How To Identify the Scammers
As the demand for dogs increases, so does the prevalence of fraudulent dog breeders. These breeders are not only unethical, but they can also lead to heartbreak and financial loss for unsuspecting pet owners. In this article, we'll discuss some red flags to look out for when identifying fraudulent dog breeders.
- Lack of Transparency
A reputable dog breeder will always be transparent about their breeding program. They will provide information about their breeding stock, genetic testing, and veterinary care. They will also be willing to show you their facilities and answer any questions you may have. If a breeder refuses to provide information or is evasive about their breeding program, it's a red flag. We will gladly hop on a phone call and video call with all of our prospective families.
- Insufficient Health Checks
A responsible breeder will have their breeding stock health checked and tested for genetic conditions that are common in their breed. They will also have their puppies examined by a veterinarian before selling them. If a breeder cannot provide proof of health checks or downplays the importance of health testing, it's a red flag.
- Inappropriate Age for Adoption
Puppies need to stay with their mother and littermates until they are at least 8 weeks old. If a breeder is willing to sell puppies younger than 8 weeks, it's a red flag. Puppies that are taken away from their mother too early can suffer from behavioral and health problems.
- High-Pressure Sales Tactics
Fraudulent dog breeders may use high-pressure sales tactics to encourage you to buy a puppy. They may also ask for non-refundable deposits to secure a puppy before you have had a chance to see it. A reputable breeder will not use high-pressure sales tactics and will be willing to let you take your time in making a decision.
- No Contract or Guarantee
A reputable breeder will provide you with a contract that outlines the terms of the sale and a health guarantee. A fraudulent breeder may not provide any documentation or may provide a contract that does not protect you as a buyer.
- Lack of Referrals or Reviews
A reputable dog breeder will have a good reputation in the dog community. They will be willing to provide references and have positive reviews online. If a breeder has no referrals or reviews or has negative reviews, it's a red flag.
- Rock Bottom Prices
We all know if it's too good to be true, then it most likely is! When you come across a "pomsky" breeder who is selling a "pomsky" for $500 be very cautious. Most scammers take your payment, block you and run with your money. It takes years of effort, tears, blood and sweat to breed beautiful healthy pomskies - a reputable breeder will never price a pomsky that low in price.
In conclusion, fraudulent dog breeders can cause harm to both pets and their owners. By being aware of these red flags, you can protect yourself and ensure that you get a happy, healthy puppy from a responsible breeder. Always do your research, ask questions, and take your time in making a decision. Remember, pomskies are not cheap, you will spend between $2000-6000 on a beautiful well breed pomsky. We will leave you with this to ponder:
As our Veterinarian says, "You will either spend the money on a healthy puppy today, or you will spend more money with me tomorrow."