Hey everydoggie. It seems now that Christmas time is here there are a lot of advertisements for puppies. Well momma and I wanted to give you some information about Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders.
A puppy mill is a large scale operation where doggies are repeatedly bred to product puppies for pet stores. Click here for The Humane Society's definition of Puppy Mill. The conditions that these doggies is horrible. Here are some images of puppy mills. Below are more links to puppy mills
Backyard Breeders (BYB)
Backyard breeders are dog owners that have pets that they have decided to breed. They do not test for health defects such as Cardiomyopathy or Hip Displasia. They also do not show or have their dogs evaluated by an independant expert to determine if the doggie is a good specimen of the breed. Click here to learn what Wikipedia calls a BYB. Below are links about BYBs.
As you can see...Puppy Mills and BYBs are bad. If you are thinking of getting a doggie please consider a rescue dog or getting a puppy from a Responsible Breeder. A Responsible breeder should be able to answer all questions listed here. The best way to find a responsible breeder is to contact the local breed club.