Puppy Farms and Designer dogs breeds
Designer dogs is a fancy name for dogs that, until fairly recently, would have been free. Now however, people are cross breeding dogs of unknown heritage and health status to create designer cross breed puppies to sell for huge amounts of money. They give them names such as Cavoodles, Moodles, Pugalier, Labradoodle and many others. These puppies are usually bred from non-health tested parents and the resulting progeny are a genetic lottery.
Many of these sorts of dogs are bred on Puppy Farms. These organisations have many many dogs living in cramped and often filthy conditions with very minimal human contact. These dogs are bred on every season as long as they can have babies. Once they can no longer produce offspring they are euthanased. Many of these puppies are the cute fluffy ones you see in a petshop window, but they can also be bought over the internet. Puppies have minimal human contact and are not socialised.
Some push the purchase of these puppies stating they are healthier due to hybrid vigour. This is not correct. Many people find after purchasing their puppy they grow larger and more energetic than they were expecting, or they have luxating patellas, eye problems, skin problems, heart problems, jaw problems and more. The parents of these puppies have no health testing and as what happens to a puppy after it is sold is not known they keep breeding puppies with inherent problems. Many are sold as non-allergenic or non-shedding. A lot of the new owners very soon find this to be untrue. There is no breeder back up, once you have parted with your money, the puppy is yours and they have no futher interest in your puppy or any issues that may arise.
The people that produce these puppies are not bound by a code of ethics and make their bitches breed on every season for their life. Responsible, ethical, registered breeders abide by a code of ethics. They put a lot of time and effort into breeding sound of mind and body dogs that make well adjusted family companions. Puppies are well socialised and healthy. You know how big your dog will be, what kind of coat your dog will have and the type of personality to expect. You have lifetime breeder back up should you have any questions or problems with your puppy. Registered breeders all like to recieve photos and updates. A registered ethical breeder will always take back a puppy they have bred if for any reason you can no longer keep your dog.
The only way to stop unscrupulous breeders from producing puppies is to not support the purchase of puppies through pet shops and from the internet fronts of puppy farms.
When looking for a loving stable companion for your family it is best to research reputable, registered breeders as you know what you will be getting. You are getting a healthy well socialised puppy from healthy parents. The puppies are well fed, de-wormed and de-flea'd correctly. They have been exposed to many people, other animals and normal household sounds. You have the breeders back up for the life of your puppy.
Link to information about puppy farms. These are quite often where the cute petshop puppy comes from, or the designer cross breed bought from a website with a fancy sounding name