Breeders, please help me decide?

I have a family that wants to buy one of my puppies for half of their listed price. They say he will be a family pet,have a loving home and fixed. He is a AKC Shih-Tzu. Please help me, what would you do? thanks:)
I do want him to go to a home. I am just a little worried. They say they don't have alot of money & want it for a x-mas gift for thier kid. I have not meet them & they have only seen photos of him.

Do you believe them? Do you get a good feeling from them? Are they willing to let you check out their home and do they have a vet reference they can give you?
I will sometimes consider reducing a price if it means a great home. You should check these people out though, as you should any buyers. But particularly these guys because it wouldn't be unheard of for someone to make such an offer, then turn around and sell the pup for a profit.
If it's a family though, the chances are good they're just looking for a good price on a family pet.
You can offer to sell the pup on limited registration and spay contract for half the price. If they want it reversed to full, they can pay you the balance after they've had the health checks done.

  • Toxic

    well wheres the prob… dont you want to sell your puppies to your family? or is it the price?
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  • Talltail

    That depends. Have you met them? Have you interviewed them? Do you know their life style? Why do they want the puppies for a cheaper price? Are they willing to sign a spay/neuter contract?

    If you don’t feel comfortable with them, then they don’t need a puppy. If they’re willing to pay for a puppy, then why would they not pay the full price?
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  • Becky

    Do you believe them? Do you get a good feeling from them? Are they willing to let you check out their home and do they have a vet reference they can give you?
    I will sometimes consider reducing a price if it means a great home. You should check these people out though, as you should any buyers. But particularly these guys because it wouldn't be unheard of for someone to make such an offer, then turn around and sell the pup for a profit.
    If it's a family though, the chances are good they're just looking for a good price on a family pet.
    You can offer to sell the pup on limited registration and spay contract for half the price. If they want it reversed to full, they can pay you the balance after they've had the health checks done.
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  • science chick

    Dogs are not Christmas presents- do not sell it to them! Bad signs all around here!
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  • Mom of 2 and a mastiff breeder.

    It may break your heart not to give them a puppy when they want it for their child, but if they don’t have the money to pay for the puppy, then how do they plan on taking care of him/her if she gets sick. They may not be able to afford the vet bills. And he/she could end up being another puppy in a shelter. Sorry!, But that’s just my opinion
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  • S J

    I would be wary. They say they don’t have the money to pay full price for the puppy, but any responsible owner knows that the purchase price is just a drop in the bucket compared to the real, long term costs of owning a dog. What is going to happen when it’s time for the puppy to get shots at the vet? Are they going to base food choices on cost alone, rather than quality? What if the dog escapes from the house and is picked up by animal control – will they be able to afford the fee to claim him at the shelter? What if a real emergency comes up and they are faced with a huge vet bill?

    I am also concerned that they want the dog for a Christmas – a responsible owner is not going to bring a puppy home during a busy time like Christmas. There are people going in and out, trees and presents to keep the dog away from, and many things to take your thoughts off a new puppy. A new puppy should have the full attention of its new owners when it first comes home. A shih-tzu puppy is not the best idea of a present for a small child, anyway – it’s too easy for a child to accidentally hurt a small puppy.
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  • Julia

    If they can’t afford to pay full price for the puppy, how are they going to be able to afford taking care of it in the long run?
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  • susan c

    if there’s any doubt in your mind,then don’t do it.if they do’nt have much money,can they afford vet bills?
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  • Jane Y

    Dogs should not be sold for christmas presents, many then end in shelters. You should meet any prospective buyer of your puppies. Ask to meet them, if they refuse don’t sell one to them.
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