We see so many dogs come into the Rescue that have been given to us for adoption due to conditions that are a result of in breeding or poor breading conditions. We also hear many sad tales from dog owners who lost their new (and expensive puppies) due to illness because they bought their dog from a puppy mill breeder.
Please pay particular attention to the breeder from whom you are going to buy your Shar Pei. While it may take a combination of signs to indicate a breeder is operating a puppy mill, some of these are direct flags all on their own:
- An organization listed as a rescue is selling puppies in large numbers or always seems to have them available.
- A breeder refuses to divulge the name of his or her veterinarian. (If you are given this information, we’re not suggesting you call and interrogate the vet. At least look up the vet’s name and location to ensure it’s legitimate and the vet is still in practice.)
- Advertisements are constantly in the newspaper classifieds, on fliers passed out in public places or listed on the internet, including Facebook, to buy puppies from the same person or organization.
- A person holds a sign on the side of the road or camps out near a busy roadway trying to sell puppies.
- The same person always has puppies available or advertises them at every occasion as gifts.
- A breeder offers multiple different breeds for sale or “rare” or “new” breeds. Breeding should not be an experiment.
- The seller wants to meet you in a public place to complete the sale.
- The person does not ask you any questions other than money and pickup arrangements. Any legitimate breeder should care who his or her puppies end up with and ensure they are going to suitable homes.
- The person sells puppies at everyday events, such as garage sales or flea markets.
- You are not allowed to meet the breeding parents or view the home or business facility.
- A person claims he or she is selling the puppies as an “agent” for a breeder.
- Puppies are offered in opposite-sex pairs to encourage breeding.
- The breeder claims spaying or neutering is not required or unnecessary.
- The puppies are offered for sale and delivery before they reach 8 weeks old.