Where did your puppy come from?
We hear a lot about puppy mills, but many don’t realize that puppy mills are the source of many puppies in pet shops or those sold on the internet. A reputable breeder usually truly cares for dogs and wants their animals to be healthy, and is concerned with continuing or improving the high quality of their breed. A puppy mill has one goal: to make a profit.
Dogs from puppy mills are prone to illnesses, have hereditary or congenital diseases, and are timid or scared from lack of socialization and neglect. They rarely receive adequate veterinary care. When the mother reaches a point where she can no longer reproduce, she has no use to the operators and is often killed. Also, because of the circumstances in these mills, many puppies are born with obvious physical problems, thus are unsalable so killed.
Commonly, responsible breeders will allow the customer to visit the premises and sometimes meet the parents of their potential puppies. Puppy mills, however, would not allow potential buyers to visit the habitat because often the dogs are living in unsanitary, overcrowded, and deficient conditions. This is one reason that puppy mills usually sell their puppies to pet shops. There, their records are often falsified.
Please help stop puppy mills. Do not buy a puppy unless you are offered to see the whole facility and meet the puppy's mother. Never buy a puppy from a pet store or from a website that sells pets online. Also, you could consider saving the life of one of these beautiful and loving creatures by going to a rescue organization like a shelter.