im not sure about those websites i personally bought my pup off a breeder on this website. the lady was great and i had absolutely no problems. that doesnt mean that they are all that way. just make sure whoever you decide you talk to on the phone and ask lots and lots of questions. if they are to far away to visit ask them if they can send you pictures of the pup next to green beans or something like that. be specific when you ask them what to put them next to in the picture so you can make sure its not a scam.
I actually place my puppies online (I am a breeder). It depends on the breeder. You need to ask a lot of questions and don't settle. The reason to ship a puppy in, or buy online, is because you can't find a quality breeder in your area. So if you're going to do this, find a really high quality breeder. :)
Ask for references. Make sure you see multiple pictures of the puppy - and ask to see them from various ages. If you're puppy is supposed to be 8 weeks old, it had better look like an 8 week old puppy for that breed. (I liked the idea of having the breeder take the pictures next to something specific!)
Look for a breeder who is active with their dogs outside of breeding. If they are showing in conformation or competing in some kind of dog sports it's much easier to verify that they are a real person. It also shows that they aren't as likely to disappear on you after they sell you a puppy because they are really invested in their dogs.
You can just as easily get taken by a breeder you can visit. The key is - don't go into it thinking "I just want a pet". Don't settle. There are a lot of excellent breeders out there that aren't charging an arm and a leg for a puppy. On that note, don't ONLY watch the price. Usually if the price is too good to be true compared to other breeders, it is. :)
I have never bought a puppy online, but I am looking now. I have bought a puppy at a local pet store franchise and would never recommend this to anyone. My puppy has genetic mange, and we bought her to breed with our male, but at ten months she had to be spayed because she would pass this on to the pups. The pet store owner gave us a breeding guarantee and will not deal with us or get us a new puppy. I know there are good breeders out there, but after seeing Heidi suffer so much, I am not willing to take the chance at this time. Good luck.
personally I would never again buy any dog/puppy that i didn't see first. Pictures can be deceiving (sp?) It's not really about pictures of the puppies/dogs, but their surroundings. I could yammer on all day about how clean my house is, how wonderful the parents of my puppies are...yadda yadda yadda, but you'd never know if I'm telling the truth or not, would you? If you are going to purchase a puppy off one of these sites you need to ask, ask, and ask some more (questions I mean) If you do live to far away to visit the breeders home, you should definatly ask for references, but you can't always rely on them either....I could give you my moms name, tell you I sold her a puppy a few years ago and she could yammer on about how good of a breeder I am too. Definatly ask to talk to the current vet and, make sure you are NOT getting $crewed.
I got cheated when we bought Diesel a 2yr old Boxer. He was going to help us begin our breeding program (which we never did with him) I found him on the breeders website, I talked to her for 3 months before we even decided to purchase him. She sent me pictures, vet recors, the whole nine yards. They lived in Kentucky; us in Florida, so we met in Georgia to make the exchange. as soon as I saw Diesel I knew I should have gotten into my car and left without him, but I couldn't tear myself away. He was so thin, and sulky. She told me they had a bitch in heat and he stopped eating, but assured me he would bulk up in a week or so. We picked him up on a sunday, by monday morning he was urinating blood! Come to find out he was infested with hooks, he was on the edge of death. I payed $300 to purchase him, and another $275 just to save his life. The woman who I had become "friends" with refused to pay any % of vet bills. Now she knew we were purchasing Diesel for breeding purposes, she had sent me pedigrees for his grandparents back 5 generations, but said she would need to reorder his pedigree. Three days later I got it, and found out I would never be able to breed Diesel, since both his parent were white! He was ultimatly fixed and re-homed due to distructivness I was also lied to about! So be careful, trust your first instincts, and don't be too trusting!
Buying a pup on line is a gamble. It is very easy to hide behind a pretty web site. You never know what youíll get. That is if you will even get anything. if you have a problem with the pup, it is unlikely youíll be able to return the dog to the breeder, and it is very difficult to sue a breeder in another state since you have to serve him and have to file the suite in the defendantís jurisdiction. Even if the breeder agrees to replace the pup, youíll still have to pay for the shipping both ways. The only way I would ever consider getting a dog on line is if I can not find a breeder with in a driving distance. And even then, I would seriously consider a different breed that I can find locally. I like to see the pup and parents with my own two eyes, and talk with the breeder face to face.
I still canít understand how so many breeders are able to get away with selling their pups exclusively on the net with out ever dealing with the buyers in person. I guess it is true that there is a sucker born every minute.
I am a breeder, and I use the net to sell my pups, however I guess I do it differently than most. When my mommy is about ready to have her litter I take a picture of her, then all the babies as soon as they are born and send it to everyone that has made an honest inquirey.
I have a web page that I refer everyone to so that they can read comments from previous buyers, and it has their personal contact info provided...and I post updated pictures of each puppy that the new owners send me so everyone can watch the babies grow. I also send pics of the puppy every week to the soon to be new owner. I email a copy of the health guarantee and sales contract to everyone so they can sign it and get it back to me prior to the puppy being picked up or shipped. I do provide the name and number to my vet so that people can check me out even more.
I have found out the hard way what can happen when you purchase a puppy off the net, so I have taken steps to avoid the issues I have delt with. I have found there are some REALLY not so nice people out there and EVEN breeders with a 50 year history and a so called wonderful reputation will SCAM YOU.....I am dealing with one now and it is so disappointing to have what I thought was a great breeder with wonderful dogs turn out to be such a rude, mean and dishonest person.
I have purchased 4 of my 5 dogs online. 2 came to me from Nebraska, from a woman who is now my breeding mentor. One I found a local breeder website and checked them out and loved how they kept their dogs/home/farm and their personalities, and put a deposit on the pup before she was born. Another, a 2 yo dog, I purchased with an online for sale ad. NOT A GOOD IDEA. the lady lied to me through her teeth. When I got the dog (husky) she was shaved (shaved bald to her skin other than her head and tail - her hair is growing back now - She said she was CKC (Canadian) and come to find out she is contKC. (She said on the phone she is candian kennel club registered) Said she had great personality, leash trained, don't bark, etc. She is yippy, pulls at the leash and reacts aweful to the choke collar, and she loves to jump on us. Got ripped off here. Paid 300.00 for a dog that i want to ring her neck some days!! LMAO at myself!
So look out. I have found this site to be pretty helpful in finding breeders that you can ask TONS of questions to: http://www.puppysites.com
Good luck in your search, and don't be afraid to take the jump. Just know what you are jumping into before you do it.
Again, I am one of the biased breeders who advertises on-line. I agree with others who say you have to do your research, you have to ask questions and be careful when buying on line or in person. The average person would have a hard time telling a reputable breeder from an average breeder, or a not so good breeder.
Puppmills are obvious, but unless there are deplorable conditions people ususally get 'puppy blindness'. People who have been searching for a puppy are always excited to see puppies. It is rare that people don't fall in love the first time they see a litter.
For my breeding program I have purchased some puppies on-line and in person that didn't work out. That came up with faults, health issues where they had to be spayed/neutered and placed as pets. Some I think people purposely lied to me, some I think may not have known. Either way, it is a risk you take when you are purchasing a living animal. This isn't a car, and as much as every one want to hold the breeder responsible, there are no guarantees when it comes to living animals.
I too have purchased many dogs online from breeder websites. Its true it can be a gamble if you don't know exactly what your looking for and can't recugnize the red flags of a bad breeder. The website you mentioned can have good breeders listed but they also have plenty of bad ones. You'll need to weed through the ads and like the other posters said, always ask for pictures, and not just one picture you need several. You should also ask for pictures of the parents. If they can't provide these things then theres your first red flag, don't even proceed with those people.
If you google search "breeder vs backyard breeder" or "questions to ask a breeder" or things like that you should get plenty of pages with more red flags for you to learn to identify :)
Also, many of these online puppy selling sites hook you in by cute pictures of the puppies. ALWAYS make sure you see a picture of both parents. Both parents might not be on site, but they should at least have a picture. All puppies are cute but you need to know what it will look like as an adult.
Also even if they say 'show potential', ask where the CHampions are in the pedigree. None in first 5 generations generally (not always and not for all breeds) means that the dog doesn't have a chance in the ring.
Thought I'd add - Prior to breeding I purchased pets online and in person and had good and bad experiences with both. Probably my worst experience was with a puppy a bought from a breeder less than an hour from me that I met in person and visited her kennel. The puppy had terrible temperament, Giardia, and at about 14 months had a crippling inherited defect. The breeder didn't care about any of it. Once she had my money, that was the end of our relationship. Her "guarantee" was worded just well enough to get out of dealing with the problems she knew she was having in her dogs so she could keep sell, sell, selling.
Someone else said it - if you know what you're looking for, it's easy to identify a cruddy breeder. And like I said above - look for a breeder who is active with their dogs outside of breeding. Alicat, for example, may advertise on the internet but she also shows her dogs in conformation. I imagine she could give you references from her handler, to start with, and show you pictures of her dogs out in the show ring.
Too many people think "I just want a pet" and I think this is the biggest problem the pet market is having right now. We're settling for breeders who are doing things the lazy way - and the best way to make as much money as they can. Showing and competing with your dogs is spendy. That's why the pups cost a bit more. But the thing is, this is part of what shows that your breeder isn't just in it for the money. They want to make sure that the puppies they are breeding have something to offer other than obvious cuteness. Honestly, I wouldn't deal with a breeder who doesn't at least have a CGC on a couple of their dogs. Easy to get - and all your dog needs is great temperament. If a breeder is claiming to breed great pets with fabulous temperament it shouldn't be hard to get a CGC on the parents (my kennel club does testing for non members for $5 and then the registration is $5).
Don't look at availability. Don't look just at the price. If you want a great breeder (local or otherwise) expect them to be more concerned about the dogs and invested in the puppies they produce.
There are A LOT of breeders out there right now that are just taking two dogs that they got from some BYB or Puppymill and breeding them thinking "I wanna be a breeder!!!" either because they think they can make money or because it's a fun experience. The real breeders - the good ones - understand the work and the pride that has to be behind what they do in order for it to be worthwhile. It doesn't take much to throw two cute pet dogs together. It takes a heck of a lot of planning and work to produce a litter that is healthy, has good structure that will hold up when the dog is 12 years old, and has excellent temperament.
You can tell yourself "I just want a pet" and settle for the breeder who has 3 litters a year in a wading pool in their laundry room but knows little to nothing about the breed, sends the puppies home at 6 weeks, and says goodbye to the pup forever - because they have puppies available and ready to go right now for a reasonable price. OR you can realize that in a year when your puppy has Hip Displaysia so severely you need to put the pup to sleep that it would be a better idea to get a puppy from a breeder who isn't just breeding because they think puppies are cute, or they pay for the new washing machine. You'll know a GOOD breeder when you see one. They JUMP off the page at you. And it is a little about the nice website and personable breeder - but it should also be the testing they've done, their activity in the canine community, the quality of their dogs, what they offer as a breeder - that hooks you.