Puppy mills have been around for decades. They continue to thrive because they prey on unwitting consumers who are smitten by too-cute-for-words puppies in pet store windows and on legitimate-seeming websites. Puppy mills house dogs in shockingly poor conditions. After their fertility wanes, breeding animals are often killed, abandoned or sold cheaply to another mill to try and get “one more litter” out of the dog. The annual result of all this breeding is millions of puppies, many with behaviour and/or health problems.
Can you imagine forcing your pet dog to live his or her entire life in a small wire cage with no human companionship, toys or comfort, and little hope of ever becoming part of a family? That is what life is like for a puppy mill breeding dog.
They breed usually every time a female comes into heat with any male handy. They will breed mixed breed dogs that are not good enough to be bred with their own breed. They will breed young and old and when they are done they send them to any shelter. Good breeders wait until the Dame is two to three years old and both sexes are retired at around six years or her third litter. They only breed pedigreed dogs that meet the breed standard and hopefully have been shown with positive results. They make sure they find good homes for their retired animals. Most puppy mill puppies are a mongrel cur that someone payed a lot of money for and the parents will be used until it costs too much to breed them or they have a big vet bill for them they will be given to shelters or euthanized. There is no such thing as a Cavoodle or oodle any thing. Many states have laws against puppy mills but not enough people to close them down before they move. Many of our poorer southern states are just too poor to catch them. Most pet stores buy from a supplier and have no idea of the age or actual breeder or much of anything about them. Some try to get them healthy and some don’t bother and many are sick and some are too young to be away from their mothers. Puppy mills are animal cruelty which is a CRIME. You will still probably pay an arm and a leg for a poor dog and it isn’t even a real breed (“designer breed.”) Designer breeds are made to make a new breed for people to sell to make money. Which is a form of marketing to make money and that is wrong. Do your home work before getting a pet. Find out about the parents and how they live. See the parents if you can! Buy A Purebred registered puppy breed for good health, good temperament, and to meet it’s breeds standard.