- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009
The nearby puppy is a tri-color female and the last one left out of a litter of 4. The breeder thinks it’s because the other three had white on their faces but could also be because she’s the runt. Shots, worming, dewclaws have been done. She’s only 1 hour/50 miles away. Her dogs are bred pretty much just for companionship but she said she has had some people go onto show some of them and one lady has gotten two pairs to work her bulls. She has not had her breeding dogs’ hips or eyes checked and does not have a Breeders Contract. She does have the great-grandma on site we could meet though with is something. The mother is small – only 20 lbs – and the sire just barely meets the standard at 25-27 lbs. I kind of like the idea of a smaller Corgi but I don’t love that they don’t meet the breed standard. This pup is currently 9 weeks but I’ll be spending the first week of March with my mom and she’s not up to having dogs around right now so the breeder would keep her until I get back. That would put her at 11 weeks, which is awesome. She’s asking $400 registered or $300 without papers. (She would not be bred so competing in AKC herding trials is the only reason I can think of maybe wanted her papered but that’s unlikely so we’d probably go without.)
Then we figured we should check with some family friends before going to see her. They have a cattle ranch, use corgis and have a litter every so often. Just so happens that they have a litter of 7 right now that’s 6 weeks old! (3 tri-colors and 4 reds, males and females of each color)
So now the pro/cons begin. The M’s live 4 hours/200 miles away and while they’re trusted family friends, we don’t know what kind of breeders they are. Just that they currently have 3 generations of working Corgis, which makes it sound like they’re healthy and age well. No idea if the parents have had their hips or eyes checked. The pups have their first shots, dew claws, etc. done and are registered. She sells them for $450 but would give us one for $400. Oh, and she hasn’t advertised them yet so we could likely have 1st or 2nd pick of the litter. However, we may just have to pick the pup solely though pictures and their recommendation. That’s a long ways to go just to meet them without being able to bring one home. They’d be ready to go March 11 which I think puts them at 9 weeks.
I think I’m leaning towards one of the M’s dogs but we’ll probably still go meet the close one. Oh, and I’ll swing by the shelter when I’m in town tomorrow, just in case, but odds aren’t great.
What would you do?
And for gratuitous cuteness: a picture of one of the lone puppy’s sisters.
I don’t have any pictures of the M pups yet but they’ll hopefully get emailed to us tonight. I’ll post them when they do. 😉
I should also add that this would be my first non-shelter dog since I was probably 8 years old. The guilt over not rescuing one is definitely there but I have my reasons (all of which weren’t listed here) so I’m trying to manage it.