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Getting A Puppy - How And Why To Avoid The Puppy Farm

What is a puppy farm and why should they be avoided?

A puppy farm is usually licenced by the local council in its geographical area as a legal breeding establishment.

Licencing officers visit and grant a licence to this type of breeder making the whole thing legal. There are a number of rules that licencing is supposed to be based on canine welfare, but the guidelines vary and don’t reach the dizzy heights of even the most basic life quality for the dogs.

I have never been inside a puppy farm but have carried out some research from others who have. Remember as you read the following descriptions that someone has licenced most puppy farms as acceptable practice; they are currently legal.

The commercial puppy farm is big, there can be hundreds of dogs in one. There is a lot of noise and distress from the dogs. Doors bang and cages rattle, there are sounds of tiny puppies of different ages – simply being puppies.

The dogs are covered in urine, matted, unhealthy, and desperately sad. Puppy farm parents have bodies that are ravaged by breeding; they have many litters that are forcibly removed and then mated again. When they reach the end of their breeding life some go to rescue whilst others are killed.

One person who shared her experience with me said that the dogs were clubbed to death when they were no longer of use.

Dogs are our friends. They have evolved as companions, workmates, and partners for people, yet some of our own species do this to them, whilst our own government provides legal back-up via licencing, all based on cash.