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Hello! I’m 18 and currently looking for my first well-bred dog for a service prospect, and I’m not quite sure what to say to breeders. The following is what I currently have - would this be appropriate? Is there more information I should include or should I make it shorter? Any feedback is appreciated, thanks!


My name is [name] and I’m looking for a service dog prospect. I came across your website while researching breeders and would love to learn more about, you, your breeding, and hopefully get a puppy from you.

I currently live with my parents and my childhood dog, an 11-year-old poodle/golden retriever. I’m a part time student with class twice a week for four hours - other than that, which the dog will hopefully accompany me to once training for public access, all my free time will be dedicated to training and socializing the puppy.

I’ve had an interest in Russian dog breeds for awhile, and came across the [breed] while researching larger dogs for service work. I’m also interested in showing and amateur sports, namely agility, barn hunt, scent work, flyball and dock diving, though I don’t have experience with any of these.

My only dog experience is with my childhood dogs, the aforementioned poodle/golden mix and a terrier mutt I grew up with, but I’m eager to learn and follow guidance.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing back from you!
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What breed(s) are you interested in? Because, honestly, if your entire dog experience has been with one Goldendoodle, the "larger" Russian dog breeds that I can think of, namely the Black Russian Terrier, Eastern European Shepherd, and the various Ovcharka are not ones I would recommend. Even for experienced dog people, they can be a challenge.

I usually just start with " I saw you online(list the url or site name) I'm interested in doing business , particularly I am looking for (puppy, puppies, stud. Whatever I'm after) please contact me to discuss further details. "

If they don't respond to that, they aren't hungry, if they aren't hungry, I'm not interested. I've wasted too much time with "breeders" emailing back and forth for months and then find out it's a person who accidentally had a litter or one of these people that wants a 83 point background investigation, credit report, won't sell if the dog isn't going to have a carpet to piss on, etc.

Also, be careful I wasted a lot of time recently with a "breeder" that kept signing me on a litter list and then the dog would "oops not actually be pregnant" or the first time it was "the dog miscarried" okay so it only happened twice, but it wasted 6 months.
Honestly, if a breeder is so "hungry" that they will sell a puppy to any Tom, Dick, or Harry who is willing to fork over the money, no questions asked, that's a breeder I'm not interested in. Good breeders care about where their puppies go, and if your first contact with them is "I'd like to order XYZ, give me a call", then the odds of them doing anything more than just hitting the delete button are pretty slim.

As far as your last statement, yes, bitches will sometimes lose a litter after being confirmed pregnant, and yes, sometimes a breeding won't take. Sometimes, the litter is lost for other reasons. A friend of mine had a bitch confirmed in whelp to a very good male, only to wind up spaying the bitch halfway through gestation in order to save her life after she developed complications.
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None of that is my problem. I have a right to privacy, and a dog is property. If you don't want to sell your property that's fine, I'll take my money somewhere else.
The reason that BYBs, greeders, and puppy mills exist...
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So should we leave those puppies wallowing in their own feces on the puppy farm? Those dogs are getting sold wether to good owners or bad. You'll never put a dent in the industry so I'd I can take a dog out of a bad place and give it a good life I've done more than if I'd taken a dog from a good place that is only selling to good places. AND the added benefit of not giving out my personal info to strangers on the internet.
I rest my case.
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I have friends with owner trained service dogs. Both of them have pretty unique needs that a program trained dog might not be able to meet. None of them are from lines bred for producing service dogs.
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