Red Flags that Breeder is a Back-Yard Breeder or Puppy Mill
The seller has puppies being sold at less than six weeks old.
Any Breeder that breeds a dog younger than two years of age, or older than five years of age. You cannot accurately genetically test prior to two years of age, and mom is simply not mature enough to mother a litter of puppies before this time.
Any seller that has more than three breeding females on the premises, that does not have a USDA license.
Or ANY Breeder that ships their puppies, and does not hold a USDA license, and does not post their USDA license number on their website and all advertisements.
Breeders who are reluctant to show potential customers the entire premises on which animals are being bred and kept.
Breeders who don't ask a lot of questions of potential buyers.
A Breeder that will not provide a written health guarantee - Responsible breeders make a commitment to take back the pet at anytime during the animal's life, no matter the reason.
Our Anti-Puppy Mill
and Back Yard Breeder Policy
Our Dogs and Puppies Belong in Family Homes Only...
Hopefully you’ve read our “About Us” section of the website, and understand our philosophy when it comes to raising and caring for our dogs and puppies. We feel passionately about the health and wellbeing of our animals, that we’ve adopted a very strict “Anti Puppy Mill and Back Yard Breeder Policy.”
First, we’d like to identify, exactly what a “Puppy Mill” and “Back-Yard-Breeder” is, for those who are not sure, or simply want to have a better understanding.
According to many online publications, such as the Humane Society and the ASPCA, a “Puppy Mill” can be a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility, or even a small-scale breeding kennel, where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.
“Puppy mills” usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little-to-no recovery time between litters.
Puppy mill puppies, are often removed from their mother, before the legal age of eight weeks old, and sold over the Internet. Consequently, these puppies often suffer from fear, anxiety and other behavioral problems because they’ve not been properly been socialized or allowed to bond with their litter mates or even their mom.
In a puppy mill, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked in columns. When female breeding dogs reach a point of physical depletion and can no longer reproduce, they are often “put down.”
Because puppy mills focus on profit, dogs are often bred with little regard for genetic quality. Puppy mill puppies are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions including heart disease, blood and respiratory disorders, to only name a few.
Because so many of these breeders are operating without oversight, it is impossible to accurately track them or to know how many there truly are. The ASPCA estimates that there could be as many as 10,000 puppy mills in the United States.
”Backyard breeders” are also motivated by profit. Ads from these unscrupulous breeders fill the classifieds. Backyard breeders may appear to be the nice neighbor next door-in fact, even seemingly good-intentioned breeders may treat their breeding pairs as family pets. However, continuously breeding animals for years to produce litters for a profit still jeopardizes the animals' welfare.
Some backyard breeders may only breed their family dog “once in awhile”, but they often are not knowledgeable on how to breed responsibly, such as screening for genetic defects. Responsible, proper breeding entails much more than simply putting two dogs together.
At Outback Valley Acres, our dogs are selectively bred for temperament, health, conformation, trainability and disposition. They are genetically tested through Paw Prints Genetics, prior to breeding, to ensure they carry the healthiest lines available. We believe strongly in feeding our dogs and puppies a high quality diet, of whole foods and organic supplements.
Each puppy comes with a lifetime health and temperament guarantee as well as a two-year hip and elbow guarantee. In addition, we offer a lifetime, no-questions-asked, return policy.
As part of our Anti-Puppy Mill and Anti-Back-Yard-Breeder policy, every puppy is initially sold with limited registration. Once the Dog turns 24 months of age, passes all required genetic screenings and holds one official breed title, they are eligible to receive full registration for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. Limited registration papers will not be given without personally verifying that spay or neuter has been completed before nine-months of age. In addition, we do not ever “ship” or fly a puppy, without personally meeting our potential puppy owner. We would hope that our potential puppy owner would want to personally meet our puppies, and us, as well, before deciding to make such a lifelong decision!