Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Puppies Up for Auction; Breeders and Potential Owners Weigh Their Options

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Puppies Up for Auction; Breeders and Potential Owners Weigh Their Options

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DOGWATCH

with

Paul Dolan

THE Rosewood and District Community Bank sponsored Ipswich Magical Puppy Auction will be held on August 24 at the Showgrounds.

Buyers and sellers usually form a plan of attack before the auction. Buyers study the catalogue to make a head start on what puppies they may bid for on the day. Looks and presentation on the day are important.

Sellers try and decide what money they might accept for their pups.

If the right dollars aren't there, a buy back is the usual option.

There is no set game plan for anyone. But Mick and Amber Boody of Churchable are probably typical of breeders and nominators.

They have nominated an entire litter of eight pups, three males and five bitches, by Lochinvar Marlow out of Koongal. On sale day the pups will be aged six months and two days.

"The Lochinvar Marlow service fee was $1690," Mick said.

"We have worked out that each pup has cost us, with that fee and rearing costs, around $1000 to this stage.

"So if the bidding only goes up to that amount or a little more, we would buy the pups back.

"We wouldn't be interested in making just a couple of hundred dollars profit on each pup after the work and time we have put into them.

"We would rather buy them back and stay in the running to win $40,000 in the auction race in 2016 than sacrifice them for a moderate price.

"Our aim is to keep two dogs and one bitch and sell the other five pups, but the bidding price will determine if that happens."

Lochinvar Marlow, a group one winning son of all-time great sire Bombastic Shiraz, is a rising star among Australia's stud dogs. He stands in NSW.

"They're winning everywhere. Watch his value go up when he throws a real topliner," Mick declared.

Like most breeders, the Boodys have faith in their brood bitch.

"Koongal won over 431 and 520M at Ipswich and 520m at Lismore. …

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