Apr
2nd

20 Ways To Spot A Puppy Farm

After a few posts on dog breeders, I thought I would tell you how to spot a puppy farm.

Puppy mills or puppy farms are all about quantity and profits.  They exist to sell as many dogs as possible in the quickest time frame – without any regard to anything else.

The life of a puppy farmed dog is cheap.  They are stacked in wire cages in sheds and never know human kindness or anything which a dog deserves.  And it’s easy to hide puppy farming from unsuspecting dog lovers.

So here are signs that you could be looking at a puppy farm:

  1. It’s a puppy from a pet store.  Pet stores buy from puppy farms and dealers who sourcefrom puppy farms
  2. The advert is on a puppies for sale website like ‘Puppyfind.com’
  3. It’s a cheap or free ad, notice in the vets etc
  4. There’s no residential address or landline phone number
  5. The web photo is of a single puppy only
  6. They offer cheap deals eg ‘buy two at discount‘ or ‘last one, must go, reduced due to time wasters
  7. They will ship a puppy direct to you without you ever seeing it
  8. They will offer to bring the puppy to somewhere like a car park for you to view
  9. Puppies are sold at less than 8 weeks old so they don’t have to spend money on vaccinations.
  10. Vaccination and vet check papers aren’t offered / aren’t available
  11. Genetic testing  is not offered / not available
  12. Pedigree certificates are not available or ‘will be sent with your puppy’
  13. You’re not asked about your home circumstances or suitability for the dog
  14. There are a lot of complaints about that breed with animal control/animal health/animal rescue organisations in this area
  15. You ca’t drop by to view
  16. You’re not allowed to view the whole ‘facility’
  17. You’re told the price and asked for a deposit almost immediately
  18. You feel rushed
  19. There’s no puppy pack (food, lead and collar, papers, toys etc)
  20. The ‘breeder’ will find as many ways as possible to prevent you visiting under the guise of ‘making it easier for you’.

Believe me, these days it is getting harder to spot a puppy farm as they are getting very clever about how they conduct business.  They will even go as far as to rent houses kitted out to look like a nice family home where you can visit.  However, using these 20 tips, you’ll hopefully not even get close to buying from one.

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