@willfrog DON’t buy a dog online. In other words don’t pay a deposit until you’ve met the breeder and know that they are the real deal. At the very least get references and speak to the references. But, it’s better if you were to visit the breeder, see the kennel, meet the dogs, and see how the puppies are going to be raised. You likely won’t be able to see the puppy because it may not be born yet, but this is a dog that you may have for the next 14 to 15 years or more. It’s a big commitment. Do your due diligence. I can’t wait for you to get one if it’s right for you!
just out of curiosity, can you take a dog on the bus/subway in NYC? I've never been there, and I can't imagine a bus driver letting me onboard with my pup (unless it was a service animal), so... had to ask.
@morsesa At the moment so many people are breeding because of the demand, and scammers are rife. People are advertising puppies and taking deposits when there are no puppies. It is also a risk that puppies from some countries may not have the right papers and can't be registered. Also that no health tests have been done on the parents.
It is not as easy to go outside the box these days.