|Barked: Tue Oct 8, '13 9:47am PST |
|"Certified" breeders means little. In terms of the Keystone site, what is covered by such "certification" are mere matters of legality all mills have to adhere to and/or the most basic of puppy care. Puppy stores will tell you just as much.....that their breeders are "certified." Sounds impressive, but it really is not. Are they a member of their national breed club? Is there breeding stock registered with OFA, CERF, CHIC, etc.? Is there an application process? Speuter contract? To the contrary, quite a few of the very breeders "certified" by Keystone have past records for humane infractions, which makes their claim of "certification" laughable. Who would certify someone with a prior arrest record for humane violations? Would you, as a responsible breeder, bed down with an organization who DOES?
Puppy mills breed dogs for profit. The dogs are essentially livestock. Females are usually bred without a rest.....they just pump out puppies.....and when they no longer are money makers are dispatched. Puppies are sold to whoever is willing to buy them.
Puppies can conversely be purchased from responsible breeders, who care very much as to where their dogs go. They come from parents who have received health testing for known genetic conditions within their breed, their breeders belonging to the national breed club and being aware of health concerns in the breed for being part of that community. Females are bred no more than a few times, and if you ask to see their retired dogs, they will have some to show you, and also will gladly provide a list of pet homes their adults have been retired to. As very few puppy mills hold onto their retired dogs, a very good way to judge the ethics of the breeder is to ask about their retired dogs. Researching how many breeds they breed and then looking when you visit for ALL those dogs can be telling. If you don't see them, odds are they come from an off site facility, and are brought to the home for the purpose of the meeting.
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