Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Upstate NY
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I am so sorry to hear this awful news. I have no idea at what age breeders assign puppies to prospective owners, but regardless of whether your former breeder is on the "up and up," you are left in the same position. How devastating!!
Here is how my husband and I got our puppy unexpectedly early; something like this may work for you: we were reaching out to several respected breeders, among them Kyon Kennels, north of Toronto, whose puppies are usually sold long before they are born or even conceived. We were in no particular hurry, and had originally wanted a "summer" puppy (having gotten our prior dog as a pup during a very snowy winter in upstate NY, where we live).
It happened that Kyon had had a litter of eight puppies including six males in early December, and for this particular litter, there had been an overabundance of prospective owners who had wanted females. The pups were then about two weeks old, and the breeder hadn't yet done anything about trying to match up new owners for these pups--he was probably too tired! So, when I inquired about the possibility of a male puppy, he said "uh, this doesn't usually happen, but...if you are interested in taking a male puppy in early February, we could have one available for you; otherwise the wait time will be at least (can't remember, because we did take that puppy in February!).
Obviously, I happened to call at just the right time, and the situation was just a coincidence--a litter with an abundance of one sex, at a time when the prospective owners wanted the other sex--but things like this do happen, obviously.
Another way to get a (very slightly older) puppy; sometimes a breeder will keep a "show quality" (I'm not fond of that term!) puppy for themselves or a breeder friend, and for some reason, somebody changes their mind (and not because there is anything at all wrong with the puppy; in fact, chances are good that it's a beautiful pup).
So consider reaching out to a few reputable breeders; don't be tempted to lower your standards in breeders to get a puppy quickly.