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As many of you know, puppy mills are the one topic Molly and I feel most strongly about. If someone does decide to breed a dog (even though they should adopt instead), we would much, much rather see them go to a responsible breeder instead of supporting a puppy mill. However, sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish the two if you’re not careful.
How to Distinguish a Puppy Mill From a Professional Breeder
If you are overly cautious with your research, you should have no problem finding a trustworthy breeder. But new dog parents often don’t know how to go about getting a dog, so they just go with the first option they find. So, here are some easy ways to spot a puppy mill.
Breeders Will Allow You to See the Breeding Location
If a breeder truly loves their dogs, they will have no problem letting you meet the parents, the litter, and the location the dogs were bred at. Puppy mills will often make excuses about why you can’t visit the location. However, don’t fall for any excuses. If you can’t see where your puppy was born, then it’s likely because the breeder has something to hide.
Breeders Are More Selective About Who Buys Their Puppies
Like rescues and shelters, a good breeder actually cares about their puppies. They want the puppies to go to a responsible family, not just the first person that’s interested. However, puppy mills are only in it for the money. They will often be more eager to quickly make a sale, and they’ll probably ask for little information from you.
Breeders Should Be Able to Answer Specific Questions About the Breed
Good breeders usually only breed one or two dog breeds at a time. So, they should be very knowledgeable about the specific breed of your puppy. Puppy mills often breed as many dogs as they can, so when asked about a specific breed, they probably won’t be able to give you detailed answers to your questions.
Breeders Can Give You Full Vet Records
Puppy mills will often just give you USDA health certificates, but that’s actually not as official as it sounds. A good breeder should be able to give you a full vet record, and they should know specific details about each puppy’s health.
Puppy Mills Often Sell Puppies Through Pet Stores or Online
Since puppy mills don’t allow visitors, they typically sell their puppies through other sources such as pet stores and online. Avoid online breeders and pet store puppies at all costs because there’s no way to tell for sure where they came from.
What Should You Do if You Spot a Puppy Mill?
Unfortunately, even if you suspect a puppy mill near you, it’s difficult for you to do anything about it. Every place has different rules about these horrible facilities, so your best bet is to contact animal control to see what they can do.
Just reporting one puppy mill isn’t going to fix the problem though. Many people keep buying puppies online and from pet stores without even knowing they’re doing something wrong. So, it’s important to spread the word about this problem to get humans to stop supporting the puppy mill business.
Also, encourage more humans to adopt. If more people adopt instead of breed, more dogs can be saved. The only reason puppy mills exist is because people keep supporting them. However, if more people adopted dogs instead of breeding them, then this could greatly help dogs all over the world.
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