"Buying a puppy online" is a deceptive phrase. What it *should* mean is that you are using information you find online to put you in touch with a reputable breeder that does extensive health testing and shows their dogs, offering lifetime guarantees against genetic defects. The internet should just be a tool that you use to that end. You search around, look at internet sites, pictures of dogs, posted pedigrees, etc, and then get the phone number/email address of the breeder to get in touch with them and learn more. The best place to start is the National Breed Club for the breed of dog you're looking for. What breed were you interested in?
Hello there, I just bought a Great dane pup. I found my breeder threw the AKC BREEDERS REFERRALS. They sent me E-mail with the breeders address,Phone#,website. And if the AKC Kennal Clubs sends you Referrals then you know they are highly good breeders. And I found my breeder in upstate NewYork. That is close enough for me to drive. Try it it only took me 2 months to find my puppy! If you have any Questions just write back and I will try to help you in any way!
Be very careful if you chose to buy online and makesure this is a REAL Breeder. I did it and got caught in a HUGE puppy scandal and almost lost $1300. It was the worst time in my life when I figured out what was going on and it was b/c I did not know and didn't do my research. Just be careful, thats all I can say. Personally I learned from my mistake and would never do it again. Plus, it means a lot more to pick the personality out of a litter face to face. You can't do that over the internet.
many reputable akita breeders will not let people pick out their own puppies. That's because people tend to pick out whatever puppy is the friendliest, most outgoing, or the shyest. All bad mistakes in some breeds like the Akita. Or the one that has a particular flashy look. Instead, they learn as much as they can about the conditions of the household the puppy will be joining and place the puppy best suited to the household. Other dogs, other pets, children, adults, new dog owner, experienced dog owner that's had an akita before, etc. I know breeders who refuse to place a male akita in a household that already has another male dog, or a female akita in a house that has another female dog, regardless of breed, because of the same sex agression issues wtih this breed. When buying a dog online, you also need to make sure they back up their claims. If they claim to do OFA or CERF, get the registration numbers for the dogs being bred and double check on teh internet. Get references from their vet and other people who own dogs related to theirs. With our Newf, which is going to be a sight unseen purchase, we have seen many dogs from our breeder's lines at dog shows and were really impressed with the dogs and their looks as far as show quality dogs go.