What are Puppy Mills and How to Avoid Getting a Puppy from One?

July 14, 2018

What are Puppy Mills and How to Avoid Getting a Puppy from One?

A Puppy mill, also called a puppy farm, is a breeding facility with the goal of producing the most dogs for the least money. Substandard breeding conditions and inbreeding are rampant and widespread and can lead to health and behavioral problems in the puppies bred there.

The puppies bred at these facilities are then either shipped to pet stores around the country or sold directly through newspaper and online ads to the public.

So the quickest and easiest way to fight puppy mills is to avoid pet stores, newspaper ads, and supposed great deals online.

Below are other tips you can do to stop puppy mills:

Adopt a dog from your local shelter or rescue organization 

Many people aren’t aware that purebreds end up in shelters just like any other dogs. Plus, there are rescues that specialize in certain breeds.

With hundreds of animals in shelters and rescues, that perfect pet won’t be hard to find. You just have to be patient.

Visit the breeder

Don’t buy from a breeder without seeing the entire facility where the dogs are bred and kept. Is it clean? Is there enough space? Ask to see the parent dogs as well. Does the breeder show hesitation to let you see the facility or to let you meet the other dogs who are being kept there? Or is the breeder willing to just sell one of his puppies to anyone who walks in off the street? Reputable breeders will want to make sure their puppies are going to good homes.

Spread the word by educating friends and family

Friends and family looking to obtain a pet should know about the cruelty of puppy mills and the joys of pet adoption. Share adoption websites, such as adoptapet.com, and breed rescue websites with people who are looking for purebred dogs.

Support legislation that regulates and reduces breeding of animals

Legislation is an effective way to protect innocent animals from being throwaways or money crops.

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November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted

March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

Rochelle jordan
August 30, 2016 5:09 am

Hello want buy look teddy bears picture send email xxxxxxxxxxx thank u

Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Connie RN,

December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one