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Puppy buyers Beware.....
Avoid Getting Scammed (exerpted from AKC.org)
The American Kennel Club
is dedicated to helping potential dog owners acquire a dog responsibly.
Dog ownership is a long term commitment that starts by researching the
right breed for your lifestyle, finding a reputable breeder and being
ready for the financial and emotional responsibility—and the many
rewards—of owning a dog.
Purchasing a dog should be a positive
and gratifying experience. Yet many potential pet owners may become so
eager to bring a dog into their home that they might not be aware that
some people are poised to take advantage of their enthusiasm. Below we
have offered some tips to alert consumers to schemes involving dogs. You
should also educate yourself on the hallmarks of a responsible breeder.
Puppy Buyers Beware
of the emotional investment in buying a puppy, scammers can take
advantage of unsuspecting consumers. The AKC and the Better Business
Bureau recently issued a warning about a specific internet scam and caution people to remember that con-artists will always invent new schemes to lure victims.
you locate a breeder through a web site, do not send money without
speaking to the breeder and checking references and credentials first.
Ask if the breeder is a member of an AKC-affiliated club and contact the club to verify membership.
be fooled by a well designed website, as unscrupulous scammers will
often create a professional-looking, but fraudulent website designed to
lure the potential puppy buyer in with cute puppy pictures.
of scammers who offer to "re-home" their purebred puppy in exchange for
transportation or vaccination fees. If a free purebred puppy sounds too
good to be true, it usually is. Scammers will continually ask for more
money for unexpected, and false, costs.
sure you have clear expectations—ideally in writing—of how and when the
puppy will be paid for. If the puppy is being shipped long distance,
the best approach would be to pay for half up front and half upon
receiving the dog (and after getting a veterinarian to sign-off on its
buyers may also be confused about purebred "papers." They can be
intentionally misled, or simply unaware of what to look for. Below are
some tips about AKC registration papers.
All Registrations Are Not Equal
When you buy a dog represented as "AKC-registerable," you will receive an AKC Dog Registration application, (pictured in the image at right) filled out by the seller.
wary of excuses such as "AKC hasn't sent the papers yet." The AKC Dog
Registration Form should be available at the time you pick up your
puppy. If not, wait until the breeder receives it before you pay for and
take home the pup.
The AKC is the only purebred dog registry which conducts kennel inspections
to ensure the proper care and conditions of AKC-registered dogs. Make
sure your new puppy's registration and papers have the official AKC
does not accept registrations from most other domestic registries, so
don't assume that you can transfer your dog's registration to AKC after
buying the dog.
Buyers should look for AKC registration, the only registry that offers the services, events and commitment to purebred dogs that buyers—and their canine companions—deserve.