And, since everyone objects to people making a living off of dogs, a LOT of breeders work full time and take care of their dogs, deal with bitch owners wanting stud service, show entries.
They are human too. Which means they have families. Families have dead bodies occasionally, and sick bodies, and aging bodies, and hospitalized bodies and depressed bodies. So sometimes they can't get right back to you as though you are the only thing in their world right now. No one is paying them to sit at the phone for 8 hours every day, waiting for customers to call so they can answer their questions.
Actually, if you want to know, the average buyer is a pain in the butt. This is how it goes:
Yeah, hello, do you have puppies?
I'm a breeder, but I do not currently have puppies available, when are you looking to get one?
Well... I was hoping I could come over today or tomorrow.
Yeah, well, maybe if you look in the newspaper you will find puppies that are already born and are ready to go, but usually when you go to a good breeder, you have to wait for the breeding and the whelping and the puppies to be ready to go, and sometimes, your number is not up on this litter and you have to wait for the next.
Ok, so when are you going to have puppies?
I am hoping that one of my girls will go into heat next month, then it takes 9 weeks before they are born, and another 8 weeks once they are born. So its going to be five months.
Oh. Well, how much do you charge for your puppies?
Oh forget it, I would never pay that much for a dog, I can get one down the street for half that.
Well, have a nice day.
Yep, jumped out of the shower and am now running late for work for that yayhoo.
Some will talk to you for a whole hour before telling you that the guy down the street is selling them for way less. Others tell you that they are in the military and are looking for a military discount.
Others tell you they are retired and don't need papers or anything, like the papers make them expensive. Dude! It takes just as much money to produce a dog without papers as it does to produce one with papers!!! -- ok, that's not true, you can save $2 per puppy if you want to sell some without papers. Hang on, Scrappy! You can't play with that toy, that is for the puppies who will be sold WITH papers. No, Scrappy! You get this Ole Roy, the Earthborn goes to the puppies WITH papers.
Yeah, I have always said, you really need to like people to be any good as a breeder, because a LOT of it is listening to people. You have to listen to them to weed out the weirdos. And they will hang themselves if you give them enough rope. And then, you can't just say, "Oh heck no will I ever sell you a puppy!" Nope, you need to take a little more time and convince them that they do not WANT to by a puppy from you.
That way, they leave happy. Without a puppy. Good.
We talk all the time about red flags with breeders, but I can tell you that we breeders probably have a whole lot more red flags when it comes to buyers -- duct tapes rotting meat to muzzle to teach dog not to go into the trash -- yep, red flag. Expects you to be available to them 24/7, but not to make any money on dogs -- huge red flag.
Sometimes I feel I am getting too old...
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.