These days email is one of the quickest and often first ways to get in touch with someone. So if you’re looking to buy a dog, here are some tips on how to write an email that will capture the breeder’s attention.
Email guide for a breeder 101
Emailing a breeder can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with these tips, you’ll be going to see your pup in no time. Here are a few things to keep in mind when emailing a breeder for the first time.
Keep it short
Let’s be honest a dog breeder is busy and will get hundreds of emails about their puppies. So keep your email concise, to the point, and with a clear purpose. This doesn’t mean you can’t be friendly and personal, but make sure your message is focused.
Be clear about what you’re looking for
Give a bit of background on yourself and your family. This will help the breeder better understand what kind of dog would be best suited for you and your situation.
Why should they pick you?
This is a key question. The breeder needs to know why you’re the best person to adopt a dog from them, and what your family’s lifestyle will be like. This way, they can decide if they want to take the time to get to know you better and see if there might be a future for your pup with you.
Ask about coming to see the puppies
A big part of getting a dog is showing a willingness to come and see the dogs in person. It shows that you’re interested, invested, and that you’ll be responsible for taking care of your new furry friend. If possible, set up a time to come by the breeder’s house so they can show you all their puppies!
Finish with a question
This is a great way to get the breeder to respond. Ask them questions about their dogs, how they’re raised, or anything else you can think of that would interest them. Doing this will show that you’re interested in learning more and are likely to be a good fit for the dog(s) you’re looking for.
Examples Of Emails to a dog breeder
Now we’ve given you a few tips on how to write an email that will capture the breeder’s attention; it’s time to give you some examples. You can use these as a guide but add your personality and spin to them.
Hi, [Breeders name]
My name is [Your name]. I was given your details from [XYZ]. We’re looking to make our house a home, and we’ve been looking into getting a [Insert Dog Breed] for a while now.
I’m currently working as a [Insert Job Title] and have a [Insert Living Situation]. We’re a family of four with two young children. Our lifestyle is pretty active, and we’re looking to bring a dog along with us too! See the attached photos of our current home and yard for more information.
Would it be possible to come and take a look at some of your puppies? We’d really appreciate the opportunity!
Hi, [Breeders name],
My name is [Your Name]. I’m interested in getting [Insert Dog Breed] and found your website while doing some research. It sounds like you have a lot of great puppies, and I’m interested in any that are available for adoption.
We’re looking for something small (less than 20 lbs) that we can bring along with us when we move into our new house later this year. I work from home full-time as a [Job Title] and would love a bit of company. Would it be possible to come by and take a look at some of your dogs?
Both of these emails are great examples of what to include when emailing a dog breeder. Keep in mind that the more information you provide, the better your chances of getting a response!
So, you’ve emailed the breeder but haven’t heard back. Don’t worry!
Breeders will more than likely be busy with emails and replies, so don’t get discouraged. Instead, follow up a few days later with another personal email that focuses on why you’re interested in the dog and what your plans are for it.
This will help to show that you’re serious about getting a pup, and that you’ll be good at caring for it!
Phone The Breeder Too
There’s no harm in calling a breeder too. Sometimes they’re just busy and don’t have time to email back right away, but they’ll be more likely to answer the phone. Just be sure to mention that you have popped them an email (without being too pushy). Most of the time, the breeder will be happy to chat with you about dogs.
A phone call is a great and often more personal way to get in touch with a breeder. It also gives you the opportunity to ask more questions and get a feel for what kind of dog would be best suited for your family.
This is exactly what we did with our Dachshund Scooby, and a good job too! Often litters of puppies go very quickly, so it’s important to act fast!
For more information about what to ask breeders after initial contact, be sure to check out our blog post, “How to contact a dog breeder.”
Thanks for reading!