RED FLAG Warning Signs from Prospective Puppy Buyers -- Is Your Breeder Depicted Below?
The following scenarios are authentic representations of encounters recorded during the process of interacting with area breeders. In some cases these are paraphrased statements or observations, in other instances, direct quotes. Our position remains the same, all of us — owners, buyers and breeders — play a direct role in halting the proliferation of low-quality, unwanted Bull Terriers.
*Prospective owner visits breeder location: "Within 15 minutes of being there two puppies got into a fight. They were both bleeding and the lady took a board and hit them with it."
*Newspaper advertising Breeder tells Buyer over the phone: "I am asking $750, but if you come over right now I will sell one for half price."
*Once Buyers are on site, Breeder says: "These sell for $900, the deaf puppy is half price."
*On site, Breeder says: "Sure, you can breed the dog later, it doesn’t matter to me."
*Internet advertising Breeder claims "Champion" bloodline: however the AKC database indicates no points ever awarded to sire or dam, pedigree research further shows no champions going back five generations. Breeder is asking $1900 for puppies.
*Breeder advertises AKC registered dogs: litter is never registered, however, so owners are never delivered registration forms as promised.
*Once buyers are on site, Breeder says: "Unfortunately the dam drowned in the pond yesterday, so you can't see her. If you don't want this dog, I have this other one for half price because one eye was punched out."
*Road-side Breeder says: "I will drown which ever of these puppies I don't sell today."
*Once Buyers are on site viewing dogs, Breeder says: "I didn't want to cut their tails off, but they got jammed in the gate."
*Months after the purchase Owner wants to return the dog. Breeder replies: "I can't take the dog back, but I could take any puppies off your hands?"
*Months after purchase, dog suddenly dies, Owner is confused: "We didn't keep their email or phone number, but looked on the internet where they had been advertising and they were not there."