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I have been researching numerous breeders for our future family member. I personally was hoping to get a pup the end of summer or beginning of fall. However, the breeders that I have researched on the breeds official website, are available soon whereasthe breeders that are not listed are due during my preferable time. What shoudl i do?
 

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That sucks...If it were me, I'd just get put on the waiting lists and see what happens. Sometimes, potential buyers have things that pop up and aren't able to take the puppy so it will go to the next acceptable person on the list.
 

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That sucks...If it were me, I'd just get put on the waiting lists and see what happens. Sometimes, potential buyers have things that pop up and aren't able to take the puppy so it will go to the next acceptable person on the list.
If it was me, I would wait for the dog I wanted. I have done it.... Once it was 14 months to get a dog out of a particular breeding.
 

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My experience is you can have any two out of the following three (presuming you are only willing to consider ethical breeders): The price range you want, the location you want, and the timeframe you want. :p

I waited 6 months for Lizzie; 2 years for Summer (Cardi show prospect who I ended up spaying and placing.) Mal and Indy were both basically no wait- Mal was a case where the breeder had no reservations for smooth boys; Indy was one of two the breeder had picked, when I lost Bou, she decided to offer him to me. I waited a year for Kaylee, but I didn't know I was waiting for her. :p

In all the cases except Lizzie, there were other litters from reputable breeders elsewhere in the country in my time frame. Mal and Indy were just cases of the stars aligning; I got lucky. But in Summer's case, I had a specific bitch that I wanted a puppy from (she ended up dying in whelp; I ended up purchasing a puppy from her dam instead) and in Lizzie's case ,there just plain weren't any other choices (there's only three breeders in the country of the breed, one breeds only every few years, one I don't care for personally, and the third was LIzzie's breeder, who has since spayed Lizzie's mother.)
 

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We waited well over a year for Toby, but we wanted a dog from this particular breeder. We got Cameron (from the same breeder) pretty quickly, but, as Dogstar said, we didn't know we were waiting for him.

If you've found a particular breeder that you like I'd say wait for them.
 

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I am currently in the process of researching breeders. At one point, I thought that I had found what I was looking for, but have since changed my mind and am continuing my research.

It is likely that I will have to wait anywhere from 6 months to a year (maybe more) to get my pup, once I finally narrow down the "lucky" breeder. ;)

If you are looking for a pet quality dog and you don't care about a particular breeding, you could probably ask around the breed club and find out who has litters available.

I find that there are more litters in the spring and summer then in the winter and fall, but that could just be my experience.
 

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It all depends on whether the breeders are reputable or not. I would get a pup from a reputable breeder regardless the timeframe. I'm not sure what the list you are referring to is, but I would get a personal recommendation from someone you know and trust and then go with that breeder. If they have a good reputation, do health testing and have good solid contracts with their buyers, then I would go with them and wait for the dog if you have to.

I wouldn't get a dog before I was ready for it. It's stressful enough raising a puppy. Best to be ready for it. :)

I got lucky. When I found the breeder I wanted, she had just found out that her bitch was pregnant by the sire I wanted. So, I got in right away. I had to wait for the gestation +2 months. But I would have waited 6 months to a year for Jaia without question.
 

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I think everyone is different on time frames when it comes to dogs. When I started thinking about getting a dog a few years ago the hubby and I did a lot of talking and reading on breeds. Also I started dog walking and dog sitting when I first thought about getting one.... to see if I really didn't mind picking up poop and such *lol.

We were actually looking at Mastiff initially but the first couple breeders I found online didn't really seem all that great, more ready to hand the dog over and take our cash and less interested in where the dog was going. I didn't know what a BYB was at the time, I just knew that whoever was going to sell us a dog for $1500.00 should be asking questions about our lifestyle, where the dog was going to live, spaying/neutering etc.
Needless to say we decided to just keep looking *wink*.

About 6 months into our dog find process I got word that Taylor had been taken into the SPCA by his owners, dont' even get me started on them *yikes*. I had done some dog sitting for one lady frequently by this point and always saw Taylor tied to a tree, thier yards backed onto each other. I thought he was a beautiful dog, very quiet and didn't seem to mind other people and dogs walking by, just content to be enjoying the breeze *smiles*. As soon as I heard he was given up I was at the shelter filling out form to take him home for a trial adoption, he's been with me ever since.

I guess the point of all this is keep your eyes and ears open, whatevers meant to be, will be. In the end you will have a great companion whom you thought was worth the wait and all the research. I'm not sure if I would have waited 2 years, but by not rushing I think I had more time to get familiar with dogs and learn what it was like to be around dogs, be they pulling a leash to chase a squirrel or getting them out the door for the morning constitutional *smiles*.
 

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Form the time I started researchig breeders till the time I got my Cavalier it was about 6 months. Once I found the breeder I wanted I only had to wait for the litter to be born and determine the show potential of the resulting pups. However it can very easily take 2-3 years to find the right dog from the right breeder, and I was fully expecting to be wait listed. For my old sheltie I believe it was only 4 mothns from start to finish. Though I was only 10 at the time and I didn't have to search for a breeder. There was no wait for my other 2 dogs since they didn't come from a breeder.
 

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For Hawkeye I spent one year researching breeders and once I found one I waited 4 months till I got a puppy. It turns out she had JUST done the breeding when I contacted her about getting a puppy. I was very lucky to get one. The breeder didn't know me, I was very young, 20(not something the breeder was used too), and I had never had an AKC ASCA registered show prospect pup before. The only thing I had going for me was Kechara, I had proof on her name "Fleming's Flying Kechara NA NAJ OA OAJ AX AXJ CD CGC" that I was dedicated enough to handle a new puppy. I cannot thank the breeder enough for allowing me to take one of her puppies.

When I was talking to the breeder later on it turns out she actually sent people away who had called to get a pup. Which makes me even more thankful to her.
 

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I'll be waiting for about 3 years to get a show pup from Shippo's breeder, as she does not plan on breeding for quite some time. But I've already formed a relationship with her, trust her, and would prefer to go through her. In the meantime, I'll just sit back and enjoy Shippo.
 

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Good things are definitely worth the wait. I put down a deposit 4 months before I was able to take Trent home, but I've been searching for breeders and exchanging e-mails with them for around a year.
 
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