Buying a puppy online or from a pet store? You could be supporting cruel and substandard dog breeding operations like these.
Many pet store owners will tell you they get all their puppies from "licensed USDA breeders" or "local breeders." In fact, in order to sell puppies to pet stores, a breeder must be licensed by the USDA. Pet stores often use this licensing to provide a false sense of security to customers, when what it really means is that they do, in fact, get their puppies from puppy mills. Being registered or “having papers” means nothing more than the puppy's parents both had papers. Many registered dogs, as well as pedigreed dogs, are sold in puppy mills. The only way you can be sure that a puppy came from a reputable source is to see where he or she came from yourself. Responsible breeders would never sell to someone they haven't met because they want to screen potential buyers to ensure the puppies are going to good homes.
If you want a dog in your life, please don't buy a puppy mill puppy. Pet store clerks and other sellers of dogs will rarely—if ever—tell you their dogs came from puppy mills. How do you separatefact from fiction?
Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Buying a Puppy from a Pet Store - dummies
There is a reason why nearly all veterinarians will strongly recommend AGAINST buying puppies from pet stores. They work with these dogs every day and see the long-term problems they have. Of course there will be exceptions and you might personally know someone with a dog that came from a pet store and doesn't have any of the above mentioned problems. What we are talking about is the much, much higher chance for problems. You might not know this, but reputable breeders do not profit from breeding dogs - they lose money instead. They breed dogs for their love of the breed and their desire to help preserve or better the breed. Every single breed has health problems you need to test for in order to be sure the dogs you choose to breed have the best genes to pass on to their puppies. All those tests cost money, not to mention proper nutrition and veterinary care for the pregnant bitches and their puppies. If you think about it, why is it that pet stores can sell puppies at a profit, pay for all their overhead costs, then pass on a small piece of the pie to the puppy mills, and yet the puppy mills are still able to make a profit from what small amount of money's left for them? It is simply not possible to cut corners every which way and still produce quality puppies. If you look at the human-counterpart of this, you will see that all governments and medical insurance companies will happily cover the expenses of prenatal care and pediatric care in order to prevent much more costly long-term medical problems in the babies. If you are still not convinced, please take a few minutes to read .If you buy a puppy from a Pet Store, you have missed the entire point of this site. You don't get to see the parents, you learn nothing about the conditions of the kennels, and you don't get to question the breeders. In short, you are supporting the Puppy Mill industry. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!