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Puppy mills (known as puppy farms in the UK and Australia) are dog breeding operations that are considered by some to be disreputable and sometimes hazardous to the health of the animals due to the conditions of the breeding kennel.[citation needed] The term originated among critics of such operations.[citation needed] Small-scale operations where dogs do not receive adequate health care or good sanitation are usually called backyard breeding;[citation needed] the terms are akin but not synonymous. The largest concentrations in the USA are allegedly in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and rural Missouri.[citation needed] Dog breeding is the vocation of mating carefully selected specimens to produce specific qualities and characteristics. ... A backyard breeder is a person who practices random or ignorant dog breeding on a small scale. ... Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, known as the Garden Spot of America since the 18th century, is located in the southeastern part of the state of Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China An artists rendering of an aerial view of the Maryland countryside: Jane Frank (Jane Schenthal Frank, 1918-1986), Aerial Series: Ploughed Fields, Maryland, 1974, acrylic and mixed materials on apertured double canvas, 52... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St. ...


Reputable breeders raise their animals in humane conditions, provide good socialization and often formal training, and adhere to the breed standard.[citation needed] They are knowledgeable about major health problems associated with their breed, and with the principles of genetics, frequently undertaking specific matings to produce or refine particular desirable characteristics in their dogs.[citation needed] They are also sensitive to the requirements of their breeding adults — who may also be breed or performance champions — and the puppies they produce. Reputable breeders frequently screen potential customers rigorously, and usually provide a pedigree and health guarantee with their puppies. A breed standard (also called bench standard) in animal fancy and animal husbandry is a set of guidelines which is used to insure that the animals produced by a breeding facility conform to the specifics of the breed. ...


Although many responsible breeding operations tend to be small, size alone is not an indication that a particular operation is a puppy mill. Rather, puppy mills are characterized by ignoring duties that are standard among responsible dog breeders. They may keep their dogs in overcrowded, unclean or otherwise inappropriate surroundings. The puppies they produce may be improperly socialized or may suffer from health problems which are often not disclosed to purchasers. Their breeding animals may also suffer, with females sometimes forced to undergo repeated pregnancies too quickly to fully recuperate between them.


Puppy mill operators may misrepresent the breed of dog being sold, and adult puppy mill dogs may exhibit characteristics uncommon to their advertised breed. Unlike the puppies produced by reputable breeders, the vast majority of puppy mill animals are sold to pet stores. Puppy mill operators are frequently accused of being motivated only by profit rather than a commitment to the breed or any empathy for the animals in their care. This Chihuahua mix and Great Dane show the wide range of dog breed sizes. ... A pet store or pet shop is a store at which one can purchase supplies for pets. ... A breed is a domesticated subspecies or infrasubspecies of an animal. ... Empathy (from the Greek εμπάθεια, to make suffer) is commonly defined as ones ability to recognize, perceive and directly experientially feel the emotion of another. ...


Purchasing dogs, especially those claimed to be purebred, from a pet store is strongly discouraged by reputable breeders and animal shelters. While many pet stores claim to purchase dogs from "local breeders" instead of puppy mills, this is often untrue or is a difference in name only, as reputable breeders generally do not sell animals to pet stores. The phrase "local breeder" may also refer to backyard breeders. A pet store or pet shop is a store at which one can purchase supplies for pets. ... Dog at a no-kill animal shelter in Washington, Iowa An animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats. ... A backyard breeder is a person who practices random or ignorant dog breeding on a small scale. ...


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The hardcore noise outfit Man Is The Bastard did a song by the name of "Puppy Mill" that spoke out against them. Man Is the Bastard were a pioneering hardcore punk band who contributed the name, and perhaps also the ethos, to the punk subgenre known as power violence. ...


External links

  • Stop Puppy Mills - Humane Society of the United States
  • Companion Animal Protection Society - The only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals
  • http://www.prisonersofgreed.org/ Prisoners of Greed
  • http://www.nopuppymills.com/ No Puppy Mills - Dedicated to educating the public about the commercial dog industry in America
  • http://www.kimtownsend.com/pspwhere.htm This page outlines where puppies are sold (petshop locations), where the brokers are located, and where the breeders are located. Over 1000 puppies researched.
  • http://www.kimtownsend.com/petshoppuppies.htm Why are so many puppy mill puppies born on Monday? Solid proof that the dog industry falsifies birthdays and sells underage puppies.
  • http://www.kimtownsend.com/csusda.htm Understanding cage size -- A pretty straight forward illustration series showing how to measure and calculate the primary enclosure size in commercial kennels. A real eye-opener to those that think that being USDA 'certified' is something to brag about.

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Puppy Mill Protest | What is a puppy mill? (968 words)
Female dogs in puppy mills are often bred from their first heat cycle until they can no longer give birth, with a litter produced every heat cycle.
Puppies born in puppy mills are shipped to pet stores around the nation.
Puppies are torn away from their mothers before they are properly weaned and sold to stores all around the country.
Puppy mill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (410 words)
Puppy mills (known as puppy farms in the UK and Australia) are dog breeding operations that are considered to be disreputable and irresponsible.
Puppy mill operators may misrepresent the breed of dog being sold, and adult puppy mill dogs may exhibit characteristics uncommon to their advertised breed.
Puppy mill operators are frequently accused of being motivated only by profit rather than a commitment to the breed or any empathy for the animals in their care.
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