[/QUOTE]Originally posted by SylphidesMom@Jan 23 2005, 03:02 PM
Breeders on the list are those that are licensed to own a number of breeding dogs and produce a certain volume of puppies and must adhere to USDA licensing regulations. This means that there is a potential that the breeder sells to brokers, who then sell to pet stores selling puppies with no concern for the well being of the puppy.
What this also means is that there is the potential that the breeder is a puppy mill, meaning that he or she keeps lots of breeding dogs in horrendous living conditions, using them to breed litter after litter, perhaps never letting them out of a cage. Some of them stack cage upon cage and the feces from one cage falls onto the other. This also means that the little Malties are neither groomed nor socialized. Some of them develop serious injuries or illnesses that go untreated. All of them live a miserable and cruel existence. Many puppies born into these conditions develop serious health problems and may not even make it through their first year.
However, puppy mills often don't sell to individuals, and don't let people on the premises to see the puppies. If your breeder let you visit with the parents and visit the areas where she or he keeps the dogs, there's a chance that he or she is on the USDA breeder list because of the number of breeding dogs s/he has and not because s/he runs a puppy mill. And, not all USDA breeders produce unhealthy puppies.
Just to try to clarify this a little ~~Originally posted by LadyMontava@Jan 23 2005, 03:47 PM
well i dont know a lot about puppy mills myself..but others do, and when they get online they can tell u about it...but i think n e breeder who has more than 4 intact bitches has to be on the usda list...so i dont know if it means for sure they r a puppy mill.
[/QUOTE]Originally posted by msmagnolia@Jan 25 2005, 10:47 AM
You do such a great service when you tell your and Lady's story. I'm just curious - after all that you've gone through with Lady, down the road will you get another Malt? I KNOW you'd get one from a breeder, but I was just curious as to whether you'd stick with the breed?