Is it okay to buy froma breeder out of state? Especially if you can't meet the dog beforehand? I know what you're going to say, but I need to be told for sure before I answer. Also, how do you find a reputable breeder? THere a are hardly any Bichon breeders in my area, and most of those are overpriced.
Well you need to look at the reasons the dogs are overpriced. If it's because the breeding dogs have been health tested out the wazoo, shown, all have ch titles and the breeder offers a health guarantee on the dogs, that's probably not overpriced. I'm in the process of buying a newfoundland from out of state (out of country, actually). I got the breeder's name from the breeder referrel list at the Newfoundland Club of America site, I've seen some of her dogs at dog shows and spoken with many newfoundland breeders who highly recommend her and her dogs. If you can find a breeder with that kind of reputation, then yes it's ok to buy a dog from out of state. If you can't get that kind of response from people who own bichons, or they don't even know the breeder or her kennel, then you shouldn't buy from them.
i bought my puppy from someone out of state. actuall yshe was in florida and i am in nj. believe me it was scary. i picked her because she had a website where i could see pictures of the mom and dad. she sent me TONS of information and all sorts of genetic testing results. and i was able to meet my pups father because he was showing at westminster which is not far from my home. had i not been able to do any of these things i would have been much more nervous. it worked out for me but i understand your hesitation. you just can never tell. if the breeder participates in dog showing or any type of obedience or agility than you can be sure she has an active interest in her dogs and they probably are more to her than just money makers.
What's annoying is that I either have to choose from the few breeders in my area, some of which I can't afford, some of which I don't know if I can trust, or I have to choose someone out of state and with no information or meeting the person, parents and puppy, I just send a stranger money and hope for the dog I want. Plus, I want Frosty to choose, not just me, because I'm doing it mostly for him (which means my sanity) as well as wanting two cute puppies to play with.
try going to dog shows in you area/state. many bredders who show come from out of state to these dog shows. also try the akc website for breeder referrals or the parent club for breeder referrals. also maybe ask your vet if he has other bichon puppy clients and knos where they got their dogs from. you could also try a breed specific rescue group if you don't mind an older dog. they sometimes have dogs as young as 6-12 months.
I got both of my pitties from out of state. I had to drive hours for my dogs. She lives in Ct. I met Pipers parents ,the litter,and we keep in touch all the time. I always send her updated photos of Piper.After Sadies death ,she didn't have to ,but she gave me Piper for nothing.I was lucky I was able to find a reputable breeder that is fairly close.
Good morning FrostyGirl. It's not an easy decision. I live in Brooklyn New York and found very few breeders of Giant Schnauzers within a realistic driving range. Before choosing the right breed for us. it was a must to meet and spend some time with that particular breed to make sure thats what we wanted. After 2 months of researching and visiting with numourous breeds we finally agreed that a Giant was for us. Now the problem was that the 2 Giant breeders that we felt comfortable with wern't breeding till this spring. To make a long story short, 1 of the breeders recommended a breeder in Tennessee who she has obtained 2 of her show quality Giants from in the past. After several phone and e-mails back and forth we decided to drive to Tennessee and pick up our pup. We wanted to see in person what we were getting, after all we will be spending over a decade with our new addition to our family and felt it would be worth the trip.