Advice And Ideas to find your New Dog Safely and Responsibly
Sound advice on where to buy a dog. If you are choosing a puppy, beware of bad breeders and puppy mills who trade in misery. Read more about how to find a dog safely!
Firstly I would say avoid buying your puppy from a pet shop or backyard breeder,
Pet shops source puppies that have most likely been bred in cruel puppy mills on a commercial scale by people who are only interested in them as a cash crop.
Horror stories abound about puppy factories where dogs are crammed into dirty cages or runs, wallowing in their own filth, with little or no privacy for whelping a litter.
The pups are often reared in the backyard or kennels and have had minimal social contact, They often have serious health issues or genetic faults because of indiscriminate breeding.
Finally, dogs from puppy mills are often more expensive to buy as the pet store in question is at the end of a long transport chain and network of middlemen all taking a cut. These poor puppies are likely to be subjected to gruelling journeys by truck or air plane with little in the way of comfort or food and are usually in a weakened state by the time they get to the shop.
A back yard breeder would be someone who perhaps has a female and wants her to have the occasional litter to sell, or maybe one litter before she gets spayed.
Whilst the owner or breeder is not necessarily cruel, (indeed their dog may be a much loved family pet) if you are looking for a pure breed puppy as opposed to a mutt of dubious parentage, it is extremely unlikely you could get the certificates of purity that would satisfy the breed regulators, regardless of how many "guarantees" and verbal assurances you were given by the breeder.
The Long Term Health Of Your Dog May Also Be An Issue.
"Princess", your new puppy's mother, may by common consent be a lovely girl who would have beautiful puppies, it will however be highly unlikely that her owner will be conscientious about genetic testing.
There are some truly awful illnesses and afflictions in dogs that are passed on through the genes due to bad and ill regulated breeding by charlatans. A bad decision now could in the long term mean a great deal of suffering for your dog and some very expensive vets bills.
Knowing where to buy your dog means doing some research, why not check out this article on how to find a reputable breeder
Of course if you are not thinking specifically about buying a registered pure breed puppy, then please consider adopting a dog from your local rescue center, rather than buying from a pet shop or through a classified advertisement . Dedicated rescue centers are usually well run and professional who's sole concern is finding a new home for abandoned dogs. It really is the kindest and most responsible thing to do and, for what it’s worth, all of my dogs have been rescued and without exception they have all made absolutely wonderful pets.