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October 2018
This man is advertising online "KUSA Sheltie Puppies!!!!" - his standard message is below, and also pictures of the fake puppies.
Do not send him any money! Please report him to the website he is advertising on. He is not a member of KUSA, nor does he have any puppies. Everything he says is lies! He refuses to send proof of anything.
Pups are advertised at R5000
The email address he uses is:

Good Morning,
We enjoy raising these precious puppies from puppy stage to adult and loving every minute of it! Shelties are the perfect family pet! We
raise healthy, friendly and well socialized Shetland Sheepdog Puppies.
We strive for quality not quantity on these cute puppies. Our dogs are shown in confirmation and bred for exceptional quality and
temperament. We have a new litter of gorgeous babies looking for their forever homes. They are raised with kids, cats and other dogs, well
socialized, vet checked with a 1year health guarantee. Parents are health tested, quality show dogs who are also beloved members of our
family. Shelties are a labor of love for us and we require these babies to go to an indoor, family home. We have health testing done to
ensure that our puppies are free from hereditary defects and incapacitating faults. current on age appropriate vaccinations and
deworming and has been examined by our veterinarian. microchip,KUSA papers, health guarantee.
8 weeks old ready to go for their new home. We got 4 females Adele, Dolly, Ella and Jayne and 3 males Cameron and Max, Tyler. R5000 each .
their pics attached to your email.

Regards Hein Bradley

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October 2018

This man is advertising online "Shetland Sheepdog" - he says he is in the Western Cape.
His profile name is rollesjack
Pups are advertised at R2500
He advertises multiple breeds, all at cheap prices. No information or pictures are forthcoming.

Shetland Sheepdog they are for sale just two left a male and a female
more Details whats-app me at 0744442410

Please report any scams that you come across!

Procedure for buying a puppy

Speak to the breeder on the phone (email is ok, but at least 1 call is encouraged)
Check out the breeder by asking other people and
Visit the puppy or get someone to visit for you if it's far away
Get loads of information about the breed from the breeder
Ask all your questions (see
here for more)
Ask for pictures and video's (not only 1 or 2 pics!)
Engage in lengthy discussions with the breeder

Do not

...fall in love with a picture on an arbitrary website/ email and buy it
...send money for (1) puppy (2) transport (3) crate deposit (4) registration (5) vet *they will keep asking for more!*

Registered South African Sheltie breeders are listed


Beware of FRAUDULENT SCAMS and indiscriminate PUPPY FARMERS & puppies sold via INTERNET WEBSITES
The sale of puppies advertised on internet websites, has increased dramatically over the recent past. The relative anonymity that certain websites offer, is unfortunately being exploited by opportunists, who use these websites to dupe the public into paying money into a bank account for puppies that are advertised but which in fact, are fictitious and do not exist. The adverts usually feature a cute picture of a puppy and often claim that the puppies are KUSA registered. One of the draw cards used is the “attractive” asking price, which is usually below the prevailing price which would normally be charged by well established, reputable and discerning breeders. These adverts are usually posted on popular classified type advert websites, where adverts can be placed at no charge or for a nominal fee.

You WILL NOT get a Sheltie advertised on Gumtree!
No reputable breeder will advertise on Gumtree!
If you SEE a Sheltie advertised on Gumtree or similar platforms, please report it and do not send any money!

Prior to parting with any money, it is strongly recommended that the KUSA office is contacted to verify claims made pertaining to KUSA membership or registration.
If any fraudulent activity is suspected or detected, such activity must be reported to the web administrator immediately. Since fraudulent activity has become a major problem, most of the popular commercial websites, have an option available whereby users can notify administrators of any underhand activity.

Beware of inadvertently supporting indiscriminate puppy farmers that advertise on certain websites or on their own dedicated websites. Unfortunately, there are irresponsible breeders that are more interested in making profits than in caring for their puppies’ health and welfare. Be very wary of breeders that have a wide variety of puppies available all year round and that sell “pedigreed” puppies at below average prices.

 If for what- ever reason you are unable to see the puppy at the breeder’s premises, appoint someone else in the area to do so on your behalf. Avoid at all costs – collection of puppies from a meeting point away from the breeder’s premises. The reason for this arrangement could be due to the fact that the breeder’s premises would not stand up to scrutiny... or that there are in fact NO puppies!!

Deposits to confirm the order of a puppy should only be paid, after you have done all the necessary background checks and satisfied yourself that all is above board.

NB. Responsible breeders only breed when they are certain that they will be able to find good homes for all their puppies and thus it may be necessary to place your name on a waiting list and to pay a deposit.

Be discerning and take great care when choosing the breeder from which you buy your puppy and ONLY BUY KUSA REGISTERED DOGS.


Is the Breeder a member of KUSA? Ask for KUSA membership number?
Is the Sire and Dam KUSA registered?
Is the breeder in "good standing" with KUSA



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