Signs That A Dog Is From a Puppy Mill

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In virtually every business these days, there are scam artists infesting the market and cutting corners to save money. It’s no different with dog breeders. Here are some signs you’re dealing with a scammer running a puppy mill. Don’t fall for it…
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Puppy Mill Warning Signs

Newborns: Legitimate dog breeders would never think of selling a puppy before it’s at least 8 weeks old. Any younger and the dog is probably from a puppy mill.
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Puppy Mill Warning Signs

Vaccinations: Any breeder who can’t provide documentation on a puppy’s shot record is probably dealing with a puppy mill. They leave that “little” detail up to you…
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Puppy Mill Warning Signs

Too many breeds: Real dog breeders specialize in one breed. Two at the most. Any other number is a red flag you’re getting a mutt…
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Puppy Mill Warning Signs

Hygiene: Does your puppy smell clean? Is it well groomed? If not, it’s probably from a kennel…
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Puppy Mill Warning Signs

Meeting Place: If a dog breeder begs off meeting you at their home or workplace and suggests a mall or public space, back away from the deal. Breeders LOVE to show off their facilities…
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Puppy Mill Warning Signs

Malnutrition: If a puppy looks sickly, that’s a ploy to get you to feel sorry for the dog and try to “nurse” it back to health. That’s what kennels and shelters are for…
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Puppy Mill Warning Signs

Extreme Promises: If your prospective breeder tells you something like a Great Dane won’t grow too big for your studio apartment, stay away. They’ll tell you anything to get those greenbacks…
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Puppy Mill Warning Signs

Guarantees: If a breeder insists you take the dog “as is” it’s a sure sign you’re dealing with a puppy mill scammer. Even the most experienced breeder will feel a tug at their hearts when letting any puppy go.
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Documentation. If a “breeder” tries to palm off some bogus papers and hustles you to sign like a used car salesman, it’s time to move on. Know what you’re reading before you sign any documents.
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