(Closed) How hard is it to get a breeder to response?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Some breeders don’t take calls because they have a waiting list a mile long. My Future Mother-In-Law is a breeder and she chooses people that are “worthy” of her dogs and does home inspections and all sorts of crazy stuff. But she actually finds the people.

When I bought dogs in the past, I had no trouble finding people to sell them to me. I mostly checked the local paper. I found breeder on craigslist too once. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d find a rescue to adopt from.  IMO, they are very responsive.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@starrynight:  A lot of breed rescues are nightmares to deal with, sadly. I’ve tried to get a dog before but have always been excluded because I own other dogs (or don’t own enough dogs), or because I work too much, or because blah blah blah. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

When I bought dogs in the past, I had no trouble finding people to sell them to me. I mostly checked the local paper. I found breeder on craigslist too once. 

Yeah, the people who advertise in newspapers and on craigslist more than likely are NOT responsible breeders.  They are people who had a whoops litter, or they’re trying to make a quick buck via their dog’s uterus, or they wanted to have a litter because Fluffy is just so CUTE!

OP, try the local breed club website, if you haven’t already done so.  They will often have a litter page, listing breeders cwho have litters available or planned.  Also, visit the breeder’s website first.  A lot of times their webpage will tell you if they have a litter available, future breedings that have been planned, and how to go about getting on their waiting list.  

I’ve also heard dog shows are a great place to network with breeders, however, I’ve never been to one myself.  

It can be discouraging.  I found several awesome breeders that are apparently not breeding any more…no response to e-mails and the website hasn’t been updated in quite some time.  

I absolutely don’t agree with supporting irresponsible breeding, but those kinds of breeders make it a heck of a lot easier to get a puppy, which unfortunately means a lot of people get frustrated and just go to a pet store or turn to the newspaper/craigslist.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ssttpp:  Then go with a non-breed specific rescue? <shrug>  Trust me, I’ve had problems with adopting from rescues because my husband is military and they assume we’ll abandon the pet when we move.  But still, I just can’t fathom buying a pet – I think all who do should have to visit a kill shelter first.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Miss Apricot:  Your comments were very rude. Local papers and craigslist (which is the new newspaper for some) are ways to get yourself out there. None of my dogs came from “oops” litters, nor did I buy from bad breeders. All my dogs are AKC registered and came from good, responsible breeders. My Mother-In-Law is a top breeder for a very rare type of dogs, very responsible, and she came with me to get my last dog (from a breeder who advertised on craigslist because she had a 12 puppy litter and couldn’t find homes for them all) and she gave the place a thumbs up.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@starrynight:  I like the SPCA and the pound, but I’ve found that specific breed rescues are really weird and have tons of rules. I contacted one that had a three year waiting list. How is that even possible? 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@cutexkitty:  I’ve contacted many breeders in the newspaper and only a few weren’t reputable. If they let you come out to their house and talk with them, you’ll have a pretty good idea if they are good or not. Also, if the dog is registered with a real organization, that’s also a good tip off that they are decent. If they won’t let you come talk to them, or if they do more than one kind of dog, or have a million dogs, that’s a really bad sign. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Craigslist isn’t JUST for backyard breeders…it’s also a resource for people trying to rehome pets that they can no longer keep. I found myself in that situation once and used Craigslist as a way to find a wonderful new family for my puppy. I performed home checks and keep in touch with them still to this day.

I also got one of my cats off of Craigslist from a family with severe allergies who could not keep their cats.

Craigslist can actually be a pretty decent place to find a pet if you use it right.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

Have you tried contacting the breeder referral contacts in your area? They tend to have lists of known and responsible breeders who might have upcoming litters. Have you tried any of the following?

http://www.samoyedclubofamerica.org/sca/about/region/westcoast.html#CA

It can be frustrating getting ahold of responsible breeders with available puppies, mainly because they tend to only have 1 or 2 litters a year, if that. Some go years between breedings, and they often have out-dated websites. When they do have litters, they frequently have waiting lists for their puppies. 

Honestly, it just takes time. I suggest trying the breeder referrals in your area, and perhaps going to some dog shows to meet breeders, owners, etc. Once you make connections, and find a good, responsible breeder, you can get on wait-lists, or be kept up-to-date on upcoming litters. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@cutexkitty – When you contact the breeders, make sure you are telling them about your lifestyle, why you are choosing this particular breed, the type of personality you are looking for in a dog, etc. Many breeders will ignore inquiries that only ask “how much does a puppy cost?”.

I second the suggestion of going to dog shows to meet breeders!

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@ssttppMiss Apricot wasn’t beiing rude, she was being factual. Most good breeders do NOT advertise in newspapers or on Craigslist.

AKC registered doesn’t mean a good breeder. Many puppy-mill puppies are AKC registered. AKC is a record-keeping organization, not the breed standard police. Papers are only as good as the breeder they come from.

And not all dogs, even from good breeders, are breeding quality themselves; it needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis (showing in conformation, testing for genetic health issues, testing working ability for working/herding breeds, etc.). 

“Having too many puppies” shouldn’t be an issue for a responsible breeder. First of all, they usually having a waiting-list before hand; and secondly, if they do have more puppies than people on the waiting list, they have the capacity to take care of the extras and place through networking rather than Craigslist.

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