Yet another neurotic question. I am planning on purchasing a pup in 2-3 years. How soon is too soon to contact a breeder or breeders in whom I am interested? I am planning on going to the Golden Specialty in October, and hope I can overcome my shyness and meet some breeders there. Any advice on this would be helpful. As you can see, I am seriously bitten by the puppy bug.
Thanks in advance.
It depends on what you are looking for in a puppy. If you are wanting a special breeding of certain lines for a performance or show puppy, then making contact with a breeder a good amount of time in advance may make sense.
If you are just looking for a companion puppy, I don't think it is at all neccessary to make contact with a breeder 2-3 years in advance. Personally, as a breeder, I cannot tell you exactly what breedings I will be doing that far in advance. I will have young dogs that will need to have clearances done and shown before they would be used in our breeding program and within 2-3 years, many of the dogs that I would be using in our breeding program now, would be retired. This would especially hold true for the girls who tend to typically have a few litters and then are retired. I may have ideas about breedings that I would like to do, but I don't announce any breeding plans until all the ducks are in a row, so to speak. Too many things can happen in that amount of time and there are too many variables.
If you are certain that you are not going to be ready for a puppy for 2-3 years than my suggestion is that you wait until closer to 6 mos to a year before contacting breeders. This does not mean that you cannot start doing research and checking out different breeders that you like.
People who are interested in a puppy have a tendency to think that they are the only ones that the breeder needs to speak with. This, of course, could not be further from the truth. Many breeders have full time jobs outside the home, have children/families, have their dogs to take care of, many are out of town on weekends for shows and competitions, have questions/help needed from families who already have their dogs and then if they are actively breeding will have families that they are dealing with who are getting a puppy from the next litter they are having. There are only so many hours in the day.
So patience is important and especially with companion puppies, that is a long time out for a breeder to be able to give you specific answers to your questions and their breeding plans.