his future life, it is not bad to buy an older puppy.  You may find that he housebreaks faster since he has more control, and if he's been well socialized and trained by the breeder, it can save you time starting all these processes.  On the other hand, if the breeder just stuck him out in a kennel and didn't do much, you may have a harder time helping him adjust to life as a pet.  So take that into consideration and discuss that with the breeder.

   Some breeders keep a pup or two back to grow out, and decide which may best fit their goals, and offer the other one for sale at a later date.  These may be very nice pups but just not exactly what a breeder was hoping to add, and you have the benefit of getting a pup with some training.

   As far as pricing on an older puppy, some breeders may discount them somewhat, but others may not, as they will have more time and effort in the pup if they are working with it.  The pup will have had  his vaccination and worming schedule continued, and the extra training may justify a higher price, especially if it is a lot older puppy or young adult.


   Here is a link to a great article about the "leftover puppy."  She covers all the same points I would and I totally agree with what is said in the article! 


    This story should come with a tissue warning, but to me it sums up what this breed is all about, how the bond with a special dog can change your life.


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     "Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully."
     2 Corinthians 9:6