ONLY BUY FROM A LEGITIMATE BREEDER and the rescue population will decrease drastically. If you have an issue, you can return the dog to be placed in another home, and not dump it in a shelter or burden a rescue.
How to spot them: Large facility - USDA licensed - several employees - prices may be average - breed dogs w/ serious faults - 1 year guarantee - may sell to pet stores and/or brokers - may dual-register pups with AKC and APRI or other - set-up like a business with hours posted - Will sell to anyone - No pre-qualifying “interview” - Don't care if you want to breed your pet - inbreeding practiced and justified
How to spot them: 1-3 dogs - not aware of their own state rules or guidelines - breed dogs with serious faults - no guarantees - low to average prices - will sell to anyone w/ cash or Paypal account - place free ads online or newspaper ads - may brag their pups are "purple ribbon" bred or use words like "Champion lines" or "Champion stock" - charges more for “papers” or for females so you can breed them - don't even know what constitutes inbreeding
How to spot them: little to no information on their website about puppy parents - little to no history behind lines they are selling - may or may not register puppies - puppies may be much older - nothing on website about parents - no pictures of puppies when newborn or very young (under 2-4 weeks) - Play up “rare” to boost sales - don't know if the dogs brokered are inbred or not.
How to spot them: little to no information on their website about puppy parents - won’t let you see the parents - may not even let you visit but instead will usually make excuses and offer to meet you somewhere to show off the pups - may ask for you to pay in full for pup when it is born, not closer to pick-up date - probably has history with their town, city or local animal control.