Puppy mills are places where purebred or “designer” dogs are bred solely for the money they can bring in, with no regard for the dogs’ welfare.
The puppies are housed in overcrowded, unsanitary cages.
The breeding females produce one litter after another in cramped cages with no concern for their health.
What is the difference between a breeder and a puppy mill?
Puppy Mills Verusus Responsible Dog Breeders
Go beyond the surface, though, and the difference is quite obvious. Responsible breeders put the well-being of their dogs first and strive to improve their breed. They tend to operate on a smaller scale than puppy mills. In many cases, they make little to no profit.
How do I know if it’s a puppy mill?
11 Signs a Puppy Is From a Puppy Mill
- Poor Housing Conditions. Puppies ideally should be whelped and raised in a home environment.
- Puppy Parents Are Unavailable. Source.
- Multiple Litters.
- Designer Breeds.
- Lack of Medical Care.
- Behavioral Problems.
- “Dirty” Puppies.
- Paperwork Not Required.
How do you know if a dog breeder is legit?
Do your research.
Ask if the breeder is a member of an AKC-affiliated club and contact that club to verify membership or check recent listings of available AKC Litters from breeders. You can also check with the BBB (www.bbb.org) and the AKC (919-233-9767) to see if there are any complaints about the breeder.
What defines a puppy mill?
According to the ASPCA, a puppy mill is a “large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.” Puppies born in a puppy mill are often sold at as young as 8 weeks old, to brokers and/or retailers who then sell the puppies to the consumer.