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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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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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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 there’s 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. Don’t give up. You’ll 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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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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It’s more Common to not get a puppy right away than to get a puppy right away from a reputable breeder who does clearances. If you’ve found a breeder for spring that you want a puppy from, then I would honestly wait if out.

I 100% Would choose a puppy in spring over fall for the simple fact that it’s a lot easier to potty train in April than January.
 

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Admittedly, sometimes I am not great at getting back to people right away. I do my best but I've had people get upset with me via email for not responding immediately about puppy inquiries. My best recommendation is to be a squeaky wheel, but a nice one. Follow up to make sure they saw your prior email and reiterate your interest in getting one of their dogs. It keeps you at the forefront of their mind and unless they say they don't have a puppy for you, it shows your continued interest. For me, if I don't have anything and someone emails me again, I do my best to send them to a breeder who I know has puppies coming or planned. We don't keep a wait list for future breedings (I don't like holding people hostage when I can't guarantee them a puppy) so I just send people along to other reputable breeders.
 

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It’s more Common to not get a puppy right away than to get a puppy right away from a reputable breeder who does clearances. If you’ve found a breeder for spring that you want a puppy from, then I would honestly wait if out.

I 100% Would choose a puppy in spring over fall for the simple fact that it’s a lot easier to potty train in April than January.
I so totally agree. We brought two pups, different years, home during the winter. One, we picked up earlier than the afternoon pick up time because a blizzard was coming. We came home and within minutes the first snow started to fall. The snow was so high and because they were so small, we literally had to carve out a run with the snow blower on the grass just so they could go. Middle of the night potty trips at frigid temps is not fun...trust me.

We picked up our last pup in September...so much easier. Good luck to you.
 

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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.
I know its frustrating to wait but sometimes your name may come up sooner than expected. That's what happened with us. We found a breeder that I really wanted, put our deposit down in December when no pregnancy had happened yet nor did the breeder know who she would be breeding. But I just loved my breeder and knew I wanted one of her pups. We expected to wait until early summer for a pup but I got a call from her in March saying one of her reservations had canceled and asked if we wanted to take the pup. I was flabbergasted to say the least. So we ended up taking her and Coco is now just about 6 months. I am a firm believer if its meant to be, it will happen so I suggest you wait if you really like your breeder and who knows, your name may come up sooner than you think. I agree with the rest that spring is a way easier time to potty train. We had contemplated getting a pup from a different breeder in December because we didn't want to wait until summer and I am so glad I waited for multiple reasons.
 

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For what it's worth I'm one of those people that passed on a pup because we decided we prefered a boy and there was only girls available. So our breeder went down the list and someone who thought they were out ended up very lucky with a beautiful female. It happens. Good luck!
 
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