The excitement of purchasing a new puppy teacup pomeranian can be overwhelming and cause you to take shortcuts, overlook warning signs and operate with blinders on. Stop and take a moment to realize that not all teacup pomeranian breeders are what they say they are and that there are some serious scammers out there.
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Purchasing a “Teacup Pomeranian” & Conducting Breeder Due Diligence
There are a lot of unethical dog breeders and the ranks of those breeding teacup pomeranians are no different. Ideally, you will want to purchase your puppy from a teacup pomeranian breeder close to home so that you can inspect the facilities, meet the breeder and simply be able to see that they are a legitimate operation.
Additionally, it is much easier to protect your rights and place pressure on breeders when you live close by, especially through a small claims court action — if things really go sour.
Be wary of the litany of internet based scams. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of scammers in the “puppies for sale” arena masquerading as ethical breeders who simply want to steal your money. ScamWarners has a great site where its readers expose scammers in all different areas. They have a pet specific forum here.
Do not send any money via Western Union…ever! Please do not fall for this. And they will give you a ton of other things to look out for.
The following is reprinted with permission from PomskyHQ who has put together a great checklist of sorts for those looking to investigate pomsky breeders. Although their site is geared towards the Pomsky designer breed, the rules still apply to anyone seeking to purchase a teacup pomeranian puppy.
Be informed and arm yourself with information and knowledge so that you are not victimized by unscrupulous individuals (101 Puppy-buying Tips). Below is a concise bullet point list of simple things to watch out for when seeking to enter into a purchase transaction with a breeder:
- 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 –Oh, and about that DNA test! Are the parents papered and registered with one of the major kennel clubs? Is the breeder licensed to conduct business in their jurisdiction? Does your teacup pomeranian puppy come with a DNA confirmation test? 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. Some unscrupulous breeders will pass off fake pomeranians to buyers who do not know any better. 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.
Some Teacup Pomeranian Breeders Do Their Own Due Diligence
You should conduct your own due diligence whenever you contact a breeder. However, do not be surprised if you suddenly get the feeling that the breeder is investigating you at the same time.
What do I mean?
Many ethical pomeranian breeders are looking to make sure that the puppies they love and adore go to homes that are prepared and offer their dogs the best opportunity for a happy life. If you contact a teacup pomeranian breeder who doesn’t seem to inquisitive about you, your home and the living conditions of your future puppy, you should seriously consider passing and moving on.
Teacup pomeranian breeders should ask you a series of questions that may include, but not be limited to:
- How long have you wanted a teacup pomeranian?
- Have you owned a pomeranian before?
- Are there any children in the house?
That is not to say that if you do not get asked these specific questions that the breeder is unethical. We are merely trying to provide you an outline of what to expect. Breeders will want to know if you know what you are getting yourself into. They do not want to place a puppy with an owner who will soon be in over their head.