A puppy mill is a kennel. Just a very horrible one. A kennel is a place that houses dogs. It is a facility to keep and/or raise dogs. Places that board dogs/offer training services or a breeders property are all known as kennels. A Puppy Mill is a place where dogs are bred for profit, overbred and many litters are born. They can have dogs in the 100s and many different breeds to supply and make more money. Not all puppy mills are like this, some may have 2 or 3 breeds and less dogs but are still a mill. Think of a mill, a place where things are mass prodiced, thats a puppy mill. Some of these females have litters just as the others are wheaned and are bred to their death. There are many more problems with puppy mills, sick dogs, bad temperaments, starving dogs, dying pups, dog left needing vet care, unsanitary living conditions all types of neglect. A good breeder keeps a clean facility, only breeds when they need to, out of breed worthy dogs. Doesn't breed for money but to put out dogs that better the breed, are a quality rep of what the breed should be, and to keep their line of dogs going. They don't make a profit on their dogs because it takes a lot of money to breed and raise dogs properly. Some don't even sell pups. Other sell pups when they have excess to other good breeders. Sometimes they have pet quality dogs available on a spay/neuter contract. They will ensure there dog has a good life, replace the dog, or take it back if you can't keep it. Puppy mills sell to just anyone never knowing where any of their 1000s of puppies end up. The Kennel Puppy Love Kennels I looked at their site. LOOKS like a nice kennel. Contacting them (if your interested) would be a good idea to find out more about them. Sometimes kennels look nice but you can tell once you start talking to the breeders. In this case I would say they aren't a puppy mill from the looks of things. They are doing OFA certs (which a puppy mill isn't going to do), they have DNA on file, have the pedigree posted. Most puppy mill sites won't have this, some do though. However I don't see titles on their dogs and the male stud Blake is said to have CH bloodlines but this isn't until the 5th generation, and that is as far as you'd see on a 6 gen pup off him, only back to Blake's 5th gen will be the pups 6th gen. many people say CH bloodlines but that doesn't mean much anymore. I wouldn't say they would be the most horrible place to get a dog from and you'd probably be getting a healthy good natured pet. If you feel comfortable with their breeding practices thats up to you. I didn't look thoughout the entire site. It looks like they buy decent-good stock to breed. That is good and bad. Good that they do and you have good chances of getting a nice dog, but that they are not taking and proving their own stuff and the stuff they have already bred off their dogs and kept. The new stud they have is a titled dog, good hips.
The breeder at htat site does test their dogs, but honestly, theyve' got so many generations shown on the pedigree it's almost insane. If I put out a 5 or 6 generation pedigree on my mixed breed dog of dubious background, I bet I could come up with some champions as well. That said, it does seem that they are breeding dogs for field work, and not show dogs. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I did notice some of hte dogs are junior hunters or senior hunters. If you get in touch with the breeder, ask them what the goal of their breeding program is.