Here at Pomeranians For Life we are committed to encouraging people to re-home a rescue dog, however we do understand that sometimes a rescue dog would not be the responsible choice for that individual.
We receive dozens of calls from people who have unknowingly purchased through a 'Puppy Farmer' or 'Backstreet Breeder' believing them to have been reputable.
These dogs generally grow into larger Spitz X's and/or are riddled with behavioural and health problems, with many ending up in rescue centres or the rehoming system.
Latest statistics show that One in Five puppies bought online or from pet shops require long-term veterinary care or die before they are 6 months old.
So how should you approach purchasing a Pomeranian?
- Research the breed before looking for your new Pomeranian
- Contact your local Pomeranian Breed Club to find a reputable breeder in your area.
- Visit the breeders home or kennels to see the dog.
- Ask to see the parents, or if purchasing a puppy see it interacting with its mother.
- Ensure all paperwork is genuine and correct - eg. KC Papers or Vaccination Cards.
- Ask questions! - A reputable breeder will be happy to answer any questions you have.
- Go home and think it over. Give yourself a couple of hours to make sure you are committing to the right decision.
- Purchase a Pomeranian Online or from local advertising (Free ad's or Cards in a Pet Shop.)
- Purchase a Pomeranian from a Pet Shop - They may have been supplied from a Puppy Farmer, Backstreet Breeder or even smuggled into the country.
- Arrange to meet the breeder / seller in a neutral location to meet or purchase a Pomeranian. Always go to their premises.
- Take Pity! Never purchase a dog from a suspected puppy farm because you believe you're rescuing it. You're just supplying the money for the next poor puppies to be bred - report it instead!
- Buy a puppy because it's cheaper than elsewhere. This usually means cuts have been taken in its health and welfare.
- Get rushed into making a decision. A good breeder will be willing to let you think it over, don't allow yourself to be rushed into handing over your money.
For more information you can always check the Puppy Awareness Week webpage or watch The Kennel Clubs Video targeted at people looking at purchasing a puppy.