Dec
16th

Puppies Ready For Christmas

So you’re thinking of buying a puppy?  Well Christmas is the worst time to be doing it.  If you see a site, ad or link offering ‘puppies ready for Christmas‘, ignore it at all costs.  Chain your hands if you need to.

And why should you do this?

Because any site, ad or link offering ‘puppies ready for Christmas’ won’t get you the puppy you desire.  It will probably get you a puppy farmed , sickly, badly bred or already dying dog produced in a cage.

No reputable breeder that I know gears their operations to Christmas.  No reputable breeder I know ever sells puppies ready for Christmas.  No reputable breeder I know would ever advertise such puppies on generic ‘dogs for sale’ websites either.

Puppy farmers do ALL of these things and more.  They get away with it because no-one is helping you spot them.  They also get away with it because these websites DO NOT do any checks on the quality of the breeder placing the ad.

I did some mystery shopping.  Consider this response when I asked about checks on people advertising puppies for sale:

Puppyfind.com does not knowingly allow “puppy mills” to advertise on the site. Every seller/breeder goes through an approval process, however, as stated in our Terms of Service policy, we are not able to offer any guarantees that the individuals listing on the site are reputable breeders.

Our approval process consists mainly of checking the breeder’s basic information to ensure they are not fraudulent users. We do not check any breeder references or anything similar to that.

It is important that buyers do ask questions and feel comfortable with whom they are working with. We do offer Buyers Tips which gives buyers several tips on what questions to ask and how to protect themselves when purchasing a puppy.

Most sites like this one do offer brief guidance on checking out potential dog breeders but it usually falls short of what you really need to protect you and your puppy.

Remember also that puppy farmers know and count on the annual bun fight over getting a puppy for Christmas.  They gear their operations to Christmas as this is when they make big money.  They will suppress early or ‘wrong time’ seasons in their breeding bitches so they can make the dogs produce puppies just when the rush is on.

That’s NOT looking after your interests.  Only theirs.  THIS is where your puppy could be coming from.

And remember too that ‘the puppy that came for Christmas and stayed forever‘ is a fairytale.  In mosts cases ‘the puppy that came for Christmas’ will be ‘the puppy abandoned in the street or at a rescue centre by New Year

If you’re considering rushing off to buy a puppy as a Christmas gift right now, please don’t.  Aside from puppy farmers, there are other good reasons why Christmas is not a good time to bring a puppy into the household.

Whatever you do, make sure you don’t end up like this poor lady who posted on a UK dog forum:

PLEASE PLEASE NO ONE BUY A PUPPY FROM 89 LULLINGSTONE AVENUE IN SWANLEY, KENT. THIS IS A VERY DODGY MAN AND OUR PUPPY HAD DISTEMPER AND HAD TO BE PUT DOWN LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER WE BOUGHT HIM. This has affected my whole family so much emotionally and financially.  Puppylove1984

Please dont get sucked into buying poor quality, puppy farmed ‘puppies ready for Christmas’ because it will cost you dearly in the end.

If you want to know the right time to buy a puppy, the right one to buy and the right breeder to get one from, don’t answer an ad.  Get a FREE ethical dog breeder checklist.  Click here instead.

 

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