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How to Know the Difference Between a Real Dog Breeder and a Scam

Growing up, dachshunds have always been a part of my life. They are fun-loving, loyal dogs. A lot of personality comes with them.

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Contacting a Breeder

Registered dogs are sold in many places. Craigslist, Facebook, individual websites, and community boards are just a few places to look for registered dogs that you can buy and bring home to your loving home. Pretty much all of these work the same. You find your preferred breed and a puppy that you are interested in, then contact the seller.

You finally find what looks like the ideal dog online. Hopefully, you will have a no-headache transaction and your new furry family member will be home with you without any complications. However, this is not always the case due to scammers trying to make a fast buck at your expense.

Ideally, you can get a friend or acquaintance to recommend a seller to you. If that option isn't available to you, you should still proceed, but with caution.

Once you've found the puppy you are interested in, it's time to contact the breeder. At this time, you will email, text, message, or call the seller. If the seller only wants to communicate by email, be wary. Many times scam artists are copying pre-written scripts and cannot handle impromptu questions that you may have. Phone calls or even text conversations are better than email communication only.

You need to know that trusting a website or just the word of someone online can be risky. There are ways to handle the process that can work out great. You need to know what to ask and what to be aware of so that you can assure yourself that you're dealing with a reputable breeder.

A passel of dachshund puppies

A passel of dachshund puppies

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Vetting Breeders

There are a few quick ways to know if you are dealing with an authentic, trustworthy breeder.

  • Ask for a FaceTime of the puppy. If it's a scammer, most likely they have stolen pics online from someone else. They will not have a puppy to even show you. Asking for a live feed via FaceTime will quickly show if they truly have the puppy you are interested in. An honest breeder should have no qualms with doing this. Scammers will try to use the excuse that the puppy is at someone else's house.
  • Ask about a deposit agreement. Get something in writing before you pay a deposit on a puppy. Many breeders will allow you to choose your puppy shortly after they are born. You simply pay a deposit and then the balance when you pick up the puppy.
  • Ask if the puppies are up to date on their vaccines and deworming. If you are picking your puppy up at six weeks, they should have already had one shot and been treated for worms.
  • Ask for a picture of the mom and dad of the puppy. Getting a still picture of the mom and dad will allow you to see the possible size of your puppy once he is grown.
  • If you put a deposit down after having agreed on the terms in writing, ask for weekly pics of the puppy. Most hobby breeders will be pleased to update you and send you videos and pics weekly.

It is important to go with your gut feeling. If something seems off about the breeder, then ask many questions. In the end, if you still do not have a good feeling, simply thank them and look elsewhere.

Blue Piebald Dachshund

Blue Piebald Dachshund

Quality Breeders Are Out There

As long as you do your due diligence, you should be able to find a good quality breeder. Many hobby breeders are doing what they love. Yes, they make money selling pure breed dogs, but they also do it because they love their dogs.

Strike up a conversation with them. They should be more than willing to reassure you and set any qualms you have at ease.

A little one ready for her forever home

A little one ready for her forever home

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 April McMichael

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