When choosing a puppy, it’s important you find a responsible breeder. You’ve probably been warned about puppy mills. But you also need to watch out for backyard breeders.
Backyard breeder is a term used to describe a wide range of different disreputable breeding practices. What these breeders all have in common is that they don’t look out for the health of their puppies.
Backyard breeders will often raise and breed dogs in their own homes, without any concern of giving their animals proper space. They may also know little about breeding, and will miss signs of genetic illnesses that skilled breeders could easily spot.
Even if these breeders know about heritable diseases, they often don’t care. They’ll breed their dogs to maximise litter size and profit, without any concern about the health of the puppies.
Shady Sales Tactics
Many backyard breeders will try to quickly unload large litters of puppies. They’ll offer quick online sales, without asking you to provide any background information.
While getting a puppy quickly buy cutting through red tape may seem practical, it’s a bad idea. Any reputable breeder cares deeply about their puppies, and wants to make sure they find a safe and happy home. If a breeder isn’t asking any questions about you, they likely don’t care about the health of their dogs.
Hide Key Information
Any relationship with a dog breeder needs to be based on honesty. If you try to contact a breeder and they are unwilling to provide any personal information, this is a red flag. Also make sure that they will give you vaccine or vet information. If they don’t, they may be trying to hide a puppy’s health problems.
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Every breeder or business we work with follows strict ethical and breeding guidelines. This helps prevent genetic illnesses, and ensures that all the puppies are born in a safe, healthy environment.
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