We’re not a puppy mill, or a puppy farm.
EVERY one of our mamas and daddies is a family pet and lives in their forever home. AwesomeDoodle puppies are raised in our homes by loving families just like yours, exposed to the sounds of the TV, vacuum, blender, washing machine, etc. We start socializing your puppy, we start the crate training process, and we start the potty training routine. Every puppy goes home knowing how to sit and wait for treats. Click here to see how we raise our puppies.
What determines if a breeder is “responsible” or “reputable?”
The Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club states that responsible breeders should raise their animals with the intent to produce healthy dogs, and to ensure that all animals are provided responsible homes and socialization. Would you consider a dog who lives in a “kennel” as a socialized dog? Would you consider a barn or kennel, the same thing as a home? While the “dog house” may be humane, clean, and satisfactory, we don’t consider it a HOME.
What is a puppy Mill?
Puppy mills are breeders who have dozens of mommy dogs living in less than ideal conditions and their sole purpose in life is to have puppies. The moms and puppies are neglected. The puppies are bathed at 8 weeks old and then usually brokered to a pet shop or a website that specializes in selling puppies for breeders.
What is a puppy farm?
When people hear the word “Puppy Farm” they instantly think, “inhumane conditions, poor puppy health” etc. However, this isn’t usually the case. Most breeders keep clean and healthy conditions for their dogs. But in the end, these breeders are still considered a “puppy farm”. They are breeding dogs, with the intention of selling puppies, and after these dogs are too old to have puppies, these un-socialized, sometimes isolated dogs are given away, or sold to families. That’s a “farm,” no matter how you look at it. Obviously, there are several variations of a puppy farm. While some breeders have 20 breeding females, some may only have 5-6. Either way, these dog’s only job is to produce puppies. It is not a fair life for a dog.
Here is a way to find out if your breeder is a farmer. Ask the breeder to send you a video of where their dogs are “kept.” Or, ask them to send you a video of people interacting with the sire and dam. Most likely, they will tell you they can’t produce one because they “don’t have a good camera” or “don’t know how to use youtube.” In that case, ask the breeder if you can come for a visit. They will probably say, “we don’t allow visits, as this could introduce a virus on our property.” The reality is, they don’t want you to see their facility. It is extremely difficult to keep a “kennel” with multiple dogs, clean and smelling fresh. They simply don’t want to deal with the hassle. If you have researched the breeder and you still feel the need to ask a breeder if you can visit, then you probably already know your answer. Puppy Farm.
But this breeder wants me to fill out an application, they must really care about their puppies, right?
In some cases, yes. But in many cases, it is a “cover up” or a “tactic” to make you THINK you are LUCKY to get one of their dogs. Have you ever filled out a credit application to buy a car? All of a sudden, you start worrying you might not get approved. When you are approved, you feel a sigh of relief, and somehow, that price, doesn’t seem so bad anymore. In some cases, I’ve even seen breeders REQUIRE you to feed a certain brand of food or vitamins that THEY sell. And if you don’t buy from them, they will not guarantee their health of the dog. As if the dog won’t be healthy if it doesn’t eat the food the breeder sells? AwesomeDoodle has a process to make sure our puppies are going to only the most loving and able homes, as well. We consider the puppy to be the lucky one to be going to a fine, forever home.