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Guide to selling your dog online

If you are thinking of selling your dog or puppy online, we recommend you consider some of the following points. We’ve broken it down into selecting what websites you can use, what information to provide & what information you should ask the potential buyers of the dog(s).

Online Platforms

With a few quick searches you can see that there are quite a few websites where you can advertise your dog for sale.

  • www.dogs.ie (that’s us!) – Dogs for sale and stud. Online since 2008.
  • www.puppies.ie – Sister site listing puppies and IKC puppies since 2015.
  • www.pedigreedogs.ie – Pedigree only listings since 2009.
  • www.dogstrust.ie – Registered charity based in Dublin.
  • www.paws.ie – Registered charity based in Tipperary.
  • www.petbond.ie – Online since 2019.
  • www.dogsales.ie – New in 2021. No current dog listings.
  • www.dogsforsaleireland.ie – New in 2021.
  • www.farmersjournal.ie – Generally for working / farming dogs.
  • www.gumtree.ie – General classified ads website. No longer accepting dogs ads since April 2022.
  • www.buyandsell.ie – Closed in 2020.
  • www.donedeal.ie – No longer accepting dogs ads since August 2020.
  • www.adverts.ie – No longer accepting dogs ads since 2020.
  • others – tagsrescue.ie / ispca.ie / dspca.ie / ashanimalrescue.com / madra.ie / cararescuedogs.com / roscommonspca.ie / dogsaid.ie

The majority of these sites have a cost involved with post an ad. Typically the price ranges from €10 to €30 and you can advertise a litter or a single pup for this price. There are some websites that do offer free ads and charities generally will accept a dog to be re-homed at little or no fee. Your milage may vary with these alternative websites.

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Video guide for selling your dog online

More details about advertising your dog for sale can be seen here. Here is a quick video walkthrough about how to advertise on dogs.ie.

Information in your ad

When posting your dog for sale we recommend that you include as much information as possible about the dog, it’s temperament. If it’s a puppy you should include information about its parents (for example: age, health, number of litters, etc.)

In your ad you should at least include

  • date of birth of the dog
  • country of birth
  • price
  • pedigree of the dog, if any, or mixture of breed.
  • temperament
  • if the dog has been vaccinated
  • microchip information

If you are selling puppies, you should make sure that you they are with their mother until 8-12 weeks old because of weaning. If your dog is not yet old enough to be weaned from its mother then you should also specify a date that they dog can be collected. It’s illegal to sell a dog under the age of 8 weeks. Details on how to check a microchip can be seen here.

We discourage users to posting their phone numbers directly online or their home addresses. Some websites (donedeal) force you to keep your phone details public. This can lead to many time wasters calling you at all hours of the day & night.

Some platforms (like ourselves again) offer a messaging system where you can be contacted through the website, and then decide at a later stage to share your contact details or not.

What to ask a buyer

So you’ve picked your website to sell your dog, you’ve posted it online and asked someone to come look at the dog. So what’s next. We see this stage of the process very much like an interview. And like all interviews it should be a two way affair. You should ask them about

  • their experience with dogs
  • whether the dog will be indoors or outdoors
  • are their kids or other pets in the house

If you find yourself thinking that they owner may not be so experienced with dogs, or doesn’t have the right home environment to keep the dog you should bring this up. Remember: Just because they came to see your dog doesn’t mean you have to sell it to them.

You could consider having a home inspection before you finally hand over the dog to make sure that they dog will be in a safe environment.

Another signal to consider is also the questions the buyer is asking. Do they come across as genuinely interested in dogs ?

Updated on April 7, 2022

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