Cheap Teacup & Toy Puppies
If you are looking for a cheap teacup or toy puppy, you may be setting yourself up to be scammed!
The price of puppies has tripled over the last 5 years, plus there is a major shortage in puppies nationwide due to COVID.
We receive over 30 phone calls a week from people that got a teacup puppy that grew 2 or 3 times the size they wanted and wasn't even the breed they thought they were buying. The puppy died a few days later, or they spent an outrageous amount of money in vet bills trying keep it healthy because it was poorly breed. Many were robbed at gun point and lost their cell phone, car keys and money. Money scammers are just a tip of the iceberg!
Read about the top 10 pet scams below.
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How To Recognize a Puppy Scam, Counterfeit Teacup or Toy Puppy Seller, Puppy Mill Cover Up Sellers, Tricky Health Guarantees.
Armed Robber or Money Scammer.
+ Answer to why small breeds are so expensive.
Please read these puppy buying tips, they will educate you on what kinds of questions to ask to avoid being scammed by a counterfeit teacup or dog seller, western union money or money gram scammer, mom & pop front for a puppy mill, gun robbers that use a friendly lady to lure you to a remote location to rob you and tricky health guarantees to watch out for. Along with the # 1 reason puppies die within the first 10 days you take them home. Breeders can be like used car salesmen and never have anything nice to say about another breeder. That is why you have to educate yourself in your search.
Buying a Teacup or Toy puppy is unlike any other purchase you will make. The puppy buying process is a big decision, after all, your new puppy will be with you for a very long time. And while color, temperament and personality are very important, price can also be a deciding factor.
List of puppy scammers to watch out for is below the blue line at the bottom of this page.
TOP # 1 Pet Scam in the World!
Is the Counterfeit Teacup Puppy Sellers:
There are a massive amount of counterfeit teacup and toy dog sellers that will tell you what you want to hear just to get your money, then 4 months later your dog is 3 or 4 times the size you wanted and may not be the breed the breed you thought you were buying. Many people have a collection of dogs trying to get a real teacup. Breeders that are into breeding large quantity of puppies and do not have the time it takes to raise teacups will try to talk you out of wanting a teacup by telling you they are unhealthy so that you will buy the Toy Size that they offer.
In a veterinarian, dog groomer and trainers opinion a TOY DOG can get up to 20 or 25 pounds.
Asking to see the parents will not help because they show the same parents to everyone that walks through the door.
Having AKC registration will not help you because The American Kennel Club (AKC) has Yorkies, Maltese, Chihuahuas, etc registered through them that weigh as much as 30 pounds. Call and ask them they will tell you over the phone they don't limit dog registration by weight. Puppy Mills love to register their dogs through AKC to make you believe it is a better breed dog.
TIP 1. If size is important to you "Ask For A Written Size Guarantee"
Breeders that have true teacups know there value and don't sell them cheap. They are proud of them and are willing to stand behind them with a written size guarantee.
Counterfeit teacup puppy dog sellers use words like CHARTING. They will say " There puppy is CHARTING to be to be X amount of pounds or if they offer excuses for why they don't offer one.
TIP 2. Ask the breeder what weight they guarantee the puppy to be full grown?
You need to know what you are purchasing. Some people will call the breeder back to complain when their dog doubles in size.
Many times the breeders response is "My opinion of a teacup is 10 to 15 pounds" or "Just because it was a teacup as a puppy does not mean it will stay a teacup"
If you can reach them at all. They use pay as you go phones to sell several litters or block your phone number at your first complaint.
TIP 3. Purchase a puppy that is closer to adult age so that you have a better idea of what size it will be full grown. Young puppies grown at a faster rate and have growing spurts up to 6 months of age.
When you buy a cheap Teacup or Toy Puppy with no size guarantee you could end up with a collection of dogs trying to get a true teacup.
TOP # 2 Puppy Scam in the United States!
Western Union & Money Gram Scammers: Scammers that take pictures off of pinterest and other breeder web site and have you send the money western union, money gram or pay pal for a dog you will never see!
TIP # 2 : THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE MONEY SCAMMER: Call Their Bluff! If you feel that you maybe dealing with a scammer tell them that you are going to jump on a plane and fly down their and pick your puppy up in person and you are NOT going to pay them one penny until you get there. Let them know that all you need is their full name and address. You can also for the name and phone number of their vet so that you can verify that they really own a dog or breed them. If they do provide an address google it to make sure it's not a empty field or warehouse.
You will be surprised at how fast they will stop communicating with you because there is no puppy and nowhere to go!
TOP # 3 PUPPY SCAM!
Tricky Health Guarantees that offer a long term coverage against genetic and hereditary diseases will no protect you against the number # 1 reason puppy's die within the first 10 days that they go home. The most common reason new puppies die within the first week of going to a new home is contagious diseases such as Parvo and Distemper or parasites like worm infestation, Coccidia or Giardia. That is why it it important for you to read your purchase agreement and be willing to accept the request made by the breeder on the health guarantee.
TIP: Take your puppy to the vet ASAP and take a fresh fecal sample with you. You don't want to wait until your health guarantee has ended to find out that your puppy has a health problem that could have been detected by a licensed veterinarian right away like cold that turned into pneumonia, heart murmur or birth defect.
TOP # 4 PUPPY SCAM!
Craigslist Buyer's you maybe also meeting someone that is the front for a puppy mill that will give you an alias name and has a pay as you go phone number. Leaving you with no one to contact if your puppy dies a few days later.
TIP # 3: Take a picture of their license and them also let them know up front I will need to see your drivers to make sure it is the same name on my health guarantee. You can also Google phone numbers to see if it is a pay as you go phone and do a search for their address on Google Earth or Google Maps.
TOP # 5 PUPPY SCAM!
Beware of people that suggest a meeting place other than their home or place of business. You are at risk being robbed or murdered by meeting someone that insist you bring cash. Many times couples work together and a friendly lady lures you to the place they plan to you rob you at.
TIP # 2 THIS IS HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BEING ROBBED:
If you can't go their home or business, you need to insist on meeting at a police station or fire station. Take someone with you that has a concealed weapon permit. Beware of anyone not willing you meet you at a safe and secure place.
You can also google the address to make sure it is not an empty field or warehouse.
There are now more people that want tiny dogs than there are people that can afford them and the demand for tiny dogs has grown higher than what breeders can keep up with. Because of the high demand they have become a big target for scammers.
The demand for teacups and tiny dogs doubled 2003 to 2005 surrounding the time that the internet gave a paragon shift to the economy through the internet. When Paris Hilton got Tinkerbell in 2004 from Texas Teacups the demand and popularity quadrupled. People were beginning to see that tiny healthy dogs did exist despite what animal activist tried to tell people.
Teacup & Toy Dogs Caused A Demand Pull Inflation
What Drives Inflation
There are various factors that can drive prices or inflation in an economy. Typically, inflation results from an increase in production costs or an increase in demand for products and services.
There are three main types of inflation: demand-pull, cost-push, and built-in inflation.
Demand-pull inflation occurs when the overall demand for goods or services increases faster than the production capacity of the economy. Cost-push inflation happens as a result of an increase in the cost of production.
Home based breeders are becoming extent with the new laws and regulations that demand all dog breeders to be licensed and many now sell their puppies to pet shops because they can get more for their puppies then the public can pay. Many home based breeders have gone out of business because they could not afford the high expenses of maintaining a breeder license or lived in the city limits where dog kennels were not allowed.
The Labor Department said the country has experienced the highest rate of inflation in 40 years last month, driven primarily by gas prices along with increases in the price of groceries, rent and new cars.
Don't hold your breath waiting for prices to go down because they will continue to go up even more over the next 10 years.
Small breeds under 25 pounds will be impossible to find for less than $3500
Why Are Tiny / Teacup Dogs So Expensive?
What it takes to breed tiny dogs that have tiny puppies.
Understanding the value of tiny puppy dogs