We recently looked at getting pets for Christmas and we still can’t condone the practice, but if you really have to get a puppy this Christmas then please read the following guide on how to avoid the puppy farms.
Firstly forewarned is forearmed, by understanding what they are and how they operate you ill have a better chance of avoiding this horrible trade. Therefore get ready to know thy enemy.
- Know thine Enemy – Puppy farms or Puppy Mills have one thing on the agenda. Making as much money as possible. Because of this factor they don’t care about the welfare of the dogs which costs money. Puppy farms keep dogs in terrible conditions in cramped spaces and feed them substandard foods if they feed them at all.
- Reputation is everything – If you know nothing about the breeder, use the internet yo find out all you can. Responsible breeders will have good reputations to uphold and will likely have testimonials on their websites or social media. If you can’t find anything or worse yet you see poor reviews AVOID at all costs.
- Location Location Location -Upon arriving you should be able to work out if you are at a puppy farm. Are there lots of Outbuildings are they lots of dogs barking are the pups kept caged.
- Mommy – Ask to see the mother. Any decent breeder will have the mother nearby and should be only to happy to let you see if she’s a happy wee healthy thing,
- Pedigrees without papers. – We’re not being snobby, but a kennel club owner is less likely to be a farmer, although there are of course exceptions to very rule.
- Apathy – Do you get the impression they can’t wait to see the back of you? Dog lovers are usually friendly sorts and more importantly, if you’re there to offer a home to one of their dog’s beloved offspring they are probably going to want to know a bit about you.
- Research – You’ll probably have done your own digging if you’re looking into getting a dog. If you suspect the breeders are light on their facts about their pups and their breed, it could b a big indicator.
- Conditions – Are the puppies being looked after? If you feel that the litter is being neglected then leave by the nearest exit and don’t forget to report them to the authorities too.
- Isolation – Are the pups on their own, or is the breeder bringing them out one by one? A happy little puppy pack will be a mass of noses and tails wriggling and squeaking like there’s no tomorrow, be very wary of breeder that separates the pack.
- Choice – A reputable breeder will have one litter at a time, be cautious of anyone who can miraculously pull a different breed out of a hat.