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Looking for a puppy. Getting no response from breeders. What do we do?
I am new to this forum but have been reading up for quite some time.
Our beloved Golden Retriever - Rusty passed away a couple of years back, cancer :-( He was Lycinian's Big Bang's son crossed with Cloverdale's doggie in CT. He was one of the most handsome goldens we have seen. We loved him like our own children and he always lived indoors, right besides us. It has taken us some time to handle our grief of losing him and now we are looking for another puppy. We are in Herndon, Virginia and are willing to travel up to 6-8 hours to get a puppy. We have been trying to find a puppy from a good breeder for a couple of months now. Looking specifically for a healthy and good looking male pup from a very reputable breeder, maybe someone who breeds show quality dogs.
Unfortunately, we have found it almost impossible to get a response from breeders out there. We looked at many breeders' websites in the DC and neighboring areas, sent e-mails, filled out their forms, but we do not get any response back. I do understand that the breeders are busy, but is it too difficult to setup an auto-responder saying "no puppies at this time" or maybe post on your website, "no puppies available and/or no inquires please"? We are willing to wait for upcoming litters also, but again, no one tells us if they have any litters planned, because....again....no response!
We have also tried the puppy referral service of PVGRC (did get a long auto response saying basically, no pups)
Is there something I am missing here?
I am wondering what is the correct way to find a good breeder.