I have been reading some of the breeding posts and saw quite a few people who are dead set against buying a dog online. Now I can agree that if you look at a picture of a pup, buy through paypal, go through a broker , etc. and never have any real contact with a breeder, that is not the way to go. But what is so wrong with buying a dog out of state or out of country if that breeder has a good reputation? Some breeds are still considered rare, and there may not be many or any local breeders to choose from. It all comes down to research... if you are going to buy from an out of state breeder, ask for a reference list of past buyers, ask for character references from other breeders, contact the registry they register thier dogs with and see if they are in good standing. You can also request video, pictures, etc. and speak over the phone with the actual breeder. Not all breeders who sell online are unreputable and out to take your money, but some are.... if you research the breeder as much as possible, chances are you will end up with a great dog and a lasting friendship between you and your dog's breeder.
I just can't imagine spending that much on a dog and not getting to interact with not only it, but its parents before buying. I don't see a problem with finding them over the internet its just that I would also go and visit not just have the pup flown out.
joce.. You are right that it can be alot of money. If you want to interact with prospective puppy parents and see the kennel, meet the breeders, etc. that is fine. I think any reputable breeder would be more than happy to invite you to thier home. My main point was that if you research the breeder beforehand, you will more than likely end up just fine.
i agree bullymom. it is possible to find a good breeder and have a healthy puppy from a reputable online. minniyar, as an example, is getting a newfoundland from a breeder online. but, she's been involved in dog showing, really knows how to look at a breeder, and who to contact for the right info, etc. a lot of people don't know how to do this and will get taken. it comes down to what you have said.