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I am often wondering about this: What went wrong when you read on a breeder`s website or in the newspaper or whereever: "puppies left" What does that mean? Does it mean that there are too many puppies generally? Or that there aren`t enough true and good setter people around?
I do feel sorry for these puppies. What could be done? Should breeders breed less?
I know what you mean, Christine.
Some breeders are breeding for money and are not too botherered if they still have youngsters from a previous litter still looking for homes before mating the next bitch. Also in a close geographical area it does not make sense to breed a bitch if there are already 3 litters from other breeders still looking for homes... It makes one wonder if the puppies remaining with the breeder will get the required socialisation and attention they need at that crucial age.
I also wonder if the breeder who has 5-6 month old pups waiting for a buyer will be quite so critical when it comes to assessing the potential new owners - is it not more likely the pup will be sold just so as to be rid of it?
I really think breeders should consider whether they have enough buyers lined up and waiting before they decide to mate a bitch and also whether there are breeders close by still 'sitting on' their last litter.
Agree with Susan
It does sound like this is a country specific problem. I'm astounded to hear that the number of German IS breeders has doubled in the last five years. I never thought that Setters were that popular back home, certainly not when I was living there (which admittedly goes back quite some time now). Then again I don't come from a rural area. Before Errol appeared on the scene I was briefly considering travelling back to Germany to buy a pup there. They certainly seemed to be cheaper than in the UK. However, I didn't get the impression that the area around Berlin was buzzing with IS breeders but again this maybe area specific. I recently trawled the net again and suddenly came across quite a number of German websites I hadn't seen previously. Nevertheless these breeders all seemed kosher. Sadly I don't think that it is in the power of the Kennel Clubs to regulate the number of registered breeders, people would just 'go underground' and produce unregistered litters which would be worse for the breed as a whole and the pups in particular. The only hope we have is that people will realise that the market is saturated and will stop breeding altogether. A lot of people get put off breeding when they realise that they have made a loss from their litter.
Btw. I am seriously wondering whether the number of litters in the UK has increased, too. There seem to be far more litters listed on http://www.irishsetter.org.uk/puppies.htm than 1-2 years ago.
I sometimes run my best puppies on to four or five months or older, before I decide which one I want to keep. It doesnt mean they havent found good homes, just that I am slow to decide . No need to feel sorry for them
Occasionally somebody who has booked a puppy changes their mind, so an older puppy is left looking for a home
I do too Margaret. I have had a mouth go wrong on a puppy I kept years ago so now I will very often run on two just to make sure.
I do think though that Christine makes many valid points, particularly reference breeders who constantly have puppies for sale. Do they breed to keep, I wonder................