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Old 10-11-2012, 10:38 AM
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Default The importance of breeder/buyer communication?

Sorry if this is in the wrong place, I'm honestly not sure where it really goes.
But, I think I finally answered some unanswered questions I've had for the past 3-4 years, and yet, created a few new ones.

Here's the set up, you contact a breeder, they tell you they'll let you know when the breeding took and puppies are expected, then let you know when/how to send a deposit for one. Okay, all's good, but then you never hear back after the generic reply-all message that the breeding was confirmed by ultrasound.
You wait, it's past due for those puppies to go to new homes, you don't want to intrude on the breeder and just keep waiting, maybe something happened, maybe the puppy you were looking for wasn't in this litter.
Months later you see an update on their website that puppies were born, you were never informed, you send them a simple congrats letter hoping maybe they would notice, nothing.
Later you find out someone you know personally got a puppy from that litter, huh, again probably didn't have a puppy for you in that litter. You wait some more, never hear back from that breeder again, thus you go to a different one.

So, for you breeders, how important do you find communication with your buyers?

Like I said, I think I found a few of my answers to what may have happened (years later), trouble is, why didn't the breeder tell me what was going on? All this time I thought that maybe in some way she just didn't trust me with the breed/one of her pups, in some way, the way I feed, the way i train?
But then again, maybe I just wasn't aggressive enough to seek answers, I'm not a communicative person, and I also don't like sounding or being called rude, I didn't want to seem like one of those nosy "has to know every detail of every minute" buyers. Was it wrong of me to quietly wait instead of pressing to know "how's it going"? (also of note, we did talk by phone before email, and had a personal reference from a previous buyer)

I just still have a lot of thoughts about it all, I don't know why. I thought maybe by asking a large group of other dog-people what they think/would do/have done, I could get some more answers.
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