Posted: Yesterday at 10:18
I have the need to interject here. There is a big difference between what I would call someone who cares for the pets they are creating and selling on (a good breeder) and someone who is merely interested in a quick buck.
Sadly more than half of the pups I see these days are sickly, undernourished scrappy little things which have come from people who either don't know how to care for a bitch and her litter or don't actually care about the pups at all except for the money that they will generate.
People MUST see a mother WITH her pups, not just a dog they are shown in the garden. Use common sense, try to see a litter more than once if you are keen to buy a puppy (even better, get a dog from rescue!) and if you lift a puppy, does it feel chunky and solid?
Talk to your vet before you get a dog. Question everything a puppy salesperson says to you. If the puppy has been vaccinated, check the card and the postcode of the vet who vaccinated it, you would be astonished how many puppies I see that are bought locally but were vaccinated in Wales.
I'm going to say this out loud, there are vets who vaccinate puppies for these people and seemingly don't care about the trade. I do care and urge people to have a look at this page for pupaid - http://www.pupaid.org/wheresmum
Sorry if I am ranting a little, this is something very close to my heart. Far too many dogs live in misery so that people can have a designer puppy that, a reasonable proportion of the time, they won't even bother to keep when it grows up.