I know even at the ripe old age of 33 I must be old fashioned - but I always want to meet my pups in person before I adopt or buy from a breeder. I just like to see their overall health and personality for myself before I make a judgement.
I agree Tara. And when I sell pups I want to screen the buyers on the phone, and then in person. They should be someone that is experienced owning a dog (a Lab, specifically) or pass muster on ability to start w/ a 1st dog. Which will be large, wild and destructive w/in a couple of mos. Some people are well meaning but entirely too ignorant to sell a dog to.
i am always a little confused when it comes to buying dogs over the internet. i didn't look at this particular puppy site that is listed but if it weren't for the interent i would never have found scout. granted she came from a great breeder, but that is how i found her. thru the internet, the breed club website. after being on tp for awhile i think i can tell where not to buy a dog, but i am not sure buying a dog over the internet is always a bad thing. her breeder sold her to me sight unseen. i traveled to florida to pick her up but that is the first and only time we ever met in person.
this topic always leaves me a bit confused
edit - i forgot i did meet scouts father at westminster but i only actually got to speak to the owner for a total of 5 minutes, so i don't really consider that like a thorough pre purchase interview.
***Edited By: scout1 on 11/20/2004 1:40:20 PM*** Reason: forgot to add something
In a nut shell....run! As fast as you can! Stay away from the internet to buy a dog! The vast majority of them are puppy mills or brokers / "petshops". No respectablereeder would advertise on the internet site unseen! Go to your local resuce group & adopt or visit a shelter first. Otherwise go through google & search for the breeds main club.
I found Snuggle on the internet. I went to pick him up, it wasn't the best place in the world but the dogs were in the yard and fenced in. She had the puppy cages set up in her living room, the place was relatively clean. The kennels were set up in a pavilion, and there was no doggy smell. They definitely were not making much money in the business, they lived in a "manufactured" home (trailer) but it was on a large piece of land, not a park. Snuggle was the runt, she didn't advertise him as teacup and he was more than 3 months old when I first found him. She said they kept him longer than they would other puppies because of his size. I haven't seen her advertise on the internet since, that was 3 years ago. I don't know if all of this is good or bad but I had no problems with Snuggle at all. He's grown into a lovable 8 lbs.
Scout and Tam obviously buying off of the Internet turned out well for the two of you, and I am happy for you. Sadly that is not always the case. It is a crying shame that someone is so money hungry or just downright evil that they have to use a poor innocent puppy to pad their wallet, without conscience for the buyer that loves dogs. There isn't a guarantee, promise or anything else that could persuade me to buy another puppy or most anything else from the Internet. That sorry people out there have taken yet another thing that should be totally harmless and turned into their wants, sickens me.
I found the breeder that I got my dog from on that website. For me I didn't have an option to meet the dog in person. We were unable to find a breeder close enough to us. My experience was a good one. I would just be sooo careful who you buy from. Always get multiple refrences. Ask for pictures of the dogs in differnet positions. Just keep in mind that most sites (including this one) does not investigate the breeders that are listed. That is your responsibilty.
I personally would not buy a dog straight off of the internet, but I do think it can sometimes be a useful place to find breeders in your area. I searched the newspapers a long time trying to find Boston breeders in my area, if I had not had the internet to help me search I would never have found one! After a lot of e-mails and questions I reserved both of my puppies over theinternet, but I went and picked them up myself, and if I did not like what I saw i was under no obligation to take them. You can find a lot of good breeders and dog adoption sights on the web just be careful and look for any warning signs, and stay away from people who dont give a d**** who they sell pups to.
We found Kula on that website and the whole experience was completely positive. We only did it that way due to the fact that we could not find a breeder in or near our home state. Just because that Puppyfind was the source of our breeder doesn't mean that we didn't do a lot of research. You have to be careful in screening a breeder no matter where you find them. I think it's way too broad a statement to say that NO reputable breeder would advertise on the internet. Just my opinion, and maybe we were just very lucky. We found a great puppy.
I think if you use the internet as an informational tool, along with checking references and most importantly talking with the person repeatedly, you can purchase a pup/dog without surprises. You should ask for photos, pedigrees and make yourself a list of questions. Don't be upset if the breeder asks you a list of questions (and they should). Meeting your breeder and seeing how the pups/dogs live is of the utmost importance. Also, when a breeder lists things like up to date on shots, guarantees, registered etc...this usually shows they have put the effort as well as the money into their breed and genuinely care where their puppies/dogs are placed.
I have had some wonderful experiences with breeders by using the internet, some of which, I would never have found otherwise. So, just like in anything...not all breeders are bad or out to make a buck, there are some real caring people out there...it just takes time to find them.
i sell my puppies on this website,but i did not shipped my dogs,the people will have to come and see them.and i have had more calls and emails from this site ,than puppyfind.i did not have them on puppyfind any more.i love my dogs and i want them to go to the right homes and be a member of their family.
Welll, I am shocked to see all the terrible things that are said about buying a puppy over the internet. I am a breeder and only sell over the internet because of the type of families I was finding locally. I have sold my beuatiful Lhasa Apso puppies on the internet for the past 4 years and would not do it any other way. I put my potential puppy owners through a very vigorous adoption process which includes requiring them to spay/neuter their pets, giving atleast one reference not related to them and a veterinarian's name and phone number they have done business with in the past or are currently doing business with. I spend a great amount of time getting ot know them usually for about a week or so, emailing back and forth and touching base on the telephone. They send pics of their current pets often and their work schedules MUST accomodate a new puppy. They cannot work more than 3-4 hours at a time, and I give up to a 3 year health guarantee on my babies. I am so particular about my families my husband says he is surpirsed anyone is good enough to have one of our puppies. We do not approve eeryone, I have no problme refusing someone tactfully. All our parents are AKC and CKC registered and I offer registration with pups as well. Not all breeders are the same. rescue geriatric dogs and take care of them until they pass aaway, a very hard thing to go through, time after time, but we go to shelters, kill and no kill shelters, and rescue those we think need it the most. We donate high quality dog food to the local shleter here in Grants Pass, OR and our children volunteer as needed. Weloveblessing others with our precious and highly socialized puppies and we are blessed by so many of the wonderful families we meet. Many of our pet quality puppies go to become therapy dogs in which the lastet is going through the TDI training to work amongst children at a terminal cancer ward. Be cautious, beware, ask MANY questions and for references from past puppy owners, and most current ones especially, but don't hesitate to consider adopting online, it could be the best decision you have ever made.
I think for the most part it's safe... but I could never order a dog through the internet not really knowing its personality or ever meeting it. They could send you a totally different dog, and in some cases it's too hard to do anything about it. You should read the thread on here about this new chick who had problems with a breeder on that site.. i don't know where it is though.
I have been looking for another Dane puppy and I found myself on Puppyfind. But I only looked for them within a driving distance from me. If the breeder lived more than 6 hours away I would even look at the ad. I know that sounds crazy but I want to visit with the breeders and see everything up close. But most of my research I have been looking for breeders that have their own web site that i can look through. I did find one great breeder called littlehorsedanes they are in San Antonio. But thats still a little far for me to drive.
Where are all of the people who jump on the mixed breed people?? If you are just wanting a pet, why don't you adopt one. Another double standard that I do not understand. I'm sure someone will clue me in nicely. :)