How to Avoid Puppy Mills.
A puppy mill is a breeding facility with the sole purpose of churning out the MOST dogs for the very LEAST amount of money… To make the very MOST amount of profit. Substandard breeding conditions and inbreeding can lead to health and behavioural problems in the puppies bred there.
Here are some tips:
- Avoid Pet stores, be careful of adds in newspapers, or “great deals” on the internet. Many puppy mills supply local pet stores, run ads in newspapers or on websites where they can easily falsify information, and offer puppies really cheap. If you get one of these unfortunate puppies it could end up costing you thousands of dollars in vet bills and heartache over potential life-threatening health and behavioural problems.
- Visit the breeder and ask questions!
- Ask to see the entire facility where the dogs are bred and kept. Is it clean? Spacious enough? Ask to see the parent dogs as well. Does the breeder show hesitation to let you see the facility or to let you meet the other dogs who are being kept there? Or is the breeder willing to just sell one of their puppies to anyone who walks in off the street, sight unseen?
- Reputable Breeders will want to make sure that their puppies are going to good homes.
Beware of any of these red flags.