Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Dogs Name: Danté
Dogs Age: 1 year
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I want to give a little bit of a different perspective if I can.
I was a single mom with a little girl who wanted a puppy for MANY years. She was 4 when she started to ask for one, but I felt she needed to be older to understand the responsibility, so it was decided we would wait till she was 10.
Well about 6 months shy of her 10th b-day, I decided I needed a puppy NOW! I will go into details if you want, but I did the worse thing possible and looked on Kijiji for a puppy. We found one from a litter that was rescued from a BYB, backyard breeder, and the price point $650, was in our budget, so we jumped on the chance.
We picked up our little guy and have no idea about the health of the parents. The more I read about the health problems of these guys, the more I live in fear of my boy developing a serious disease or just dropping dead one day.
As well, my daughter was in tears more than once when our young pup would bite, or jump or do other annoying puppy things to her. Literally crying because the "Puppy didn't like her."
As well, my boy is cryptorchid (sp?), meaning only one of his testicles have descended, which is going to bring his neutering costs up to about $800.
You're talking about budget now, but getting a poorly bred dog, you are setting yourself up for more money down the road.
We've had our boy almost a year now, and even though I wouldn't trade him for the world, I would love to have found this community beforehand for the excellent advice they give.
I get having your daughter grow up with the puppy, but really at 3 yo, she won't remember much of it, and she will be much more hands-off than hand-on in the rearing.
You don't want to get a $1000 dog and be spending thousands more down the road because they are unhealthy. Saving up for a well bred dog, whose parents have the right health testing will save you $$$ down the road.
I hope this post will help you, because I see sooo much of my situation in what you are bringing up.