How to Identify... Imports/Import Puppy Brokers
Healthy, Happy Frenchies do NOT come from:
Brokers, Puppy Mills or Importers...
If you buy a Frenchie puppy with a TATTOE it's 99.9% of the time an IMPORT. by Mary Shul
What is an Import Puppy Broker?A puppy broker is someone who, rather than breed dogs themselves, purchases them in bulk lots from over seas puppy mills. There is NO DIFFERENCE between this and purchasing any other kind of puppy mill bred dog, except for the fact that import brokered puppies will have suffered through a twelve or more hour fllight to arrive at their warehouse location and often times quarantined.
Just as puppy mills did in the eighties and nineties, import puppy brokers too have learned to market themselves in the guise of 'loving, caring breeders'. Most brokers will go out of their way to avoid admitting that they do not breed the dogs themselves. Many will outright lie about this, claiming to have breds themselves when in fact the puppies were brought from Europe. ASK ASK ASK TO SEE PICTURES... VARIOUS PICTURES OF THE PUPPIES FROM BIRTH UNTIL RECENT, WITH MOTHER NURSING TOO. If you hear that baffled silence... That's the sound of someone trying to think of what kind of cover story they can tell you to throw you off the trail because a broker will not have these types of pictures if they did not breed the litter or have the mother with the puppies.
Import brokers have added another new twist to their claims to being 'caring breeders' - they're touting the fact that their dogs come from 'healthier, European lines' than North American dogs do. Here's where we should point out that there are numerous, reputable, conscientious breeders of French Bulldogs in Russia and other Eastern European countries - breeders who care deeply about this breed, and about the health of the dogs they produce, But, guess what? They will screen buyers and care where their dogs go, not just sell to anyone for $1000. Part of what makes them good European breeders is the fact that never in a million years would they sell their puppies in bulk lots to import puppy brokers. In fact, they themselves are horrified by this, and are being stigmatized by the horrific health problems and inferior quality of the dogs being brought over from their countries.
Potential buyers also need to accept what some authorities are now saying is a two for one ratio - for every one puppy that survives the long trip from Europe, two either die enroute or shortly after arrival. Are you willing to accept the death of two innocent puppies, simply because you just couldn't wait for a litter, or because you 'had to have' that new fad color? "" Click Here '' for images and stories of puppies who died enroute to North American brokers, or shortly after arrival (warning: extremely graphic images!).
You also have to face the fact that numerous brokers are, plain and simple, scams designed to part you from your money, with no puppy in return. ""Click Here"" for the story of an east coast broker who scammed buyers out of $11,000!
How to identify an import broker...Import brokers thrive on two things: impatience, and lack of knowledge. Learn how to arm yourself against the two things which make it easiest for these slave traders of the dog world to prey on you. Becareful of Frenchies advertized too cheap. Watch for those websites with puppy after puppy for sale with no other pictures on the website except puppy pictures.
Impatience Is NOT a Virtue!
An import broker will always have a puppy available, because if they don't have one currently 'in stock', they are sure to have a contact overseas who can get them one almost immediately. Be prepared to wait for a quality puppy, whether from a North American or a European breeder. Be wary of anyone who claims they 'always' have dogs available. Ask questions, go with your gut.
'Rare' Colours Cost More
Brokers are always looking for the next 'hot'
thing that will allow them to justify charging something outrageous for
their puppies. Although certain colors have a "market value", all Frenchies
should be equal regardless of color. Color should be a choice, not the
reason a person breeds. Color does not make any dog any better. Beware
of those who tell you any different. Beware of people who market their
dogs based on their 'rarity' - rare colors= disallowed colors. Over or
under sized dogs are also not an excuse to charge more for any dog. There
is a standard for a reason.
Go with your Gut!!!
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