I have been reading many posts about selecting a breeder. And MANY other posts on this site. I have used (still using) the DPCA Breeder referral. There was one breeder that I really liked. Her website was very informative. I liked the look of the dogs but she was not very talkative. I would ask a question and most of the time I got one word answers. She did not offer any additional information but was willing to go ahead and take a deposit. So I decided that would not be a good fit.
I know some breeders prefer phone calls over emails but personally I like to start with email. That way I can refer back to the emails for the info. Also I was trying to stay somewhat close so that I could visit the kennels. But i do understand it may not work out That way.
I did like Hoytt. And I have searched Hoytt on this site as was recommended but found several non favorable posts about them. One post even mentioned “mass breeder”. But am still researching them.
I think if you read through the stickies I posted you'll have a better idea of how to evaluate breeders (for example, take a read through them....what do you think of a breeder like Hoytt after that? What appeals to you about them? Why do you like them?)
I wouldn't contact breeders until you have a good idea of which breeder, maybe 2, that you are pretty serious about. Breeders are getting so many contacts right now, it's impossible for them to keep up. Unless you are seriously interested in one of their puppies, and write up a fairly long email detailing why you are interested in their breeding program, what your dog "resume" is, what your intentions for the puppy are...you aren't going to likely get detailed answers. Or, you'll hear back more from someone who's trying to "sell" you a dog, and that's not a good thing.
I also asked about a couple others on this site and was told I could “do better”. I did not originally see the mention of Starline, looking into them and Windsong now. I have not gone back to my original post to see if there are anymore recommendations (actually, embarrassed to say this but I am having trouble finding my original first post - new to this site).
Click on "User CP", "Edit Options" and go down to the box header that says "Default Thread Subscription Mode". I recommend selecting either "instant email notification" or "daily email notification" so that you receive an email from the forum when someone comments on your thread. It provides a link to the thread, too. That way you do not lose track of your threads and comments.
I am still doing MUCH research but still have questions like the ones above about tail docking. Should I be concerned that a breeder docks the tails instead of sending to a vet to be done? If a breeder says they “guarantee” tail docking to not look chopped, is that something that I should put much thought into or is it like when they offer a 3 yr health guarantee?
Thank you for any and all advice
I don't know many breeders that would discuss this topic with someone that isn't even getting a puppy from them. Anyone that would say that something like "not having a chopped" look doesn't sound like someone I'd want to consider. It's not the language I've ever heard from someone ethical.