Puppy Farms: 10 Reasons To Avoid Them

Puppy farms (also known as puppy mills) breed thousands of puppies every year. Their pups never receive the love and care that would be offered by responsible breeders and they're often kept in such diabolical conditions that many don't survive to reach a loving home.

What Is A Puppy Farm?

Puppy farms are where bitches, often many different breeds, are bred en-mass, in horrendous conditions...and when the bitches can no longer breed......they are needlessly destroyed!

Puppy mill owners are in it purely for the money!

10 Good Reasons For Avoiding Puppy Farms

Please don't buy your Cocker Spaniel puppy from one of these awful puppy 'factories'...no matter how tempted you might be! Please understand, you may feel you're saving him from a life of misery, but in doing so you will be helping puppy mills to stay in business.

If you need any further convincing, here are 10 good reasons why you shouldn't buy your puppy from one of these terrible places:

Black cocker spaniel puppy in metal potHealthy puppy from a good breeder, not a puppy mill!
  • Puppies and bitches are often kept in highly unsatisfactory conditions; cramped and dirty kennels, with inadequate runs, where urine and excreta are not cleared away.

  • The dogs are often fed a poor diet, and neither bitches nor puppies are cared for in the loving way professional Cocker Spaniel breeders or hobby breeders would.

  • The bitches will often have many litters and won't be given time to rest and recover from giving birth between litters.

  • The bitch and her puppies won't have been properly exercised, if at all, and they won't take time out to play with the puppies. Generally, their standards are very poor and levels of care are wholly inadequate.

  • It's highly unlikely that the puppies have been wormed or vaccinated.

  • Pedigree English Cocker Spaniel puppies are not cheap, but puppies from one of these 'breeding factories' will usually be much cheaper. Let's face it, they can afford to sell their pups cheaper because they don't spend a lot on giving them the best start in life. If the puppy is very cheap, this may be a tell tale sign that you're dealing with a puppy farmer.

  • Any money spent on the puppies for necessities such as food, vaccination, health care, is kept to a very basic minimum to allow them to make a bigger profit.
  • These 'breeders' aren't interested in finding out what kind of homes the puppies are going to, nor will they want to answer all of your questions; they're more likely to be interested in the sale, and will sell to anyone who can pay the price.

  • The breeders won't have given their puppies any socialization or potty training and will have missed vital development stages that may not be able to be repeated.

  • Many puppies reared in these appalling conditions die within days of arriving at their new home. Those who are lucky enough to survive may be so poorly socialized through lack of human contact that they may soon show signs of stress and behavioral problems.

Puppy farmers are unlikely to want you to visit their premises, and so will offer to deliver your puppy. In no circumstances agree to having a puppy delivered. Apart from wanting to choose your own pup, you need to see the environment in which they've been raised.

Farms (and puppy mills) are very definitely NOT the places to buy your puppy; please find a selection of reputable Cocker Spaniel breeders to choose from.

Alternatively, why not consider adopting a cocker spaniel from a cocker spaniel rescue center?

Tennessee Puppy Mill Raid

If you need any further convincing to stay away from these places, please watch this heartbreaking video of a puppy mill raid in Tennessee!

The raid is carried out by Stephanie Shain who is the Director of the Stop Puppy Mills Campaign for the Humane Society of the United States.

How To Avoid These Puppy 'Factories'

It's not always easy to spot these puppy 'factories' but this article will help you to work out whether or not you're dealing with a legitimate breeder or a puppy mill owner.

Do You Have A Horror Story To Tell About Puppy Farms?

There are many sad and heart-wrenching stories about puppies who've been bred in puppy farms.

Many of them die before finding a loving home, or within weeks of being sold, and many end up in rescue centers, or worse!

Their pain and suffering is tragic yet...these places continue to remain open.

If you have a sad or moving tale to tell, (even better if it has a happy ending!) why not spread the word by sharing your story and help stamp out puppy farms?

Your Moving Stories About Puppy Farms

Click on the links below to see some moving stories about puppies bred in puppy farms.

They were all written by other visitors to this page.

Jake's Story... 
We lost our precious baby boy Chickie suddenly at only 8 years of age. We lost him to kidney failure but many health issues throughout his short life. …

Back Yard Breeders 
I don't really have a story to tell about a dog, but I have a story to tell about a Back Yard Breeder. My family loves dogs and all animals, but we also …

Happy with the puppy farms 
I bought a puppy from a puppy farm. I actually went there to choose the one I wanted. They were kept in pens, but the dogs were fine. I took her home …

Shadow is a loving male Cocker Spaniel we adopted from the Orange County Animal Shelter in Orange County, California. We adopted Shadow the day after …

Gracie's Puppy Farm Story  
While standing in line at the County Animal Control, a volunteer noticed an elderly man turning in a dog that he said he "no longer had use for." Luckily, …

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