First breeder contact

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  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    What do you say? I usually typically contact people when I am ready for the dog. Right now I'm looking at 2014. But one breeder I like a lot (my first choice if I go with that breed) says on their website that the waiting list for the 2013 litter is full. They rarely breed so I am wondering if it is too soon to contact them?

    I also have a tendency to ramble and want to avoid sending a novel to them. But I also want to make sure they know I'm serious. What do you include in your emails? I'm thinking talking briefly about my current two and then where we train. What I'm interested in in a puppy. Add that I would be glad to answer any questions the breeder has.
     
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    Usually I compliment their dogs, something specific I like about them. Then I ask if they ever make it to shows/trials and express interest in meeting some dogs if possible (if they're a breed that is shown).

    I'll mention that I'm trying to find the right fit for our family and am investigating a few different breeds to see which is the best fit. Then mention my other two dogs, a few key things about them (like Strider being SS intolerant), traits I am looking for in a dog, and thank them for their time. They usually get right back to me and I learn a lot even if it's not the right fit. They understand I'm not intent on a puppy right now but gathering information.

    ETA: It's never too soon to contact. I was in contact with Kaia's breeder for a couple of years before she was born, and we became really good friends and she became my mentor with Strider even though I didn't have a dog from her at the time. Also, people back out after puppies are born. We had a waitlist of 17 people for Kaia's litter, and several backed out because 4 or 5 people wanted boys, and we only had two boys born. So that meant people on the backup waitlist got puppies that time around.
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    I usually start with just a hello, where you're from, what you are looking for in a dog, something about their breeder program I like..and then ask about future litters and let them know my time frame for future puppy.

    I don't have much experience with this because the breeders I looked at mostly had questionnaires, which I prefer lol I hate drafting emails.. I too end up with novels.
     
  4. Barbara!

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    What if the breeder you like is all the way across the country? Do you ask to ship or make a trip out there? Or do they make a trip to you? ...idk. Lol.
     
  5. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    All the breeders I'm looking at are across the country at this point. ;) I figure we'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
     
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    Basically I say why I'm interested in the breed (their drive, intelligence, independence, whatever), what I am interested in doing with puppy (companionship, agility, therapy work...), basic info about my dogs and any training or specific awesomeness they possess, then I mention my timeframe and inquire about any future breeding plans they might have lined up or if they keep a waiting list.

    Then I end with "I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have for me. Your dogs are beautiful and you must be proud of their accomplishments!"

    But I too prefer questionnaires lol.
     
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    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    I know this is a little older... But I just wanted to comment. I don't think it is ever too early to contact a breeder. Especially if they have a large waiting list, you have a specific time frame, or both.

    I guess I'm opposite. I like emails more than questionnaires. But then again, in email I feel you can better explain what you are looking for.
     
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    Oko Silence, peasants.

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    :rofl1: Okay this spam made my day. It is EASY for someone to buy rare birds and know nothing about them and sell them as PUPPIES, guys, so watch out!!!
     

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