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Old 10-11-2011, 05:27 PM
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So I've been talking to this breeder about Karelian Bear Dogs, mostly about the breed in general, and they've been very helpful. Sept. 29 I sent an email asking about their breeding program, but I haven't heard back from them at all. I understand they could be busy, or that it may have ended up in spam on accident, but before I resend it is there anything I asked that was, I don't know, a faux pas?

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About your breeding program in particular, do you do any health testing? What kind? Do you offer any sort of guarantee against genetic diseases?

Can I see a copy of your contract?

Could/do you provide references of people who have received puppies in the past?
I know some breeders differ on the genetic health guarantee and whatnot, but I can't really see anything else wrong with my questions.

Their website didn't have any testimonials, although it did show pictures of their pups all grown up and in their new homes! I just thought it would be nice if I could talk to someone who got a puppy through them, what their experiences were with the breed, etc (since I don't know many at all who have Karelians). I know they place puppies in some companion homes, so it's not that.

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Old 10-11-2011, 05:37 PM
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Maybe they're busy?

Maybe they deleted it by mistake?

Maybe they would have liked a bit more dialogue before bringing out the big guns?

Maybe they think you're too nosy?

Maybe there's a million other reasons they didn't reply!!!!
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:49 PM
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Or they don't have good answers for those questions.

Who knows?
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:01 PM
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For my experience when talking to breeders, it's better to take the number of this type of question slow.

Think of talking with a long know friend.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:31 PM
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Thanks you guys. Since we were talking about the breed in general, maybe I should wait a little while longer and then send an email describing what I would do with the dog, why I think I'm good match, etc. Maybe it came off like I was jumping the guns when they don't really know me.

Hmmmn... thanks.
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:14 PM
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Could you call them??

I know when I was interested in the Cane Corso I found a breeder I really like and I emailed them once, did not get a reply and then emailed them twice no reply.

I dont know breeders can be busy, but really it takes 5 minutes to reply an email. I eventually met the breeders dogs at a show and was highly dissapointed.

I think the best breeders are the one's who are friendly who will answer all your questions who act sort of like a mentor.

I've been turned off breeders that dont answer questions, but I think if you are really intested in this breeder give them a call and go from there.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:56 AM
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Sound like perfectly okay questions to me. Try giving them a call, there are a million reasons why they could have failed to reply. Although some breeders may feel uncomfortable giving people interested phone numbers of people who had aquired a puppy from them in the past, I don't see any reason why she couldn't say so if that is the problem. Good breeders really are SO busy. I work with a breeder and I know when I'm there by myself caring for the dogs and puppies and picking up after them, I have NO time to hop on the computer. Of course I'd get carried away playing with them for hours and doing training, but either way, I know if I did need to get on my e-mail it wouldn't be until late evening after pottying after dinnertime and by then I'm exhausted anyway. Think about the TONS of e-mails responsible breeders get and keeping up with updating sites and registering pedigrees as well, and obviously every e-mail is going to be well thought out and educational. There are also many e-mails just asking for advice and questions about the breed, and arranging shipping, etc. etc. Jesus I am exhausted thinking about it.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:03 AM
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From my experience, breeders in general are notoriously hard to get ahold of by email.

I would take the email you sent, and add on something letting them know that you're still interested and would love to speak with them. If you don't hear back in a few weeks, phone them if there is a number available. If not... you might just have to wait.

A friend of mine was speaking with a Dalmatian breeder who suddenly fell off the face of the earth. A full year later, the breeder emailed her asking if she was still looking for a puppy!
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:11 AM
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Logan's breeder can take a long time to answer emails sometimes. Between showing dogs, caring for dogs, and working so they can afford said dogs, it's understandable. That being said, she was always prompt when I was asking questions before I got Logan, and those are a lot of big questions all at one time. She may be overhwemled, gathering resources, whatever.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:33 AM
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I emailed a cocker breeder some weeks ago. Then re-emailed from gmail in case it went to spam. No reply. I'm only doing homework, not wanting a puppy now.. so I'm likely not going to call... And while pretty I was essentially asking about drive which they probably had less of than I wanted.
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