I recently stated a breeder was a puppy mill. I based this on observing info he posted in his puppy for sale ads for a peroid of eight months. If someone has 10 or more breeds and constantly has litters from most if not all of the breeds for sale, is that a puppy mill? I also noticed there was no info on the parents or any health screening just send money for deposit and when he would be shipping the pups.
From what you are discribing, my opinion is that is a puppy mill. I consider a puppy mill as someone who breed many different breeds, has litters all the time. Doesn't do health tests, doesn't give a health guarentee of 2yrs or more. Keeps dogs in small confined areas. Know little about each breed they own, doesn't show there breeding dogs in any sort of compatition.
That is basicly what I think. Now granted not all of these things as one is bad. But if there are several of these things going on at one place. My opinion is that is a puppy mill and I would never even consider that place again.
I bought a pure breed from a farm. Wanting a feamale for my perfect male. She was a good price. They told me she wasn't perfect. That was ok with me. Thought when we brought her home she was more then a little inperfect. Lots of in breeding there. Please check out the breeds that you are looking for before you buy. Roxy will alway be part of our family, but her nickname is rocks for brains. Thought she not the smartest thing in the world she has a heart as round as her body. KNOW YOUR BREED BEFORE BUYING.
Here is a good sign you are dealing with someone who is not a good breeder.....They care more about getting your money for the dog than what kind of home you will be bringing the dog into.
It is so very important to research the breeder you are thinking of purchasing from. I have heard many claim that a bad breeder was a puppy mill when it was not the case. There are bad breeders and then there are puppy mills. Both can result in an empty wallet for the buyer as well as a broken heart.
Beside the horrid abuse/neglect that dogs experience at the hand of a puppy-miller, there is the obvious low-quality puppy you will end up with. I am not referring to the dog being show-quality or not, I am referring to excessive health issues, genetic abnormalities, deformities and emotional issues they will have.
Pups born into a puppy mill are routinely ripped from their mother too early, which can have an emotional effect on a pup. Additionally, dogs are left in cages for such a long period of time that they get cage crazy.
Puppy mills churn out dogs like a product...because that is what they think of them as. It is like a factory. They have a large "breeding stock" and most have multiple breeds to choose from. There is no concern about the betterment of the breed. Many millers provide pups to pet stores as well as the general public.
It is imperative that you do your due diligence when choosing whom you will purchase from. Ask a lot of questions and listen to that small voice in your head. Too many people feel uneasy when purchasing the puppy, see the red flags and think "this isn't right" but let their emotions lead the way.