I understand that you do not look in a pet store for a show dog, or high quality pure bred breed, and I also know that pet stores are rediculously over priced. Also that they will get their puppies from puppy mills. BLAH! I personally have never bought a dog from a pet store but I feel so sad whenever I see those…
Most of those dogs ultimately sell. The price being charged will go down dramatically if the dog doesn’t sell. Few dogs are in there more than 2 weeks….at least that’s the case over here.
Eventually the store will call it a loss and dump them at the shelter, or maybe find a less-than-fantastic vet to euthanize them. The thing is, in the “fight” against puppy mills it’s not about the individual dog. Yeah, buying that puppy from the pet store will save THAT dog from possible euthanasia at the local shelter, but you’ve just doomed another brood ***** to a life of cruelty by showing both the pet store and the “breeder” that puppies are a profitable business and there is a demand for them. So you’ve made one life better while dooming a dozen more to torture. Sure, puppies in the store need a home. But so does the mutt down at the shelter that might be killed because someone thought they would “save” a pet store puppy.
well sometimes those puppies could be from shelters or other breeders. Not all puppies come from puppy mills. You can ask the pet store to see the puppies papers or where they got them from though they may not all be truthful you can at least get an idea. You can also ask them what they do with them when they don’t get sold. Also just think if you got a puppy from a pet store who did get their puppies from the pet shelter you opened up a space for another dog to be saved. Not all shelters put down their animals.
I’ve heard a few things that happens, one being they get sent to a shelter, though not too sure on how true that would be in general. Another is they’re given back to the mill and if they can’t get rid of it then well…. no more puppy OR turned into breeding stock.
But also if you think in business terms, if an item is not selling and they want to get rid of it, price usually drops to make it more appealing and that alone is probably enough to get most of the left over pups sold.
Sometimes, the puppy you buy from the pet store dies. Not good. Seriously, do not buy from pet stores. It encourages puppy mills, and is very expensive. Whatever dog you want, you can probably found one much cheaper on an animal adoption website :]. My dog was adopted, the paperwork and stuff was only $60. Do NOT buy from pet stores. The puppies will sell, don’t worry.
9 times out of 10 the price is reduced until the puppy is sold.. someone is eventually dumb enough to buy it.
Sometimes they are sent back to the puppy miller to be used for breeding.. the puppy mill isnt always local tho, so this isnt typically the case.
most that dont get sold are dumped in a shelter.
some may be euthanized or killed in an unhumane way.
The DISadvantages of pet shops
Pet shops acquire their puppies from breeders who don’t test their dogs for health problems. You can’t look at a pet shop puppy (or any puppy, for that matter) and say, “Well, he looks healthy!” and think that that’s the end of it! The health problems I’m talking about are inherited on genes. If your puppy has inherited those genes, these health problems WILL show up eventually, long after you’ve brought the puppy home.
There are health tests that can determine, with 100% accuracy, whether a puppy has inherited certain serious health problems. There are other health tests that can’t say for sure, but can predict the risk. Responsible breeders do these tests. Breeders who sell to pet stores don’t.
Pet shop puppies are frequently inbred. Most pet shops don’t even have a copy of their puppies’ pedigrees for you to look at. Instead, they mail it to you AFTER you’ve bought the puppy. And you receive only 3 or 4 generations, not nearly enough to evaluate inbreeding.
Pet shop puppies may have “sham” registration papers and pedigrees. More and more pet shops are avoiding the stricter documentation requirements of the AKC and registering their puppies with an “alternative” registry like the Continental Kennel Club, APR, APRI, NKC, and others. Now, the AKC definitely has its problems with people falsifying registration papers and pedigrees, but the alternative registries are even worse. If a puppy has registration papers from any of these registries, I wouldn’t believe that the parents listed on the papers are necessarily the true parents, that the ancestors listed on the pedigree are the true ancestors, or that the puppy is even purebred.
Dog with bad temperamentYou can’t see the puppy’s parents. This is a BIG negative because the parents’ genes can have so much influence on how your puppy turns out. If you can’t see the parents, how can you tell whether they might have passed on genes for unhealthy structure, bad teeth, or a bad temperament? Virtually ALL puppies look normal and healthy and are friendly and playful. But as the puppies mature, the genes they inherited WILL begin to assert themselves, and that’s when all the problems will start!
You can’t see where the puppies were raised. Another BIG negative. The majority of pet shop puppies are raised in small wire-bottomed cages in outbuildings. They’ve never seen the inside of a house. Many of them don’t even know how to drink water from a bowl because they’ve been drinking from hamster bottles since they were born.
Many pet shop puppies are hyperactive and noisy. Raised in a small cage, they haven’t been able to run and play and explore like normal puppies, so they’ve developed frenetic habits like running in small circles and excessive barking.
Many pet shop puppies are nippy. Some were removed from their mother before 7 weeks of age. You’ll remember that puppies need a full seven weeks with their mother so she can teach them “bite inhibition”. If they haven’t learned this lesson, their nippiness will be hard to correct.
Other pet shop puppies have learned to nip from all the people who take them out of their cages and play wrestling games with them. This encourages the puppy to growl and nip and mouth people’s hands — bad lessons that can be hard to correct.
Housebreaking is difficult in petshop puppiesMost pet shop puppies are hard to housebreak. Where does a pet shop puppy go the bathroom? Right there in his cage. It’s hard to take such a puppy home and teach him NOT to go to the bathroom in his crate or bed when that’s what he’s been trained to do!
Pet shop puppies often come with illnesses. You bring the puppy home and a few days later he develops a cough, or diarrhea, or vomiting, or listlessness, or he starts scratching or losing hair…. this happens over and over with pet shop puppies. Kennel cough, parvovirus, coronavirus, giardia, coccidia, mange, ringworm — these illnesses are commonly found in commercial breeding kennels and pet stores.
Pet shops often overload their puppies with vaccinations and chemicals. Because the puppies are exposed to so many illnesses, pet stores often overdo the vaccines, dewormers, and chemical baths and dips. Overloading the poor puppy’s immune system like this is very damaging for his long-term health.
I think that the puppy’s go to the pound=(. No one every cares about them that’s why when i adopted my animals I got them form the pound so they didn’t have to stay there any longer.=(=(=(=( (sadness for those puppies).
Most likely! That’s why you should NEVER buy a dog from a store. Please adopt – it’s the most compassionate thing to do!
do not buy!!!! when you buy all you are doing is making more room for more sad and hopeless puppies to sit there and suffer!!! so please go to a shelter and get a dog that needs a home quick.