Signs of A Bad Breeder

Buying a dog from a breeder is a popular way for people to get their next pet. You can feel confident that you know the personality and temperament of your new dog, and you’ll be able to train them from an early age.

But if you’re not careful, buying from a puppy mill or irresponsible breeder can lead to unexpected expenses and heartbreak later on. In this article, we’ll discuss the warning signs of bad breeders so that when you’re ready to buy your next dog, you can avoid the worst of them.

Breeds too many different types of dogs.

Breeding too many types of dogs can be a red flag. If a breeder breeds too many different types of dogs, they may not be able to give the dogs the individual care and attention that they need. Instead, it’s best for breeders to specialize in one type of dog and have plenty of experience with that one type.

Will not allow you to see the facilities, including where the puppies are housed, cared for, and bred.

If a breeder is not willing to show you where the puppies are kept, it is a bad sign. Breeders should be proud of their facilities and want to show them off. A good breeder will not only allow you to see where the puppies are housed, but will also give you plenty of time there so that you can get a feel for what kind of environment they live in. If a breeder refuses this request, then it’s probably best to walk away from any transaction with them until they become more willing to cooperate.

Advertises purebred puppies for sale at lower than average prices.

If you see a breeder advertising purebred puppies for sale at lower than average prices, it’s probably not a good sign. Breeders are in business to make money, and if they’re willing to sell their puppies for less than market value, then there must be something wrong with them—or the puppy.

If you suspect that a breeder is selling dogs below market value, ask yourself why this might be happening. Is the breeder struggling financially? Is she doing anything else unethical? Before paying any money or taking home a puppy from this person, consider how your decision could affect others down the line—including yourself!

Is unable to produce a health certificate from a veterinarian verifying that the puppy was checked for general health issues as well as any genetic conditions typical to the breed.

  • A health certificate from a veterinarian is important for several reasons. It can identify any general health issues that the puppy may have, it can let you know if there are any genetic conditions typical to the breed, and most importantly, it gives you an idea of what you might be dealing with as the puppy grows up.
  • Genetic testing is another important aspect of breeding dogs responsibly. The test results can help ensure that your dog has no genetic disorders or defects that could affect its quality of life later on in life (or yours).
  • Health guarantees are crucial when looking for a good breeder since they protect both parties in case anything goes wrong with either party’s end of things—whether it be financial compensation or a replacement puppy/dog altogether. It’s also worth noting that good breeders will give you all necessary information on how to care for your new pup so as not only provide proper training but also ensure safety and comfortability at home during this transition period until training takes over completely!

Will not permit you to meet the puppy’s mother or father.

  • Make sure the puppy has been seen by a veterinarian. While it’s not necessary for every breeder to have their pups examined by a vet, you should at least ask if they have been examined and that it was found to be healthy.
  • Check if the puppy is registered with an AKC-affiliated kennel club (i.e., American Kennel Club). This will ensure that they are purebred and legitimate breeders who care about their animals’ lineage and bloodline.
  • Ask how many litters a female dog has had before she was bred, as this shows her age in regards to breeding again and whether or not she can safely carry another litter of puppies during pregnancy later on down the line when looking for potential homes for new puppies coming into your family after buying one from them!

Sells registered purebred puppies under six to eight weeks of age.

The breeder should not sell a puppy before twelve weeks of age, because the puppies need to be fully weaned from their mother before they can be sold. They also need to have all their vaccinations and been de-wormed before they leave the breeder’s care.

A puppy under six to eight weeks old is too young to leave its mother. When a puppy is weaned at around seven or eight weeks old, it still depends on its mother for warmth, food and security until it has developed all its senses properly – especially sight and hearing.

Will not produce registration papers for the purebred puppy.

Unfortunately, many breeders are unable to produce registration papers for the purebred puppy. They may claim that the dog is too young or that they are planning to register the animal later. A good breeder will be able to provide proof of ownership for your new pet if requested, such as a pedigree showing bloodlines and a record of vaccinations. The registry should be from a reputable registry, like AKC (American Kennel Club) or CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), that requires annual registrations with payment of dues before issuing registrations.

If a breeder acts suspiciously, do not buy from them

If a breeder acts suspiciously, do not buy from them. If they seem too good to be true, they probably are. For example, if they’re selling puppies at half of the normal price or less and won’t tell you where the pups came from, then it’s likely that those puppies come from a bad place.

If a breeder is reluctant to show you where their dogs are kept or hides them away from visitors (for example by keeping them locked inside), then it could be because something isn’t right about their operation—like maybe all those adorable little guys have actually been bred in terrible conditions!


Finding a good breeder is not easy. There are breeders looking to make a quick buck without considering the health of their animals. It’s always important to do your research before buying a puppy. Avoid puppy mills at all costs!