PUPPY MILLS. We've all
heard about these places, animals neglected, filthy, deplorable conditions,
Some people go ahead and buy from them because they say they feel sorry
for the puppy, but remember, if you buy you are adding to the problem and
helping keep these people stay in business!! If they were not making money
they would either stop breeding dogs or clean up their act. If everyone
who came across these places refused to buy there, it would not be long before
they did not exist.
Most of these puppies come from puppy mills, trucked
in, usually from another state. The stores do not check out the places they buy
from. They have no idea of the conditions these puppies were raised in. I
have seen some of the worst specimens at pet stores. No responsible
breeder would sell their pups this way. Also the prices are grossly
inflated to make up for the high mortality rate.
They call themselves "breeders", but about the only thing they know about
breeding is to put two dogs of each sex together. They know little or nothing
about genetics or heredity. They do not breed to produce quality, healthy pups,
they breed because the male down the street is handy.
Some might say, "but it's cheaper"...trust me you get what
you pay for. A good breeder puts a lot of time, effort and money in their pups,
to assure you will have a happy, healthy pet, and will be there for you if by
chance there is an unforeseen problem. Yes, a pup from a good breeder will cost
more. A Cadillac costs more than a Honda. If someone's only concern is price,
they should go to the local Humane Society. If you want a pet that's socialized,
healthy, well bred & guaranteed, go to a reputable breeder.
Avoid any breeder who uses no name registrations, APRI, CKC (continental
kennel club), NKC, ACA, APA, ADBA, APR, WKC, NAPDR, IKC, SKC, UKC (universal
kennel club). These are unregulated registries and there are basically
no restrictions for registering dogs. They have no system of kennel inspections. If a
breeder is using a registry other than AKC there must be a reason, such as
AKC's DNA requirements, rules for record keeping or they have had their privileges
suspended by AKC. It is against AKC policy for breeders to charge more
for AKC registration papers. If the breeder is doing this, run!
Do not buy from a breeder claiming to have "show quality" puppies
but they do not show. They have no idea what they are breeding or what a
show quality puppy should look like. Breeders cannot decipher
show quality in a puppy under 4 months of age and not at all if they are not
actively exhibiting. You can look up a breeder's dog by putting the AKC
registered name in a search engine such as google. You can verify a dog's
Championship status by looking it up on the AKC's web site. (www.akc.org)
Show catalogs and results are available online. Ask the breeder for proof
show. Real International Championships are only available through FCI.
Do not buy from a breeder online if they do not have their name on their
web site. How proud can they be of their dogs? What are they hiding? Avoid
any breeder who will not let you come to their home or will not give you their
Do not buy from a breeder who uses any of these terms to describe their
dogs: teacup, rare color, miniature, designer lines, or tiny toys. Chihuahuas are one breed.
There is no such thing as a teacup, tiny toy, toy, or standard Chihuahua.
These are descriptive terms that are used by unknowledgeable or deceitful breeders.
Do not put down a deposit on an unborn puppy or a puppy under 8 weeks
old. Be wary of breeders that allow Chihuahua puppies to leave before 12
weeks of age.
Do not buy from a breeder that only shows partial pedigrees, if that is
important to you, ask to see the whole pedigree, preferably at least 4
generations. Otherwise know that they are promoting their puppies off the work
and showing done by legitimate breeder/exhibitors, something they have
no knowledge of and yet they use it to sell dogs. A champion in the 3rd or 4th
generation is no guarantee of quality.