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When we bought our house, we knew that we would be putting up a fence in the back yard right away in order to get a puppy. We love the convenience, and we like having small dogs over instead of going to a dog park. That said, someone on the forum once took issue with breeders seeming to prefer potential owners with fences. She said that it's a lot more challenging to train a dog to walk on a leash and to have the discipline to take a dog out for a walk than it is to just let him/her out in the back yard. She was suggesting that breeders should view people without fenced back yards as excellent potential dog owners. I think she raised good points. Hopefully the breeders will not hold your lack of a fenced back yard against you. As you said, you have a lot to offer in any case.
We had two breeders refuse to sell us puppies because we are both gone 10 hours a day due to our commutes and jobs. One breeder snarkily asked me, "Why do you want a companion dog?" I replied, "To be with in the evenings, on the weekends, and all summer long . . ." (DH and I are both teachers.) We told those breeders we'd have a dog walker visit our puppy once a day, but they didn't care. They insisted that a Havanese needed to have its people around constantly. As it turned out, a former kindergarten teacher turned breeder sold us our sweet baby Shama. We had three different dog walkers the first three years of Shama's life, and now we've had her current "walker" going on two years. This woman LOVES Shama so much and often stays with her well beyond the hour we pay for. Before she got another dog walking gig, she would sometimes be here when my husband got home from work at 5 PM, this after arriving at 11 AM! (BTW, our dog walker doesn't actually walk Shama. She takes her into the back yard and hangs out with her in the house. Shama only weighs eight pounds, so we figure she gets enough exercise without going on regular walks. She does run agility for exercise ...) We also took care to not allow separation anxiety to take root in Shama. From the beginning, we made coming and going very low key. She is not worked up when we leave or when we return. And she seems to love her ex pen, frequently going in there for a nap even when we're home and she could be anywhere in the house.
Back to your question of whether you can contact more than one breeder at a time ... I would say for sure! Choosing your breeder is a big deal, and why not shop around? If someone takes a long time to respond to you without explanation, maybe you'd be wise to stay away from them anyway.