How much would you pay..

Melrose

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For a 12 month old, golden Cocker spaniel?

Basically, OH and I have thought the time is now right for us to get a dog. I work from home so am able to give a dog the attention it needs and also take it out 2-3 times a day.

We thought we'd like a Cocker spaniel and somebody messaged me who live in the same town as me stating that they need to sell their dog due to unforeseen circumstances.

Now, everybody loves a puppy puppy, right? So this dog is 12 months old. Apparently has champion bloodlines so as a pup i'd think this dog would go for around the £500 mark.

The thing is, how much would you be willing to pay for this dog if you were to like it?

OH's parents got a champion, showing Cocker for £175 when he was going to be up for £1000 but sadly one of his nads didn't drop so he was 'worthless' to them.

I thought £200 and offering the dog the best possible home would be fair..
 

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I would check out those 'circumstances'.

Then ask how much they wanted.

Then make an offer.

Yeah I will do, Tina :smile:

I'm assuming (I know you never should) that it will be due to not having enough time or something. They have said they'd like £300 but a good home is important to them.

So if it was genuine..
 

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Personally I would not get a Golden Cocker at all. All the ones I have known were psychotic and the "better" the breeding the worse they were. I am not sure if I was just unlucky, but that has been my experience with them. Other types of cockers are generally fine, if a bit mad and slow to mature, just something about the Golden's is a bit weird.
 

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Yeah I will do, Tina :smile:

I'm assuming (I know you never should) that it will be due to not having enough time or something. They have said they'd like £300 but a good home is important to them.

So if it was genuine..

If they say 300 and the dog and all is ok, I think 200 is a reasonable offer.
 

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Personally I would not get a Golden Cocker at all. All the ones I have known were psychotic and the "better" the breeding the worse they were. I am not sure if I was just unlucky, but that has been my experience with them. Other types of cockers are generally fine, if a bit mad and slow to mature, just something about the Golden's is a bit weird.

Oh really? That's interesting.

I think it'll be a case of viewing the dog and asking lots of questions and then going home and having a good think.

Pretty certain OH had a golden Cocker a few years back and he was just grumpy.. haha!
 

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I don't "buy" dogs, I get given them or get a puppy and pay in bags of dog food.
 

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I wouldn't be offering anything at this stage, you need to know how much they want first otherwise you could end up offering more than they originally wanted anyway.
 

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I wouldn't be offering anything at this stage, you need to know how much they want first otherwise you could end up offering more than they originally wanted anyway.

I know they want £300.

I just like to get some ideas in my head of what I want to do/what I want out of it.
 

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I wouldn't pay £300 for a 12month old spaniel unless it was partially (and well trained partially) to the gun, for a pet, not on your nelly. Especially as it's a golden cocker, they are reknowned for having dodgy tempers.

Sorry but unless the dog was WELL socialised, obedient, good with dogs and people then I'd make an offer but it would less than £100.00
 

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'Fraid I agree with Ruskii more or less. A 12 months old dog is "made" already, pretty much for good or bad. Puppies are a lot of work, but I think it's worth getting pups and as young as possible so that you know they are properly trained, properly sociailsed, and your dog.

I wouldn't pay a lot for an older dog unless it already had a job and was trained to do it. My parents had 2 dogs in their lives, both rescues, both a year old or so when they got them, and they only paid the adoption fee.

Mind you, the seller might just be trying to sort out the sheep from the goats of potential owners. I don't know anything about Golden Cockers, but one comes to the cafe regularly and she is a very sweet little dog. If you go to see the dog and love it, and the owner thinks you would provide the right home, you can negotiate.
 

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I disagree partly, I have two rescue dogs who we have had from 12 months old. Both were un-trained when we got them with unknown histories, but both are now trained super temperament dogs.

Saying that, I am not keen on paying money for an unwanted dog, surely if they want the right home for a dog they love but have to rehome due to unforeseen circumstances then they should rehome for free really in my opinion. Although both our rescue dogs cost us about £150 each at dogs trust...granted they did worm, vaccinate, neuter them.

However in your situation I think I would feel happier buying an unwanted dog rather than getting a puppy! So personally I would meet the dog and owner and if all is well and what you want then yes £200 is where I would start.
 
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I don't have a dog and know nothing about them. But I was surprised that you would pay anything for an older dog. If someone is re-homing the dog because they can no longer look after it, then I would expect them to find a good home and give the dog away. I didn't know that dogs were sold?
 

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Theres also the issue of stolen dogs being sold ! ( Yes I am paranoid lol)
 

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I was in the terrible position of having to re-home a year old (black) cocker spaniel a few years ago. We had bought two from a litter, but one turned out to have a bit of a personality problem and was very aggressive to other dogs, especially his litter brother. We'd tried training and neutering, but to no avail, and we were worried about our toddler grandaughter getting hurt.

We decided we would keep the one with the personality problem as he was as good as gold with people, but we did not want him to go out of our care. His brother was a happy-go-lucky fellow who would get on with anyone and their dogs.

We found a good home for him, offering good money, but we let him go for free. I loved him to bits, and we had bought him as a lifetime pet, and could not sell him as if he were a bit of merchandise.

He had a wonderful home with his new family. They sent me photos from time to time, and as they used the same clipping service, I got regular updates. It was the right thing to do, heart-breaking as it was at the time.

Sorry for the ramble, but this thread struck a chord. But I think it shows that a spaniel this age can be successfully re-homed, but please do look into the circumstances.
 

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I was in the terrible position of having to re-home a year old (black) cocker spaniel a few years ago. We had bought two from a litter, but one turned out to have a bit of a personality problem and was very aggressive to other dogs, especially his litter brother. We'd tried training and neutering, but to no avail, and we were worried about our toddler grandaughter getting hurt.

We decided we would keep the one with the personality problem as he was as good as gold with people, but we did not want him to go out of our care. His brother was a happy-go-lucky fellow who would get on with anyone and their dogs.

We found a good home for him, offering good money, but we let him go for free. I loved him to bits, and we had bought him as a lifetime pet, and could not sell him as if he were a bit of merchandise.

He had a wonderful home with his new family. They sent me photos from time to time, and as they used the same clipping service, I got regular updates. It was the right thing to do, heart-breaking as it was at the time.

Sorry for the ramble, but this thread struck a chord. But I think it shows that a spaniel this age can be successfully re-homed, but please do look into the circumstances.

I agree with the above. If you have had a dog for 11 or so months and cared about it you would not try to get your money back as the first priority. Even my un-emotional about animals ex OH was offered £1000 for one of his working cockers (about 7 years old) and he turned them down as the dog was also a pet. If you really want a Cocker I would stay away from the "show" bred and try to get one with working blood lines.
 

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I personally would not be asking for money for a 12 month old dog and if I was willing to pay I would rather go to a rescue and pay the money to them,to me they should either be finding it a forever home and not thinking about a price if they can't do that themselves they should take it to a shelter for them to do.
Sorry but when you see things like Paul o gradys for the love of dogs there are dogs who have been in there along time that imo are more in need of a good home.
Just my opinion though.
 
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