Is there something wrong with buying a dog on done deal??
There's nothing really wrong with it but it's completely unregulated, so you're never really sure what you're getting and where it's coming from. The dogs could be treated horribly and kept in poor conditions - the more that sell, the more this thing happens.
My opinion on DneDeal is approach with caution. If you are careful and don't lose the run of yourself, buying from here is fine. It will take quite a bit of work to sieve through the bad and good. Doing to research and making sure everything is legit, and up to standard, is your best guide to shopping there.
I wrote a rant on "what to do when buying a puppy" here ---> http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056001069 <--- if that's any help.
Buying a dog from anywhere that you don't do your homework on is wrong, be it a specialised breeder or a from an advert. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what to look for and if things don't stack walk away. Don't let yourself be swayed by a cute face, it's much better in the long run to get your dog from a reputable place than to put money in the pockets of those who don't have the welfare of their animals at heart but more their bank balance.
There are good and bad breeders advertising on donedeal. You just have to be careful when you go see the puppy. I've gotten animals from donedeal ads and the breeders were great. But I've contacted some people and they were obviously not good breeders.
Seen my pup on donedeal. Called the seller and was in his house 6 hours later. The pup was in good order, as was the mother. He had a Springer, Cocker and Newfoundland of his own and all were healthy and their kennels were spotless. His handling of his dogs was good and he took a lot of pride in how his dogs looked. He had all his vet’s paper work there for me to see along with the pedigree papers. My number and details were taken by him and has been in contact to see how the pup is doing.
Always be on your guard. For example a favourite trick of unscrupulous breeders & puppy farms is to use an accomplice. So you go to nice family home, see a bitch with pups & children etc. What you don't know is that the pups were bred elsewhere & then the "family" take them to sell - your hardly likely to go to the puppy farm. The bitch that is with the pups may not even be the mother. "Papers" are easily faked so never believe anything in writing until you have checked it.
Please consider that virtually any breed can be found in rescues as can puppies. Over 20,000 unwanted dogs will be killed this year.
i got my pup through done deal. Went to look at him the same day, seen both the parents and the people i got him from weren't breeders. Puppies were an accident and he simply wanted to rehome them. had all his vets papers and details provided to me, he even had a name already (needless to say we changed it!) love him to bits now!
Bought my last dog from DoneDeal,perfect service. Dog was kept in great health. All paper work was done. Mind you, me and my gf spent a long time looking around for the right puppy. Was worth it in the end
No experience with donedeal, but bought my retriever on Buy & Sell Dogs - came with all the papers, and he's a little scamp (in a good way).
Think it's all down to the individual seller really.
There are reputable people and cowboys on Donedeal.ie.
My advice is when you call them start of by saying "Hello, I am calling about the puppies you have for sale."
... Wait for their answer. If they go on to tell you about the breed of dog you have seen in the ad you should be ok. If they reply with "what puppies?" or "which ones?" HANG UP!
We recently got a Yorkie from Donedeal and I had to call about 3 or 4 people, using this method, before I got someone who had only one litter for sale.
Yes and also if you see an add you could copy the phone number and paste it into your google search engine. More often than not this same number will pop up in a few results. It is surprising (or maybe not) that many people are selling a few different breeds at once
Just checked this out - has anyone actually seen the sh1te thats advertised there?
I would have been against a breeding ban but after my round on this - for once I reckon something needs done - and right now
no, but like all internet forums its full of greedy/unscroupulous(?) people that will sell their own mothers for cash. if buying owt from done deal thread very carefully, imo.
One of the problems with Donedeal is that they have featured ads for pet foxes, "working dogs", "patterdales" etc. I do recall that following many complaints they have agreed to vet ads but I have heard further complaints.
UK magazines/sites operate a Christmas puppy ban in that they stop puppy ads in the run up to Christmas. Donedeal & most local Irish papers will not implement such a ban.
Anyone who wonders why we kill more dogs per capita than anyone else in Europe need only look at the huge number of puppies that are for sale.