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11-10-2009, 10:34 AM

Advertising Litters - What is Acceptable?

Having just read the first few pages of a closed thread it seems that some people think that advertising litters at all is unacceptable, whereas others think the more advertising the better, so anyone got any opinions to share?

My personal opinion is that you should have a waiting list of people before you breed. But as any breeder will know, you can end up with more puppies than you expected (scans generally arent accurate) and people on your list can pull out for various reasons, so a waiting list is not guaranteed. If we have any "leftover" puppies we will advertise them on our CD page, our personal website and maybe the KC list. As well as letting the breed club know if they're getting within a couple of weeks of being ready to go and theres still no homes We have yet to have any puppies left after about 6 or 7 weeks, and we have been lucky to get wonderful homes for the pups. With our last litter we just put them on our website and on CD and we had about 30 enquiries


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11-10-2009, 10:42 AM
Personally, I think it all depends on where you advertise.

If a breeder has web site, that is a form of advertising

The breed clubs puppy register "advertising"

the KC , again their puppy register is advertising.

Putting word of mouth round friends in your breed, again is advertising.

All the above is acceptable to me.

Free adds, on line puppy sites, and bulletin boards in pets shops are not.

Only my opinion ofcause
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11-10-2009, 10:45 AM
Originally Posted by Jackbox View Post
Personally, I think it all depends on where you advertise.

If a breeder has web site, that is a form of advertising

The breed clubs puppy register "advertising"

the KC , again their puppy register is advertising.

Putting word of mouth round friends in your breed, again is advertising.

All the above is acceptable to me.

Free adds, on line puppy sites, and bulletin boards in pets shops are not.

Only my opinion ofcause

Thanks what i was asking for Thanks for your input!

I think you have to advertise (even just by word of mouth or on personal websites like you say!) or no one would know you're having pups and you'd never get new homes for them. But i do agree that some places are not as good, they attract a different type of person to what i would like... But each to their own i guess.
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11-10-2009, 10:48 AM
hi,
imo as long as its the truth and not a money making scheme
i dont see the problem
i got my 'best friend' through loot (19years ago,rip my Dizzy)and i dont regret it in the slightest.
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11-10-2009, 10:58 AM
I think it is quite unrealistic in most cases for breeders not to have to advertise their litter, or at least some of them. Waiting lists are great and I think most reputable breeders will have people enquiring long before any pups are born and are happy to go on a waiting list. I did that for my latest GSD, Yogi, and was third on the waiting list for a male pup.

However, I don't have a problem with advertising pups anywhere - it is more important IMO to screen enquirers for the pups from whichever source they come, and to make sure that the people you sell a pup to are capable of looking after the pup, are committed to it for life (as far as you can tell) and are happy to return the pup to you or refer back to you if they have any problems.
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11-10-2009, 11:16 AM
I had a full waiting list for my pups, however when it actually came down to it it turned out that 2 had got fed up of waiting (they only waited 3 months whilst a couple had been on there for 7 or 8 months) and got GSD's and another got a Sarloos cross. So I did advertise on the free sites and in Loot so we got a good number of enquiries then all of these were double vetted. I have ended up with them all in brilliant homes and am in contact with everyone, which was what I wanted. Enquiries that come through my website are directed to anyone I know who has pups expected and they returned the favour to me when mine were born. All would-be owners are double vetted anyway at the point of enquiry and they also are kept informed as to the availability of pups along the way.
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11-10-2009, 11:27 AM
Originally Posted by Moobli View Post
I think it is quite unrealistic in most cases for breeders not to have to advertise their litter, or at least some of them. Waiting lists are great and I think most reputable breeders will have people enquiring long before any pups are born and are happy to go on a waiting list. I did that for my latest GSD, Yogi, and was third on the waiting list for a male pup.

However, I don't have a problem with advertising pups anywhere - it is more important IMO to screen enquirers for the pups from whichever source they come, and to make sure that the people you sell a pup to are capable of looking after the pup, are committed to it for life (as far as you can tell) and are happy to return the pup to you or refer back to you if they have any problems.
I agree with this completely, also I was on a waiting list for both of my Dobies with the same breeder as it happens and in both instances the sex I wanted was not available once the pups were born. With Syd the entire litter was black and tan and I knew I wanted a brown male. With Rio I was second on the list for a brown bitch and there was only one in the litter. Someone else had been waiting over a year so obviously got the pup. Without other breeders advertising I would have been lost. Surely the onus is on the buyer to sift through the propective breeders just as it's the breeders job to find the best prospective owners. The best way to do that is to have a widest possible choice.
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11-10-2009, 02:09 PM
I've just got back from tattooing a litter of 9 6 week old Weimeraners & they are all spoken for, in fact the breeder has people waiting for his next litter. They are bred to work & are absolutely lovely, the breeder has three generations of bitches & he lost his old dog earlier this year.

TBH I would never breed a litter without knowing that I had homes for all the puppies or the room to run on ones that didn't have homes. I have never advertized any puppy I have bred & always end up with more homes than puppies.
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11-10-2009, 02:24 PM
Originally Posted by Moobli View Post
I think it is quite unrealistic in most cases for breeders not to have to advertise their litter, or at least some of them. Waiting lists are great and I think most reputable breeders will have people enquiring long before any pups are born and are happy to go on a waiting list. I did that for my latest GSD, Yogi, and was third on the waiting list for a male pup.

However, I don't have a problem with advertising pups anywhere - it is more important IMO to screen enquirers for the pups from whichever source they come, and to make sure that the people you sell a pup to are capable of looking after the pup, are committed to it for life (as far as you can tell) and are happy to return the pup to you or refer back to you if they have any problems.

What she said
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11-10-2009, 04:32 PM
I don't like seeing dogs in the free ads, or in pet shops but web sites, kennel club and breed clubs I don't have a problem with. If nobody knows you are having puppies or have got puppies then you won't find homes for them, the more enquiries you have the better chance of finding the right homes.
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