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Old 11-18-2012, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When to contact a breeder?

I'm not sure if this is the right subforum to post this question but I've been wondering how far in advance should I contact a breeder about a puppy? I've been doing a ton of research about this breed and I know I'm not in the proper living situation for a Doberman puppy but that will be changing within 6 months though I'm wanting to give myself some additional time to adjust after my move before adding a pup to my household. So I'm not really looking to buy a puppy for at least 9months from now so is it too soon to contact the breeders I'm thinking about going with to start asking them questions. I want to be thorough in my questions but I don't want to start pestering them too soon. My own experience with breeders is strictly with horses which have a way longer gestation period and need a ton of notice... so any suggestions on the timeline for dogs is most welcome!
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most definitely start now. Breedings are planned way in advance and prospective homes are also lined up in advance.
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I agree with Julie. I have already contacted breeders about the next dog I want and it will be years before I will get one. I am on one breeder's list and will continue to do my research in the meantime. You can never be too prepared
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Most definitely start now. Breedings are planned way in advance and prospective homes are also lined up in advance.
This, and it gives you a chance to find out what your breeder is like. You never know, you might not like the answers your breeder gives you so you will be happy to have the extra time to research others. Or if you like them then it gives you a chance to build a relationship with them, and they can know you are serious about getting a pup!
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had a feeling that 9-12 months in advance would be about right but wanted to be sure. Especially since I am willing to wait for the right puppy from the right breeder but I also don't want to miss out on that right puppy by being gun-shy!
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Worst case of contacting too early is being told to contact them again at a later time. Worst case of contacting too late is having to wait even longer for a pup. I prefer the former
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Most good breeders have lengthy waiting lists. It is not at all uncommon to see a litter announcement followed by "all puppies are spoken for". So, I agree start now!
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I think contacting breeders you are interested in to ask questions and get to know them is a good idea. You need to find out if you "click" with a breeder, in addition to researching the particular breeding you might be interested in. I think opening the conversation now is helpful.
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