The whole idea of getting a dog is always exciting; it is like adding a new member to the family. It is always advisable to adopt a dog from a shelter if you do not have any definite breed in mind or are not particular of getting a puppy only. However, if you do not want to adopt an adult dog and have already decided on a breed than there are a still of points to think about before purchasing a puppy. One of the most important points is – where to avoid getting puppies from? The answer is puppy mills or puppy factories. Look for pet stores that get its puppies from any local shelter or breeders and not puppy mills.
WHAT ARE PUPPY MILLS?
Puppy mills or more accurately puppy factories are places which mainly focus on producing as many puppies as they can. The main goal of such mills is to produce puppies and sell them for profit.
These puppy mills or puppy farms are a huge threat to the welfare of dogs. Because their main focus in producing as many puppies as possible and selling them for profit, they are treated inhumanely with no care for the health and well being of dogs. Female dogs are made to reproduce puppies as quickly as possible and this is repeated until the poor dogs finally succumb to death. The conditions in which dogs are kept at these farms or mills are horrible. They are caged in cramped, dirty and overcrowded spaces which poses serious issues to their health.
Hence, make sure you avoid purchasing puppies from these kinds of mills or farms at all costs.
HOW TO BE SURE THAT YOU ARE NOT PURCHASING A PUPPY FROM A PUPPY MILL?
It is not uncommon for people to think that purchasing a puppy from a puppy mill is a noble act as it is like rescuing the dog from a horrible environment. However, this holds no truth in reality. Purchasing puppies from such mills means supporting their business which will make them keep doing it and torture more and more dogs just for the sake of making profits. Purchasing puppies from such mills is also risky because as a buyer you won’t have any definite information regarding a puppy’s breeding and it might develop many health related risks.
Here are a few points to look out for in order to identify a puppy mill –
- The breeder or the pet store has a wide range of dog breeds yet very fewer initiatives have been taken for the health care and welfare of these puppies.
- They do not allow you to see the parents of the puppy that you intend to buy.
- They do not let you have a look at their kennels or the living conditions of the place where they generally keep their puppies.
- They do not have any paperwork while selling puppies.
- They do not vaccinate the puppies at their facilities along with taking care of other primary health care requirements.
How to identify a responsible breeder?
- Talk to other dog owners, veterinarians, dog trainers etc. Ask them about genuine and responsible dog breeders.
- Look out for places that may not have a wide variety of dog breeds but are very serious about looking after their puppies.
- Visit websites of various breeders and try to dig out as much information as you can find.
- Look out for breeders who have a good reputation. Look for reviews from people who have previously purchased puppies from them.
- A responsible breeder will always let you see the puppies with its parents and will never deny from showing the living conditions of his dogs if asked.
- A responsible breeder will also ask you questions regarding your living conditions, other pets, etc as he or she will want the puppies to get the best home and owners.
- Look for breeding license. A responsible breeder will always be licensed.
- Having proper paperwork is a sign of a responsible and good dog breeder.