There are so many different places to purchase a puppy, many people do not realize how much better some choices are than others. As discussed in previous articles, if you are purchasing from a breeder it is very important to find a good breeder rather than a backyard breeder.
Unfortunately another option that some people choose to consider is a pet store. Sometimes the pet store is simply convenient. They have puppies available now, they do not screen homes, no questions asked, and they accept credit cards. However, as convenient as it may seem it is always a horrible idea to purchase a puppy from a pet store.
The simple fact is that NO good breeder would allow their puppies to go to a pet store. Even if the pet store employee tells you that their puppies come from good breeders and not puppy mills, they are lying to you (or just repeating what they have been instructed by their supervisors). Most puppies in the pet stores come from puppy mills. The small percentage of puppies that may not come from puppy mills come from irresponsible breeders.
A good breeder is very careful when placing puppies and always properly screens potential homes. When a puppy is sold to a pet store, there is no way for the breeder to ensure it goes to a proper home. The puppy just goes to the first person who comes along with the money.
Take a moment to look through the list to learn more about pet store puppies and puppy mills.