Signs a dog is from puppy mill
Sometimes we can’t tell the “Signs a dog is from a puppy mill” , but first lets learn what is a puppy mill and where puppy mills usually sell their dogs.
Puppy Mills are a large commercial dog breeding operation where they make money off dogs. Fact of the matter is according to the ASPCA there could be 10,000 puppy mills in our country, very sad just to make money.
Where can you find a puppy mill dog:
- Puppy stores
- Flea Markets
Story time, in my neck of the woods when I first moved to Moundsville, West Virginia there was a pet store, that you could go see the cutest puppies ever. At that time I never thought about where they were getting all those cute pure breed dogs, until the day came when they closed down, because a lot of their dogs had Parvovirus and other diseases that are found in puppy mill puppies. The pet store was a middle man for the puppy mills, after they closed down I felt sick to my stomach knowing the place where my home resided sold puppy mill dogs, this happens everywhere. Even in a small Amish town, I encountered a pet store with purebred puppies that were from puppy mills. Puppy mill puppies can be anywhere, how can you tell, here are some signs a dog is from a puppy mill;
How to tell you are buying from a puppy mill
- Parents are not available: If you go through a breeder and want to see the parents on site, but the breeder says they are not on site, do not get the dog. It’s more than likely a puppy mill dog and/or the breeder could have got them from a puppy mill and is trying to resell the puppies.
- Meeting in strange places: If the breeder wants to meet somewhere like a store parking lot and won’t give you the address to their kennel, more than likely why they don’t want you to see it is because it’s a puppy mill. You should be able to see where your puppy was born and their living conditions.
- How many breeds and litters: Reputable breeders usually only work with one or two at the most breeds not 5 or more, so if you are browsing though breeder website for your next dog and come across a website with every breed of teacup puppy, Red Flag don’t fall for it. Another way you can tell if the breeder has multiple puppies at once more than forty puppies seems kind of fishy doesn’t it.
- Vet visits and vaccinations : Puppy mills do not like to spend money, for example vet checkups and vaccinations that a puppy needs, this is why sometimes a puppy mill will let the puppy go before 8 weeks. Ask them to show you proof of their vet and vaccinations before deciding to get the puppy.
- Promises are far-fetched : If you call a breeder that promises you a certain temperament, characteristic, size, and color, fall back my friend there is no such thing as knowing what a dog will weigh or their temperament until they are a little older, they are trying to trick you in to believing this is the perfect puppy for you, all they care about is the money not about the dog or you.
- Dirty Dog : If the puppy that you are wanting to purchase doesn’t look that clean and well-kept, for example smells like a kennel or ammonia, covered in fleas, and their fur is thinning. Puppy mill dogs don’t always live in the cleanest places, some are surrounded by their own urine and feces, claws are overgrown and sometimes get stuck in the wire kennels, also not fed good food and have dirty water to drink.
Another basic factor to distinguish between a puppy mill and a reputable breeder is the contract reputable breeders care about their puppies, so they make you sign a contract protecting them and you. A contract can offer spay and neuter agreement, breeder papers, health contracts, and an agreement to return the dog to them in case it doesn’t work out.
Lets all take our part to stop puppy mill, they are neglectful and horrific for the puppies. So remember:
NO-DEMAND =NO PROFIT
Instead find a reputable breeder or adopt a dog from a breed rescue.