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Your peke is very cute! I have 2 myself. A little white girl named Pearl and a fawn sable w/black mask named LeRoy. (You can see their pics/profiles by clicking on the "dogs" tab above my avatar photo to the left of this post).
I guess that came off wrong. She makes decent money, and she is responsible and knows how to take care of her animals. What she can't afford is the initial price of the puppy. Dogs tend to be $800+ dollars. She has had the same dog for the past 11 or so years when it passed away from health problems that are normal in that breed. She knows all about vet bills, medications, and upkeep. Honestly your comment was a little offensive. She is and was completely devastated but has had time to heal. She has been looking into getting a new puppy, to spend another 10+ years with. I have done a lot of research on this specific pet store, spoke with the owner and employees, and because it is a family owned pet store I get full access to where the puppy came from. I do not get any animal from puppy mills and or large breeders, those options tend to have high health risks. I have done my homework.
I'm sure revolutionrockandroll did not mean to offend you.
I believe that you did do some research and I certainly won't argue that ALL petstore puppies come from commercial breeders (A.K.A Puppy Mills).
But a great many petstore puppies do come from puppymills. The rest come from backyard breeders, which is also very much an issue...
No matter what a pet store employee or owner tells you (remember they need to sell those puppies to earn a living) reputable breeders (those doing genetic and health testing such as CERF, OFA's, etc., those showing and earning titles on their dogs, those who have contracts with clients, etc.) do not sell puppies to or through a petstore.
Reputable breeders want to meet and get to know potential clients so that they can be sure their puppies are going to good homes. They want to make sure that the new home is a good fit. They keep in touch with their clients throughout the dog's life and often even after. Reputable breeders also require clients to sign a contract stating that they will return the dog to them (the breeder) should they (the client) be unable to keep the dog for any reason at any point in the dog's life.
All of this is impossible for a breeder to do if they sell their puppies to a petstore.
Also unlike reputable breeders, back yard breeders and commercial breeders (or puppy mills) do not do genetic and health tests (goes far beyond a vet health check). For example CERF for eyes and OFA for luxating Patella. The Veterinary Medical Database (VMDB) > CERF Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Patellar Luxation
I believe that genetic and health testing is important in all breeds. But with such scrutiny over our breed, I think it is of the upmost importance that we only support breed rescue and reputable breeders doing neccessary health testing and working to produce healthly and sound dogs.
I know it's tough, since this would be a "free" puppy, but in the grand scheme of things it might be better to forgo this contest and help your sister either look for a reputable breeder or find a peke through a rescue.
A reputable breeder is likely to be quite costly plus it's not uncommon to be placed on a waiting list. If interested in reputable breeders you and your sister can start your search here: The Pekingese Club of America
Agian you would want to look at the health tests done on parents and also see their titles. Look for a breeder that is not producing highly exaggerated dogs. And of course check to see the living conditions of all the dogs owned by the breeder, not just the pups!
I would imagine though that your sister would like to bring home a new dog sooner than going with a reputable breeder would allow, in which case a rescue or shelter would be a much faster option. Plus adoption fees are going to be far more affordable and dog normally come spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped! Not to mention that you save a life by adopting!
Take a look on petfinder. There are a surprising number of peke's and peke mixes available in Florida (I'm assuming that's where you live based on the link you gave above). Really it looks like there are lots of good choices! Pet Search Results: Adoptable pekingese Dog Pets in Orlando, FL: Petfinder
Azalea: Young pup. Super cute! sounds like a sweetheart! Says she's PB, but IMO she's a peke mix. Adoption fee is $400. Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Pekingese | Ocala, FL | Azalea
Coal: Older guy. I imagine he and your peke looks similar! Has a great smile! Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Pekingese | Umatilla, FL | Coal
Poe: under 1 year. Looks sweet! Adoption fees for this rescue ranges from $150-$250! Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Pekingese | Melbourne, FL | Poe
Cody: 8 months old. Super cute! I totally want him! Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Pekingese | Jacksonville, FL | Cody
Jasper: Adorable one eyed guy. Young adult. Already housetrained and uses a doggy door. Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Pekingese | Jacksonville, FL | Jasper
Nikki and Buffy: Older gals, but they are fully vetted and in good health. House trained and crate trained. Adoption fees are $200. Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Pekingese | Deland, FL | Buffy Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Pekingese | Deland, FL | Nikki