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Hey everyone, I currently have a 6month old collie who is absolutely perfect, but I can't help but to think that I'll want to add another dog into my household in the next 2-3 years. The breeds I'm eyeing are Leonbergers, Chinooks, and of course, Collies.

I guess my question is, when should I start communicating with breeders, especially for the rarer chinooks/leonbergers? There is a leo breeder who lives in my city and I would love to meet with her and talk with her and meet the breed.
 

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Start talking to Chinook breeders now. It's not my breed but I've been loosely in contact with one Canadian breeder about the outcross program in the breed and I know there aren't a lot, and wait lists fill fast.
 

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I know a Chinook breeder. In fact, she lives near me and works in my office. They are very rigid about who gets a dog and the breeding program is extremely tight.. and there are requirements (working titles being one). If you want that breed start now.
 

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Thanks, I'll start looking into it more seriously! I'm leaning more towards chinooks at this point so it sounds like I have my work cut out for me!
 

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Even for more common breeds, I start talking to breeders close to 2 years. I want to have an idea of what is out there and who has dogs that match what I want well before I put in an application, but I tend to over-prepare.

Full disclosure: I'm good friends with a Chinook breeder, but her dogs are lovely. I came pretty close to getting one, even, but the timing of the litter was terrible for me.
 
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