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Unveiling the Telltale Signs: How to Identify if a Puppy Comes from a Puppy Farm

Updated: Jan 5

Choosing to bring a new puppy into your home is an exciting endeavor, but it comes with the responsibility of ensuring the well-being and ethical sourcing of your furry companion. Unfortunately, some puppies are bred and raised in less-than-ideal conditions known as puppy farms. In this post, we'll guide you through the telltale signs that may indicate if a puppy is from a puppy farm, empowering you to make informed decisions when selecting your new four-legged family member.

Lack of Health Records: Reputable breeders maintain detailed health records for each puppy, including vaccinations, deworming schedules, and veterinary visits. If the seller cannot provide clear and up-to-date health records, it may be a red flag.

Unwillingness to Show Parent Dogs: Responsible breeders take pride in their breeding practices and are usually more than happy to introduce you to the puppy's parents. If the seller is unwilling to show you the mother and father or makes excuses, it raises suspicions about the puppy's origin. Not all breeders own the father, but the mother should definitely be available. Do be aware, some puppy farms will bring out a pretend mother, if the mother does not show interest in the puppies, she is not their mother, ignore if they tell you she is fed up of them, it is a lie. The mother should be happy and content, any nervousness or aggression from the mother is a red flag.

Multiple Litters Available: Puppy farms often prioritise quantity over quality, aiming to produce as many puppies as possible for profit. If the seller has multiple litters available at once or frequently offers different breeds, it may be an indication of mass breeding practices.

Limited Information about Breeding Practices: Ethical breeders are transparent about their breeding practices, emphasizing the health and well-being of their animals. If the seller provides limited information about the breeding environment, living conditions, and socialisation efforts, it may be a cause for concern.

Inadequate Living Conditions: Puppy farms are notorious for keeping dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. If the puppy is raised in a cramped or dirty space with limited access to proper care, it may be a sign that the breeder is more focused on profit than the welfare of the animals.

Early Separation from the Mother: Puppies need time with their mothers and littermates for proper socialisation and development. If the puppy is separated from the mother at an unusually early age, it may indicate poor breeding practices. When questioned over why, they will say that the mother is fed up with the puppies, again, it is a lie, they want to get the money for the puppies as soon as possible and stop paying for their keep.

Unwillingness to Answer Questions: A responsible breeder is open to answering questions about the puppy's health, temperament, and living conditions. If the seller avoids your questions, seems defensive, or provides vague responses, it's a warning sign that they may not be practicing ethical breeding.

Selling Puppies in Inappropriate Locations: Puppy farms often use third-party locations, such as parking lots or public spaces, to conduct transactions. If the seller insists on meeting in an unusual or unsuitable location, it could be an attempt to conceal the true origin of the puppies. They may say that surprise, surprise, they have a family member that lives near you, and were coming up to visit them.... guess what, it is a lie....

Being aware of these signs can help you make an informed decision when choosing a new puppy. Always prioritise adoption from reputable breeders or consider rescue organizations and shelters where puppies are ethically sourced, and their well-being is a top priority. By promoting responsible pet ownership, we contribute to a future where every dog can thrive in a loving and caring environment. A final note, never buy one of these puppies, no matter how sorry you feel for it, or what a bargain it is, you are only feeding the puppy farmer, and encouraging them to breed more from poor, abused mums who have to live a life of neglect and abuse just to have these puppies, and the puppies often have health problems and some even die. Most puppy farm dogs that I have met have dreadful behavioural issues into adulthood.

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