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breeders please respond to questionairres

As I was looking for a puppy I contacted many breeders. Many of them insisted on puppy questionairre being filled out first. Which I understand. So I would fill out puppy questionairre and then get no response. Please breeders at least tell people if you got their form. Most are sent electronically and you can't be sure they ever got them, or if they did whether you are being considered or not. I might have been being put on waiting list but there was no way to know. I would rather get an email that I was rejected or puppies already spoken for than to just not know.
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I feel your pain....I am not a breeder, but maybe they are working and have not checked their e-mail. Do they have a phone number you could follow up your application with? Just a thought.

Here's hoping you find your puppy. Hang in there.

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Mike, I am not a breeder, but I only ran across a few websites in my search for a good local breeder that required a questionairre be filled out before they would even speak to me. If there is a phone number, I would just try calling, whether you filled out a form or not, since you definitely are a serious buyer, so you would not be wasting their time. I had the best luck over the phone, I think that also helps them get a feel for you and what your level of experience is.

Also, I think sometimes they are just really busy, since most of them have day jobs and/or kids to raise in addition to their dogs, and do shows and agility certain evenings and weekends, sometimes. Of the breeders I spoke to who I found online, even though they had e-mail contact info, etc., didn't always regularly check e-mail and preferred to talk on the phone, regardless.
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I require a questionnaire to be filled out too, but I also make sure that I speak with most on the phone too. I answer mine any where from a few minutes to to maybe 4 days depending if I am gone to a show or not. Some of the shows I can get online, but the majority of the time I can not.
The questionnaires give us a good starting point in getting to know you. It helps to answer a lot of questions and to see what other areas of questions that I might have for you or that you may have for me.

I agree though that these should be answered within a reasonable amount of time. If I were you I would also follow up with an email to the breeder, so that if for some reason they did not receive your questionnaire they will still know that you are interested.

Good luck with finding your new puppy


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Your right I should call them. One had no phone number but the others did. I just feel funny callin after they did not respond to my email or questionairre after weeks. I shouldn't have felt that way. Maybe they thought I was too old (mid 50's) . Although I am in excellent health and walk 5 miles a day and read constantly. Both my parents lived to 95 and 91 so I dont expect to die soon. I have a potential breeder but her female doesn't seem to want to go into heat any time soon. I would like to get a puppy before next winter hits. Guess I'l make some calls, your right person to person talking is better.
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Mike, where are you located? I really like the breeder I am buying my puppy from near Akron, Ohio. She seems very knowledgeable and spent considerable time with me on the phone. They post the health testing results, though there are no soaped leg pictures. I don't know if they ship puppies, my hunch is probably not because there is nothing about it on their website. There are 2 litters available right now and another due in March. Here's the link:
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Thanks for the site. I live in Michigan so the distance is not bad. Beautiful puppies. First time I ever saw a Havanese in a lion cut though lol. Says they are AKC doesn't say about HCA or any other Havanese specific organization, but all tests were done, I'm going to check things out more right now.
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Hey Mike, that's cool. I think she would be happy to answer any questions you have on the phone. I'm near Detroit, and it's about 200 miles for us, I imagine realistically 3 1/2 hours with routing around construction on 75. I've reserved "Gabriela" from Grace's litter, but if you want a male, take a look at Armani, I think he's a sable parti - gorgeous! No doubt that coat will lighten quite a bit, but I bet he will still be beautiful. From Vada's litter I like the irish pied and "Lightning McQueen", though I think they are considering keeping him, as this is Vada's last breeding and she has given them some very special pups. I wonder if he will grow up to look like Lina's Kubrick.

I never saw a Hav in a lion cut, either! They said it was just for fun, and comfortable and practical for the dog in Summer. Maybe that is when he was making his rounds with the ladies - lol!

I also know of another breeder in Livonia who I like, but they won't have any pups till later in the summer or fall.

Did you check with Kathy Ambler in Minden City? "MissShelly" just chose a pup from her today. Her site says she has one more left, a male. Everyone says nothing but great things about her.
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I know it can be frustrating- as I deal with the opposite problem as a breeder!
I have people email me almost every day asking if I have puppies. I respond to them, send them my questionnaire, then never hear from them again!

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Mike, I'm not a breeder, but I wouldn't think your age would be a problem with breeders. Actually I think lot's of breeders might prefer that to a home full of small children.

I know with my first Havanese, Cooper, I felt like I couldn't spare the extra time and money to fly and pick up a puppy from a breeder that wasn't local. Well there isn't such a thing as a local breeder where I am, so I found a breeder that would ship to me. I have been very lucky with Coopers health, but that's exactly what it has been, luck. In the past 3 years I've learned so much about these little guys and I've really seen what a HUGE difference a good, reputable breeder makes. They are someone that will be there for you for the life of your puppy, no matter what. They will help with any little or big problem that may come up. The work that they do will give you the best shot at having the healthiest, happiest and best adjusted puppy possible. They will want to hear how you and the puppy are doing. They will want to know all about the health of the puppy. If for whatever reason you can't keep the puppy, the breeder will take back the puppy so you'll know it's in a good home. These are all the things that I've learned you can count on from a good breeder. I know I can pick up the phone any time and call my newest Hav's breeder and she will help me any way she can. Over the long life of your close companion, these things are worth way more than the cost of a plane ticket to me.

I guess what I'm saying is... if the breeder isn't considerate enough to reply at all to your emails, to even let you know it was received, do you really want to depend on that person as your breeder?

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