You would never want to buy from a puppy mill, but you’re buying your first dog from a breeder and you have no idea how to make sure they aren’t from these deplorable establishments.
Here are 10 signs to look out for:
A breeder who won’t let you meet them at their kennel and arranges to meet you elsewhere has something to hide.
Promising The Impossible
If a breeder is guaranteeing you specific temperaments, sizes, and characteristics of a dog, they’re running a mill.
A puppy who is younger than eight years old but is said to be ready to bring home is not coming from a loving breeder.
Are the puppies coming from different states far away? Be cautious and keep your distance.
Lots of Litters
Does the breeder have more than one litter at a time? An excess of 30 available puppies is a huge red flag.
A good breeder cares about the little ones they help bring into the world. They typically will have an agreement about spaying and neutering, vaccinations, and contingency plans.
A breeder who seems to have five or more breeds at once is likely running a mill.
A good breeder will allow you to meet a puppy’s parents.
The puppies should be clean and well-cared-for, as should the environment they spend their time growing in.
A breeder who vaccinates their puppies, and the parents of their puppies, is one you can trust to put what is right about their profit.
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