Dont buy from Pet Stores

Avoid buying a Havanese Puppy from a Pet Shop

When you are ready to buy a puppy, your first instinct may be to go to your local pet store. A long time ago this would have been a safe bet. In recent decades, however, buying from a pet store can be riskier than purchasing a puppy from an unknown breeder.

The major controversy surrounding pet shops is that many of the dogs found there are purchased from puppy mills. In a puppy mill, dogs are treated like livestock. There are large numbers of them (sometimes hundreds), locked in cages and bred nonstop to meet the supply demand.

Although there are a few puppy mills that operate within the law, the vast majority of them abuse and neglect the animals. The puppies that come from these mills often suffer from heartbreaking physical or mental illnesses. These illnesses can cost you a lot of money to treat over the course of the dog’s lifetime. Sometimes the puppies don’t even make it to their first birthday.

If you want to be sure you get a healthy dog that will be your companion for life, buy your puppy from a reputable breeder or adopt one from a local animal shelter.