Victoria asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

Does petland have puppies from puppy mills?

I know petland is a fun place to hold puppies, but are they from the horrible mills???


I saw an adorable bernese mountain dog there and i wanted to buy it. but then i thought to myself, is this dog from the mills, so i need your opinions.

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    Yep most defiantly! 99% of petshop Do obtain puppies from puppy mills. However there are some petshop such as few Petco and Petsmart that gets the dogs/kittens from adoption facitlies. But i don't know whether it applies to all of these stores.

    I'm not 100% sure but i know not all of our petshop that claim to this are 100% truthful, alot of them are actually praying on kindess, and really sellling puppy mill dogs under false terms, we have a few in australia.

    So make sure they can provide documentation proof from a registered animal shelter or other rescue organisation. If they can't then run.

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    Every pet shop that sells puppies will assure you, solemnly, that their puppies are different. Their puppies don't come from puppy mills, but from fine local breeders. Pillars of the community, in fact.

    The reality is that responsible breeders will never place one of their puppies in a pet shop or anywhere else for resale or consignment. Never, ever, ever. Any breeder who has placed their puppy in a pet shop to be sold has immediately disqualified himself as a responsible breeder.


    Because, as commercial establishments, pet shops are required to sell a puppy to anyone who can pay. Legally, they are not allowed to "screen" buyers for suitability. Responsible breeders wouldn't be able to sleep at night wondering which of their puppies might have gone to an unsuitable home and was not being properly cared for.

    But my pet shop says...

    The pet shop industry has manuals and trade journals that teach pet shop owners and employees exactly what to say to persuade you to buy. Their marketing ploys include:

    "We buy only from local breeders."

    What difference does this make? Whether a breeder is local or lives in Timbuktu, whether he has produced only one litter or many -- if he has placed his puppies in a pet shop, his breeding practices are irresponsible. Geographical location makes no difference at all.

    "We buy only from USDA-licensed breeders."

    USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture. Their business is supposed to be livestock. They know little or nothing about dogs. As long as a breeder's paperwork is in order, the facilities are disinfected, cages are a minimum size, and no infectious diseases such as distemper are immediately obvious, the kennel passes.

    The USDA has not the slightest interest in...

    whether the breeder knows anything about his breed

    whether the dogs used for breeding look like their breed

    whether the dogs used for breeding act like their breed

    whether the dogs used for breeding are free of genetic health problems such as hip dysplasia, eye diseases, or heart defects.

    USDA Breeder is a label to stay away from. The only reason someone would apply for this license is to crank out lots of puppies.

    "Health guaranteed!"

    This "reassuring" platitude is how pet shops and irresponsible breeders seek to get around the expenses of genetic testing.

    They offer to replace defective puppies rather than avoiding them in the first place by requiring their "wonderful" breeders to do genetic health tests on any parent dog used for breeding.

    Let's look at it from the PUPPY'S point of view. Guarantees don't help a puppy at all. You get your money back, while the puppy still has to live with the genetic health problem that could have been avoided -- if his breeder had been seeking to produce healthy lives rather than seeking to keep his expenses down by avoiding genetic health testing.

    We're talking about quality of life here. Don't support any breeder or pet shop who cares so little about the future life of their puppies that they do not require genetic health testing of the parents, in breeds where such health problems are virtually an epidemic.

    Pet shops aren't too worried about their "guarantees", by the way. They don't have to honor many of them because most genetic health problems don't show up for six months or a year or two years. Either the guarantee has expired by then, or most people won't return a dog they've had for that long.

    Not just HEALTH problems

    Obedience instructors and canine behavioral consultants will be happy to tell you about the temperament and behavior problems that develop in many pet shop puppies as they grow up.

    Most pet shop puppies start out playful and friendly, but as they mature, their genes begin to assert themselves. If their parents or grandparents had shy or aggressive or hyperactive temperaments, those genes will show up during adolescence and adulthood.

    Many pet shop puppies are nippy. Some were removed from their mother before 7 weeks of age, a critical period of time where she teaches them "bite inhibition." Some have learned to nip from interacting with so many potential owners wandering through the pet shop, including kids who tug and play roughly. Most of these potential owners thought the nipping was cute, didn't correct the puppy for it, and so the habit becomes entrenched.

    Finally, raised in a small cage in which they're encouraged to eliminate freely, pet shop puppies are notoriously difficult to housebreak

    Source(s): The major reason not to buy -- supporting the industry You may wish to "rescue" a pet shop puppy. That's completely understandable. We all feel sorry for them. But your good intentions will backfire, because you are feeding the industry by rewarding it with money. You've emptied one cage, yes -- which creates demand for yet another litter to be produced to fill that cage. Even if you're very, very lucky, and your one individual puppy turns out okay, a large percentage of the others will not -- and YOU provided the incentive for them to be born by buying the one who came before them. So what seems like a simple, isolated purchase actually contributes to: The misery of adult females who spend their lives in a cage, being bred again and again to provide puppies that you and others can buy The misery of these future puppies born with health and temperament problems The misery of future families who buy these puppies and then try to cope with the health and temperament problems The misery of animal rescue groups trying to deal with the flood of pet shop puppies dumped on their doorstep because families gave up on the health and temperament problems I hope it's clear that when you buy one of those cute puppies in the pet shop window, you buy more than the puppy. You buy the budding physical and behavioral problems created by the bad genes passed on by untested parents whom you never get to see and evaluate. Worse than that, you buy into a profit-hungry industry that is hurting innocent animals. Simply out of good conscience, a pet shop should not be anyone's choice as a source for a puppy
  • 5 years ago

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    Does petland have puppies from puppy mills?

    I know petland is a fun place to hold puppies, but are they from the horrible mills???

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  • Diana
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Yes, Petland purchases dogs and cats in the same manner that other pet stores puchase puppies and kittens - from back yard breeders, puppy mills, etc.

    Unfortunately, VCA hospitals work with Petland in providing care for the puppies and kittens when they are sick. Many of them have parvo, coccidiosis, suffer from malnurishment and hypoglycemia, etc. They do treat the animals in the store, but the sad part is that it is all preventable! The Petland near me went out of business and now we only have to deal with Uncle Bill's and they are just as bad, if not worse. We test everything from there for parvo before it comes into the hosp!

    Of you want to truly save a life - get a pet from an animal shelter - do not buy a pet from a store!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    We have been protesting our local petland for a few months now, I encourage everyone to do the same!

    Don't let them get away with animal torture! Don't ever buy a dog in a Pet Store, you are NOT rescuing them, you are making room for another puppy to be brought in.

    I would be very cautious about holding their puppies or even entering the store.

    Most Puppy selling pet stores are infected with Parvo. By you going in there, you are putting your friends and your families pets at risk. They will get SICK!

    Stay away from Petland or better yet......

    BOYCOTT PETLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Source(s): I hope everyone's answers on here has changed your mind about buying that BMD. I do want to thank you for coming on here and asking before impulse buying. Not very many people will do that.... Thank you and please dont go back in there.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Probably... in my area we just got a petland... and i had never seen one, when i saw they had puppies i thought they might be for adoption.....then i asked,it made me want to cry:-( they are all from the "midwest" and $1000 and over i suspect they are from puppy mills.

    i will never shop there or support the store in anyway.... it is horrible to see the puppies in little glass cages not being socialized with the other dogs or humans... i hope whoever came up with Petland goes to hell!

    Source(s): edit- i just called one for "info" they say the puppies are all from "licensed breeders by the american agricultrual society" or something like that.... they keep the puppies for up to 4 months but will reduce the price if they are getting near the age.... they have "socilization rooms to let them socilize" they are not allowed to leave the store (ie go home with any employees to socilaize further cause they don't have their last set of shots) i think it's a bunch of BS and i want to close their store! edit2- petsmart which has an adoption for cats only allows the cats to be in store for 2 weeks before they send them back to their foster homes, which i can agree with!
  • 1 decade ago

    Absolutely, totally 100% --- no --- 10000% yes from puppy mills.

    What you have to think about --- if you bred some dear little puppies from your absolutely adored little b*tch. Would you just let them go to a pet shop to be sold or would you...........

    collect all suitable owners yourself, go and visit their homes (homechecks), speak endlessly on the phone to each home to ensure that each owner has all the answers to the loads of questions they will ask, and would you want pictures and phone calls about the pups as they are growing up, and finally would you want to know that if that puppy owner couldnt keep that puppy/dog that you would want it back so that you know where it is going.

    I would.

    A breeder selling through petland wouldn't. They wouldn't even know where they are.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes big time, then again most Pet Stores get their pups from Puppy Mills, which is bad...

    We have managed to close 8 Pet Lands in Texas thus far, for cruelty, sick dogs, and not vet records on the dogs they sell for the high prices.

    They are one of the worse Pet Stores you can shop at.....for anyone at all, because they support Puppy Mills.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The LAST place you want to buy a Bernese Mtn Dog is from a petstore.

    This is a breed that needs an intense amount of up front interaction with humans from the moment it is born. Buying from a petstore guarantees that the pup was barely handled (if at all) for the first weeks of its life.

    Bernese are subject to a variety of health and temperament issues. They were created as farm dogs/carting dogs - so intense socialization from birth is crucial if you don't want the dog to be fearful, fear aggressive (let alone just plain aggressive). They are prone to orthopedic issues (hips, elbows) and puppymills (where petstore dogs come from) do not screen the parents. They are prone to cancers - puppymills PREFER to breed these dogs as it gives them repeat business when the dog dies in a few years and the owner buys another to replace it.

    Bernese who have been subjected to living and pottying in a small area are difficult to housetrain.

    If you want a Bernese, buy from a responsible breeder. Feel free to email me for a list of good breeders in your area... I'll answer when I get off work.

  • Jesse
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. They are puppy mill dogs. Period. No exceptions.

    Petland stores need to be SHUT DOWN.

  • 5 years ago

    Puppy mills are normally known for mass production of dogs, and petland does not get their puppies from anywhere like that. I work at petland, and we use professional breeders who are all licensed by their state, by the USDA, and are also AKC registered. We also do hobby breeders, which are where they less than 3 female dogs to breed, who also have to be licensed, along with ocassionally local adoptions. Before our puppies are able to be bought, they are all seen by 3 veterinarians, giving them a clean bill of health. Our local petland owner has gone through out the United States surprisingly checking in on some of our breeders, making sure everything is up to code and that the puppies along with the parent dogs are being properly taken care of and exercised. We make sure everything is up to code, and if it is not the puppies from that particular breeder are not sent to any petland store to be sold.

  • 5 years ago

    Yes! ALL of their animals are from mills. Yes, that includes the small pets and fish, too. It's very horrible. Please go to your local shelter and adopt. It will save you money in the long run. Plus, they are already fixed and up to date on shots if you get a dog from the shelter.

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