I have shipped dogs for over 20 years. Not once have I ever had a bad experience nor have my dogs. Most of the major airlines do a super job of caring for dogs enroute. You should be more afraid of the breeders you might find online than shipping ;-) If you have specific Questions about airshipping please ask.
Go to www.akc.org and look for breeders who are members of the parent club. A safe rule of thumb is to go to breeders who show their breeding stock. Make sure that they do genetic testing as well for any health problems.
Not being a member of my parent club I have to say that not all cool people are
However, you want someone that is active in the dogs, has great communication, dosen't mind sending you photos and such things.
Shipping is not a big deal. The breeder does the bulk of the work with getting crate, health cert, finding the right flight and getting the puppy to the airport.
You are told where to go and what time to be there and you get your pup.
But you want a breeder who has good dogs. You want a dog of sound mind and body and not a suprise when you open that crate. Sadly there are scamers everywhere. You want people who have hte dogs and who you can speak with.
Becuase some of my dogs wind up being shipped I try to provide as coherent a photo of my home and dogs for people with my webpage and my puppies have dozens if not hundreds of photos up so someone doesnt have to wonder if the got the correct dog.
Everyone has their own views and ideas about things, but, personally I would not buy a puppy over the internet. More people have been scammed and problems galore. I would look for a good breeder close to home or even if you had to drive aways to pick it up it would be worth it. Then you could see first hand where it comes from, the conditions it has been raised in, the parents. Just me, but thats what I would do.
Icy, your right.. being a member of the parent club is not the only way to tell ;-) its a good indication though and a place to start. I was in a sporting breed for a LONG time and never joined the parent club. Just didn't feel like dealing with the political BS involved. I am a member of the beagle parent club now.
Sadly, your average puppy buyer doesn't know how to screen breeders effectively. I think starting first with breeders who care enough to exhibit and who have a good long history in their breed is a good place to start. Also, websites who only list puppies but, no parents, no health info and sell to anyone with a paypal account should be a indication that something isn't right. Do your homework folks.. Don't be afraid of breeders on the internet but, make sure you know who your dealing with.
I too have shipped and received puppies on planes. I agree with pp that finding a good breeder is more important than worrying about the shipping. A good breeder will ship in the dogs best interest..weather permitting, size and personality of the dog, short flights etc. The #1 advise I give people searching for a pup online is do your homework. Check references, talk to people who have bought from this breeder..you can learn alot from them. A good breeder will be glad to give you references. #2 make sure you have a contract..this will be your guide of how the whole purchase process will take place. A good breeder wants to know about you and where their dog is going to. I call my puppies my grandpups and I like to get pictures of them once they get to their new homes and get updates on them..I love getting Christmas pictures from my grandpups in their new homes. A good breeder will have a clause in their contract to bring the dog back to them first if you can no longer care for the dog etc.