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The breeder has several breeds of dogs for breeding purposes, in their kennel. You
will often see several breeds of puppies offered for sale at any one time, usually
over 10 different breeds. You may notice this on E-Bay classifieds, that all the
different breed puppies will be photographed on the same kitchen table or in a similar
The breeder offers cargo shipping of puppies to their new owners. These breeders
are not interested in meeting you or inquiring in any way about the living environment
for such puppy. These breeders also commonly have a “Buy It Now” Button, or a PayPal
link on their websites for immediate money.
The breeder does not let you look at their backyard, property or kennels.
The breeder will not take any puppy or dog back (return).
The breeder does not contact the new puppy owner in the future to check on how the
puppy is doing.
They do not offer “Lifetime Support” for their puppy owners.
The breeder has a very large kennel. Owning fifty to several hundred dogs is typical.
The breeder breeds females every single heat cycle for the lifetime of such dog(s).
The breeder does not have medical record documentation, daily weight logs or puppy
photos from birth to present.
The breeder does not take ‘good’ or ‘quality’ photos of your puppy, often blurry
or at a bad angle.
The breeder will not send you photos of the puppy’s parents, because they often do
not know who the parents are.
How to Spot a Mass Production Kennel or Puppy Mill !
Massive Producing Kennels are Puppy Mills, and Pet Store Puppies are Puppy Mill Puppies!
A USDA Licensed Breeder is a Mass Producing Kennel, and can sell their puppies to
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Large Scale Commercial Breeders or Mass Production Kennels are everywhere. Even
if they are the cleanest kennels, there are irrefutable issues regarding the well-being
of puppies. They may be vaguely loved, but they are withheld from human contact and
withheld from their parents.
These puppies are suddenly separated from their parents at 8 weeks of age, in order
to send them to be sold. I feel this is detrimental to the puppy’s socialization,
mental health and well-being. These puppies are deprived of learning ‘dog’ behavior
from adult dogs, and are not being reprimanded by adult dogs, which I feel is vital
for stimulation and learning.
The dogs and puppies often live in a kennel environment and do not know how to
go up or down stairs, and are not puppy-pad or potty trained. They spend their days
standing on wire crate bottoms, or in a dog run with several other puppies with pine
shavings. They do not have consistent, constant, calm interaction with people and
they are held contained by a barrier. This causes extreme frustration to the puppy
who just wants to be with people. Puppies need love and interaction all day long,
not just a few moments of scrambling for individual attention while their cage is
These puppies do not receive adequate exercise, regardless of the size of their
crates or kennels, and regardless of the ten or fifteen minutes the puppy spends
with a potential buyer. Puppies require exercise for mental and physical health,
and at eight weeks of age or older, they should be able to run at top speed and play
for at least an hour every 3-4 hours of every day. Denying exercise to a puppy causes
severe behavioral problems that are harbored throughout their entire lives, including
but not limited to separation anxiety, circling, chewing walls and floors. Also,
their health suffers and there are developmental concerns regarding their bone, muscle
and ligament development. If puppies do not adequately exercise, their muscles become
atrophied, their bones become weaker and their ligaments can become calcified.
Keep in mind, that it is not the puppy's fault that it is in this situation, puppies
do not know a better life. Its hard not to want to rescue all of them, and get them
out of the situation that they are in, but, the more people buy puppies from pet
stores, the more puppies the puppy mills will produce.
You will find that a Passionate Breeders’ dogs’ live in their main residence
and are with their owners at all times. Many of these dogs and puppies are not kenneled,
crated or cut-off from human contact. The puppies of these breeders, are able to
roam free in an area with their adult parents and possibly (usually) other dogs and
pets. These puppies are familiar with the daily routines of most people and common
household items used in everyday ‘real’ life. They are exposed to phones ringing,
garbage disposals, carpet, rugs, stairs, showers, and the vacuum cleaner.
I do not agree with, or understand how a breeder can raise puppies and dogs in
a kennel environment and then expect these puppies to easily transition to their
new, totally different lifestyle of living WITH PEOPLE, instead of WITHOUT PEOPLE.
It just doesn’t make sense. In addition, behavioral problems and negative repercussions
from this puppy’s childhood, will only be evident when integrated in a totally different
These breeders do not have any concept of or even care how puppies develop mentally,
and simply & ignorantly prevent them from having a healthy childhood. Puppies need
to be with their parents, often a lot longer than 8 weeks of age. They also need
human contact during most of the day, unless they are sleeping. It is absolutely
beneficial for puppies to be raised in an environment similar to what they will be
in for the rest of their lives.
In my professional opinion, I feel that a high percentage of dogs in shelters
are the result of Large Scale Commercial Breeders, who breed these puppies merely
for profit, thus ignoring the harmful effects that their ‘business’ brands on all
of their puppies. These behavioral issues that these puppies learn - Lasts a Lifetime!
Breeders who are breeding puppies without Specific Priorities to the puppies Healthy
Mental State is devastating to me, and also for those people who adopt these puppies.
It is for the reasons stated above, that I choose to raise my puppies underfoot,
and no matter how many dogs I have, they will all live in my residence, interacting
with all of the others dogs, and without being crated in a separate room, for the
duration of their time with me.
Mass Production Commercial Kennels
A Neglected Baby’s Childhood
Mass Production Kennels are Large Scale Commercial Kennels who house ALL of
their dogs and PUPPIES outside of their own private residence, in a Kennel.
My professional opinion is that dogs and puppies need to be with people at all
times, especially companion dog breeds. Companion Dogs were bred to be with people
At All Times, and subjecting them to a ‘kennel life’ is detrimental to their Mental/Behavior
Health and Wellness.