my husband's uncle has this beautiful dog, she's a purebred great pyranese. she's an outside dog (she sleeps in a heated garage) for the purpose of scaring wild animals away from their livestock (they have cows and used to have goats). but she's very gentle with people. i assumed he was smart enough to have her spayed but apparantly he didn't get around to it in time and they caught her in the act with a neighbour's german shepherd that wandered over. so now there are puppies. he was going to abort them, but a few people said they might take one of the pups if he kept them, one of those people being my MIL. i'm happy to say she decided not to take one after all (the dog they have now has an injury to one of his ccl's i believe and they won't spend the money to have it repaired, i was upset that they would take in another dog when the one they have is in need of medical attention, that's just stupid) but he had said if she does't want them aborted he'll just give us all the pups when they're weened and we can do whatever we want with them. he said he didn't mind letting her carry to term if he didn't have to be the one to find them homes.
so the deal was if we find them homes we can keep whatever money we make off them. so she's letting her daughter do it (who is 11) to make money for a party for her next birthday. i offered to help her out because i want to make sure these pups get good forever homes and don't go to just anybody.
my MIL said if i help they will split the money with me.
i don't really agree with breeding and selling dogs but given the circumstances the dogs need homes and i'm absolutely willing to help find them good homes. out here in the country it is too likely that someone will take them for guard dogs and train them to be aggressive, and those types of people are more likely to be negligent and abusive. and they weren't bred on purpose. i'm going to harass him to make sure he gets her spayed as soon as possible. (is it safe to spay right after delivering or does she need time to recover?)
my MIL was just going to give them away free to good homes, no shots or anything. i said she can and should sell them. for starters i've seen pyranese/shepherd crosses going for $250+ so she'd be dumb to pass up that kind of cash, plus if we charge a reasonable yet substantial enough amount we will get more serious people who are actually looking for a dog and not just taking one on a whim because it's free, and we can screen them more this way too. have them answer some questions and make sure that they plan to spay/neuter. i also think we should definately get them their first shots before selling them. my MIL said we could make it a conditional thing, pay x amount with shots, less or free without. i said no we get them shots and initial checkups before we even advertise, we don't want to risk the health of the pups, and people who are serious about getting a dog will want to know that their pup passed a health check and has his/her shots. i wouldn't buy a dog without shots
how soon after birth should they get their shots?
i've never had to deal with this stuff before so any advice, suggestions, opinions would be welcome.
i'll post pics as soon as i get over there to see them. maybe this weekend. there are 5, they were born this morning and he hadn't been able to sex them yet when my MIL talked to him so we don't know how many males vs females. they all turned out black which is weird, the mother is pure white.
i've already looked into the breed's temperments, they are very loyal and protective so they make good guard dogs but they're docile so also very good family pets. i'm going to make sure they are all going to families looking for indoor pets. they're going to be big dogs though, i hope that won't make it difficult to find homes. i hate that there are so many big dogs in the shelters all the time.
eta: if i'm working on this with my SIL i think it's a good opportunity to teach her something about animals not being disposable. her parents have been giving her bad examples with their dog, birds and hamster, "if it doesn't work out just give it away" sort of mentality and "if it costs too much just put them down". i really want her to grow up respecting animals and not treating them as disposable playthings and fashion accessories. so i'd like to take her over there to see them through this process so it's not just a business transaction to her, she actually understands that these little lives are in her hands.