@tanza said in When to reach out to a breeder:
Please note that an adult unless an ex-show pup... has as many issues as a puppy... so you need to find a responsible breeder that is looking to place a pup that is maybe a retired show pup... at least in my opinion. Rescues have more issues different than a pup... depending on the situation.
Breeders may have a show or other dog that they have bred that they feel would be better served in a pet home. Or they may have gotten a dog back from a pet home for some reason -- illness, death, or divorce for example -- and are looking to rehome him/her. In the first instance they'll know the dog. In the second they'll usually keep the dog awhile in order to get to know them.
I'm not sure I'd describe this as a rescue in the traditional sense. That said, puppies present two sets of issues. One set of issues will be related to the personality of that individual. The other is related to their simply being a puppy. When you get an older dog from a responsible breeder you greatly reduce the risk from the first set of issues and eliminate those from the second.
The only downside is that you don't get that puppy experience of seeing the Basenji 500 on a daily basis and having your hands chewed up. LOL