What: Sell puppies

Commissions & fees: none (for breeders)

Husl$core: $$

Review: Dwayne from PuppySpot maintains that the site is a vetted, no-cost service for breeders. Only families buying puppies pay the site. He added that 1.5 million families regularly use the site, which brags about 250 page views per puppy. That said, PuppySpot clearly marks up the dogs it sells, sometimes by a wide margin. The company (previously known as Purebred Breeders) also had so many complaints from buyers on sites ranging from the Better Business Bureau to Yelp that I’d advise sellers to stay away. Although the site’s terms and conditions demand that you sell healthy animals and take them back when they have a medical problem, this was the most common complaint from buyers. If you actually do sell healthy animals, this appears to be the wrong place to market them. The site’s reputation becomes your reputation. There are plenty of better places to sell, including Craig’s List (free), Puplookup.com (free) and PuppyFind ($30 per month). 

What their users say:

From MeasuredUp:

“I started the process of buying a Yorkie puppy through purebred breeders and although I was told I had to pay an additional $400 for shipping dog from out of state on top of $3600 for the dog itself, I later found some pictures online of puppies from the same breeder on the exact same couch with other puppies born on the same day. Turned out it was the same breeder, and the puppies were only $550, and about 50-miles from me in the same state I live in. I drove to the breeders house and saw the mom and pictures of dad, and they weren’t even CLOSE to the pictures I received from pure bred breeders. They couldn’t sell me the puppy that was actually listed with purebred breeders due to agreements, but he was there with the brother that I did buy. Nothing that pure bred breeders said was true, and they added a lot of flight fees and 5X the cost while the actual breeder still only gets their asking price plus (IF they really shipped puppy), the actual expenses for flights etc. They do NOT give the breeders the money when they lie about shipping etc., it’s just extra in their pocket. When I asked the breeder if pure bred contacted them about reducing the price to compensate a little for the FICTITIOUS FLIGHT, they said “no”, and that they only contact them to do all the running around, numerous vet checks, scheduling of travel, and TONS of paperwork. If your thinking the warranty is worth the extra money for the dog, READ THE WARRANTY, it says 10-years, but really only covers the first year and does not include ANY type of illness, only death! After that, it’s 50% of cost and even more red tape. Most good breeders cover the first year regardless (Bulldogs are usually 6-months though)… DON’T DEAL WITH THESE LYING PEOPLE, they ONLY care about money and lying to get more as their people work on commission (which I found out later)… Take the extra time and find a good breeder and go to the house, view the parents and the way they’re raised.”

“First off they’ll lie to sell the puppies and they also charge double what the breeder does. They change their name, is that normal? They are the biggest puppymill supporter in America.”

“Do not purchase an animal from this company, they do not do a good job screening their breeders and don’t really care what happens once they get your money! If you must use a broker, use someone else that actually screens the breeders carefully. For starters…We were told we were buying ($2300.00) a “miniature Golden Doodle” and that at the most he would 40 lbs. Within 5 months, we was 55lbs and now 14 months later he is 75lbs! When the puppy arrived we noticed something strange about his lack of energy and playfulness. Sure enough the breeder shipped him with parvo and he was dieing right before our very eyes! I was outraged and after calling Purebred Breeders I called the vet that examined him and cleared him to be sent to me. She actually came to the phone and I reamed her for the injustice she had done to this poor defenseless puppy. Her only comment to me was that she does not test for parvo (the most deadliest disease a dog can have). HOW WRONG IS THAT??Then I contacted the breeder in Arkansas. Lo and behold, they would not come to the phone or take my calls. No big surprise!There is a happy ending thank God! After 3 weeks at the vet, my puppy survived and is in good health. He is an awesome dog and incredibly smart! That’s because of the breed! In fairness to Purebred Breeders they did honor their warranty and refunded our money less the airfare from Arkansas to California. I contacted the authorities in Arkansas and filed formal complaints against the vet and the breeder. Last I checked, the vet had her license revoked and the breeder was forced to shut down their business and was being indicted and fined.”

From Yelp

“Puppy Spot was Purebred Breeders.   My puppy had to have a surgery for a congenital hip problem when he was less than 1 year old.  This company did NOT want to honor the contract and provide a refund.  I paid $2,300 total which included flying him to WA State.  The surgery was $1,300.  They told me to send him back before they would give me a refund!   Right!  Who would send back their puppy??    Then they only wanted to pay me $900.  They finally paid $1,200 but refused to refund the total.   They are terrible.   Beware of Tonya if she still works there.  She is the one that plays hard ball and does NOT want to honor their own contract.  The Florida State AG office is currently investigating this company.   Buy Local!   I will Never,  Ever buy through this company again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

“I bought a puppy here for six hundred. Took dot (my puppy) to their recommended vet and warranted her. I bought her six weeks ago. She has worms and they wont go away she had them at her initial check up but who wants to go get their money back when they’re already in love with their new best friend. These people are definitely the puppymill type. I beg u not to buy a puppy here. If u love animals, dont buy one here. It’s heartbreaking.”

“Please read this before buying a puppy on Puppy Spot formally Purebred Breeders.I purchased a Shih-Tzu puppy on this site. I was told Toby was 12 weeks old but my vet said he was actually 8-9 weeks old. He arrived in a crate from the breeders state of Texas to California. He was covered in vomit, urine and feces. He was shaking and ill. He had gardia, kennel cough and perhaps parvo. I had my vet look at him immediately and she said the dog was quite ill. He was also too young to fly. Toby developed severe separation anxiety. I tried everything short of a dog shrink. Sadly Toby kept getting worse. After 2 years Toby was a different dog. He could not be left alone when I took a quick shower. He would bang his head against the bathroom door. He screamed, cryed and barked all the time. I contacted Puppy Spot many times with no help. They said they had a re-homing program but this is not true. The blamed me for the issues. Took no responsibility. After many calls–15 or more I could not keep Toby. I gave him to a lovely couple that keep him in bed with them, shower with him and dote on him 24/7. That was a few weeks ago. Now is the worst part. This older couple took Toby to the vet. He has malignant brain tumors–genetic. He will die within the next few months. Heartbreaking. Please do not buy from Puppy spot. They are just an internet puppy mill. I asked for a full refund which will never happen. Please avoid this place . They are just a fancy Internet Puppy MILL.”

From Trust Pilot

“I bought 2 dogs from them a year apart – both are great dogs BUT – the second one had Giardiasis upon its vet check when I got her – so that meant both dogs had to have meds for this – and the vet required a second physical on the new pup once she was through the med cycle – Puppyspot would only pay for the new pup’s meds – not for the older dog’s or for the followup visit – as a consequence – they’ve lost a customer and anyone I may have recommended – the dog’s are fine….. great dogs and very happy with them – just didn’t like the way they handled this – and – FYI – if you can figure out who the breeder is that your pup will come from – you can get it for about 50% of what they charge.”

“My husband bought a golden retriever puppy from purebredbreeders.com for our family shortly after we lost our 12 year old golden retriever to cancer. I was skeptical because I had reservations about buying a dog online just by looking at pictures. We scheduled the puppy’s flight for two weeks out after the agreement to buy her and in the meantime, the company wanted a cashier’s check instead of the credit card that they originally agreed to charge-very suspicious and we told them no. It turned out I had a good reason to be skeptical as the puppy arrived sickly looking and underweight. We took her to the vet the next day after she arrived and found out she had Giardia and worms. All the company had to say was that they could not guarantee the puppy’s health-she would have to die before they agreed to do anything-disgusting. So not only was I still grieving for my golden that had passed, I now had a sick puppy to take care of. After six months of the puppy constantly vomiting, having extreme diarrhea and giving her constant medication, she is now fairly healthy but still undersized for 10 months old. Not only that, the puppy can’t be registered with any nationally accredited registration such as AKC, etc. I should have disputed the credit card charge but there is no way that I would send the puppy back (probably to be a lab test animal) if they demanded the return of the “property” so I did not. Stay far, far away from this company and do not believe the doctored photos and false promises.”

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