How to avoid puppy scams

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How to avoid puppy scams

Introduction

You may be thinking of getting a puppy, but you aren’t sure where to start. So, like any responsible adult, are doing your research. You may stumble across some interesting prospects, with sites advertising beautiful dogs and puppies, at astonishingly good prices – what a bargain! It almost seems too good to be true . . .

Unfortunately, that’s because it is. The site is probably run by a scammer, looking to con you and other dog lovers. Scammers create websites full of fake adverts for puppies. They will eagerly tell you about how lovely their non-existent dogs are, but once you’ve paid, the scammer will cut communication and vanish, leaving you out of pocket and very upset.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in puppy scams, as more people are looking to get a puppy for companionship. Scammers have taken advantage of this, conning people out of their money, not to mention all the disappointment and heartache caused.

Here at NewDoggy.com, we want to help you avoid puppy scams. We’ve put together a list of common red flags and tricks scammers play, and how to avoid being conned. NewDoggy.com is a well-established business that helps to pair prospective dog owners with the puppy of their choice. Our company only sources puppies from approved breeders. We also work with professional dog trainers and veterinarians to ensure that our puppies are in the best of health and properly socialised.  Our many happy customers have left

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What are some common red flags?

  • Free or very cheap animals: Scammers often advertise puppies are very low prices, or even for free. They may also have a “sob story” attached to explain why they are giving away animals for free, such as the death of a family member, moving to a house where pets are not allowed, or starting a new job.
  • “Additional expenses”: once you are committed to buying a puppy, the scammer will suddenly add extra expenses to the bill. These are purportedly to cover “additional expenses such as shipping, special dog crates, insurance and the like.
  • Fake airlines/shipping services: Many scammers will go a step further in order to seem legitimate, and will create websites for fake airlines or pet shipping companies.
  • Use of photos from other sources : Scammers will take photos from legitimate breeders, social media, or even use stock photographs in order to seem legitimate. If you reverse-search the photos, you can find the real source of the photo.
  • Poor spelling and grammar on the website: This may seem a petty issue, but a real breeder or company will do their upmost to be professional, and will take pride in having a good site with well written information. Amateurish writing may point to a con artist.
  • Asking for payment to be wired: Many scammers will request payment through a money transfer service (such as Western Union, or Moneygram) or cash apps (such as Zelle). If the seller is a scammer, it is almost impossible to be refunded if you wire the payment.

How to avoid being scammed

  • Check references: A good seller should be able to provide testimonials from previous customers. If there are no reviews, you should be concerned. A scammer may try to falsify reviews, but if you read several reviews that all sound the same (for example, the wording is very similar), be cautious.
  • Ask for fresh photos and video: Ideally you would visit the breeder/seller to meet the puppies, but if the breeder lives far away, you can ask for regular photo and video updates. Nowadays most people have some kind of smart phone or digital camera, so it should be simple for the seller to send you pictures or videos. If you are suspicious of photos on a site, you can try reverse researching the image through a service such as Google image search: this will help you find where the photo was originally posted.
  • Always ask for telephone number of the company/ breeder: A good breeder truly cares about the health and welfare of their dogs. They want you to be able to contact them in case of trouble. A legitimate company will similarly wish to help its customers, and will also provide a contact number should you have any issues. Failure to provide any phone number can be a cause for concern.
  • Check Social Media: News travels fast, especially over social media. You can check for reviews or contact previous customers to see what they think of a particular seller.
  • Never transfer money or use Western Union: a trustworthy seller will want to use a reliable service such as Paypal or Credit Card payment. This protects both the buyer and the seller, so a reliable seller should want to use these services.
  • Research the breed: Researching the breed you are interested in will give you a good idea of how much puppies and dogs usually cost. You can compare the average price to what the seller is asking. If their price is unusually low, you should be suspicious.

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
Travel Requirements