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Hello! I'm a to-be owner looking for my first dog sometime in the next 3-4 years. I've been doing a ton of research and I've concluded that it would be better for me to get an adult dog rather than start off with a puppy. Standards have really caught my eye as their temperment, coat, energy level, and pretty much everything seem perfect for my lifestyle!

I'm super nervous about choosing a breeder. With a puppy there's a bit more leway but with an adult I need to make sure I choose a breeder that has crate trained, leash trained, housebroken and has socialized the puppy (grooming/other dogs) well or otherwise it might be even harder than having a puppy!

Right now I'm just doing a very preliminary search and going by word of mouth until I can dig a bit deeper. With shows being cancelled, I can't really go in person and ask questions and I also feel like it would seem intrusive?

Anyway, to anyone here that has gotten a retired adult/a young adult who ended up not being suitable to breed because of a physical flaw, which breeder (in NA) did you work with and what has been your experience with your dog? Thanks in advance!
 

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@Countryboy just ended up with a Adult standard Poodle retired from breeding

I am 99% sure there is a facebook group.. I think its "retired show dogs or breeders looking for forever homes" ,
 

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What nice about an adult dog is that pretty much what you see is what you get. So if you're interested.on an adult go meet them. If they don't have the temperament you want don't get them.
 

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I have over the years have had three retired breeders and one show prospect fail although he was 18 1/2 weeks too tall, my girls were 6, 7 and 8 years old when I got them.
All were delightful
 
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