We got on a waitlist at the beginning of January 2019 and will be bringing our puppy home in August 2020. I told myself many many times that we are waiting for the perfect dog for our family and when the timing is right it will happen. My advice first and foremost is to be patient. Waiting for a few months is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Secondly sometimes breeders will have things fall through so get on those lists! I have a friend who was working with a lab breeder and she had no availability but had a breeder friend who had a litter and someone backed out so they got their puppy!