Is it considered acceptable to contact a breeder to ask them if they have something in particular (that is not listed on MM already)? For example (with leos), if I were looking for a patternless eclipse, or a Tremper albino enigma, or a purple-striped cyclops , etc., and I didn’t see one (or didn’t see one I wanted), is it rude or annoying to reach out to reputable breeders to try and find one? Or is it against the rules in any way?
In my case, there would be a genuine intent to purchase IF I found what I was looking for, but I am also admittedly fairly picky, so there is a decent possibility that the inquiry might not result in a sale for the breeder.
That actually reminds me of another etiquette question I had!
When (if ever) is it ok to ask for pictures of sire +/- dam (if known)? Is it regarded as acceptable above a certain prospective price point, only with certain species, or according to size of the breeder? I have often wondered about this. If I do end up working on a breeding project some day, I’d most likely want parental pics, especially of a cornerstone sire(s). But I also realize that asking for that is another situation where you’re taking up the attention/time of a breeder but which may not result in a sale.