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View Poll Results: How far away was the last breeder you bought from?
An hour or less, driving 46 23.35%
One to three hours, driving 56 28.43%
More than three hours driving 41 20.81%
I had my puppy shipped via airline. 54 27.41%
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How far are you from your breeder?

For reasons of ease and clarity, we'll keep this about the last breeder you purchased a dog from. Either a puppy or adult. The reason I made this thread is to help out the new folks who come in looking for a breeder within 30 minutes or an hour drive from their house. So I'm trying to keep this about the last dog that you purchased from a breeder.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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An eight hour plane ride. My last two German Shepherds came from a breeder near Frankfurt, Germany. We now live in Virginia.

That answer probably isn't what you were looking for.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We are just under an hour drive from our breeder. I looked as far away as a 4-hour drive. I did initial phone interviews, based on answers, I shortened my list and went on visits to the facilities/homes. From there, I met the sire, dam, previous puppies, and breeder in person. Out of 11 choices, I narrowed it down to only 1. By coincidence, they were pretty close but that was NOT a factor in us choosing a breeder.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In the next province, so about 6 hours driving one way.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ten hour plane ride. IIRC it was only supposed to be seven or eight, but there was a huge snowstorm that set back plane schedules by 2-3 hours.

Luckily he made it through okay .
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I got my puppy on the other side of the country. I drove though didn't ship. It made it fun.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My last purchased dog was flown in from Germany. I live near Chicago. I never have looked at distance when considering a dog. It's hard enough to find a dog I want- having it close by would be like winning the lottery, twice. LOL
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Both my Shepherds are from the same breeder - 12-14 hour drive (road dependant) each way.

Both were picked up from the breeder, who are now our friends and we go back there a few times a year to train and trial.

I searched breeders all over Canada and the U.S. and settled on them for many reasons.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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About a 45 minute drive. It's was nice having him close as he offered some free training classes and vaccinations. Always available for questions by phone too. I may have looked further, but I got a few references from local police officers about the breeder, and since then met many people who were happy with their dogs from our breeder.
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Puppy was shipped from Michigan to Vancouver BC. I drove 12 hours to pick Gryffon up.
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