I really am not all that willing to share this. I think people in general can read and research too much, and they find out what the breeder wants to hear and then they tell them what they heard they should tell them, and the wrong dog goes into the wrong hands.
We talk a lot about red flags here. Well, I will tell you, that mostly I judge people and fix yellow flags to a lot of things I hear. Enough yellow flags, and I am not going to sell you a puppy.
I don't have a set of questions, or application for people to fill out. I talk to people on the phone and if you give them enough rope, they will hang themselves. So I talk to them, and listen to them.
There are some that come across like they have been reading the forums for two weeks straight, and those folks, I steer elsewhere. Sorry. They may make great homes. But I'm a little more down to earth, and I want to hear what people think and about their experiences, so I can get a feel for where the pup will be going.
I will ask some leading questions, if they do not bring some topics up, so I can make a decision on what emphasis they put on certain aspects of dog ownership. And then I have to decide whether or not to sell a pup to them. Breeders aren't perfect. We make mistakes too. I expect I have turned people down that didn't deserve it. And didn't turn down people I should have. Sometimes people can talk a good game.
My advice to you, is to talk to breeders honestly, not by what you have read, and what people have told you. Honestly assess your situation, and what you want, and what you need, and what you expect.
The forum probably can teach you how to acquire a particular type of dog from a breeder, but it might be the kind of dog that the forum members want and need, and not the kind of dog you want and can manage in your situation.
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