Now that everything, well almost everything, is sold online, what is becoming a more question is this: Is it safe to buy a dog online?
Most people will tell you to be wary of breeders who sell their animals online, as no self-respecting one would ever do it, and there are a lot of scams going around, too. Perhaps they have a point. Indeed, with all of the scams going around on the internet, even the sale of pets has not escaped such tricks. There are also a lot of backyard breeders and the so-called puppy mills that sell their dogs online – these are usually the ones who overprice and sell pets that will cause a lot of headaches later on regarding health issues.
This is not to say that you should totally discard the idea of checking online for potential pets. Most reputable breeders, who are also affiliated with kennel clubs, do maintain websites to promote their business and do not just stop at that. A sign that you are dealing with an official breeder is that they also ask a lot of questions themselves, wanting to know what type of home their pet is going to. Reputable breeders will also be able to answer all your concerns and will even volunteer other information that you may not have raised. And if a breeder truly kept the pets well, he or she will not hesitate to invite you over to take a look at the pets, how he or she cares for them, meet the parent dog, observe the kind of temperament the dogs have, whether they’ve been home broken properly, and also to get to know you.
When looking for a potential breeder online, here are some questions that you have to keep in mind and ask the breeder.
1. Is the breeder a member of the American Kennel Club and has maintained a good standing?
2. Does the dog have the proper documentation, certification and title for the breed, and if possible, that of the parents? Do the parents have any special history, specifically on health?
3. What congenital defects does the dog have and has the breeder taken steps to reduce the incident of this defect?
4. How are the puppies raised? Have they been socialized and home broken?
5. Is there a sales contract delineating the role of the breeder after the sale? Do you give the dog back to the breeder if you’re no longer capable of caring for it?
There are many more questions that could come to mind, and these are just some of the most important that will let you know whether a breeder shows a caring and loving attitude for pets, which is really critical in how a pet is raised.
So what we’re saying is yes, you may find someone to buy a dog from online, but you will still have to go out and meet that person and the dog. Before you do this, though, do check your local pound and pet rescue centers for dogs that are in dire need of homes.
This article was written by Artchee Mendoza for this site. Artchee also writes for www.paws-unleashed.com, Pet Grooming Charlotte NC.