Notice - Beware Puppy Farming and Scammers

Posted in Buying a Puppy

The sale of puppies advertised on internet websites, has increased dramatically over the recent past. The relative anonymity that certain websites offer, is unfortunately being exploited by opportunists. One of the draw cards used is the “attractive” asking price, which is usually below the prevailing price which would normally be charged by well established, reputable and discerning breeders. 

These adverts are usually posted on popular classified type advert websites, where adverts can be placed at no charge or for a nominal fee.There are websites one can use to inform oneself regarding current scams and how to avoid being caught out. The following sites provide in-depth information regarding past and current scams.

Beware of inadvertently supporting indiscriminate puppy farmers and/or scam artists that advertise on certain websitesor on their own dedicated websites. Unfortunately, there are irresponsible breeders that are more interested in making profits than in caring for their puppies’ health and welfare. Be very wary of breeders that have a wide variety of puppies available all year round and that sell “pedigreed” puppies at below average prices. Be discerning and take great care when choosing the breeder fromwhich you buy your puppy. Prior to parting with any money, it is strongly recommended that the KUSA office is contacted toverify claims made pertaining to KUSA membership or registration. 

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Getting a healthy puppy

Getting a new puppy has never been easier. You can find puppies wherever you look: in newspapers, on Facebook and on Gumtree. And sometimes all you need to get a fluffy bundle of joy is to pay first. No questions asked.
Buying cheap is expensive. It might end up costing more than you ever imagined to keep your new puppy in your life. While buying a KUSA registered puppy is no guarantee for success, you can tip the scale in your favour by doing your research.

Finding the right breeder

Pass the test
KUSA Members are encouraged to do health screening tests prior to breeding, but the responsibility remains with the buyer to attain as much information as possible about the health status of the parents of the litter. It’s a good idea to get copies of the health test results for both parents prior to paying the deposit (if applicable).

Get it write
The Kennel Union has no legislative powers to adjudicate between parties in dispute over the purchase and sale of puppies. We strongly recommend that a written and signed purchase and sale agreement be entered into between the two parties.

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