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Question When you are selling a puppy what is standard practice?

I mean I let my breeder pick out my puppy and sent a deposit.So as far as I am concerned he's mine and I get him when he's old enough.Here's a silly question-Shouldn't the breeder keep me posted as to his progress?Or am I being silly?
My children would love pictures on a daily basis,but obviously this can't happen.
I email the breeder and it takes forever till the breeder gets back to me and maybe I get lucky with a pic or two.
I was just wondering what all of you do.Could you please clue me in since this is all new to me?
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With Sam's breeder, we "placed an order" for a puppy, waited for a litter to be born. After the pups were born I sent a deposit to hold a pup. We didn't know which pup was ours until they were six weeks old. She sent us a weekly picture of all the pups. And a process report on what they were doing. (Eyes open, walking etc.) It was great to see them grow. We picked up Sam when he was 9 1/2 weeks old.

Now I send her progress reports every couple of months.

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Does the breeder have a website? My breeder did and she updated all the puppies pictures once a week. This way I got to see them grow. She also gave me info whenever I asked. I think a good breeder should be happy to keep you up to date with the info on your puppy.

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See Debbie,that's what I mean,you were kept up to date and I feel like I'm not.Meanwhile my children keep on me about emailing the breeder and I don't want to be bothering the breeder all the time and I would have thought that the breeder would like to keep me inoformed.Oh well,we emailed her the other day about emailing some more pics and we'll see howlong it takes this time.
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I got both my boys from the same breeder that sent me updates with pictures all the time. One thing that my breeder just started doing is sending mini video’s of the puppies playing. What an excitement it was to actually see your baby in action before it was time for him to come home. I must have watched those videos 1000 times before picking Monte up.

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I don't know about your breeder, but some are more avid computer users than others. Ours is great with email and we have kept in touch, but when she first emailed us that she had Dusty available, we asked for photos. She got them to us in a day or two, but she had to get a friend with a digital camera to come over and take the pictures. I would imagine that if we were getting a new puppy from her, daily or even weekly photos might be unrealistic. Even a breeder that has a website may have someone else set it up and maintain it for them. Not everyone thinks it's as easy or convenient to snap a few shots, upload and send them as we do! Now if she isn't giving you any information about your puppy, and doesn't answer questions you might have in a reasonable time frame, I'd be more uncomfortable than if she just doesn't send lots of pictures.
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Oh the breeder answers questions,but it's much easier for me to email than talk on the phone.It may very well be easier for her on the phone as opposed to email.I must admit I am very excited to be getting a puppy,but my children have gone beyond excited,they are so excited that they are about to bust.
We'll see how the rest of the time we have to wait goes.Next Sat puppy will be here then we won't need any pics!!
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Remember too that breeders may be away at dog shows on weekends and busy with the rest of their lives (spouses, kids, work etc) during the week.

Our breeder probably wondered about us but I was so concerned about "bothering" her or her husband that I just patiently waited the weeks before we picked up our first one. A couple of emails perhaps and that was about it. She probably thought we weren't all that excited but that couldn't have been further from the truth. I just didn't want to be a pest. :-) Of course, after knowing her for 3 years, I know she loves to talk no matter how busy she is so I should have called way back then!

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Like Susan already said, most breeders have other committments besides placing puppies. Besides, if they spent a lot of time updating photos for every puppy (and sometimes it can take many, many photos before you get a good one), then the puppies may have to be neglected just so all the photos could go out. Not everyone is good at photography, at e-mail, or updating web sites.

I am fortunate that I have had two weeks off work, have an older teen at home this week who loves to do all the dog care, and have been able to update photos of my new puppies every few days. It is a two person job though and I couldn't do it alone.

Can you ask the breeder if you can come over and take your own photos since it is too early to bring the puppy home?

You only have a few more days before the puppy gets to come home. It will pass quickly.


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Of course, after knowing her for 3 years, I know she loves to talk no matter how busy she is so I should have called way back then!
LOL Susan! Yes, she does! She's a great communicator.
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I found that the first couple weeks that I had Brutus home, I had no time to "play" on the computer. All my time was spent being a momma to my new puppy. And that was only 1 puppy so I can only imagine what a breeder is dealing with, having multiple puppies.
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