Why You’ll Buy From Puppy Farms and Puppy Mills Without Knowing

I’ve been alarmed by a growing number of reports on puppy farms (puppy mills) and large-scale commercial dog breeding.

Puppy farming is rife.  The internet is a wonderful, anonymous tool for puppy farms and puppy mills to hide their horrors behind glossy, cute pictures.

If you are thinking of buying a puppy, this is vital information.  Please read it.

If you’re a dog lover, please share it.

The London Evening Standard, September 2012, reported the results of an independent study by the UK Kennel Club.  It revealed:

  • one fifth of puppy owners bought from ‘unsafe’ sources – internet sites, pet shops and newspaper ads
  • 37% of owners had never seen the puppy with its mother
  • 40% of owners had never seen where the puppy was bred
  • 35% of people had puppies delivered by mail order
  • 31% picked up a puppy from locations like motorway service stations
  • owners of ‘designer cross breeds’ were the most at risk from rogue dog breeders, and the least likely to have seen the puppy in its ‘home’ environment

Buying a puppy online means that buyers have no idea of the often appalling conditions the puppies were born into. Sadly, these puppies often grow up with health and behavioural problems which can cost thousands of pounds to treat or which lead to heartbreak if the problems cannot be overcome – UK Kennel Club

In the UK, Wales is a hotspot for puppy farms.  In the USA, it’s claimed that because of inadequate intervention, Ohio State is a similar hotspot.

Every year, we buy millions of puppies from puppy farms without knowing.  In the USA alone, the ASPCA has estimated that up to 4 million puppies are bought from puppy mills each year.

Multiply that by all the other countries in the world and you can see why you should be worried. However, you can force puppy farms out of business by being a lot more savvy about how you choose your dog.

The number 1 tip for avoiding puppy farmers is:

If you can’t see the puppy with its mother, brothers and sisters,  and you can’t see the conditions it was bred in, don’t buy it.

I’d also say that if you are a first time dog owner, don’t get a dog from a free ad, or a ‘free to good home’ ad either.

You want to choose a dog that’s happy, healthy and everything you could desire.  There’s more on this and spotting puppy farms in a free e-course I’ve put together. Get started today with your free e-course on choosing a dog.

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