Earlier we discussed white Pomeranian puppies and briefly mentioned that you need to be especially wary of unethical breeders who will pass off dogs that are not really white Pomeranians as if they were true white Poms.
With the assistance of other resources online posted by various Pomeranian breeders, I am putting together a checklist of ways you can identify and protect yourself from falling victim to a white Pomeranian puppy scam:
Seek Guarantees in Writing
Humans are funny. They can be told over and over that if “something sounds too good to be true that it probably is” and yet people continue to get snookered. Our desire or greed to get what we want is so great that we consciously ignore safeguards and warnings.
At a minimum, negotiate some sort of written guarantee in any puppy purchase contract with the breeder so that is states something to the effect that you are purchasing a pure white Pomeranian puppy. If the color of the dog changes within the first year of ownership, you the purchaser are entitled to a refund of X amount.
Just remember, even if you get it in writing, the time and costs associated with winning a civil judgment and collecting (if you ever do) will probably be more than the actual judgment itself and you will likely never receive any compensation unless the breeder has been doing this a long time and isn’t running a backyard fly-by-night breeding operation.
I am not the type of guy who buys stuff online unless I am familiar with the product. I am not buying a home, car or clothing unless I see it in person and can judge it with my own eyes. Would you adopt a random child without ever getting to meet him or her first?
Before you commit to purchasing a puppy, try to see if you can locate a breeder within driving distance and arranging a visit. A puppy is a huge investment of money, time and emotional energy. Make sure you get a good vibe from the breeder and their operation. You want to buy from someone who is passionate and professional, not just out to score a quick payday.
Scrub Behind the Ears
Did your mom ever inspect behind your ears to make sure you were really clean after a shower when you were a kid? Well, one way to ensure you are getting a pure white Pomeranian or white teacup Pomeranian is to check the dog’s ears.
WhitePom has a great page with information about how you can protect yourself from being scammed. She writes:
Carefully check the colour of hair behind the ears of the puppy.
This can be a very helpful guide to the adult color of most Pomeranian puppies.
Cream, very pale orange or lemon shadings behind the ears or in the hock region may mean that this puppy will be a cream or even a light orange Pomeranian adult not a White Pomeranian.
Very faint cream to very pale orange shadings or any patches on any other part of the Pomeranian puppy’s coat often indicates that the Pomeranian puppy is an orange and White Parti Color.
Owners who have purchased this type of Pomeranian Baby have told me they bought what was advertised as a white pomeranian and thought the very, very pale cream patches where just dirt.
One owner even told me how she had tried to remove the “dirty” marks with a damp facewasher, only to find as the months passed these pale patches darkened until her puppy was a parti color.
At 8 or 9 months of age this Pomeranian Puppy was a pale orange and white parti color.
PomskyHQ also has a solid checklist that is applicable to those interested in teacup Pomeranians and white Pomeranians on how to protect themselves when dealing with breeders:
- Are they generally receptive to questions? If they are hostile or vague and evasive when answering your questions this is a warning sign.
- Do they have any sort of track record or list of referrals of previous customers?
- Have they sent you any pictures of the parents or the puppies (if they have been birthed) or did they resort to verbal descriptions and/or stock photos found on the internet? It is 2013 and takes mere minutes to snap a couple of pictures, upload them and send them off via email. If a “breeder” cannot be bothered to take a few minutes to send you this information while at the same time asking for a several hundred dollar down payment and a four figure purchase price, you need to take your business elsewhere.
- Method of payment – If a breeder demands cash, a money order or a cashier’s check, you need to take your business elsewhere. As the purchaser of a large ticket item, you need to demand the right to a paper trail and full accounting of your purchase.
- License and registration please! Are the parents papered and registered with one of the major kennel clubs? Is the breeder licensed to conduct business in their jurisdiction? Prospective owners should demand that their puppies are the offspring of purebred canines registered with a kennel and that the DNA test for the puppy confirms its lineage. Also, many (but, not all) government jurisdictions require businesses to have a license or to have jump through some bureaucratic hurdles.
- Ask questions and demand solid answers. It is your money and you are in control.
Similar to the advice offered by PomskyHQ, WhitePom.com states that pictures of the actual parents will go a long way in helping you determine whether or not your white Pomeranian puppy will actually grow up to be a white Pomeranian dog!