Dog lovers are often surprised to hear about the existence of puppy mills. When you enter a pet store to find the perfect addition to your family, you don’t expect to hear about puppy mills that are essentially breeding facilities that produce large numbers of purebred puppies for commercial game. But the reality of puppy mills is all too true and humane societies throughout North America have major concerns about puppy mills.
The biggest problems associated with puppy mills are almost always related to health factors. Dogs born in puppy mills often receive poor veterinary care and may even be the result of severe inbreeding. Over breeding, poor nutrition, poor socialization, and poor living conditions are all very serious concerns that humane societies have about puppy mills. In fact, the prevalence of hereditary diseases, euthanasia of unwanted puppies, and malnutrition in puppy mills makes these very frightening institutions indeed. And the problems with puppy mills are not exclusive to the health of the puppies alone; for example, breeder dogs are often forced to live in puppy mills for the duration of their lives so that they can continue to breed more puppies.
Pet stores often stock purebred dogs from puppy mills. While registration certificates are a requirement for purebred dogs, it is actually quite difficult to track the lineage of these dogs and subsequently the number of purebreds coming from puppy mills seems to be on the rise. If you want to get a purebred dog but you want to avoid puppy mills the best thing you can do is find a qualified breeder and view his or her facilities. Good breeders socialize their puppies with humans, feed them a healthy diet, give them plenty of exercise, and ensure that the puppies have access to adequate veterinary care. Moreover, most reputable breeders will interview prospective owners to ensure that their puppies end up in loving, nurturing homes.