“The place looks clean and presentable; this must be a reputable breeder.”
Having a clean, presentable front does not necessarily mean that the place is not a puppy mill. The horrors could be happening in the back areas away from the public eye. With the exposure of various puppy mills all over the world, some shrewd business owners choose to market themselves better and avoid controversy. By appearing reputable, the owners are able to raise the prices of their puppies and hence raise their profits. Do not be tricked. If you are buying a puppy, be sure to read our tips to avoid supporting the puppy mills.

“Imported puppies are better quality puppies.”
Puppies from puppy mills can just as easily be found in shops that do not breed their own puppies. Pet shops may also import puppies from overseas. The common misconception is that imported dogs are better quality dogs. However, these imported puppies can just as well be from overseas puppy mills. Don’t take their word for it; you can never be sure unless you visit the exact kennel that the puppy is from.  Generally, responsible breeders overseas do not sell their puppies to pet shop or pet farms. Click here to see the conditions of some of the puppy mills exposed overseas.

“The puppy I bought has ‘papers’ so it cannot be from a puppy mill.”
Does the breed certificate only state that your dog is purebred? Does the pedigree certificate trace the dog’s lineage for three or four generations and may include its ancestors’ genetic information and competitions that they have participated in? Such papers may be easily obtained by a puppy mill breeder through registration and payment of fees. They can also be easily forged. Even if such ‘papers’ are real, nothing is said in such papers about the conditions in which the puppies are bred and raised. There is no guarantee that the pedigree dog you buy is healthy or free from genetic defects. Pedigree papers do not offer a potential puppy buyer much information regarding the puppy, but enables puppy mill breeders and pet shops to sell their puppies at a much higher price.

“Pup’s parents have won show competitions. This must be a good puppy.”
Trophies and ribbons that the parents have, do not indicate that the puppy is raised in humane conditions. The puppy mill breeder could have purchased a former show dog so that he can use this to charge more for its puppies.