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What is a Puppy Mill?
If you are looking for a Yorkie breeder in Massachusetts or a Shihtzu breeder in Massachusetts you need to read this important information, despite if you choose to contact us or not you will find very useful information here.
Puppy mills are nothing new. These mass dog-breeding operations have been around for decades. They continue to thrive because they prey on unwitting consumers who are smitten by too-cute-for-words puppies in pet store windows and on fancy websites.People just looking for a cute teacup shihtzu puppy for sale for an example.
If you are looking for that cute yorkie puppy in Massachusetts or that fluffy Shihtzu puppy here in Massachusetts pay attention to this fact: behind the friendly facade of the local pet shop, the pastoral scenes on a "breeder's" website, or the neighborhood newspaper ad, there often lies a puppy mill. Often these canine breeding facilities house dogs in shockingly poor conditions.
If you are searching for that cute yorkie puppy for sale in Boston you need to know that in a puppy mill facility, life is particularly bad for "breeding stock," dogs who live their entire lives in cages and are continually bred for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever becoming part of a family. These dogs receive little or no veterinary care and never see a bed, a treat or a toy. After their fertility wanes, breeding animals are commonly killed, abandoned or sold to another mill. The annual result of all this breeding is hundreds of thousands of puppies, many with behavior and/or health problems.Because a puppy mill is a business, the facility is designed purely for profit, not for the well-being of dogs.Their target is the buyer looking for that cute puppy for sale in Boston, New England or anywhere else. Several hundred thousand puppies are shipped cross-country to be sold in pet shops, but many are sold via newspaper classifieds or Internet sites and are often accompanied by false claims. The ploys of the puppy mill are designed to dupe a well-intentioned family into buying a puppy and keeping the engine of cruelty working overtime. They often will offer to ship the eight week old puppy for sale anywhere cross country to Ma, RI, NH, NY. You name the state and they will be ready offer their shipping services.
Puppy Mills are the Suppliers of PET STORE !!!
What is a Back Yard Breeder or BYB ?
What's a BYB?
A BYB (for Back Yard Breeder) is the average pet owner that breeds their dog(s). Yorkshire Terrier puppies and Shihtzu puppies are very popular here in Massachusetts, we see many ads of Yorkie puppy for sale and ads of Shihtzu puppy for sale and if you are looking for a perfect family addition you need to get informed.
WHAT THEY DO (and what they DON?T DO)
1) They breed dogs that are not correct for the Standards for health, temperament, and how they *suppose* to look. This is why many of the back-yard breeding's that take place produce puppies which grows into adults that are incorrect and often have terrible behavior problems.
2) They breed dogs that have the same faults, which in turn, compounds faults into the puppies.
3) They do not know the breed standards for the breed they are breeding.
4) They do not know what genetic (health) issues are for the breed they are breeding, they say that there are NO problems associated with the breed, or ask, ?what problems??
5) They are not there for you IF you have problems or questions through-out the lifetime of your dog.
6) They do not require spay/neuter contracts, nor do they supply you with a written contract/guarantee, nor do they require the dog be returned to them if you can no longer keep the animal.
7) They think they can make just a little money breeding.
8) Some will screen potential buyers and some won?t. Most really don?t care what happens to the puppy after it leaves their house.
WHY THEY CREATE DAMAGE
1) With them not requiring spay/neuters, when those dogs are eventually bred (as most will do), then it compounds the problems... more and more dogs are being produced in an overly populated world already. Just go to your local shelter and look at all those dogs. They were someone?s pet at some point in their life. Most of them would come from someone just wanting to breed their pets just once or twice.
2) By continued irresponsible breeding(s), more and more dogs end up in rescue, shelters, dumped, research labs, used as bait dogs for dog fighting or at the hands of commercial dog breeders (Puppy Mill Breeders) or commercial brokers (Puppy Mill Brokers).
Note: Brokers buy from the commercial dog breeders and sell directly to the Pet- Stores or directly to the Public
Study the breed standards!
Puppies should be health looking, proper weight, with clear bright eyes.
Nasal discharge (if any) should ONLY be clear, not green or yellow, or crusty.
Puppies should be round, but not OVERLY round. (indication of worms).
Puppies should be well socialized. Pay attention and you will find your perfect puppy right here in our Boston neighborhood or New England.
What is the difference between a Back Yard Breeder and a Reputable Breeder?
The BYB might have purebred dogs or might not. It must be noted that to qualify as a purebred a dog must have registration papers. However, registration papers do not prove quality, and this is one point the BYB fails at.guarantees for health , and will always take a dog back at any time if its new owner cannot keep it.
BYB occasionally vaccinate and de-worm, but seldom have the pups vet checked, and seldom offer any guarantees. Sometimes buyers pay top dollars for pups that are not vaccinated and may have defects, their goal is profit, and they (as well as puppy mills) are responsible for many of the ongoing genetic health problems we see in many dogs today. They will continue to breed inferior dogs, where as a reputable breeder would stop breeding a dog that produced anything other than excellent quality pups.
In short, the Back Yard Breeder INTENTIONALLY produced a litter of low quality pups for the purpose of selling to the unsuspecting public. They breed for profit, the Reputable breeder breeds to improve the breed.
To spot a responsible breeder, look out for someone who:
- Never sells puppies to a dealer or pet shop.
- Screens animals for heritable diseases and removes affected animals from breeding program. Affected animals are altered; may be placed as pets as long as health issues are disclosed to buyers/adopters.
- Removes aggressive animals from breeding program; alters or euthanize them.
- Keeps animals healthy and well-socialized.
- Never keeps more dogs than they can provide with the highest level of care, including quality food, clean water, proper shelter from heat or cold, exercise, socialization and professional veterinary care.
- Has working knowledge of genetics and generally avoids inbreeding.
- Bases breeding frequency on mother’s health, age, condition and recuperative abilities.
- Does not breed extremely young or old animals.
- Breeds and rears dogs in the home, where they are considered part of the family.
- Ensures newborn animals are kept clean, warm, fed, vetted and with the mother until weaned; begins socialization of puppies at three weeks of age.
- Screens potential guardians; discusses positive and negative aspects of animal/breed.
- Ensures animals are weaned (eight to ten weeks of age for dogs and cats) before placement.
- Offers guidance and support to new guardians.
- Provides an adoption/purchase contract in plain English that spells out breeder’s responsibilities, adopter’s responsibilities, health guarantees and return policy.
- Provides accurate and reliable health, vaccination and pedigree information.
- Makes sure pet-quality animals are sold on a limited registration (dogs only), spay/neuter contract, or are altered before placement.
- Will take back any animal of their breeding, at any time and for any reason.