Okay, I know this is a loaded question, but I need to start some place. In January my parents lost their 13-yr-old pomeranian. They will probably get another one some time later this year. They know they want to stick with poms, so we're starting to research breeders ahead of time.

My question is, the web sites are so impersonal and give out very little information (regarding price and at what age the puppy can come home). I would like to narrow the search down a bit, but don't quite know how to go about doing that. Any suggestions? Also, I'd like to narrow the search by region if possible to determine driving time when they pick the puppy up (they would rather be able to drive their new puppy home, rather than having the dog shipped and traumatizing the poor baby). TIA :-)

Brandy
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My question is, the web sites are so impersonal and give out very little information (regarding price and at what age the puppy can come home).

For many reasons, many good breeders don't do the web. They may brag, but they don't advertise.
I would like to narrow the search down a bit, but don't quite know how to go about doing that. Any suggestions?

The old way is still the best way - go to conformation shows and breed-specific working trials. Assuming you're in the States: with Poms, I'd check out AKC conformation shows and talk with as many breeders and handlers as you can.
I'd also check out agility trials, the only place that I see Pomeranians, and talk to their owners for leads as to good breeders.
You're in a hurry, though, wanting a Pom for your parents this year. Adoption/rescue is another way to go, though smaller purebred dogs can be difficult to find this way. Perhaps the traits your folks liked in their old Pom might be found in a small mixed breed from rescue? Poke around on www.petfinder.org

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
You're in a hurry, though, wanting a Pom for your parents this year. Adoption/rescue is another way to go, though ... folks liked in their old Pom might be found in a small mixed breed from rescue? Poke around on www.petfinder.org

This prompted me to check petfinder.org for poms in my area (yeah, it doesn't take much, so what's your point?!). I was amazed at how many there are looking for homes. There seem to always be more big dogs at the shelters, but there are still plenty of little dogs who need homes. Of course, I am biased, but I think rescue adoption is a great way to go!

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
My question is, the web sites are so impersonal and give out very little information (regarding price and at what ... to drive their new puppy home, rather than having the dog shipped and traumatizing the poor baby). TIA :-)

They could, of course, consider an adult dog that has simply lost its home. That would be better than accidentaly encouraging poor breeding practices. Knowledgable caring breeders do take some work to find.

Petfinder is often a good place to find wonderful adult homeless dogs. http://www.petfinder.org
If a puppy is the only choic, let the breders come to you .. more or less. While show breeders CAN be awful breeders you have a better chance of finding an educated breeder if you start with show breeders. Not because there is any great thing about showing, simply because the network tends to tip in favor of more information to breeders. People uninvolved with the breed have a much greater chance of being clueless about genetic health problems - and not knowing that they don't know. So one good way to find out about good breeders is to attend some dog shows. Most puppy litters have puppies that don't have what it takes to be in the show ring- which matters only to people wanting a dog for the show ring - they still make good pets.
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You're in a hurry, though, wanting a Pom for your ... a small mixed breed from rescue? Poke around on www.petfinder.org

This prompted me to check petfinder.org for poms in my area (yeah, it doesn't take much, so what's your point?!). ... dogs who need homes. Of course, I am biased, but I think rescue adoption is a great way to go!

I think so too. I would just like to add that when looking for a small dog, it's best to just visit the shelters and keep checking. In this area, small dogs rarely make it onto Petfinder because they are adopted quickly.

Catherine
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You're in a hurry, though, wanting a Pom for your ... a small mixed breed from rescue? Poke around on www.petfinder.org

This prompted me to check petfinder.org for poms in my area (yeah, it doesn't take much, so what's your point?!).

I'm not sure where we're disagreeing here, or am I misreading you? I thought my point to the OP was clear: Consider some form of rescue.
I was amazed at how many there are looking for homes. There seem to always be more big dogs at ... dogs who need homes. Of course, I am biased, but I think rescue adoption is a great way to go!

Of course.
Small dogs of all types move through the shelters here very quickly. I didn't check petfinder for poms because I don't know the OP's location and small dog availability seems to be regional.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I wanted to thank everyone for your input. I've bookmarked the petfinders.com site. Generally, it is easier to find large dogs that need rescuing, but I was surprised at how many poms and pom mixes were on the site. Also, I'll try to find AKC show breeders. Maybe my vet can recommend some good people...
Brandy
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I wanted to thank everyone for your input. I've bookmarked the petfinders.com site. Generally, it is easier to find large ... on the site. Also, I'll try to find AKC show breeders. Maybe my vet can recommend some good people...

Unless your vet specializes in that area you should not expect your vet to have more information about good breeders than you do. It isn't part of their training, and most often not of particular interest to them. That isn't to say a vet can't be a good source of information, but it would be because of an outside interest, not in their role of veterinarian. They also receieve very little in the way of genetics education.

Diane Blackman
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This prompted me to check petfinder.org for poms in my area (yeah, it doesn't take much, so what's your point?!).

I'm not sure where we're disagreeing here, or am I misreading you? I thought my point to the OP was clear: Consider some form of rescue.

No, I was just having an imaginary anticipatory conversation with those who would point out that over a post that has nothing to do with me or my area I would take the excuse to look at all the cute widdle fluffy dogs on petfinder. SO STOP LAUGHING AT ME, ALL OF YOU! :-)

I was agreeing with your idea to go to petfinder. There were all kinds of cute doggies needing homes on there in my area.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
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