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I had been talking with a breeder via email. They had always responded promptly before, but now that i filled out an application i have not heard from them in several days, is this normal? did something i said make them leery? Or is it typical for them to take a week or more reviewing applications?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-04-2017, 10:14 AM
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If they are showing at the DPCA national specialty cluster, then they are going to be busy, and might not be able to keep up with other stuff.


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As Rosemary said--this is right in the middle of the annual DPCA National specialty--it's in Ohio (I think) this year so if the breeder has gone for all or part of the National--even if they went without a dog there are so many things going on that most people don't even try to reach people who are at a National.

Would have been nice if the breeder told you they might be out of touch though. But sometimes it just doesn't happen. The National event starts out with a Regional show and then goes on to the National judging itself.

And some breeders do take quite a lot of time to review applications and answer them. It's not that unusual.
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Can you call them on the phone? Years ago when I was first getting ready to bring home Zuko, communication became an issue with my breeder, would get one email then not hear back for a week. I think this is very common, even if they aren't in this show that's going on right now.

As a much younger generation we rely so much on email and super quick response, but most breeders these days are not constantly on the computer, some aren't exactly super savvy with the internet like kids these days seem to be glued to it constantly. I suggest giving them a call and leaving a voicemail if they don't answer, otherwise you'll just have to wait to hear from them again. Don't give up!

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as a side note not just the specialty but any time they are out at the shows it may be a while between contacts. and even when they get home all the work that hasn't been done while they were gone now needs to get done. That is actually why my handler quit breeding because they would just run out of time.
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Can you call them on the phone? Years ago when I was first getting ready to bring home Zuko, communication became an issue with my breeder, would get one email then not hear back for a week. I think this is very common, even if they aren't in this show that's going on right now.

As a much younger generation we rely so much on email and super quick response, but most breeders these days are not constantly on the computer, some aren't exactly super savvy with the internet like kids these days seem to be glued to it constantly. I suggest giving them a call and leaving a voicemail if they don't answer, otherwise you'll just have to wait to hear from them again. Don't give up!
^^ Exactly +1.

Our last breeder rarely used email, maybe once/week...she hated it.
- many Top breeders are not young people anymore & grew up with a rotary-dial phone
- they will gladly chat and interview over a phone call

First puppy purchased before computers invented.
Our last 2 pups came from terrific breeders too & my first response was again via personal phone call / they interview me and I interview them. I share our family love for the breed & prove we are a forever home, our pups get to enjoy a 5-Star life and will never-ever see the inside of a kennel. They will get homemade cooked meat/veggy stew, expensive kibble and organic treats. Dog beds here consist of napping on our leather sectional and sleeping between mom & dad, at night. Our property is only fenced on 3 sides, but pup will be training off-leash. In senior years, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicines & Chiropractor visits are utilized as needed & we have 2 excellent Vets / one Holistic, and one surgeon for regular checkups.
^^ Telling our story, to a breeder I never met.

After my research, for the best North American show breeders:
In 1977, I made one phone call and got our Tanya (Ontario).
- after one visit at breeders, we had puppy pick of the litter
In 2000, I made one phone call and got our Amy (Montreal)...after 45 minutes chatting, my name was on top of buyers list / later I emailed her a picture of our first girl, taken by a child photographer, with my wild hair...LOL
In 2012, I made one phone call and got our Kelly (IL)...not enough girls born, but somehow we got one

^^ See the pattern, and sell yourself via talking & chatting / not typing.
- many typed inquires & puppy questionnaires, end up as breeder junk mail
- I never waste my time on std. puppy questionnaires
- I will address any issues or concerns, over a phone conversation
- OK to email after the first phone call, but not before

------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)

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