Check out the link and possibly tell me what you think?
I've been there twice now, and I think it seems like a nice place to get a puppy.. It was very clean, the puppies had enough space to play and they certainly had enough breeds. Since I've been they only had a few of the same dogs, Corgi's. They get new dogs each friday. They had placed signs on the smaller dogs kennels asking you to ask for assistance before handling.
My only concern is where they get the dogs.. from breeders? I asked one of the assistants and he said they picked them up at airports each friday night, not really an answer to my question.
Would you buy your puppy from a place like this? I am considering it.
edit: Sorry, excuse the typo in the title. I didnt notice it until I posted!
***Edited By: Meredith on 1/30/2005 12:12:14 AM*** Reason: typos!
I don't know...is there somewhere there with them 24 hrs or at least overnight? I'm not sure if I like the idea of not knowing where they come from, what their parents are like, and especially if they were so vague about how the acquire these babies. Every Friday they get puppies? Website is nice, but that's not always the defining factor. If you feel comfortable with the place and the puppies then you should go with your gut. Even though I ask all these questions, it probably is better than how some others breed and take care of their babies...at least it looks like it on that site.
So they have all those dog breeds that they say they have produced? There was a pretty big list. It doesn't look horrible but I'd go to someone that only breeds one or two breeds. I do like how their guarantee says they pay you back for vet bills instead of taking back the dog though. But of course that might change if something actually goes wrong.
No, they dont have all those dogs. They have about 10 breeds, and they don't stay for very long.. last time I was there they had totally different puppies then the ones they had today. I last visited a week ago. I asked about shots and such, and the assistant said they were all up to date.
If they just get them in every friday I'd be a little worried about where they come from. Thats the place you want to see. But with the prices these places charge, why don't you just look into a good breeder? I'd be scared of the places they are brought up and how puppy millish it is. Will they tell you where the pups come from and let you visit the place?
No worries, I have been looking into breeders in my area, I have just been looking into other places in my area as well. I am having trouble finding a local chihuahua breeder with reasonable pricing (reasonable as in under $1200), and I am wary of shipping.
they get puppies every friday ? sounds like a ups delivery .so bingo first red flag they are a pet store. the 14 day health guarantee is actually pretty good, but its probably a state law like it is here in new jersey so its nothing special on their part. if push comes to shove i'll bet you get a hassle from them trying to get vet bills paid if you want to keep the puppy and have it treated should it come up with something in that 14 days. pet stores here in NJ make vets jump thru hoops before they agree to pay a dime for treatment. the 1 year genetic guarantee is not good enough. especially if they are dealing with large breeds. some genetic problems such as, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, etc. cannot be x rayed for until two years of age for a definitive diagnosis. some genetic faults such as a blue eyed boston terrier you will know at birth. but i see that they breed cavaliers. which are highly prone to heart defects. that may or may not show up in the first year. its hard enough to find a legit cavy breeder who doesn't have heart problems in their line. i would think a cav puppy coming from a pet store would almost be guaranteed to have heart problems in the future.
i feel bad for the pups in pet stores as i believe they all deserve a chance at a great life. just be wary there are risks involved when purchasing a puppy from a pet store.
Wow- why add the middle man? Just call up any old Montana puppymill- and buy direct. *rolls eyes*
Seriously- in this day and age- I am SHOCKED that people can't see the truth behind these puppy brokers/pet shops. This isn't a kennel- it's a petstore if they sell directly to the public, a broker if they sell the other stores. I have a feeling that they're a hybrid.
Chihuahuas are not a rarity. They're being bred responsibly by many people. It's unlikely you'll find the responsible breeders by searching online under "chihuahua puppies"- because advertising is done by word of mouth and networking with better breeders. A breeder charging $1000+ for a chihuahua SHOULD set off alarms- that's extremely high for such a common breed.
Use the breeder referral service at: http://www.chihuahuaclubofamerica.com/ to find local clubs or breeders, then investigate from there. And realize that buying from an online broker (local or not) is no different than buying directly from a puppymill.
Ughhhh! Red flags are everywhere! I agree with longdogs4me! It is a "petshop" as they are selling the dogs to the public. THey buy the dogs from brokers who buy from puppymills! These puppies are bred for $$ to pad the wallett only! They have not been bred for sound, genetically tested dogs. Stay clear of this $$ pit! The poor parent dogs have to suffer foreverl
In my opinion, if you purchase a puppy from this business will you be among the millions of people supporting the "puppy mill industry".
Do you think a number of "reputable breeders" gather on every friday to take their health guaranteed,well bred and loved puppies to the Puppy Patch for them to sell?
I know you may feel sorry for these puppies as I do. But by purchasing one of them you will support the irresponsible breeders and they'll produce more. Thus adding more to the abuse and over-population epidemic.
What breed are you looking for? Have you checked shelters? There are rescues etc that specialize in puppies that would have a wide variety. You have better options.
I wouldn't trust this site. They get them every friday from the airport? When I read that, I immediately thought a) they stole them from the airport or b) puppymill. If they actually interviewed the buyers, and answered your question specifically, I wouldn't be as apprehensive. If they were some sort of rescue, go for it. But it's unlikely taking into account the condition of the kennels and such.
Meredith - I urge you to run, far away from the puppy broker. That is exactly what that website promotes. They deal in dogs, it is not somebody that raises the dogs for the love of the animals. They raise the dogs, on a bulk basis, for the money.
There is no way that someone could raise that many different breeds of dogs themselves. They get them shipped in or brought in every week.
Please don't support the efforts of these puppy brokers. If you aren't able to see the parents, at least the dam of the litter, don't even consider the puppies.
Alright, thanks you guys. I am definitely looking into breeders in my area now. But you really would be surprised (or not that suprised) at how many people want over 1000 for a chihuahua, and thats a bit pricey for a puppy, seeing as my golden retriever was 400... However for this puppy I am willing to pay up to 600-700 as that seems to be the price most are selling for (if under 1000). I'll steer clear of this place.
Meredith, maybe you can find someone who would be willing to meet you partially or drive to you with a puppy if they are not very close. There are plenty of chi's on TP that are under $1000. I know that it would be nice to see the pups parents and see their living environment, but if you were not able to do that for under $1000 and found someone that you were comfortable with that had a chi puppy that you liked, then maybe you could work something out with them. I hope you are able to find your new little baby. I have chi's and love mine. Good luck!
***Edited By: tinag1173 on 1/31/2005 1:24:33 PM*** Reason: typo
I know pups in the dumb petshops need homes too but you will not know the background and how the pups were raised or have the support and guarantees a breeder can offer you. How a breeder can put these pups in a kennel and ship them off to a who knows what kind of pet store and be sold to whom ever is beyond me!! Good luck puppies, hope you make it ok and find a good home and don't have to stay in the small cage for to long........ I shed a tear or two even when I know my pups are going to a perfect home after raising them up. You could be getting the left overs from a puppy mill if you buy from a pet store.