- Are you looking for a new puppy?
- Sharing your life with a new dog requires a great deal of commitment
- If buying a new puppy, do plenty of research beforehand
Who doesn’t love a new puppy? Soft and cuddly, loving and adorable, making the best pet buddies. However, were you aware that some small puppies and their canine parent are being treated abysmally, by dishonest and immoral puppy farmers who don’t care at all about the dogs’ well-being?
Puppy breeding business in the UK
Many dog breeding establishments are run as large-scale commercial organisations, with most of them operating as factory farms, where puppies are bred solely for profit and treated purely as commodities. The down side of these establishments is that the puppies generally have serious health problems and are reared in horrifically, terrible conditions. It’s not always the larger scale organisations that are associated with puppy farming, as some smaller volume breeding companies also exist that not always operate for profit.
Puppy farming health and welfare issues in the UK include but are not limited to:
- The parent dogs are bred from too frequently
- Breeding bitches are kept in extreme confinement – living conditions are atrocious – very often unhygienic
- Puppies are taken from their mother at a very early age
- Inadequate veterinary health treatment, parasite control and grooming
- Many puppies are housed in cages without being allowed out for toilet, socialising, play or exercise in inadequate living conditions
- Frequent long term behaviour problems and serious problems with socialising and trust
- Young puppies often sent on long journeys to pet shops or so-called puppy dealers with many of them not even surviving the journey
Buying a new puppy
We need to be aware that puppies bred on these unscrupulous puppy farms may be advertised for sale by many means – pet shops, car-boot sales, markets, newspaper adverts, on the internet and even at the puppy farm, although you will not see the desperate living conditions of the animals here, but will be confronted with a “shop front” where you will view and meet your puppy. You may also be shown the parent dog, but don’t be fooled as she could well be sent back to her dire living, caged conditions very soon after you meet her.
Puppy farms are not only producing unrecognised breeds of dogs, but they are now involved in the commercial breeding of crossbreeds, purebred and pedigree dogs too. As a buyer, you have no way of knowing whether your new puppy has been bred in these appalling conditions, unless you visit the breeding facility, meet the mother dog and inspect their living conditions for yourself. Ensure that you visit at least a couple of times to meet and socialise with your new pup and its mother and that the pup doesn’t leave its mother before at least 8 weeks old. Any responsible breeder will be happy to discuss the new pup’s dietary and medical history and to offer ongoing support.
Offer a home to a rescue dog
There are many thousands of dogs abandoned each year, who would make wonderful canine companions. Please consider adopting a rescue dog rather than buying on impulse from a puppy farm breeder.
In the meantime, although local authorities and other dog welfare organisations are doing what they can to stamp out this illegal and disgusting trade, it’s down to the consumer not to approach and buy from these puppy farms. Only then will their trade and business fail.
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