Question: What Happens To Dogs That Breeders Can’t Sell?

A responsible, reputable breeder is prepared to keep any of their dogs who are returned to them, cannot be sold, or cannot be adopted out for any reason.

A good breeder DOES NOT surrender dogs to the shelter.

A person who dumps their dog at the shelter is a BACKYARD BREEDER, not a reputable breeder.

What do they do with puppies that don’t sell?

“The pet stores put the puppy on sale and keep reducing the price until they sell. They may also send them to a different store where they might sell better.” The price dropping will continue until the puppy either gets sold or grows to a point that the store feels it must cut its losses.

How long do breeders keep dogs?

Some breeders prefer to keep their puppies a bit longer than 10 weeks. Those who breed toy breeds especially, including Chihuahuas, Papillons, and other tiny dogs, will keep the puppies until they are 11 to 12 weeks of age.

Why you shouldn’t buy a dog from a breeder?

Why Some Dog Breeders Should Be Avoided

They pay little or no attention to genetic health issues in both the parents and the puppies. They often charge less money for the puppies than a responsible breeder, but still more money than they should (no one should pay for puppies that were bred carelessly).

Do pet stores euthanize?

If they needed, for any reason, to return the pup to their supplier (generally a Puppy Mill) the supplier would NOT euthanize it, they would use it as a breeding animal themselves. Even in cases where pet stores get pups from animal shelters (see below) they are not automatically euthanized when returned to a shelter.