Ive spoken in the past about scams with dog sales. But reading recently another scam for poodles I thought it was wise to give you heads up again if you are looking for a puppy.
Unfortunately dog breeding has attracted the wrong kind of people, seen as earning quick money for dogs, or in most cases they have no dog.
One woman recently paid a £1000 deposit for a poodle or doodle, and soon as money paid, the breeder never contacted her again, even though she contacted them. They couldn't find out where they lived and it became evident it was a false account on the most used pet sales website. A week later another advert appeared using same photos but different name, different account, different burner phone. Someone else paid the deposit of £1000 and couldnt get any more details about the dogs. Do not part with money and ask for delivery of the puppy. It wont come. Many have parted with money and on the day the dog was supposed to arrive it didnt. Always go to breeders home to collect the puppy, and hopefully a visit to see the mum with puppies.
The problem is with Covid 19 people cant go and view breeders before they part with their money as they used to do.
So my advice is buy through the kennel club assured breeder scheme. Is the breeder legitimate, and have they been in the show world for years, is their history of the breeder. Do not pay more than £500 deposit, but you need to see more than one photo on an advert with mobile number only. Ask for videos of the mother and puppies, or photographs, ask for address of breeder so you can check if they are breeding legitimately. Do not just buy from a photo online or through social media. Social media is rife with scams, and soon as you put on a facebook group your looking for a puppy you can be inundated with breeders contacting you to sell there dog. Often so they dont have to advertise, as if they advertise properly questions could be asked about license numbers as you should display your license number with your photo. So just be careful.
Mrs Rachel Savage