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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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I would add something about why you are interested in that particular breed. Mention a specific trait. I know service work is at the top of your list, but there's lots of breeds known for service work, so maybe slip in something else unique to that breed. You don't have to go into great detail, just indicate you have in fact done your research on the breed in question. You might also mention why you are interested in that particular breeder, such as "I noticed your dogs participate in therapy work" or something.

Instead of "get a puppy from you" I would instead say something along the lines of "I hope to be placed on your waiting list for a future litter" or something similar.

You should also delete the "all my time will be dedicated to training and socializing the puppy" because no it won't and breeders know that. You have a life outside of school and the dog! Breeders don't expect you to dedicate your life to training a dog, and it sounds a bit weird and like you're trying to hard to get in their good graces. Instead, just give a very brief overview of your training plans and goals.

Good luck!
Thanks for the advice! As for the “all my time will be dedicated to puppy,” I mean that literally lol. One of the reasons I’m seeking a service dog is debilitating social anxiety - I quite literally don’t do anything other than school and doctor’s appointments haha, but I’ll take that out anyway.
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.
Black Russian Terrier. I’m aware that they’re not easy dogs, and I will be working with a professional trainer/behaviorist (as well as getting additional help/advice from my cousin, who’s also a dog trainer, and hopefully getting some guidance from the breeder.) I’m pretty confident that this is the breed for me, but should I talk to several breeders and they disagree, I’ll consider other breeds. I’ve had an interest in dog training for awhile and hope to pursue a degree in animal behavior - I’d like to think I’m pretty knowledgeable on training for someone with no professional experience, but I’ll of course still have help from experts.

I most definitely agree that someone looking for a service dog prospect should not be looking at breeds known to be hard, sharp - difficult. I'm sure some of them can be great at it, but training them would not be for a first-timer.

It also seems to me anyone with "debilitating social anxiety" ought to think long and hard about how they're going to train a service dog, which surely needs socializing out the wazoo on their own.
As I said above, I’ll be working with professional service dog trainers. The main reason I’m getting a service dog is medical alert/response for my autoimmune condition, not social anxiety, though the dog will also be trained to help alert/respond to some of my anxiety symptoms (panic/anxiety attacks and dissociation, primarily).
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