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Thought I'd found my pup but had a disheartening phone call with the breeder. Please let me know if I am being too fussy/ pernickity and if what I'm asking is above and beyond.

I asked if the parents both had health testing as only the father was mentioned on the advert. The reply I go was that only the father's testing was relevant. As my garden is a communal one that other dogs use, I asked if the breeder (a home one) would be happy to keep the dog until it was 12 weeks and was fully protected immunity wise. The breeder sounded shocked at this response and kinda laughed me off. She didn't understand my concern. Maybe I'm benig over cautious?

She did say she would discuss with her partner. Thoughts and opinions are very welcome!

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Gilly
 

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Are the other people sharing the garden neighbours? If they are and the dogs are all healthy and vaccinated it would not stop me using the garden and I would prefer to bring a pup home earlier so I could be sure they were getting the vital socialisation they need.

The answer about only the dad needing health testing though - that would make me run a mile ...
 

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Thanks for replies. Good to heqt that advice re socialising and other dogs having their vacs. It went into detail re the dads (poodle) genetic testing but nothing about the mum. When I enquired as to the mum's health the lady just said it was only the Dad's testing that mattered?!! �� She couldn't give me any info re the mums health. She did say she would speak to her partner but she's never phoned back. After the way she wa on the phone I think I'll be going elsewhere. I would have thought if all was good she'd have been happy and pleased to share info about the dogs!
 

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Thanks for replies. Good to heqt that advice re socialising and other dogs having their vacs. It went into detail re the dads (poodle) genetic testing but nothing about the mum. When I enquired as to the mum's health the lady just said it was only the Dad's testing that mattered?!! 🤔 She couldn't give me any info re the mums health. She did say she would speak to her partner but she's never phoned back. After the way she wa on the phone I think I'll be going elsewhere. I would have thought if all was good she'd have been happy and pleased to share info about the dogs!
 

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That does all sound a bit strange so you have probably made the right decision to go elsewhere. I am not 100% sure, but with regards to the health screening, it might be that spaniels don't suffer from the same genetic health issues that poodles can do? So therefore she has had the dad screened (or rather the person that owns him has in order to use him as a stud) but it isn't overly necessary for the mum? That's just me assuming/guessing, don't take that as gospel by any means, just thinking about why she might say that it's not relevant. But even if that's true, she should at least be happy to talk about the health of the mum without a doubt. It casts a doubt over whether she actually owns the mum. Very odd. I would steer clear, there are plenty of genuine breeders out there who would gladly talk all day about their dogs!

With regards to collecting the puppy at 12 weeks, I would strongly recommend not doing that. 8/9 to 12 weeks is a crucial developmental stage, and it's vital that he/she is with you. That's when the house training can be taught and nailed (ours had got it by 12 weeks), they build the bond/attachment to you in that time, and also it's really important for socialisation. I would hazard a guess that any breeder wouldn't want anyone to collect a puppy at 12 weeks because they will know all those things, and they know that it's important for them to be with their new owner during that time. That might be why the lady you spoke to brushed off that idea. Also I doubt that any breeder would house train a puppy for you or socialise it, so you would pick up a 12 week old puppy that might already have some bad habits, or rather just not have been taught anything. Plus you want your puppy to bond with you not the breeder. And also, they grow really fast during that time, so you would miss out on the really really small cute puppy phase. The difference in our Henry from 9 to 10 weeks was crazy, he grew so much you could have watched him grow I swear! I agree with 2ndhandgal, if the garden you share is also shared by vaccinated, friendly, healthy dogs, you should be ok.

Let us know what happens, hopefully some of that has helped. If it doesn't feel right, don't part with your cash or your heart!
 

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That's really helpful HenryPup27. I'll go with an 8 week pup then!! Excited!! Will keep posted when I've found the one ��
 

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That's really helpful HenryPup27. I'll go with an 8 week pup then!! Excited!! Will keep posted when I've found the one 💙
 
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