While the Internet is a great resource to help people find the English Bulldog of their dreams, unfortunately some people use it to scam innocent people out of money and out of a puppy.So PLEASE take the time to research breeders before you hand over your money.
- Requesting a site visit to see the puppy. Even if this is not possible, just suggesting it will help determine if the breeder is fraudulent. With the technology present today there is no reason why a quick video chat with the puppies available isn’t possible.
- Quality-bred AKC English bulldog puppies are not cheap. If you see quality puppies being listed for what seems like a "bargain price" then it is likely a scam.
- If a breeder/kennel does not post a contact phone number, email address and owner names on their web site, stay away from them.
- Get everything in writing.
- The so-called "cheap" Bulldog is a myth. If a breeder is asking a price that just seems "too good to believe," then don't believe it! You get what you pay or... and that is a very sick puppy or no puppy at all.
- Get a list of references from the breeder and then actually contact them by phone (of course they may have a network of people they use to provide false references).
- NEVER wire money or send money orders/bank checks as these are untraceable. Credit card payments are the best method as most credit card companies do have fraud protection.
- Research the breeder on the Internet. Search on their business name and their e-mail address. Post on a reputable forum to see if anyone has had problematic dealings with the breeder in question.
- If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Trust your instincts.