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    Ooh I love Boston terriers! You see them everywhere!
    Sorry I'm not much help. But if there was a dog there when she was born my theory is why wait.

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    If she is used to having a dog around then I see no need to wait.

    It's lovely when a child can grow up with a puppy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wippy View Post
    Thank you!

    I remain skeptical about breeders. Let's face it, making two dogs have sex isn't exactly a skill. .
    If you really think that's all there is to it, you don't know much about it.

    Responsible, registered breeders don't just pick two random dogs, let them at it and then sell the puppies.

    First you have to pick the parents of the potential litter. For my breed, say I have a Great Dane female {not going to use the actual word as it will be censored}. I don't just truck on down to Pet's Paradise and buy an undesexed Dane to mate with her.

    I have to be sure she fits the Breed Standard. This isn't based on me guessing, it's based on me spending thousands of dollars taking her to shows and working my way up to a placement. It doesn't have to just *look* like a Dane, it has to have the correct head carriage, gait, width of chest, skeletal support and bloodline.
    But having a Champion doesn't mean I can breed her. Nope, I have to spend another couple of thousand $ doing genetic tests and xrays to rule out disease. This doesn't mean going to the local vet and getting them to look her over and say "Yeah, looks alright mate"
    Nope, it means lengthy, expensive testing, the results are sent to specialists to be reviewed, and the results are listed on a register. The cost just for xrays of the hips are about $1000 per hip. Then the same is done to all the elbows.
    And if after all of that, she has a 4/5 HD score, I scrap the plan, desex her and start spending thousands more all over again to find a suitable girl.

    Then I do the same all over again for a stud. That's if I want to keep the stud. My other options are paying about $2000+ for imported semen from a good quality dog that has gone through all the things my female has, import the stud for the length of the cycles {more money than just the semen}, or use another registered breeder's dog, which is cheaper than an import but still very expensive.

    Then how much is spent on regular testing and ultrasounds at the vet to see how the pups are coming along.
    Before they're ready for new homes, they need three vaccinations at $100 a piece, desexing at $150 a piece, microchipping at $80 a piece, vet checks every two weeks until the 10 week mark at about $80 a visit per dog, food, worming, flea treatments, pet insurance, rego with the various dog breeding bodies, socialisation training, temperament testing, collars, toys, treats, the puppy pack to take home, pay for the pedigree papers....add it all up for about 8 puppies and I could have bought a really nice car with that money by now.
    That's of course the cost if the mother can feed and care for them. If not, add the price and heartbreak and hours upon hours of handrearing giant breed puppies for 2 months straight.

    And then we sell the pups to family homes for about 1/4 of the price we spent to get them into the world healthy, happy and suitable for a social life in the community.

    If you're a responsible breeder, doing it all how it should be done, you don't make money. You don't even draw anything close to even.

    If you're a Trading Post "english staffie" breeder, you'll make money by selling your scrapyard-quality dogs at show-quality prices, even though they made no effort at all and spent the minimum of money and care.

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    I got my now 4yo boy as a 7wk old puppy when DD was 6months old, and just bought a new puppy 2 weeks ago and this bub is due in 7 weeks.. Hmmm trend much? I must get clucky for puppies as well as babies :P

    Anyhoo... OP i dont think there is any good or right time to get a puppy in regards to childrens ages. I will never be without a dog, i always have 2, if one dies i replace fairly quickly, my childrens ages arent really a factor. But in saying that im confident in training and socialising a new puppy, so dont ever have concerns with them with my children. I also only get young puppies so they grow up with my kids and never have to 'get used to them' so to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveyDovey View Post
    If she is used to having a dog around then I see no need to wait.

    It's lovely when a child can grow up with a puppy
    She's definitely used to a dog.
    She spends 1 night a week at my parents an they have puppies too.

    I guess it hit all of us hard when we lost asuka and will take a bit of getting used to

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughLove View Post
    If you really think that's all there is to it, you don't know much about it.

    Responsible, registered breeders don't just pick two random dogs, let them at it and then sell the puppies.
    Oh, I know the good ones do this, but there are so many who just couldn't care less. Especially as they are going to be selling puppies at a loss like you if they do it right.

    I love my RSPCA mutt. I don't need a designer dog to love it.

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    I have not read any of the previous posts...just the original question.
    It's generally accepted that children are not responsible enough to have their own pet until they are at least 10 years of age.

    Some people are never responsible enough!

    You must make the judgement yourself, as to your child's capabilities...but ultimately...even if you say the pet belongs to the child...if you are the parent....you are responsible for the animal...

    An anecdote:
    When my daughter was 3, she first asked for a pet snake....I told her, "When you are 10 years old, if you still want a pet snake, then you can have one" At that point, I had no problem with snakes. I liked pet snakes. She now has a pet snake.

    My older daughter wanted a dog...In my family, you are allowed your own pet when you are 10 years old. She got her dog.

    As parents, we MUST understand that when we commit to these animals, that is is OUR responsibility. I have decided 10 years old is mature enough to care for a pet, but 10 year olds soon turn into 20 year olds who need to live in rental accomodation and cannot have pets.

    Reputable, registered breeders are always the way to go! I researched alot before I got my dogs, and it has paid off! I compare my dogs to my friends who have bought theirs from pet shops and from the trading post because they were "cheaper" and now they have massive vet bills, and my well bred babies only need their vaccinations!

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    For sure getting the pup from a reputable breeder-I don't do pet shops-won't even buy food from a shop that sells animals.
    I understand that it will be my responsibility I guess I am wondering that, for those who have a young child and a puppy, was it too much for you or was it ok?
    Was the bond between the two better than the effort??

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    I love the motto "Please don't Buy while shelter dogs die". For your information the rspca get Loads of "pure breed" dogs.

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    Id love to see a pet thread go by just once without it turning into a p!ssing contest between the ideas of breeders or RSPCA, and without people telling the OP how to raise the dog when they clearly havent asked for any of that information.

    OP, IMO any age is fine as long as you supervise. Its really as easy as that

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