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Q: What is a puppy mill?

February 28, 2009 | By Rebecca L. | 13 answers | Expired: 2056 days ago

Rebecca L.

I know their bad but what are they.

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Laura B.
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Feb 28, 2009

A puppy mill is a breeding operation where dogs are mass reproduced for profit. Usually little care is given to the parent dogs or to making sure that only quality lines are bred. Often the dogs get little attention or socialization and live in horrible conditions for years.

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JIM K.
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Feb 28, 2009

inbreeding ..... plain nad simple

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RemarkablySpecial
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Mar 01, 2009

It is a place (often listed as a "kennel" with the town it is in)that breeds puppies (usually purebreds, although sometimes popular mixes such as cock-a-poos) for sale in pet stores and now (I would assume) on the internet. The female dogs live in small cages their whole lives, getting minimal care, food & water, and are bred each time they go into heat, usually producing two or more litters per year. The studs (sires) are usually kept under the same conditions. As if that is not bad enough, puppies are born into this environment, raised in filth (which makes them difficult to housebreak) and poorly socialized. They are then shipped (often under minimum age) to pet stores where they sometimes become ill and die, often AFTER they have been purchased by uneducated consumers. There AKC registration papers have been known to be forged as well.

The puppies being poorly socialized make poor pets, are hard to housebreak and often have genetic temperament and physical issues.

What most people don't know it that many farmers (check any pet store puppy's papers) in the mid-west consider them "a cash crop" that can be grown in an empty barn, shed, garage etc. The sad fact (dark secret) is that somne of the Amish of Lancaster Co. PA also run puppy mills.

If you want a purebred dog, buy from a local breeder who shows their dogs and has them temperament tested, and tested for genetic disorders such as hip dysplasia. If you want to consider a rescue dog, plenty of purebreds end up in shelters (usually by-products of puppy mills that their owners couldn't deal with) and most breeds have rescue groups to rehome individuals of the breed they love. The next worse thing to a puppy mill is a back yard breeder who owns a purebred whom they think is just wonderful and/or they want to make their money back on its' purchase price so they decide to have a litter of puppies. These "breeders" have no idea if their dog has an genetic problems or even if its' temperament is such that it should be bred. They only know that they love rover and she'd sure have some nice puppies.

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