What are the Red Flags?
- No phone calls. The seller prefers to handle communication by email and not the phone. ...
- Copycat or stock photos. Photos of the dog or ad text can be found on multiple websites. ...
- Sketchy payment. ...
- Price is too good to be true. ...
- Breeder “badges.” AKC does not distribute badges to breeders.
What to ask a breeder to know they are legit?
Try AKC Marketplace and have this list of questions handy to get to know your breeder, your breed, and your potential puppy better.
- Ask to meet the parents. ...
- Have health tests been performed on the parents? ...
- How long have you been breeding? ...
- How do you socialize your puppies? ...
- Are the puppies up-to-date on vaccinations?
What to do if a breeder has defrauded you?You can sue a dog breeder in small claims court or file a complaint against a dog breeder.
What should you not say to a breeder?
Equally, there are a few 'no-nos' when you make contact with a breeder:
- I want a puppy now, or on a specific date (it's not an exact science!)
- Specifying colour or markings – I want a black one.
- Asking for unusual characteristics – I want one with blue eyes.
- Saying you have a 2 year-old child (too young, really)
When should you take deposits for puppies?Some breeders wait until they have puppies on the ground to collect deposits. The idea behind this is that we don't know for sure how many puppies we will have until they are born, we also don't know their sex, or anything else.
10 Signs of Puppy Scams And How to Avoid Being Tricked
What are red flags when buying a puppy?"Red flags could include breeders with multiple litters, breeds readily available, not being knowledgeable about breeding dogs, or pressuring you to buy.
What is the safest way to pay a breeder?Paying by credit card or PayPal are typically the safest options. Price is too good to be true. Research the prices for the breed you are considering ahead of time.
Is it OK to return dog to breeder?Many people wonder if breeders will take back their puppies. The answer in many cases is yes. A responsible breeder will always bring their puppy back and make sure they always have a loving home.
How do you not get scammed by a dog breeder?Try to see the pet in person, meet with staff and/or volunteers, and make sure they're legitimate. Meeting in person or video chat will be the best way to get hands on experience with the breeder/seller to ensure credentials. Meet in person with the breeder and the dog.
Should I tip my breeder?Tipping the owner is not technically considered proper etiquette, as the tip should go to the employees. But since you frequent this business often and love the services they provide for your dog, it is a kind gesture to tip generously.
Do breeders give refunds for puppies?Is there a significant problem with your new puppy or are you rehoming your now adult dog due to personal circumstances? If your new puppy has a significant health issue or other condition that makes him an unsuitable family pet, then your breeder should be willing to refund you in full for your puppy.
Should I feel guilty about getting a dog from a breeder?You should not feel guilty for buying a puppy instead of adopting. I've had that conversation play out over and over at the dog park and vet's office, “Oh, so you bought a puppy?” Judgmental face.
How legally binding is a puppy contract?Any breeder and buyer can enforce a dog breeding contract as long as it is reasonable. Micromanaging of the buyer's care by the breeder alongside unreasonable demands are often what deems a contract unreasonable.
What to look for when picking a puppy from a breeder?
In order to select a healthy puppy, it is important to do your research:
- Talk to the owner. Ask about appetite and eliminations. ...
- Observe the litter mates in action. Do they all play together or is there a quiet one that retreats to a corner? ...
- Survey their overall appearance. Do the puppies' coats shine? ...
- Watch them move.
What information should I get from a breeder?Ask to see Health and Certification Paperwork for the Parents: Pedigree and registration documents on the parents are important when you are in search of a well-bred, pure-bred dog. You should be able to also receive your own documentation for your dog at the time of purchase.
What should a breeder give you?
Here are the most popular items that should make an ideal puppy pack:
- Contract for sale.
- Pedigree certificate.
- Registration certificate.
- Dog's identification tag.
- Health and vaccination certificates.
- Dog ownership and breeding records.
- Letter to new puppy owner from the breeder.
What makes someone a backyard breeder?Backyard breeding is the irresponsible breeding of animals in inadequate conditions with insufficient care, often by people with little experience or knowledge. When irresponsible breeding is carried out on a large scale, the term puppy or kitten farming is used.
How do I get my money back from a dog scammer?If a pretending pooch peddler pilfers money from your pockets, file a complaint with the FTC. If you transferred money for to a scammer for a pet that never appeared, let the money transfer company know, too.
What makes a breeder bad?Puppy-mill breeders force dogs to reproduce repeatedly until their bodies wear out from the strain of being continually pregnant in such impoverished, harsh conditions. At that point, female dogs are worthless to a breeder and are often dumped at an animal shelter, auctioned off, or cruelly killed.
Is it common for people to return puppies?You're not alone. This happens to many of us puppy parents. It's usually worse for first-time dog owners, but it can affect even the most experienced dog people.
What is a puppy blues?Puppy blues is a term that's used to refer to a negative emotional reaction that some people experience after bringing home their puppy. Some of these feelings include anxiety, sadness, and regret. Sometimes, the reality of having to take responsibility for a fresh-faced new canine chum can be overwhelming.
What to do when buying a dog from someone?
Checklist for a Sales Agreement
- Health. The seller should set out any health problems the dog has or may have, and should guarantee that the dog is otherwise healthy. ...
- Vaccinations. List the vaccinations the dog has had and when they were given. ...
- History. ...
- Training. ...
- Pedigree. ...
- Quality. ...
- Price. ...
Should breeders ask for a deposit?Don't Just Hand Over a Deposit
Breeders will often ask for a deposit before they will add you to their list and often it's legitimate, but before you hand over your hard earned money, make sure all details are very clear, especially if the pups have NOT been born yet.