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I really love the idea of getting an older dog that has already had some training from their breeder. I had a retired show cat that was a wonderful pet and I loved that she was older and a bit more mellow. I was looking at older rescue dogs, but think I would feel more confident getting a known quantity, so to speak.<br><br>
We aren't looking for a dog immediately, and we aren't looking for a specific breed (still researching which ones would be good candidates for us). In general, we want a dog that will be good with children, has moderate activity level, and is more mellow (not a guard dog or herding dog, etc.).<br><br>
I'm guessing that retired dogs aren't available often, and am wondering what the best route is for finding them. Should I simply research and contact the breeders in my area and let them know our interest? Is there somewhere I can be looking? I'd love advice from breeders, as I am not sure of where to start.
 

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I think the very best way to go about it is to figure out which breed or two breeds (if you're looking at more than two, you probably need to discuss things and narrow it down more) are best for you, and then get in touch with the local purebred club for those breeds. For example, if I was interested in Pembroke Corgis around here, I'd google "pembroke welsh corgi club new england" and find that the local club is the Mayflower club. I would then write an e-mail to the corresponding secretary OR breeder referral person (sometimes these are the same, sometimes different) and introduce yourself and let them know that you are interested in an older retired dog.<br><br>
Once you are "in the system," so to speak, most of the time either the referral person already knows about a few dogs that could be placed or will send out an e-mail to the area breeders letting them know that you exist. They might also suggest that you call or talk to a few individual breeders, and you could go from there. Either way, beginning with the breed club ensures that you are put in touch with the best breeders (so you don't have to work to hard to "vet" them yourself) and opens up the field to those breeders that don't have a big public presence (no website, etc.).
 

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The breeder from whom I got my puppy periodically has adult dogs available. Sometimes they are retired show dogs; sometimes they are younger dogs who don't enjoy the show ring; sometimes they are retired breeding bitches, or studs who don't produce as well as expected. There are any number of reasons for a breeder to let go of adult dogs.<br><br>
I agree with Joanna - once you narrow down a breed or two, contact the breed club. You might even go to a show, and meet a lot of the people who breed the dog you're interested in.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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We have a wonderful retired Champion Irish Setter we got from a breeder that was looking to downsize...our setter Robin was five at the time and we have had her now for nearly five years--I highly recommend going this route as the dog will be super well socialized, you will know any health problems or personality issues (ours was afraid of men at first but is now fine with them), plus you will be getting a drop dead great looking dog to top it off! You may expect to pay a bit more than a rescue (we paid $500 for our setter), but to me it is worth it because you know exactly what you are getting and will have lifetime help with that dog from the breeder (if it is a good, caring breeder, that is...). The breeder we got ours from is wonderful and is always happy to help with any issues and has taught us a lot...we even offered to keep her intact for a future litter and offered to help with any breeding expenses/whelping and raising of a litter, but a breeding was not meant to be anyway as our setter now has probable bladder cancer and bladder stones...anyway I would do it again in a minute! It it takes you a while to find one it will be well worth the wait...good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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