7 Good Reasons To Avoid Puppy Farms

Puppy farms (also known as puppy mills) breed thousands of puppies every year. These 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 Exactly Is A Puppy Farm?

It's a 'production unit' where puppies and bitches are kept in highly unsatisfactory conditions; cramped and dirty kennels, with inadequate runs, and where poop and pee are not cleared away.

The bitches (often many different breeds) are bred en-mass, and when they can no longer breed, they are needlessly destroyed! Puppy mill owners are 'in business' purely for the money!

Puppy Farms: Avoid At All Costs

Please don't buy your Cocker Spaniel puppy from one of these awful puppy 'factories'...no matter how tempted you might be.

Cute black cocker spaniel puppy in metal potHealthy puppy from a good breeder, not a puppy mill!

You may feel you're saving a little puppy from a life of misery, but you couldn't be further away from the truth.

You will in fact be helping puppy mills to stay in business!

If you need any further convincing, here are 7 good reasons why you shouldn't buy your puppy from one of these terrible places:

Don't Buy From A Puppy Farmer

Pups are bred 'conveyor-belt style' purely for profit. Puppies are neglected and often in poor health. Here's 7 good reasons not to buy from puppy farms.

1. Poor Health

A lack of careful breeding, inadequate care, cramped and unhygenic conditions often lead to the puppies having health problems.  

The bitches and her puppies are often fed a poor diet, resulting in limited nutrition reaching the pups at a time when their little bodies need it the most to help them grown big, strong and healthy. 

2. Neurological Problems

Inadequate breeding and a lack of training comes at a price.

'Farmed' puppies often have neurological problems, which will almost certainly cause behavioural problems, which will only esculate later in life. 

By the time the puppy reaches you it will already have begun to develop behavioural problems, which may be difficult for you to rectify.

3. Lack of Socialization

Add to that a lack of socialization and you're heading for trouble.

The puppies are often taken from their mothers far too early. In addition, they won't have had much contact with people and in particular, children, and will have missed vital socialization development stages which may now be impossible to address.

It's almost certain that the pups won't have had any training of any kind, including potty training or crate training. 

4. Overworked Mother

The bitches will often be overworked. They'll have many litters and won't be allowed adequate time to rest and recover from giving birth between litters.

As mentioned earlier, when they're no longer of any use to the puppy farmer, they will be needlessly destroyed. No forever homes for these poor exhaused mums.

A good enough reason for not patronising these kind of premises. 

5. Inadequate Exercise

The bitch and her puppies won't be given adequate exercise, if any, and puppy mill owners certainly won't take time out to play with their pups.

In their eyes, time is money!

6. Puppy Farmers Will Sell To Anyone

Puppy mill '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.

7. Are You Really Buying A Pedigree Puppy?

Pedigree English Cocker Spaniel puppies are not cheap, but puppies from one of these 'breeding factories' will usually be much cheaper. 

Serious Health And/Or Behavioral Problems

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.

Let's face it, they can afford to sell their pups for less because they don't spend a lot on giving them the best start in life. 

It's highly unlikely that the puppies will have been wormed or vaccinated and their pedigree may also be questionable.

Any money spent on their puppies, necessities such as food, vaccination, health care, is kept to a very basic minimum to allow them to make a bigger profit.

If the price of the puppy is very cheap, this may be a tell tale sign that you're dealing with a puppy farmer. 

Insist On Visiting Their Premises

Many puppy mill owners don't want you to visit their premises, and will often 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, as well as the puppy's mother.

Puppy farms (puppy mills) are very definitely NOT the places to buy your Cocker 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.

Am I Dealing With A Puppy Farmer?

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

Have A Horror Story To Tell About Puppy Farms?

There are many sad and heart-wrenching stories about puppies who started their little lives in a puppy farm.

Many of these little mites 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.

How to make effective change 
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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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