Well here we are: Puppies are now 3 months old and while it is a good thing, what I feared may happen certainly has... We still have 5 of the 7 puppies. I have spoken to many breeders in my breed as well as others, and we all seem to be in the same boat: Declining puppy sales. I have never received so many emails asking me the price first off with no further correspondence. On the flip side of that I speak to some breeders that have waiting lists....why is this? Is there a trend towards smaller breeds? Is it the influence of the doodle breeds or designer breeds? I often hear from these breeders that they have waiting lists. What are your thoughts on why this is the case?
My second fear also came true, my 5 year old girl that I wanted to breed on her next heat (with her age now being a factor) came in season. I did not breed her. How can I justify breeding again when I have 5 little tyrants running around the house? They're actually REALLY good, thank goodness! So we have been doing everything we can to make sure they are socialized properly. We have been taking them places 2 at a time. Having one out at a time so they learn to be alone. I am also going to start crate training them this weekend.
In 19 years in the breed I have never had this problem, or these worries about selling my puppies. I hope it is not a sign of things to come... Maybe our sport is in bigger trouble then we realize...... ?