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Hi. I'm newish here, mostly searching for and reading topics. I read something on etiquette regarding talking to breeders in that not to talk to more than one leading them to believe you're going to buy a pup from them. One breeder's name I got from a fb group site for doberman breeders. The other I came across on here highly recommend. I had emailed both a couple days apart. The first being the fb group one. The second from here. The second responded almost immediately. Oh, and on her website, it said she has no pups but can help with breeder referrals so that's what I emailed her about. However, she said she'd help, but she would be breeding this fall and could keep in touch. I said okay. Then the next day, the first breeder (who has a litter currently) emailed back saying she's not sure if she'll have any pet pups yet. She asked for my number to call and discuss...Hubs wants me to ask second about the first to see if she's reputable. Would that offend her? No questionnaires have been done, nor have I talked any further. What is the best way to handle this? Thanks.

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Do you know how to differentiate between a reputable breeder and someone selling you a puppy?
I would get to know the breeder with pups on the ground. 1 you need to ascertain if she is reputable or not. 2 they may or may not have a pup for you from this litter.
3 you and this breeder may or may not click. It never hurts to get to know a breeder. The key is to be honest that you're still looking.
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Hi and thanks for answering! I feel like I have test anxiety regarding this kind of stuff and when I do talk to a breeder finally. So here it goes, from what I've read, a reputable breeder will health test their dogs and be able to prove it (cardio, vwd, echo test, hips and eyes-this is what I can remember without cheating and looking back), they will care where their pups go and also ask me questions and may even deny me or not have a pup for me in that litter, they may have a wait list, if their price is too good to be true is a red flag, if they say a puppy is ready to go home too soon is a red flag, if their kept outdoors or in crates is a red flag, and if all they care about is the dollar bills, oh and their dogs should have titles, be shown. And this makes sense, if I don't get to know a breeder, how could I make a decision? It's okay to talk and then make a decision. And likewise for them too about me.

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My missing original response on if I know how to tell a reputable breeder went something like this... A reputable breeder would have their dogs health tested (cardio and echo, wvd, hips and eyes from what I can remember without cheating) and be able able to show proof and answer questions about this, they'd care about where their pups go and should question me as well, a too good to be true price is a red flag, giving you the pup before 8 weeks is a red flag, they should be willing to provide a vet reference, their dogs should have titles, they may have a wait list, their dogs shouldn't be kept outside or in crates. You are right. I need to actually talk more in depth to even make a decision about if they're a reputable breeder. Thank you! Feel free to tell me what I'm missing. I feel this was good for me to be asked and test my knowledge.

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I think (someone correct me if I am wrong) the etiquette is more to discourage people who would say, "I want one of your puppies" to multiple breeders and/or mass emails, vs. someone who is actively seeking out a match in terms or breeder/puppy. I have emailed multiple breeders but nothing has really progressed. Some have responded and we figured we weren't a match and some have not responded at all. (I have also found some are no longer active breeders.)
I google breeders, try to find there names on local Doberman clubs, see if they have successfully shown a dog in the last couple of years. I would also ask if the puppies come with AKC registration (limited or otherwise).
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My missing original response on if I know how to tell a reputable breeder went something like this... A reputable breeder would have their dogs health tested (cardio and echo, wvd, hips and eyes from what I can remember without cheating) and be able able to show proof and answer questions about this, they'd care about where their pups go and should question me as well, a too good to be true price is a red flag, giving you the pup before 8 weeks is a red flag, they should be willing to provide a vet reference, their dogs should have titles, they may have a wait list, their dogs shouldn't be kept outside or in crates. You are right. I need to actually talk more in depth to even make a decision about if they're a reputable breeder. Thank you! Feel free to tell me what I'm missing. I feel this was good for me to be asked and test my knowledge.

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You've got a good handle on what's going on.

the only other thing I would ask the breeder is about what they do for early socialization. That is a biggie!


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