FAQ

Q: What exactly is Dog Karma?

A: Dog Karma began in 2005 to bring the best quality small breed dogs to Southern California after having a few tough & scary experiences ourselves in trying to locate a quality dog.  When first moving to Southern California in 2004, and bouncing around to a few different beach cities where backyards were scarce, we finally landed in the Southern tip of Los Angeles CA (near Torrance) and found ourselves in a small house with a small yard.  Large & Medium size dogs were out of the question for the space, so our excitement started to build when researching some smaller breeds like Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, & Pomeranians.  LONG STORY SHORT, we struck out every turn, and 6 months later we were back at square one.  The process became so long and drawn out –we didn’t know where to turn or who to trust –and felt it was becoming a full time job.  Well after a phone call back home to chat with my Mother about the difficult search, the light bulb went off.  What if I could provide breeder quality pups from respected breeders who did everything like my mother did?  At the time, it just seemed like Southern California needed a bit more East Coast flavor when it came to small breed dogs.  All my SoCal neighbors had pitbulls, rottweilers, or chihuahuas, I finally found myself desiring something different. I ended up finding a reputable breeder on the East Coast who I got my first Yorkshire Terrier from, and after flying my Yorkie out on a plane and seeing how easy the process was– the rest is history.  To date, this Yorkie was the best dog I’ve ever owned…. so I began the process to replicate this for other people who may be in the same boat.  Fast forward 12 years and here we are.  Now, not all puppies are flown into SoCal from East Coast breeders, we will drive to a breeders home if it’s a 4 hour drive or less.  Any breeder over 4 hours, we do ship the pups by plane because cars get puppies VERY MOTION SICK, planes do not.  We pay more to have them fly by plane, but it’s a much easier ride for the puppy’s equilibrium.  We do work with some local breeders now, but we began working with breeders on the East coast first then expanding west after we built our reputation.  We carry pups from East & West (and every state between) to provide Southern California with ONE LOCATION specializing in SMALL BREEDS!  Our customers always ask, “Are you guys brokers…. What is Dog Karma really?”  We feel the best way to answer this is we are BREEDERS ourselves, who sell for other breeders as well.  Which is why you see an array of dogs on our site. “Broker” seems like such a cold way to define it.  A “Breeder network” is probably more accurate.  A benefit to our set up is we have 4 Veterinarians on our team.  Therefore they are on your team as well.  And this is for the life of your animal. Every pup is health checked twice before they are put up on the website or advertised for sale.  We feel our strength is in our honest approach, multiple health inspections, and lifetime advice and care we can provide you from our team of Veterinarian professionals.

Q: How is the puppy shipped?

A: We have 3 different shipping options.

  1. By Airplane, shipped in a plastic pet-taxi with plastic handle on top.  This is the same pet-taxi you see people carrying their pets to and from the Vet.  This option is $450 and includes tracking information, pickup details, with a specific date and time to pickup at the airport.  The pup flies in a climate controlled section underneath the pilots — NOT IN THE LUGGAGE BELLY!
  2. Hand Delivered, by ourselves, to any major airport.  $1100.  We would fly the dog to you within 21 days of purchase to any major airport.  Some cases we can lower this price if we can find a good deal on a direct flight, or a West Coast leg.
  3. Mobile Delivery, by car, to your home.  Free service within 50 miles.  It’s $2/mile anything over 50 miles.
Q: What is DogKarma's stance on Shelters/Rescues?

A: Shelters are in dire need of your help.  If you are not looking for a specific breed, or have a specific need on size or hypoallergenic, etc…. please adopt from a shelter or rescue.  Our purpose is to provide what certain shelters or rescues may NOT have and fill a specific need.  Having owned shelter pets of our own, these are some of the best behaved and most loving dogs available.  Our goal is to one day work with a shelter or rescue as we feel our advertising & photography skills can be of great use to a rescue.  However, to date, we haven’t found a good fit.  If you know of one who would benefit from our strengths, please pass us their info or vice versa!  You will hear the mantra “Adopt, dont shop”.  Some people can’t adopt for numerous reasons which I won’t get into…. so our mantra is “Adopt first, shop second.”   Only after you have exhausted your search with rescues and shelters do we want you to come search out what we have.  Thanks for your understanding!

Q: Can I come pickup my puppy?

A: **Important: As of right now, we aren’t taking appointments at our home to keep some privacy.  After 12 years of having people come to our home to pick out a puppy, we are trying out new mobile service.  We can meet you at a PetSmart for supplies, or your home if it’s within 50 miles for no extra charge.  By putting down a $200 deposit, you can choose 3 puppies listed on our site which are of interest to be brought to your home for you & your family to view and decide.  We allow 2-3 hours in your home for the entire process of choosing and the completion of our paperwork.  Please call us if you want further clarification on our policies.

Q: Where do you get your dogs?

A: A few pups a year will be directly from our own lines of dogs we breed.  However, in the interim time when we don’t have pups available, we work with numerous breeders across America who follow similar practices to our own breeding standards.  We have a 20 point checklist which every breeder must meet and follow or we won’t deal with them. We strive for perfection & will not accept anything less–neither should you. Many times, we have gone to see a potential breeder’s home & immediately walked out because we did not agree with their setup or housing. This happens quite often.  We only work with high quality kennels & breeders because we offer Health Warranties on all of our puppies.  This does mean a bit higher price, but in the dog world, you most definitely get what you pay for! We want to work with people who care about the health & well-being of the animal. Having a mother who bred AKC Sheltand Sheepdogs for 30 years, and breeding AKC Yorkshire Terriers ourselves, we understand what it takes to be a good breeder.

Q: What are the factors which determine price?

A: Females will be more than Males.  Small Breeds are just this way.  It tends to be opposite for larger breeds as the males seem to be in higher demand.  For the samll breeds, we feel it’s because females hold the breeding power, and people love to dress females up.  P.O.L’s (or Pick of the Litter) is typically a puppy a breeder will hold back because they really like certain aspects of the bloodline, and this is most likely the nicest female in the litter.  This of course leaves more males and less females for adoption.  Females sell better than males as well, so the prices vary to accommodate demand. Other physical attributes like size, color, furcoat, muzzle length, and overall body symmetry play roles in determining price. If you have questions on a specific pup’s price give us a call and we can go over how we arrived there.

Q: How do I know this site is not a scam?

A: We have tons of referrals… and most likely have a family or person near or in your city who has a dog from us. Please feel free to call us and give us the city you are located in and we may be able to locate a past customer willing to speak to you about your concerns.

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