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About the Adult Dogs We Place in Homes

The rules a breeder must follow are a little different than those of households who have only 1 or 2 family pets.  A breeder is constantly striving to produce the best quality dogs so that they may be exhibited in the show ring.  Showing dogs is the "proving ground" where breeders showcase their hard efforts.  It's where we all come together to compete on friendly terms in hopes of having the dog that most closely resembles the standard of perfection.  Part of the process involves having puppies of course.  Most of these puppies are placed in loving homes at about 10-13 weeks of age.  The few we keep are the ones we will show and they will eventually reproduce themselves in future offspring.  So, we keep, show, finish, and breed these individuals. They will produce the next generation of hopefuls, and so it continues on year after year carrying on our line and our hard work.  But, as time goes by, the number of good dogs we keep increases (if we are doing the right thing in our breeding program) and eventually we find we are over the number of dogs we can care for in a fair and healthy manner.

Every good breeder knows what "number" of dogs they never go over without having to sacrifice the attention and care each dog is given.  If the situation is just 1 or 2 people caring for the dogs, the number of dogs MUST be kept small out of fairness to the dogs.  Each dog requires love, care, and most importantly TIME SPENT with them -- they should NOT be asked to sit in a cage the majority of the time.  If we kept every dog we loved, we would keep them all -- but love is not enough.  You cannot divide the time of 2 caretakers amongst too many dogs.  There are just not enough hours in a day.

Therefore, breeders must care enough for the dogs that have "done their thing", whether it be shows, producing, or both, to know when it is time to retire them into a single-dog family home where they can have 100% of the love and attention they deserve.  After all, they have done everything we have asked of them during the first half of their lives, so we feel that the second half of their lives should be filled with undivided attention and pure fun!  Most Shorthairs are long-lived, so a 5 or 6 year old dog still has many years of love left to give.

So the next time you question a breeder selling an adult dog -- think about the reality of their situation.  It is not by any means an "unwanted dog". It is a very much loved dog -- kept by the breeder because he/she was the best, which means you will very likely get a Champion dog or certainly a very beautiful and sound representative of the breed -- something the new owners can be very proud of!  It is a very much loved dog that the breeder has cared for and enjoyed, but now wants their dog to have the love of a family where he/she will be the "one and only".

We currently have several Champions and young adults available.  Contact us for further details.

As wonderful as all of these dogs are and the status they have achieved they are only part of the bigger picture. Here at Bleugras all of our dogs are amazing (and most have achieved champion status!). With lineage such as this, it is easy to see why Bleugras dogs are truly extraordinary German Shorthaired Pointers.

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