Contacting a Kitten Breeder
Recently, we decided to add a second dog to our home. We decided on a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and I started to look for a responsible breeder. I went to the AKC website and found the National Corgi Club website. I went to the national club's site and found a list of several breeders in Ohio as I do not want to ship a puppy. I narrowed my search to four kennels and sent an email to each one of them. In that introductory email, I told the breeder that I was looking for a puppy but was willing to consider an older dog. I wrote about our home, what animals we currently have and my background as a pet owner. I also said that I was not in any hurry in getting a puppy or older dog.
To date, I have NOT heard back from a single one of the breeders that I contacted. I am astonished that not one of the breeders got back to me. As a breeder of Persian cats, I have heard from buyers on a couple of occasions that they too have had issues with breeders getting back to them after an email inquiry. I guess I am confused as to why a breeder would have a website, be involved in the national and local clubs, be active in showing their animals and not want to get back to the potential buyers that are looking for a kitten or puppy. It just does not make sense to me.
Tips When Contacting a Breeder
- Go to their website and check to see if they are showing or not. To me, a responsible breeder will be a member of a local or national club and be doing something with their chosen breed other than just breeding. In other words, why are they breeding if not for show and the betterment of the breed? Yes, there does come a time, when we age and get tired of all the pains of getting to shows and lugging equipment around and want to retire from the showing our animals. Many of us after retiring from showing are still active in a club, and some of us still want to breed an occasional litter to keep in the game and to continue our lines.
- Find the page on the breeder's website that talks about their upcoming litter(s) and what may be available. If there is a section that outlines their placement policies, make sure to read those policies. There may be an Application for you to fill out and it is always best to utilize the Application rather than to send an email inquiry to the breeder. If their website does not have an Application form, it is permissible to send an email inquiry.
- If sending an email inquiry, at the minimum tell the breeder your name, address, telephone number, and that you are looking for a kitten or puppy to add to your household within the next however many months.
- It is advisable to let the breeder know if you have children and their ages, if you have other animals in the household and their species, breed, and age.
- Follow up with the breeder after you have sent in an application or email inquiry to make sure they received the application or email inquiry.
So, for now, I am still looking for a Corgi and will let you know when we finally get a breeder to respond to our inquiry. lol
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