3 More Red Flags of Irresponsible Breeders
No one wants to be hoodwinked into buying something they don’t want. When it comes to puppies, GSPs included, many unethical breeders are selling in various venues like Kijiji, an Internet website, or on a piece of paper at the grocery store.
As we’ve said before, unethical breeders often have red flags we can find if we know what we’re looking for.
Check out our first three red flags here.
Here are three more red flags to look for when researching breeders.
Lack of Experience
Everyone starts at the beginning. We don’t wake up with decades of experience the day we start breeding. That said, at Seven Stars, we have experience with dogs. We ran a boarding kennel for five years before getting our first breeding animals. We then aligned with half a dozen breeders and show professionals to learn what makes a dog a quality specimen, how to choose the best stud, and even what to do when the puppies start coming. Unethical breeders often don’t bother to learn about their dogs or the breeding process.
No Proof of Existence
You’re reading this article on our website. We took hours to produce and yet more hours to update continuously. While not every reputable breeder has a website, they can be found on websites like their governing breeder group and the CKC. Many unethical breeders producing puppies in their backyards can’t be found anywhere except on the marketing material they posted on Kijiji or at the grocery store.
I can tell you from experience having a single litter is a lot of work. The number of mouths to feed can feel excessive as they move from nursing to solid food. And the amount of waste created can be overwhelming. Producing that many puppies is excessive and would likely cause poor living conditions.
Unethical breeders aren’t producing animals for the betterment of the breed. Recognizing these red flags will help us find puppies that are cared for so we don’t support the unethical treatment of such precious life.