BREEDERS OR BROKERS?
Dealing with a company based in North America allows you some recourse. You know that we can't just pay the vet 50 bucks for a health certificate; his license would be on the line. When you buy from overseas anything can happen. A little 10 bucks here, 10 bucks there, and the puppy instead of being born in March is born in May. It has a clean bill of health, meanwhile it has Parvo! This happens ALL the time for overseas puppies. If you get them locally, whether from our company or another, just make sure the dog is in the United States – born and raised.
Second to that, you have the socialization. If you're coming from a breeder, you can talk to that breeder. Get an idea of his mentality and how they would like to raise their dogs. If they are interested in interacting with them, socializing them, are those puppies near children every day, are they with big dogs or are they with cats, and how was the puppy’s upbringing? This is going to determine the kind of dog you live with for 10 years. If you don't want a yappy dog, if you don’t want a dog that snaps and bites, if you don’t want a dog that’s peeing at every noise that happens in the house, then you need a dog that has had a lot of effort put into its socialization in the early years. That isn't just feeding. That is ‘exposure’ and you are not going to get that from most breeders. Definitely not overseas breeders! So a country that has really strong animal rights laws, you have got a better chance. Nobody's going to be perfect, but you have got a better chance if you get a puppy from France, England or Germany as opposed to Ukraine or Korea or China. Just using some common sense there.
There has been lots on the news recently about companies brokering dogs in the United States, selling their dogs predominantly through Facebook. They have been featured on newspapers, coming out of the UK, exposing this puppy-mill broker business and how horrific it is! I’m not going to name names – though I think that with just a little amount of research you can figure out on your own – but I think the broker business can be fine, like if you tell me you want a German Shepard, I might know a German Shepard dog-breeder that has super dogs and I’d be happy to refer you to that breeder. However, this puppy-mill brokering business is a little bit different. So someone sets up a Facebook page, does a lot of great marketing, has a lot of followers, and they are based in the U.S. so they develop a good rapport and trust with their customers. But unfortunately, they are importing dogs that are coming from Korea! You just need to google their review or ‘their name’ and ‘puppy milling’ and you will see unlimited amount of complains about sick dogs, or dogs that haven’t been delivered on time, or how rude or aggressive the owners are. They have fled from at least three different states now, once they become uncovered by an irate customer.
That’s just the world and how it goes around – “Money.” But the façade I think is over for them. So a little network predominantly selling ‘Jung’ puppies with multiple different names. So they have different brand names and they are in different states, but they’re all getting their dogs from the same kind of place or the same person. And again, if you read ‘Jung Puppy’ reviews, it is like a textbook of what puppy mill is. So you will figure that out on your own, I don’t want to go into that too much. They try to dispute it and post rubbish about blood lines that they don’t know anything about or crazy facts about C-sections and shrinkage. These aren’t the concerns that people have. The concerns that people have are about how the puppy is raised, socialized, fed. I have personally called these Korean sellers because I know who they are. You, as a common buyer may not, but because I’m in the business I know exactly who they are. I’ve called inquiring, posing as a customer, and they told me directly not to feed the dog! Not very often, otherwise it will obviously grow, and not to feed good-quality food! So basically, to feed the dog the cheapest quality of food – literally the cheapest I could find – minimally. To keep the dog small! That’s unhealthy and nobody can argue with that. This information was given to me directly by the actual Korean puppy-mill owner whose puppies are being brokered across the United States. So yeah, really no rebuttal there.
puppy mills It’s rampant! They are very savvy online and they are very aggressive. They send us all kinds of hate and they would love to see us go out of business because we make them look bad. Why would anyone choose to come from Korea when they can have a puppy from here where they have a little bit more trust, a little bit more hope in the system? And the puppy doesn’t have to travel for so long on a flight. Also, culturally there are differences in approaches to how we raise and treat our animals. So I think that people respond well to us. I hope that just by spreading a good message over time those Korean puppy sellers will just go back to working at the mall, or whatever they were doing before, because they have NO business in this business!
People ask us all the time: Where does DOLLFACE get puppies? Well… we breed them! I breed, my mom breeds and a cousin of ours breeds. They are all different breeds. We all focus on the Micro Teacup puppy market. My mom is the first to have started the idea with Maltese. We’ve now expanded into Poodles with our specialty being rich reds and great color apricots. We have Pomeranians. We love dark black as well as pure white Pomeranians.
We have started in the last couple of years with Teacup French Bulldogs, which are about half the size, if not even more than half the size of a regular Bulldog. They have the same gorgeous face and the same loving nature. If he is still small enough, you can fly with him anywhere! And whether you are a guy or a girl, they both look cool. And we find a lot of young couples buying them. They are very hip and in fashion right now.