Benefits of Pet Store Puppies - The Family Puppy

So, if there aren’t bargain puppies, then what do you getwith a pet store puppy?
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Every puppy sold means more puppies will be ordered. Pet stores operate like any other retail business; they have inventory and puppies are part of that inventory. If you walk into a store and see a sad-looking dachshund puppy and decide to buy her to get her out of the store, the store places an order for another dachshund puppy. Your kind-hearted gesture of purchasing pet store puppies is interpreted by the store as a demand for that breed. Without intending to do so, you’ve helped keep another commercial breeder, broker and pet store in business.
There are many reasons for choosing a puppy from a pet store, including:
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Today we have Labrador Retrievers with legs that belong on Great Danes; American Eskimos that look like Samoyeds with snipy heads; light-boned Akitas; Shetland Sheepdogs as big as Collies; Dalmatians and Airedales with screwy personalities; aggressive Old English Sheepdogs; neurotic Poodles; unsocialized Chow Chows; and dysplastic dogs of all breeds sold in pet stores. The buyer cannot visit the facility that produced the puppies and talk to the breeder; ask about genetic clearances, parent-dog temperaments, or breed characteristics; see the quality of adult dogs produced by the kennel; be reimbursed if the dog develops a genetic disease two or three years down the road; get help with training or behavior problems; ask for local references to contact about previous puppy sales; be assured that someone feels responsible for bringing that particular puppy into the world and will take it back if the family falls on hard times. When you purchase a puppy from a pet store, you are supporting puppy mills.
Photo provided by FlickrVirtually all of the puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
Photo provided by FlickrA man walked into a North Dallas pet store Monday and stole a Malti-Tzu puppy, police said.
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When you buy a small breed puppy from a pet store, there is little chance the puppy will be healthy. Trust me, I made that mistake once, and I won’t make it again.

I fell in love with a tiny toy poodle that cuddled in my arms and melted my heart. He was a silver small toy, gorgeous and looked just perfect. But why did he snuggle so calmly in my arms. He was sick, and I didn’t even know it. I just thought he was calm and loved me.

Was I in for a shock? As I later learned, he may have been from a puppy mill that did not do any genetic testing, did not work or socialization and did not worm or vaccinate in the proper way.

Costly vet bills and almost losing a super sweet puppy taught me that buying that little doggie in the window was not a wise choice.
If you purchase from a professional breeder, you will meet the puppy's parents. Seeing the parents gives you an idea of how your small breed puppy may look fully-grown, and whether they meet the breed standard and what size they may grow to be. You usually see where the puppy was born, the way the breeder treats the puppies, and most importantly, the opportunity to see litter mates interacting.

But when you find the small breed puppy of your dreams in a pet store, you have no such chance. There won’t be any previous information about parents, grandparents or pedigrees.

You may not even know if the dog is purebred or whether it has inherited any genetic diseases. You won’t be able to meet the breeder, ask questions and determine if the breeder is reputable. There won’t be any photos of the puppy’s parents or any idea where the dog originated.

Puppies in one part of the country were likely bred, whelped and reared far from where the pet store is located. The puppy may have been trucked in from thousands of miles away, adding stress and trauma to his already shaky beginnings.
Many pet stores boast a guarantee when they offer small breed puppies for sale. But this guarantee is worth little, especially if you get attached to your puppy, and who doesn’t.

Consider this scenario: a family bonds to a puppy they purchased at the local pet store. The dog gets sick and goes to the vet. The vet determines that the puppy has a disease that can be treated, but treatment is extremely costly the family calls the pet store to complain. The pet store offers to trade the puppy in for a replacement. Sadly, the sick puppy faces euthanasia, and your replacement may not be any stronger than the first.

Most caring puppy owners will not settle for a so called replacement but rather prefer to treat the puppy that has become part of their family. What a sad fate—your beloved pet is to be put to death, and you have a “so called replacement..” Most people would agree that this is not a real solution to the problem.
Small Dog puppies at a pet store have spent the majority of their life in a cage. Their cage is usually completely lined with paper that serves as his bathroom, his dining room, and his bedroom. They are forced to eliminate in the same area that they eat, sleep, and play, which goes against a dog’s nature. When no options are available, these puppies will continue to grow up with these tendencies making potty training hard for a new puppy parent.

Professional breeders often start the housebreaking process for you; teaching puppies to eliminate outside, or on a puppy pad, walk properly on a leash, and stand still to be groomed. But the pet store puppies have no experience with housebreaking, and if they live at the pet store for very long, it will take even longer to undo their bad behaviors.