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Breeder communication

Discussion in 'Doberman Breeders' started by haunani, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. haunani

    haunani Novitiate

    When you're sending questions to a breeder you're interested in, how long would you consider appropriate to wait for a reply?

    I've just started my search and have found a breeder that I really like. I have sent 2 emails with a couple questions, as well as information on me as a prospective buyer, both without response. They were sent on 7/30 and 8/14. There has been activity on their website in that time.

    I *really* like this breeder and they have a litter planned at the perfect time for us, but I worry that this communication pattern will continue.

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  2. Ddski5

    Ddski5 Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    When I started my search, I know I sent out at least eight emails to different breeders. In the first month, only two replied. I then was lucky to hit it off with one of those two. Within the next 6-8months, emails started to trickle in from the others that did not respond.

    The only thing I can say about that is when I questioned Ragnar’s breeder, she said that breeders are extremely busy and some just don’t check their emails too often. You really have to dig around and find a phone number or keep sending emails and be patient.

    Others will chime in here to provide more info.

    Good Luck.
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  3. Panama

    Panama Hot Topics Subscriber

    The Doberman Nationals are just 6 wks away, so if it's a breeder that shows their own dogs or travels with their dog(s) to show and hands off to a handler, this is a very busy time.
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  4. Tropicalbri's

    Tropicalbri's $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    This is normal with breeders like @Panama said. They are busy getting ready for shows and having Dobermanns is an extremely time consuming endeavor even if you are not a breeder.

    I contacted quite a few breeders and it definitely took a long while to get a response.
    Don’t be discouraged just keep sending out emails and calling. I know it’s frustrating but it’s worth the wait.
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  5. haunani

    haunani Novitiate

    Thank you. I had wondered if there was a large show coming up that could cause the delay. That does make me feel much better.

    My impatience comes in part of wanting to know if they approve of us as potential buyers. We do have young children, which I know can sometimes be an automatic "no", but we are an experienced dobie family. We lost both of ours when our oldest child was just over 1 year old (they're now almost 7, 4.5, and the baby is 5.5 months).
  6. Doberman Gang

    Doberman Gang Hot Topics Subscriber

    I agree, they always say “The squeaky wheel gets the grease” so be squeaky lol.
    I get multiple requests about training some weeks, with work and training sometimes I might miss a message and not see it, sometimes I will be going back thru and see it 2-3 weeks later. Some of us older people aren’t real tech savvy.
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  7. Oh Little Oji

    Oh Little Oji Formerly Tad Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    This is so hard, isn't it? Unfortunately, it is typical.

    I understand breeders might be busy sometimes, but I feel it is not right that they don't so much as leave an outgoing voicemail and a sort of out-of-office email stating that they are busy and may not have time to reply. This would only be common courtesy, especially if they are advertising that they breed and sell dogs.
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  8. Ravenbird

    Ravenbird Member

    Same experience here - lots of outgoing mail, very little response. Count on 4 - 6 months of searching to getting on a list if you are as picky as I am. Two breeders didn't have an available female and two breeders didn't meet my needs for health tests or I just didn't care for their breeding pair so I thanked them kindly and moved on. It will have a happy ending though, I'm lined up for my dream pup right now as I type! Keep up your search and stick to your own requirements!
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  9. Doberman Gang

    Doberman Gang Hot Topics Subscriber

    Good point, I know people that have waited a year or two because breedings didn’t take or the sex they wanted or color they wanted wasn’t produced. If you know what you are looking for or want you may gave to wait.
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  10. GennyB

    GennyB Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Or if you are looking for a pet. Plenty of people looking for a pet and breeders would much rather sell to a show or working home.
    @haunani I wouldn't limit myself to just one breeder. Lots of quality breeders out there. While you're waiting for return phone calls/emails, do some searching. Look for longevity in a breeders line and COD (cause of death). No COD listed? Ask a ton of questions with proof.
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