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Old 01-24-2010, 09:25 AM   #1
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I know I am going to get flamed for my dogs breeding, but it's a long story, I can go there if you wish, but basically my chihuahua/weenie dog is pregnant by my other chi/weenie mix. She is due around February 11th, Anyways, this is my first time having a pregnant dog. This was not my plan, and it will so be my last time, her x-ray showed 3 puppies, maybe 4. Anyways, how much do I charge for these puppies? I am not looking to make a buck, I am hoping to find them good homes, I don't want to sell them for 50 bucks and make them 'disposable' I want serious people only. I have a friend interested in getting a dog, should I charge her too? I just don't know the 'etiquette' for these types of things, we bought the male for 400, and the female for 350, so should I go along those lines? I am going to have them dewormed of course, and all the shots taken care of. I think I know most of the basics of whelping, but I am trying to learn as much as possible now that I have gotten myself into this situation, do you have any good resources? Thank you sooo much for any help/advice you can give. I do not want to be seen as a back yard breeder, this was not my plan, I will NOT be doing this again, the male goes to the vet next week to get fixed so this does not happen again.

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Hello snowhite and welcome to the forum.

I think if you want to make sure these puppies find good home, aside from whatever fee you charge it is essential that you screen potential buyers as opposed to handing over a puppy to anyone who can pay the fee. I'd ask for information on who their vet is and call the vet to see if they have been diligent about taking care of existing pets, do a background check (like check court records), do a home visit, ask for references etc. and if there are any red flags, "just say no."

As far as your friend goes I'd ask for the same amount of money you would ask from anyone else. Maybe your friend is decent, maybe not, but there is evidence that the dogs most likely to get dumped in shelters are the ones that people got for free. It seems that if people have to pay for a dog, they are more likely to try to keep it if and when problems arise.

The other thing to consider is that if these are very small dogs, they are currently popular and someone may try to get one so they can re-sell it at a high price. There may also be people who will see an opportunity to make a quick buck by getting an intact animal from you and breeding more little doggies. You may want to consider hanging onto them until they are old enough to fix and THEN find homes for them so you don't end up fueling BYBs.

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Thank you so much for your help. Good idea about asking for a vet contact, I've seen that on application forms to get a puppy from a shelter, but didn't think about asking myself. Yes, I am worried about giving a free puppy to that friend because she is more like an acquaintance than a friend. I think I will just put the dogs up for their price, and then see if she is still interested. I am so worried, basically what happened was my dogs hooked up through the kennel. I didn't even know that was possible. I had been very good at keeping them apart, I had one in the kennel, one out at all times. Or one upstairs/one downstairs. This was working well until they locked up with the kennel in between them. I was shocked.

I had one more question, how close should my emergency vet be? We had an issue with my male dog and his anal gland exploding and we had to take him to an emergency vet because it was Sunday and it took us forever to find one that wasn't out to make a quick buck, some even suggested SURGERY! wow! So we finally found one, but it's about 30 minutes away, should I search for a closer emergency vet in case something goes wrong with her in the middle of the night, or does that sound reasonable?

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Very often your regular vet can recommend a covering vet or emergency vet for when s/he is not available who might be closer to where you live if the distance is a concern for you. I live in a large metropolitan area with several emergency vets available but because of traffic and route considerations the one that is geographically the closest is not the one I can get to the fastest. My emergency vet service is located at a veterinary specialist center, 11 miles and 13 minutes from my home. It's always a good thing to have a contingency plan at the ready should the need arise and a referral from your regular vet who knows your dogs and their medical needs can help rule out the ones that might not be as reliable or with whom you are not as comfortable.
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alright, I don't want to pester you guys, but should I have puppy formula on hand? is it common to need it? What brand do you recommend? I can't seem to find much on it. I feel so overwhelmed.

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You might want to start a new thread - the title of this isn't going to indicate that you need help with whelping.
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As far as asking money for mixed breeds.... You shouldn't offer that much for a mix. You will need to get some (but not all) of your money back for the vet fees, shots, etc. I got my mix for $6.

The most important thing is that you do an in-home visit for all prospective buyers. Get vet reference. Check the home for a fence, reasonably clean, dog safe, etc. If the people already have dogs, check for water available, food, what do they feed, how well trained are the dogs, are the dogs showing signs of aggression, how do the people handle the dogs, do the dogs look happy. Also, is the home stable if there is a couple involved. In other words, do the couple seem committed and in a long term relationship.

What matters is the home. Charging more won't get you a better home, and it may well mean you will miss MANY good homes. I wouldn't pay more than for shots for a mix, and I'm an awesome home. I'd think you were a "back yard breeder" and trying to make money on mixes.
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After following all the helpful advice already given the next thing to consider is to socialise the puppies starting at about 2 weeks old. Here's an article on socialising puppies to be well rounded happy dogs.
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/fearfulness

Don't let the title fearfulness stop you from reading the whole article.
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