Receipt of Puppy Deposit
Coatesville, PA 19320
Cell #: (484) 477-5389
Agreement Subject to the following terms and conditions, BUYER agrees to purchase and SELLER agrees to sell one Labrador Retriever puppy from the litter of the sire and dam listed below.
___________________________ has made a $300 deposit, totaling $1500. A balance of $1200 is due
at pickup (cash only). Add $500 more if shipping. This purchaser is _________ (to be filled out
by seller) on list to pick of puppy. Checks to: Karen
Sire: LAMBORN'S SHOW-ME GRAND
Dam: LAMBORN'S RIVER RUN
Gender: Male / Female
Color preference: Black / Yellow / Choc
Gender: Male / Female
Color preference: Black / Yellow / Choc
If breeding did not take or 1st and 2nd preference are not available, deposit can be held for next litter of equal breeding OR you can choose a pup not spoken for OR I will gladly refund your deposit. If you cannot pick up your pup at 8 weeks of age, a fee of 10. a day will be charged until pick up.
By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the conditions set forth in this contract.
New Owner Signature: ___________________________________ Date: ____________________
How did you hear about Lamborn's Labradors?____________________________
This ends the contract. Please copy, print and convert to one page above in black ink. Thank you.
I have the right to deny a pup to a buyer before or after deposit was made due to not the right home for pup or other reasons. The best interest of pup is always first priority.
Picking Your Puppy ~ Pick A Litter, Not A Puppy
Exactly what is "pick of the litter?" Most people imply that it is "the best puppy." Best for whom? Best for what? There are dogs better suited for particular things but that would depend on who the dog is going to as to which pup is the "pick of the litter." If you are getting a puppy from me, I can promise you that I, the breeder, am keeping what I believe to be "pick of the litter." That puppy is not for sale. Of course, I sometimes discover, as the puppy grows, that I picked wrong. My guess is, some of myreal picks of the litter went to their new home at eight weeks of age, are neutered, and loved by their family.
I have had people ask me to teach them how to pick the best pup out of a litter. The truth is, when I figure it out with certainty, I'll start teaching others how to do it. For now, I'm pretty good at picking the right puppy, but it isn't down to a science yet. In fact, I'll be so bold as to say NO breeder has it down to an absolute science. Some puppies are the perfect example of the ugly duckling who grows into a beautiful swan. Some people think that they need to see the entire litter of pups in order to pick out a good dog. We have found this is a misconception. In any one litter, the majority of the puppies are comparable. In each litter there is usually a highly energetic dog, a more reserved dog, and the rest fall in between. The term pick of the litter is simply a matter of opinion.
We have seen the last pup go to its new home, turn out to be the very best in the litter and, we have seen what we thought was the best pup in the litter at eight weeks turn out to be just another good dog, but not necessarily the best of that litter when grown. Most people find themselves on a list in a picking order. On my lists, I may reserve first pick that I feel is the best examples of the breed physically. I set this pup aside for myself. I may not keep him, but is held aside for later evaluation and observation. So, when you call me well after my puppies have gone home, and I have only one older puppy available, you can pretty well bet that this puppy was one of my choices, that I have later decided to sell. They're hardly "last pick."
The term runt refers to a sickly and abnormally undersized puppy. Few litters have a true "runt." Within two years the littermates (given proper care) are within pounds of each other. Based on logic alone, there is always going to be the largest pup in a litter and the smallest, yet this too changes as the puppies grow into adults. The smallest or largest of a litter does not always remain so for the rest of its life.
A good example of this is a story I heard of a lab puppy named "Lil." She was just 6 ounces at birth. She had to be bottle fed because she was too weak. When the time came for the puppies to go home, she was about 1/2 the size of her littermates, and they could not convince people that Lil was a nice puppy. They had no intention of keeping her, but decided to keep her. There was just something about her. Today, you could not pay enough for her.
So, how should you pick your puppy? Well, first, if you don't trust your breeder, DO NOT buy your puppy from that breeder. Everything in this article is contingent on you trusting your breeder.
For what is it worth, here are my thoughts:
Do you have "last pick?" RELAX. If you like mom, you'll probably like her puppies. You have the luxury of meeting the father, and you like him too, so much the better-after all, these puppies will be similiar to their parents. If you trust your breeder, and they're reputable, they'll tell you everything you need to know about that puppy. It is unlikely that the last pick puppy has any problems. If a puppy does have a minor problem (overbite, undescended testicle, hernia, etc.) the breeder will tell you and explain it to you. If a puppy has a major problem, it shouldn't be for sale. If you are the owner of the "last pick" puppy in a healthy litter, here is the scientific process by which those before you have selected their puppy (from years of observing, with wonder, this strange process.)
Your last pick puppy simply did not fit into any one of the above physical/behavior expectations of those who came before you. I have never sold a pet puppy to anyone who had any concept of proper conformation, or had a true working knowledge of what constitutes "first pick."
If you have a pick, great. Pick the puppy that your heart tells you is "the one." If you don't have a pick, consider yourself lucky, because you didn't have to go through the tough process of trying to pick one over the other, fearing you'll make some sort of mistake. The majority of people who have to pick one over another, tell me it is a terrible process.