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    Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    Has anyone ever felt this way or had this happen? What did you do? I'm probably over thinking things, but I've never dealt with a breeder on my own before and don't know if I'm doing things right.

    We spoke on the phone in September about be purchasing a puppy from him, and it was a very positive and nice talk and I told him I wanted a female for sport. He even gave me a ballpark figure for how much my pup will cost. I was referred to him by the breed club and I've checked his dogs on the OFA site and he checks out. Anyway, I hadnt heard from him by Thanksgiving (not that I expected to, its not like we had a ton to talk about at that time) so I sent him an email wishing him happy holidays and saying I look forward to puppy updates soon. He replied within 24 hours and that's when I found out a breeding had taken place. The puppies are due in a week, and I haven't heard from him since.

    Should I be concerned? I have no idea how often is appropriate for me to call/email especially since he may be busy. So far though, he has been great about responding.

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    Re: Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    Well, it is the Holidays so he might be gone, busy, etc. He may wait until pups are on the ground before he contacts you. Not much he could tell you now.

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    Re: Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Margot49 View Post
    Well, it is the Holidays so he might be gone, busy, etc. He may wait until pups are on the ground before he contacts you. Not much he could tell you now.
    ^^^^ pretty much the same ^^^ can't tell you much more until the pups are on the ground. and then if they have the right pup your looking for and who may or may not be ahead of you for puppy picks. I don't think it's ever out of line to ask for an up date on how the bitch is doing and if they know how many puppies are expected. Some breeders do ultra sounds or x rays... I would not feel I am bothering a breeder that I was getting a puppy from sending them an email.

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    Re: Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    Yes, I would follow up. I thought I was getting a puppy from someone who didn't respond much, but after the litter was born I had to email her a couple times to find out I wasn't high enough up the list to get one. After going through that I would push for more clear communication. I would wait until they're born though.
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    Re: Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    Quote Originally Posted by elrohwen View Post
    Yes, I would follow up. I thought I was getting a puppy from someone who didn't respond much, but after the litter was born I had to email her a couple times to find out I wasn't high enough up the list to get one. After going through that I would push for more clear communication. I would wait until they're born though.
    Thank you, I am thinking that I should just email him on the due date asking how the dog is doing and maybe if he wants a deposit? He didn't mention one when we talked but maybe asking would give me an idea of where I fall on the waiting list. I wouldn't know what else I could say to find out if I am indeed on a list.

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    Re: Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    I would just send him a friendly email I would think that breeders like when someone has a string interest. My breeder and I text each other regularly and are Facebook friends... I love it!
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    Re: Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    I wish he had a facebook! He's old, been in the breed a very long time, and doesn't even have a website. I think I'd be less anxious for an update if he had a social media presence!

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    Re: Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    Are you planning to visit before you get to take the puppy home? If so, I'd be asking the breeder to set up a time to meet the pups and asking about how the puppy selection process usually works. I'm meeting with a breeder tomorrow who's expecting puppies next month and she does all the meets-and-greets once a litter is confirmed. Not sure how typical it is, but I'd definitely want to do that as soon as possible.

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    Re: Worried my breeder has forgotten about me.

    No, unfortunately he is too far for me to go just to visit, I'm planning on taking a weekend trip over to pick up the pup when the time comes. Of course nothing is set in stone, I first need to know if he has one for me lol.

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