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The following are some typical practices of Bad Breeders. Not all breeders are guilty of all these things, but if you are dealing with a breeder that mention or demonstrate these practices, you are most likely NOT working with a responsible breeder.

Sells males for less than females. This is because a premium is placed on females by other "wanna be" breeders to start their own backyard breeding program.
Sells "show quality" while they never show themselves. How can you know? markings? That only represents about 10% of what makes up a "show quality" dog.
Sells any puppy with full registration for more money, regardless of the quality or health of the pup.
There breeding stock comes from the old iron curtain Eastern European countries; Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia etc. There are some good kennels, but most puppy mill dogs are imported from these countries with NO proof of any health history. How will you know?
Selling pups from parents with no verifiable health clearances on a minimum of Hips, Elbows, Eyes CERF. If you are told "our vet said they are healthy" This is a BIG red flag.
The breeder comes up with excuses NOT to give you the registration numbers of the parents and grandparents. You can verify health clearances with these numbers on the OFA database.
If you read or told "Breeding Stock comes from healthy lines" Demand proof.
Dogs that are bred before 2 years of age. Ask the birth date of both breeding parents. They should be a minimum of 2 years of age.
"Both parents on premises." Good breeders go out and find the stud dog that best compliments their bitch. Breeders who tend to be in it "for the money" only, don't want to pay a stud fee, so they just get a boy and a girl, and whatever they produce, they produce. Also, if they own several females and only one male. This tells me they are just pumping out puppies - high volume - high sales - more money in the seller's pocket (this is not an absolute - some good breeders DO have the stud dog - so this is not always the case)
Breeder does not follow up on previous litters to assure they are healthy. This is especially important if the puppy seller touts "Healthy Dogs" If they have not made follow ups on previous litters, how can they make that claim ?
Any breeder that has puppies available all year long. This could mean that they are using puppy mill practices.
The "Health Guarantee" is a sales pitch.
Breeder has a USDA License. This almost guarantees you are dealing with a mass production puppy factory.
AKC inspected. Every breeder who breeds AKC registered dogs is subject to AKC inspection. This means nothing.
Breeder discourages you from visiting their facilities, or "suggests" you meet somewhere to get your pup. This is often offered as a convenience to you. It is really because a breeder doesn't want you to see their kennel.
Any breeder that does not ask you questions about your family and lifestyle. Most responsible breeders ask you questions and ask you to fill out a questionnaire or application.
Any breeder that sells without a contract.
Pretty web sites with lots of cute pictures and flowery language like "farm raised with love," or "we just love our fur babies." Provides little or no useful information such as pedigrees of parents, health clearances, breeding philosophy, etc. This is a very crafty and effective way to bamboozle you as the buyer.
Requires money up front before any paperwork (such as pedigree info, contract info etc.) is provided.
Requires deposits (usually non-refundable) before their bitch is bred or the litter is whelped.
Puppies registered with other than AKC registry. While AKC registration does not assure a good breeder, NO responsible American breeder uses any other registry. The puppy mill industry has created many bogus registries to trick buyers. Dogs registered with APR (American Pet Registry), CKC (Continental Kennel Club, not to be confused with the Canadian Kennel Club - a legitimate registry), ACA (American Canine Association), AMW (Archive of Merit Worldwide), FIC Federation of International Champions), etc. are indicative of a commercial puppy factory.
"I just breed nice puppies for nice people." This is the hallmark of a bad breeder. You are a nice person, and you want a nice puppy, but not from this breeder. What this REALLY means is "I am breeding whatever dogs I can get my hands on, and I am selling them to anyone who comes up with the cash."
Breeds multiple breeds. Some good breeders may breed one or possibly two other breeds; BUT anyone who has more than 4 or 5 different breeds of dogs is making a business out of pumping out puppies. There is no way this many dogs can be given the attention and care that they need. This is a puppy factory.
"Champion bloodlines." This could mean one dog in a 64 dog pedigree has attained a championship. This also implies that the parents aren't champions. This is just another trick to fool you.
Do not have a lifetime return policy for dogs. They do not concern themselves with rescue and take no responsibility for the dogs they have produced once the sale is done and the money has changed hands. These breeders represent a large part of the mess that purebred rescue groups have to clean up.

These are just a few of the things that should make you suspicious of the motivations of the breeder. These are examples of what is done by those who don't care about whether they are breeding physically/orthopedically or temperamentally sound dogs. They just want to cash-in on the breed's popularity and pocket your money. If your puppy winds up crippled by hip or elbow dysplasia, or dies of epilepsy or bloat or has a vicious, aggressive temperament, they really don't care.



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