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Beware of the Scam English Bulldog Breeders January 29, 2011

Posted by Cindy R. in Breeding, Fraud Alerts.
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TAs Featured On EzineArticleshe increasing popularity of English Bulldogs, along with their higher sale price, have made them a prime target for scam artists. These scam artists range from those breeding substandard puppies to those who take your money but send no puppy. But if you are careful, you can find the English Bulldog puppy of your dreams!

First of all, English Bulldog puppies are expensive. The reason for this is that it is costly to breed and raise English Bulldog puppies. Many may not realize it, but delivery of English Bulldog puppies is almost always Caesarean Section. Because of the small size of the bitch’s birth canal and the large size of the puppy’s head, puppies can become lodged in the birth canal during a natural delivery. In addition, once the puppies are born, they must be hand-fed for the first few weeks. Bulldogs do not make the best mothers and have been know to lay on their puppies by accident and so 24-hour monitoring is essential for the first 3 weeks.

One of the first “red flags” to be aware of to avoid being scammed is a low asking price. Typical prices for English Bulldogs range from $2,200 to $4,500. If a breeder is offering puppies for under $1,500, you need to investigate the breeder further. And you should run fast from anyone advertising “Cheap English Bulldog Puppies!” Do a Google search on the breeder or post queries to bulldog forums. As a service to those looking to purchase an English Bulldog puppy, one breeder, Puppychase Kennels, maintains a list of known current and past web sites of fraudulent English Bulldog breeders.

Jason and Michelle Longley, owners of Puppychase Kennels, have been victimized by several fraudulent breeders. Says Jason, “Not only have these scam artists used photos of our puppies on their web sites, but one was so brazen that they actually stole our personal history and just changed the names! We love English Bulldogs and we want to help people avoid the heartbreak of getting a sickly puppy or paying the purchase fee and not receiving a puppy at all.”

The second red flag to watch out for is the lack of any contact information of the web site. More often than not, scam sites only provide a web form that must be filled out to receive more information and do not provide any means of direct contact.

Whenever possible, ask to visit the breeder personally. Reputable breeders will welcome visitors without hesitation. If the breeder makes excuses as to why a visit is not possible – stay away!

Never wire money or send money orders/bank checks as these are untraceable. Credit cards are the best method of payment as most credit card companies do have fraud protection.

Reputable breeders will have a long list of happy customers so ask for a list of references. However, true scam artists may have a list of fake references, thus extra caution is required here.

In the end, trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t!

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Finding a Quality English Bulldog Breeder January 29, 2011

Posted by Cindy R. in Breeding.
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You have your heart set on a cute, wrinkly little English bulldog puppy, so where do you begin?

Quality bred English Bulldog puppies are not cheap and breeders should be researched thoroughly before a decision is made. If you were looking to purchase a television that costs from $2,200 to $4,500, you would do a bit of research first. You would read reviews, ask questions and compare different brands.  It is no different when looking to purchase an English Bulldog puppy.

If you have local bulldog breeders, it makes sense to start with them since you can easily visit their kennel or home and meet the dogs in person. However, your local breeders may not have an available litter, may offer bloodlines you don’t want or have a long waiting list. In this case, the next step would be to look further afield.

The Internet definitely makes searching for a bulldog puppy easier, however, it also increases the chance of coming across uncaring breeders or outright scammers. While this seems daunting, there are some common sense rules you can follow that can make your search for the right English Bulldog puppy successful.

Do not base your decision on picking the lowest priced puppy you can find. It is an expensive proposition to breed English Bulldogs as most bitches must deliver puppies via caesarean section. Also, around the clock care is needed during the early weeks as the mother can roll on top of the puppies and suffocate them. Scammers try to attract buyers by stealing photos from reputable breeders and attaching a very low price tag. Remember, you will get what you pay for, which in some cases may be nothing at all.

Ask questions! English Bulldog breeders that are passionate about what they do will expect you to ask a lot of questions. On the other hand, they will also ask you questions and discuss the “ins and outs” of raising an English Bulldog puppy. A knowledgeable and caring breeder will want to make sure their puppy goes to a loving home with owners who understand the special concerns of the English Bulldog breed.

Look for a breeder that does not just focus on breeding for the “bulldog standard.” A responsible breeder will also breed for health and temperament and not just conformation.  Make sure you ask about the genetic backgrounds of the parents, any health guarantees offered and which initial health care measures will be included (shots, worming, etc.) .  Also, make sure that they will are willing to stay in contact and provide lifetime support .

Try to find customers who have purchased an English Bulldog puppy from the breeder. Honest breeders will readily provide contact information for past customers and likely post testimonials on their web site. But perhaps one of the best methods is to check out the Facebook page of the breeder, if they have one available. On Facebook,  many customers will comment and post photos and videos of the puppies they bought from the breeder.

One last piece of advice is to take your time when choosing a breeder from which to purchase your English Bulldog puppy. Don’t get “bullied” into buying if you are not sure the match is right for you. An honest breeder will appreciate that you are committed to making sure the puppy you choose is the one of your dreams!

If you are seriously looking for English Bulldog puppies for sale there are many honest breeders who can help you. To learn more, please visit http://www.englishbulldogpuppychase.com.

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