About Puppy Mills
A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. The key difference between a responsible breeder and a puppy mill is the conditions in which the dogs are kept. In a puppy mill the dogs live in small cages exposed to all the elements. They live in their own filth, are not given adequate food or water. The dogs do not receive adequate medical care or time outside of their crates. The females are bred continuously. A puppy mill will never allow you on their premises and will ship your dog directly to you. Responsible breeders do not sell to pet stores. They encourage you to visit their facility. Most will not ship dogs.
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