Signs that you are buying from a puppy mill
Before you hand over your money, ask questions. Have a contract and ask for concessions, you are in control until you hand over your money, then it’s in their court. Even a down payment will turn the tables on you, the breeder can clam up, if you are unhappy they will keep the deposit.They offer to meet you somewhere elseThis is a big clue that they don’t want you to see their set up, the condition of their kennels.Dogs don’t know their namesThis may sound strange but when a dog doesn’t know their names, they are not given any attention. Inbreeding can affect the mental ability of the dog. Plus, if the dogs don’t know their names, how can you tell if they are showing the registered dog?Dogs are not clearly identified with collars and microchipsReputable breeders clearly and permanently id their dogs. AKC requires this under most circumstances. It also stops them from switching or showing dogs that are not the parents. Ask to see the microchip papers.Multiple males having access to femalesWalk away if you see thisThe dogs don’t like their ownersThe animals are in small cages and abused. They will cower before their owners and not be happy and friendly dogs, they are put in small crammed cages, some dogs I have seen will have wire imprinted on their body and tails.Mill breeders don’t ask questionsThey are interested in the money only, if they don’t ask a lot of questions, they are not interested in the health and welfare of their pups. Living arrangements, do you have dogs, what happened to them, in house or back yard, etc.Watch what they say, are they open to questions. Are they consistent in what they are saying. Did you catch them in a lie, keep notes when talking with them. Visit several breeders and try to buy local so that you can see the breeder.
October 10 2013 on Oodle