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Why Buy From A Reputable Breeder

Why should you buy a puppy from a reputable breeder and not from the newspaper or pet store?  

First of all, the newspaper is full of adds for puppies for sale.  Most of these puppies are from puppy mills, and the rest, in general, are backyard breeders.

Reputable Breeder

    A reputable breeder starts out with healthy stock.  Both the Stud and the Dam are  checked out regularly by their veterinarian.  They receive their yearly boosters and are taken to the veterinarian at the first sign of illness.  These dogs are fed a good quality dog food, containing all the vitamin and minerals required.  They are exercised daily and interact with other dogs, as well as people.  Most of all they are loved and cared for as if they were a member of the breeders family, mainly because most breeders feel that their dogs are a part of their family. 

    Their dogs are groomed regularly, brushed, bathed, hair trimmed, ears cleaned, nails clipped, teeth cleaned.  You are sure of the size of the dog that you are getting and you know what the dogs temperament will be like.  Puppies learn how to re-act to situations from their Dam.

    You know that this puppy is as healthy and well adjusted as possible.  The breeder has taken every possible precaution before breeding to produce a litter.  They have tried very hard to produce a healthy, happy, well adjusted puppy that will be a joy to have as a member of your family. All puppies are sold with CKC registration papers, at no additional cost to you.

What is a Backyard Breeder

    This is someone who happens to have a female that is in heat and they decide that the can make some easy money, by breeding her to the neighborhood stud.  He does not even have to be the same breed of dog.  As long as the pups look like a certain breed (e.g., Lhasa Apso) they will be sold as that breed.

    You will not know for sure, what your puppy will grow up to look like, or even how big it will get. You will also have no idea as to how healthy the parents of the pup are, or if there are any serious health problems that have been passed on from one generation to the other.

    Most puppies look healthy, it is only as they grow that you find out that there are serious problems that are going to require many visits to your local veterinarian.  By the time you find out that your new puppy is not healthy, you have already bonded with it.  It can be a heart wrenching situation.

Pet Store Puppies

    Many puppy mills sell their puppies through pet stores, that way the purchaser (you) does not see the conditions that the pup was raised in.  They do not have to deal with the public, they do not have to advertise, and they do not make any promise that the pup is healthy and well bred. 

    Most of these puppies are mixed breeds, meaning that you are not sure of exactly what you are getting.  Many people have bought a cute little puppy that they were assured would be a good house dog, only to have a 100 lb. full grown dog on their hands at 1 year of age.

    These breeders do not have to produce papers to say who/what breed the Dam or Sire are. Often they are listed as Lhasa like, or Poodle mix, mixed with what?  They are often sold as pure bred (Lhasa/poo).  A puppy produced from a pure bred Lhasa Apso and a pure bred Poodle is NOT a pure bred dog.  Pure bred means of one breed, and only one breed. 

    These pet stores often run ads in the local paper stating that they will purchase or take puppies on consignment. 

 

Reputable breeders DO NOT sell their puppies through pet stores.

 

Puppy Mills

    These dogs are kept in atrocious conditions.  They live in their cage, eat in their cage, defecate in their cage, and deliver their puppies in their cage.  These dogs have no quality of life whatsoever.  The only reason for them to exist, is to produce puppies, and make money for the people who own them. 

    They are not walked or exercised in any way.  They are only kept alive on the bare necessities (cheap dog food and water).  Dogs need to feel love, they need to play with people and other dogs.  They need to be exercised daily. They need to be bathed on a regular basis, their nails clipped, ears cleaned, teeth cleaned and checked regularly, and they need their yearly needles, all of which cost money.  Money that the puppy mill owner is not willing to spend, because it will cut into their profits.