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I havent heard from my breeder since the puppy has been born

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I am new to dog ownership and am very excited that our first dog will be a golden! We put down a deposit in March and our breeder notified us that our puppy had been born two weeks ago. We haven't heard anything since that initial email telling us that the puppy was born. Should I be nervous? I just want to know that the puppies and mum are healthy and we are still on track to pick up the puppy in June. I don't want to be a nuisance though. Is this normal?
Any advice would be very helpful!
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My experience with my breeder, was that we got updates on the regular (pictures, etc). But I don't know if that is 'normal' for all breeders. If the breeder is dealing with complications that is constraining their time, updates to the waiting list would be further down the list of priorities. Have you reached out to the breeder? "Hey. How are the puppies and mom doing?"

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I reached out a few days after the pups were born and haven't heard anything back. Other than the initial photos right after they were born we have received nothing. They haven't even updated their instagram/fb page.
I do not want to be a nuisance if they are dealing with alot but I am starting to get concerned that there were complications. If the puppies didn't make it wouldn't they have told me?
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That neonatal period is hectic for breeders. The puppies are so helpless and fragile at that age. I think I usually get about 4 hours of sleep most days in the first 2 weeks. Some people can do that and still be ultra responsive and some can’t, especially if they have family and a full time job. A gentle inquiry email might be a good start.


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Thankyou! How long is the neonatal period? The pups were born a little more than two weeks ago. While I am very anxious to know that things are okay, I hate to be a pest.
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I felt just like you. My girl is now 3 but seems like I had lots of contact (responses) until the breeder got my deposit. I only received 2 updates and 3 second videos before getting the notice to pick up the pup. Which came 3 weeks before I expected... she was only 6 weeks.

But 3 yrs down the road my position has changed. You are spending a great deal of money for this puppy and to you it's more than a business transaction. I didn't want to be a bother... calling/emailing every day is a bother. Wanting updates once a week is not. I realize there is lots going on for them but you know, they make a group email and send updates all at once. How much time does that require!

Give them a shout, if they don't respond in a few days, call for updates. Sometimes I think breeders forget how important this purchase is to the buyer. Not all but some. It may not be the most important part of this purchase process but it is to you!
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Thankyou! How long is the neonatal period? The pups were born a little more than two weeks ago. While I am very anxious to know that things are okay, I hate to be a pest.
From my super limited experience, I'd say the critical neonatal period is until the pups are at least 4 weeks old. When they are potatoes with legs, there is a huge deal about making sure mom doesn't lay on them, making sure they are warm enough/not too warm, making sure they are getting enough food and gaining an expected amount of weight. Not to mention all the cleaning. Once the pups can move around and have their eyes open, I think it's less critical, but I think it can still be overwhelming.

I honestly don't know how our breeder was able to do it all and still send updates. I think we got the updates cause our breeder was tech savvy so was using a smart phone to disperse updates.

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When we got our first Golden 15 years ago it was a whole different world. Pretty sure we found the breeder in the paper or on Craigslist. We visited two times and picked her up on the third visit and that was about it. A couple phone calls is all.

Fast forward to today and you have extensive use of email, social media, and even webcams. I watched Piper and her littermates on a webcam way more than I should have, but I got to see all those little critters grow, not to mention recognize HOW MUCH work they are. Sheesh, they made me tired just watching them! It made me appreciate our breeder that much more.

But to answer your question, no, I don't think it would be out of line to contact the breeder again. At the very least, they should respond, even just short and sweet.


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I think most breeders do send photos weekly or so, unless they have a videocam and then they might not but they would have lyk where to watch the cam...

You absolutely should expect to hear two weeks in!
It's the start of the 'easy' period- now till about 5 weeks then they are super hard again.

Example- I had a preemie litter- puppies dying right and left- I still let the people who were waiting and praying with me know how it was going. Short and sweet but still touched base. The puppies are important to the buyers.
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I would think a short, friendly email checking in on the puppies is totally acceptable (it was to our breeder, but he did a good job of staying in touch, which I loved b/c we're on opposite sides of the country, and in different countries, so pick up was different for us. He was a wealth of info for us!). Your breeder is super busy w/the pups, but I'm positive they'll get back to you - I asked for any photos, if they were handy, and just kept emails light and friendly. This is such an exciting time for you, waiting for your addition!! I remember it well.

Sleep as much as you can now, and practice saying "Go potty", because you'll be saying it about a gazillion times in the next several months

Congratulations!!!

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