Sample Test 

See how many RED FLAGS can you spot in the following add.  This was a real add that I pulled for Puppy find on the internet.

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Breed:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Sex: Male

Birthdate: 01-08-2015 (6 Weeks)

Champion bloodlines:  Yes

Champion sired: No

Show potential: Yes

Price: $2400 USD  


Shipping area:  United States

What's included :  Registered/registerable, Current vaccinations, Veterinarian examination, Health certificate, Health guarantee 1 year for generic health guarantee. 


Additional information:  2  ACA registered male King Charles  Spaniel.  Mother and father are small  Sire is weighing 12 and mother is  9 lbs.  This is the mothers first litter she had 5 puppies. 2 females and 3 males in the litter. 


All of the puppies come with health check by my veterinarian along with first and second shots and dewormer.  May be registered with Limited AKC registration. All puppies are being sold as pets not breeders. 


They have been raised in my home under foot since day 1. For those of you that live far away I do ship. Shipping your new puppy to you is an extra fee. The parents have many champions in there lines.  


All visits to my house are made by appointment.  Taking deposits to reserver now.  (Deposit 1/2 the amount of the puppy)   Ready to go next week!  feel free to email me.

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AKC Boxers, ACA Cocker Spaniels, Cavaliers, IOEBA Olde English Bulldogge's, ACA Bostons & Yorkes.  All Pups given 1st & 2nd sets of shots & dewormed.  Pups are pre spoiled before leaving.  Deposits are non-refundable. 

 

Answers:  see the advertisement below for highlighted clues

I must start by telling you that reading an advertisement like this makes reputable breeders cringe.  Yes, this is a real ad.    I seldom talk about price, however, the price of this puppy is right in line for a good breeder that has health tested & show parents that are registered with AKC.  The main difference is this puppy is available 'now' and the new perspective owners do not have to spend time with the breeder explaining that they will be excellent owners. 

 I will stick to the facts here. 

As you have learned… Don't walk when visiting websites that have puppies for sale with their prices attached… RUN FAST!  Reputable breeders normally NEVER post photos of the puppies that are for sale because they have a waiting list and are waiting until 8 weeks or older to grade the litter and decide what show potential dogs they are keeping.  

2. Health testing of parents? Apparently there is no health testing of the parents?

3. Age of parents?  No mention of the age of the parents. No way to verify it either.

4.  The puppies are 6 weeks old and are ready next week.  That would make them 7 weeks old.  The CKCSC recommend 12 weeks and AKC recommends 10.  Keeping a litter of puppies 5 additional weeks is a labor of love..  to them it finically it cuts into their bottom line. 

5.  Champion bloodlines. ACA is a registry only and does NOT hold dog shows, only AKC & CKCSC.   Show Potential: Yes You can only show dogs that are registered with AKC or CKCSC.  

6.  2 sets of shots  First shots at 8 weeks and Second shots three weeks later. 2 sets of shots would kill a puppy at that age. 

7.   Sire is 12 lbs and Mother is 9.  Seriously? The standard reads 13-18 pounds and most boys are 20.  The clubs ethics require girls to be over 12.  These parents are REALLY small… or are they young or undernourished?      

8.  Health Guarantee: That is a sales pitch.    1 year for generic health guarantee.   I think they meant to spell 'Genetic" but wrote "generic" or maybe it's a new tricky loophole I don't know about. 

9.  May be registered with Limited AKC Registration AKC only registers puppies born to AKC registered parents.  

10.  I do Ship.  The Federal USDA does not allow shipping of puppies from sellers to buyers.  This breeder will have you pre pay the airline directly for the shipping and hopefully a dog will actually show up on the other side.  This is a HUGE scam.  Second, do you really want a dog that you have never met the parents, siblings or breeder and see where the puppy was raised.  Stress out a little puppy on an airplane at 7 weeks? Reputable breeders will not ship. 

11.  Deposits are non-refundable.  What happens if the puppy is deemed by your vet as to have a health defect or you don't like the puppy?  

12.  How many other breeds do they breed.  Do you really believe this litter was raised in someone's home?  By 6 weeks, these puppies are not under anyone's feet, they have not yet hit the ground and running.   


Breed:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Sex: Male

Birthdate: 01-08-2015 (6 Weeks)

Champion bloodlines:  Yes

Champion sired: No

Show potential: Yes

Price: $2400 USD  


Shipping area:  United States

What's included :  Registered/registerableCurrent vaccinations, Veterinarian examination, Health certificate, Health guarantee 1 year for generic health guarantee. 


Additional information:  2  ACA registered male King Charles  Spaniel.  Mother and father are small  Sire is weighing 12 and mother is  9 lbs.  This is the mothers first litter she had 5 puppies. 2 females and 3 males in the litter. 


All of the puppies come with health check by my veterinarian along with first and second shots and dewormer.  May be registered with Limited AKC registration. All puppies are being sold as pets not breeders. 


They have been raised in my home under foot since day 1. For those of you that live far away I do ship. Shipping your new puppy to you is an extra fee. The parents have many champions in there lines.  


All visits to my house are made by appointment.  Taking deposits to reserver now.  (Deposit 1/2 the amount of the puppy)   Ready to go next week!  feel free to email me.

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AKC Boxers, ACA Cocker Spaniels, Cavaliers, IOEBA Olde English Bulldogge's, ACA Bostons & Yorkes.  All Pups given 1st & 2nd sets of shots & dewormed.  Pups are pre spoiled before leaving.  Deposits are non-refundable. 


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