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Old 10-27-2014, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys!

So, I have been shopping around for a pup for a little while now and I have been having a hard time finding what I am looking for in Canada, and I finally found a working line breeder whose dogs I like and appears to be what I am looking for.

However, something feels a little bit off during discussions with the breeder. So I e-mailed the breeder and sent her a little blurb about my husband, where we live, our hobbies and about our other dog. The breeder doesn't seem to want to ask me anything further about our lives or where/how the puppy would be raised, is this normal? I feel like she doesn't know much about us but is will to sell us a puppy. Unfortunately this kennel is completely across the country so visiting isn't an option.

This kennel has been reccommended on this forum and the breeder appears to have multiple happy customers and other dog people she has interacted with like her and her dogs. I'm just hoping for some advice on whether this is normal for GSD breeders, as this will be my first one.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Has your only correspondence been through email? I would give her a call and have a more detailed discussion by phone. A lot of stuff comes up in conversation that doesn't through email. Since you can't visit, I would be wanting to ask her a lot of questions too about how the pups spend their first weeks of life.
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Has your only correspondence been through email? I would give her a call and have a more detailed discussion by phone. A lot of stuff comes up in conversation that doesn't through email. Since you can't visit, I would be wanting to ask her a lot of questions too about how the pups spend their first weeks of life.
It has been just through e-mail,and I told her I would call her but she didn't respond to that part in my e-mails. So it's constant e-mails back and forth and she doesn't seem overly interested in chatting with me. One of the most important things to me was having a breeder that I could stay in contact with.
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Would you mind pm'ing me the breeder?

Yes, I would be concerned - you should have seen the questionaire my breeder sent me, not to mention the long-distance telephone interview, all on her dime, just to get a better sense of who I was, even though she knew me from the forum already.
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Would you mind pm'ing me the breeder?

Yes, I would be concerned - you should have seen the questionaire my breeder sent me, not to mention the long-distance telephone interview, all on her dime, just to get a better sense of who I was, even though she knew me from the forum already.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Can I ask who the breeder is as well? Thru PM?
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I admit that doesn't make me feel very comfortable, the breeder should really care about the dog and the new family and making sure it's a good match. Asking questions and meeting either through phone or in person is pretty important to get to know the family well

I'm curious to know who the breeder is please also
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Ditto on the curiosity.
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I guess it depends on how detailed your initial blurb was?
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I guess it depends. With my boy I emailed a fairly detailed dog owners CV and offered references. She called me that night And we talked for almost 3 hours. As many have said, in the course of a conversation you learn things. Each if my dogs, I have had detailed conversations via phone and PM. Except my Lab. But I did get video of her in training, and my teammates met her. However I talk regularly with her breeder now.

If each if your emails have been short and to the point and she dies not seem concerned, then I would walk away.
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