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Sold pup but now want to keep

Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by Kaymarl, Dec 29, 2020.


  1. Kaymarl

    Kaymarl PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all
    I took a deposit on a pup but now i am having doubts and i want to keep the pup
    Do i have rights to return the deposit and say the pup is no longer for sale?
    Is there anything the buyer could do
     
  2. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    Yes the pup is yours by law. Just return the deposit with apologies. They may well be upset but it is your pup and you are well within your rights to keep or resell.
     
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    Why are you having doubts. Do you feel it is not a good home. I am not sure where you stand when you have taken a deposit but if it is a genuine buyer they are going to be heartbroken at not getting their pup.
     
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  4. Kaymarl

    Kaymarl PetForums Newbie

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    Just a couple of comments
    And also we want to keep her ourselves
    They not ready for another month and buyer has only met the pup once
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    So long as you return the deposit I don’t think there’s any issue legally to keeping the pup.

    Out of interest, how old will the pup be when they are ready to take her?
     
  6. Kaymarl

    Kaymarl PetForums Newbie

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    8 weeks
     
  7. Blitz

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    I wonder what would be said on here if a regular member came on and said they had paid a deposit and then the breeder withdrew the pup.
     
  8. Kaymarl

    Kaymarl PetForums Newbie

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    What do you mean
     
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    I mean you are being told it is ok to do it but if someone came on here saying that their breeder had done what you are planning and withdrawn the puppy they would be get very different responses to the ones you are getting
     
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    I can’t say I would be thrilled by this if I was the puppy buyer, even if legally it’s correct.

    Elliots breeder never took any deposits. She had vetted her puppy buyers well enough to know they wouldn’t pull out on a whim, and as a buyer I trusted her to not sell ‘my’ puppy to someone else (although she allocated the puppies to buyers). Plus she had a waiting list so if someone did pull out, finding another home wouldn’t be too hard.

    I also think we often see people come on here with doubts over the puppy/breeder, but they had paid a deposit and therefore went ahead because they didn’t want to lose money. As a breeder, I wouldn’t want someone taking a puppy if they weren’t 100% sure about it.

    The whole deposit business is tricky stuff.

    Sorry OP, went a bit off topic there.
     
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    But the reality is that the breeder can legally withdraw the pup and return the deposit - I stand corrected if I’m wrong, of course.

    Of course, no prospective owner would be happy about it (and we would all show a bit of support to anyone who posted in that position, I’m sure) but I doubt the actual answer would be any different.
     
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  12. Rafa

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    What breed is this puppy?
     
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  13. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    Exactly. If the breeder apologised saying they wanted to keep the pup for themselves and returned the deposit there would be nothing to do about it. We'd show sympathy as it would be a bit heart breaking, but in the end the puppy belongs to the breeder and they can do what they like with it.
     
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  14. Kaymarl

    Kaymarl PetForums Newbie

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    Its a bichon
    What difference does the breed make?
     
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    I would ignore that post. Its not relevant to your query .
     
  16. kimthecat

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    Yes exactly . Its obvious to everyone here that the question is about legal rights not people's personal opinions.
     
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    Some breeds can be intolerant of another of the same sex, often terriers.

    In such a case, two bitches may not always be the best idea.
     
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  18. Kaymarl

    Kaymarl PetForums Newbie

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    Oh ok thanks
     
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    obviously I disagree with you and I think the moral obligation is as great as the legal one. Having had my chosen puppy sold to someone else I can tell you it is not very nice.
     
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