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Buying Puppies Online- Puppy Scams

Updated on August 27, 2009
The day MIA came home.
The day MIA came home.

Many people, to include myself, search online classifieds and ads to find a new puppy to bring into the family. Most of the time, you find the puppy you want, contact the breeder, pay him a visit with cash on hand, and return home with a new puppy. That's what happened to me when I brought home my new blue pit bull puppy a few months ago.

I found MIA's breeder on the North Georgia classifieds. It was a simple add with the puppy information (11 puppies- 7 females and 4 males) and two numbers to reach him. Nothing more. I called, and met with the man the following day. Picked out my new pup, and brought her home to spoil rotten.

Many people on the other hand, aren't so luck. Some people get caught in puppy scams, where they are over-charged, receive the wrong puppy, do not get a puppy at all.

Before Sending Money

Before you commit to purchasing a puppy from online. You should contact any referrals that the breeder has. Ask for the name and number of his veterinarian or a fellow co-breeder. Ask for recommendations from previous customers.

You, also, do not want to send any money before you see the puppy. Many breeders want a down payment to hold the puppy for you. But, ask to come for a visit. Ask if it's ok for you to come by the kennels or his home to see the litter. Then make a decision.

If you send the down payment, more than likely you will not see the money again. Most down payments are non-refundable. In many cases if you send a down payment, and decide not to purchase a puppy from the breeder, you will not get the money back.

Buying Puppies Online

Many people do not agree with purchasing a puppy over the internet. I have only purchased a puppy from an online ad once, and it was a good experience. I will say that in now way shape or form, would I ever put money down on a puppy that I found on an online classifieds, online ad, or a breeder's website. I will always visit the breeder's home or kennel in order to see the litter and parents before putting anymore money on a puppy.

I will say that as with any internet purchase, you need to be careful what you are dog, where you're inputing your credit card information, and who you are dealing with.

If you choose to look for a new puppy on an internet classified or a breeder's website, make sure that it's a local breeder. Try to find a breeder in your state or in a nearby state.

For example, living in Georgia, I tried to find a breeder in Georgia, East Alabama, south South Carolina, or north Florida.

Bella was adopted from the local animal shelter.
Bella was adopted from the local animal shelter.


I will vouche for adopting puppies! By a long shot most shelter dogs and puppies tend to be the better behaved of the bunch. I have puchased dogs from breeders, adopted dogs from shelters, and received dogs from unwanted- oops litters.

In many cases, shelter puppies seem, almost, thankful, to have a loving home, and very much appreciate the home that you provide them versus a small kennel run.

Adopting dogs from local shelters can be a great experience for you and your family. Not to mention the dog. :-)

If you are interested in a particular breed. Don't hesitate to call all the local shelters, asking by any chance do they have one. Sometimes, you'd be surprised. I've seen cocker spaniels, Irish setters, golden retrievers, corgis, beagles, shepherds, schnauzers, rottweilers, Chesapeake bay retrievers, chihuahuas, amongst other purebred dogs come through the shelter systems.

If your local shelters do not have what you're looking for, try finding a breed specific rescue. There are many out there. More than you'd think.


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      lawrence 5 years ago

      hi. am lawrenc, am having two puppy one non as kiwsi and laty this two puppy are only a weeks old. and they need parental care if not they will die one day and they look so very healthy, soo i will be very greatful for any good buyer and taking care person: kiwsi is the male puppy why laty is the female, and the price am living this two pets is 1000dorlas and the delivery is 500dorlas so all is 1500dorlas, thanks for your understanding you are all welcome dear costumers

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      Marie 6 years ago

      I saw beautiful yorkie pup on line it was double of my friends little yorkie that died last year aged 17

      I knew she would love it. contacted seller by email and phone seemed really honest could not get to pick puppy up, sent money western express, no dog no money heartbreaking using little dogs to obtain money from honest people have learnt lesson but there are none in my area. Tried to do a nice thing and got scammed

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      tyler36 6 years ago

      I just bought a puppy off of had no problems so far everything is great with my puppy

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      I didn't post anything on this page about APBT breeders.

      Sources come from common sense, APBT Gazette, and general choosing a breeder info.

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      Butterfly 8 years ago

      I agree with most information u have given so don't get me wronh when I ask where does your expertise or knowledge of APBT breeders come from? Did you research or obtain the info from other sources, if so do you mind providing those sources? Just a fellow APBT advocate and lover researching breeders.

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      Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

      I agree 100%. I met the breeder of my yorkie half way from his home as he was an hour and a half away; there we met the puppy and purchased him. I visited the breeder, parents and litter of my APBT, at his home, even though it was two hours away; it was just important to see the parents and be able to talk to the breeder.

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      JazLive 10 years ago from Decatur

      Agreed, puppies should not be purchased and shipped like dry goods. None-the-less; sellers and buyers in close proximity can meet in a public place [suggest a park] via Internet contact.


      Sellers can post location to interested parties to view "puppies" -- this also gives buyers a chance interact with adoptee candidates.

      Should 14 people show up to look over 6 dogs, there is a greater possibility that most. if not ALL, of the candidates find new homes!