Puppy Mill is not a word for a Breeder, there is a HUGE Difference.
"Puppy mills” Definition- Dogs housed in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. The term "Puppy mill" was created by extreme animal rights groups such as HSUS, PETA and ASPCA that have no actual facts pertaining to proper animal husbandry.
Fact vs. Myth
Myth: Dogs come in heat once per month and can be bred every time
Fact: Dogs only cycle once every 6 – 8 months
Myth: Breeders with several dogs are puppy mills
Fact: People with a small amount of dogs can keep their dogs in substandard conditions and fail to provide adequate vet care, food, water, etc. Reputable breeders, by law, have every dog on their premises checked by a licensed veterinarian once a year and more often if needed. By law, licensed breeders have to provide food for their dogs twice/day and always have clean water.
Myth: There is no supervision for breeders
Fact: Breeders with more than 3 intact females are required to be licensed by the state, USDA or both. The USDA inspects facilities twice per year unannounced. The state inspects annually unannounced. Licensed breeders are required to have hands-on inspections done of their adult dogs annually. All puppies have to be seen by a veterinarian and receive a health certificate before they can be shipped.
Myth: Licensed breeders don't care and Love their animals
Fact: Our animals are like our family members, we care for them on a daily basis, 7 days a week. It is very expensive to raise puppies and take care of dogs. It is also very expensive to maintain licenses. It is in the best interest of the breeder to maintain the health of their dogs and puppies so that
they can sell nice, healthy, high quality puppies to the customer.
Raising puppies is a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week Career. Dogs and puppies do not go on vacation, and neither do we. Our dogs are our life and passion!
We are Licensed, Reputable breeders that thoroughly enjoy every aspect of our Profession.
Puppy Mill Reputable breeder
- Unsanitary/deplorable conditions Clean, well-kept facilities
- Poor veterinary care Puppies always vet-checked before sold
adult dogs vet-checked annually and more often if needed
- Small, cramped cages Space requirements for licensed breeders
- Never inspected Unannounced inspections semi-annually and annually by the vet, state and/or USDA, & AKC
- Choose to remain ignorant Are involved in dog clubs and active in continuing education
- Do not vaccinate Have veterinary-approved strict vaccination and deworming schedule
- No guarantee on health One year genetic health guarantee on all puppies
Top 11 Reasons to Buy A Puppy Rather Than Adopt
1. You know everything about the pup from day one. A good breeder will tell you everything about the pup’s life up until that point. She will tell you how it was raised, if it had any health issues at birth, if it is a more dominant puppy, etc. Then, once you bring the puppy home, you have control over how the puppy will be raised from the start. You can continue training and socialization on your terms.
2. You can see the pup’s parents. The puppy’s parents will tell you a lot about how your puppy will turn out, as far as health, appearance and temperament. With a mixed-breed dog from a shelter, you do not have this option. When speaking with a breeder on the phone over a long distance, you can ask questions about the parents & good breeders will be happy to answer them. They will also have pictures of the parents on their own personal website for you to see or be willing to email you pictures of the parents if you're too far away to see them in person.
3. You know the pup hasn’t had a troubled life. When adopting from a good breeder, there are no uncertainties about the pup’s past. You know your puppy hasn’t been abused or neglected, resulting in behavioral issues. There are no questions about how it was treated before. With a shelter dog, you often will have no idea about the dog’s past.
4. You are not encouraging irresponsibility. Mixed-breed puppies are often the result of irresponsible owners who did not have their dogs spayed or neutered. Then they try to make money off of an accidental litter by selling the puppies to anyone. On the other hand, most breeders take pride in the dogs they are breeding. They will spend time researching the lineage of the parents and grandparents in order to produce the best puppies. They plan ahead so they can offer the mother dog and puppies the best care and find the best homes.
5. The breeder will have references. At your request, a breeder will offer you references of dog owners who are happy with the dogs they purchased. This gives you another opportunity to ask any questions you have.
6. You can get another similar dog. If you really like the dog, you know where it came from in order to get another dog just like it. If you have a mutt, you probably have no idea where it came from, let alone what breed it is.
7. There is endless information on your specific breed. A breeder of Jack Russell terriers will tell you everything you want to know about Jack Russell terriers. There are also hundreds of others who own the breed and books written on the breed. Your resources are unlimited.
8. A breeder will be available to you throughout your dog’s life. Many breeders like to stay in touch with the owners they sell puppies to. This is good because you will always have someone to turn to if you have a question about your dog. The breeder has probably experienced similar issues at one time or another.
9. You know where your puppy came from. Breeders do research & keep pedigrees on their dogs so you're sure of what your puppy has in his or her lineage. Breeders also research the puppy's parents, grandparents, etc. to ensure good qualities & traits they want in their puppies. When adopting a dog, you have no idea about that puppy or dog's pedigree because often times there are none.
10. Get to know the breeder. You can talk to the breeder on the phone or in person, ask questions about the breeder & get direct answers right away. You can't do this when adopting a puppy from a shelter. With most puppies & dogs in shelters, their caregivers don't know if they've been abused, negleted or have issues with their temperaments. Speaking directly to the breeder, you know what you're getting when you purchase a puppy & you get to know the breeder also.
11. A health record. Puppies that are raised from a good breeder have their vaccinations up to date along with dewormings starting from 2 weeks until they're going home with their new owners. They also have veterinarian checkups for their health & well being. Dogs at shelters are often times unvaccinated or not vaccinated correctly & therefore can bring home a contagious disease to your other pets. A good breeder makes sure their puppies receive all proper vaccinations & are protected. Their puppies come with a health or shot record showing the dates given, etc. An adopted pet usually doesn't come with that information.
Buy a puppy with history, don't buy a mystery!