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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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No response from breeders

What happens if you filled out a puppy application, sent introductory email, and follow up email, but still no response from breeders. If there's a phone number, do you call? If no response to a call, do you just walk away?

Can't understand this frankly, as we are self employed business owners ourselves, but the main thing is that we really are prime candidates to purchase a golden. Previous owners to a golden who lived 14 years, large acreage, people who love exercise and outdoor activities, someone always home with our pets, long term vet, references, and you name it.

I have at least 5 reputable breeders that I found on this site who are highly recommended who haven't responded to my inquiries.. Is this the norm? Do I cross them off my list?

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Do they have puppies? That could be a reason why they are not responding (they should respond anyway, but).

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Hard to say as alot of them don't update their website. Some have Facebook pages also but don't show upcoming litters. But yes, a quick email back or call either way would be nice, so I can move on. I'm pretty easy going!!
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People do get old and retire you know.

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We had the same problem when we were looking for Bear, who is now 1. We wrote and filled out applications to breeders in our area, one was in my town about 4 miles from my home. Most did not reply. If thereís a number listed, I definitely would call them. A well known breeder in Plymouth, we live in Massachusetts, actually told me to call her because she gets so many emails. Donít give up. Youíll get your pup. Good luck. Please keep us posted.
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People do get old and retire you know.
Swampcollie, I only contacted breeders who were highly recommended and currently still in the business. I won’t even contact a breeder unless I’ve done thorough research. I already know the ones who are retired and who are not having any litters right now.
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Where are you located? Maybe somebody can help with names of people who might have pups soon??? Or breed referrals.

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I'm in NJ and the reputable breeders here (that got back to me) won't have new litters available until Spring 2020. I'm on a wait list with a wonderful breeder in Maryland (that I found here!) but don't know if I'll make the cut for Fall. She has a large wait list so it depends on how many puppies.
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Ah ok.

I'd probably get on wait lists for Spring 2020 too - especially if it's a breeder you really like. Only because people are breeding only so often and they do get pretty big wait lists by the time they have pups in the works.

We are pretty close by now. Spring pups would be born in Jan/Feb...

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Yup!! I am on the lists for Spring and will wait if I have to! I've learned so much on this forum that I won't rush into something. Thanks for your help!
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