A puppy farmer is defined as a high volume breeder who breeds puppies with little or no regard for the health and welfare of the puppies or their parents.
According to Pets4Homes, “puppy farms for dogs are the equivalent of battery farms for chickens, and the care, welfare and living conditions of the dogs and puppies kept and housed as part of a puppy farming establishment are by their very nature, sub-par, and unfit for purpose.”
In 2018, the government announced it would ban unethical puppy and kitten farms in England, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over.
The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or rehoming centre. The proposed rule would also effectively prevent the sale of puppies and kittens in traditional pet shops.
It can be hard for a first time puppy buyer to identify a puppy farm. The people who own and manage puppy farms are adept at disguising the operation, and many an unsuspecting owner has inadvertently bought a puppy farm puppy without being aware.
Pets4Homes lists some of the warning signs to look out for, which include:
Still unsure? Check out this list of essential questions to ask your breeder.
The health of a pet bought from a puppy farm may not be the best and, as a result, your pet could suffer from long term illnesses. It’s important to ensure you choose the right level of pet insurance cover for you, and to keep your pet happy and healthy.
If in doubt, chat to your vet.
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