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    I was looking at puppies at the pet shop yesterday (I was in looking at prices for toys and collars and stuff).
    The sign on the glass said, 'pedigree labrador puppies, wormed and vaccinated with papers $800.'
    Does the fact that the puppies are being sold in a pet shop suggest that the animal is from a BYB? Or is it fairly common for 'proper' (for want of a better term) breeders to sell puppies to pet shops.

    Also, don't puppies have to be at least 6 weeks before leaving their mums? There were blue heeler x border collies in the very same pet shop, that were only 4 weeks old for sale. One of the babies looked, imo, to be a runt. In mouse breeding, there are runts and then there are babies smaller than runts called peanuts, I'm not sure if this occurs in dogs - but the pup in the pet shop looked like a dog version of a peanut. Because compared to its brothers and sisters it was tiny. Tiny isn't the right word. It had really skinny legs with slightly small feet, and a tiny head and skinny tail, with a really round abdomen - like the way an animal with a worm infestation or bloating might look.The brothers and sister were bouncy and normal looking, except that they were too small for a pet shop.

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    IMO, Ethical registered breeders wouldn't need to sell there puppies in pet shops. so IMO i would say BYB or puppymill. IMO a puppy should never leave it's mother before 8 weeks but most ethical registered breeder like between 8 and 12 weeks. And like to check out where the puppy is going to and with health checks. I know of runt's in dog litters. Other here can give a better idea of this. But IMO as sad as it is. I would not buy a puppy from a pet shop. As for $800 you can pay around that from an ethical registered breeder for a pet...
    Last edited by four socks; 08-09-2009 at 10:34 AM.

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    No I would never buy from a pet shop either, because they don't care about anything besides the profit.
    Yeah I knew 4 weeks was far too young. Grr pet shops are soo bad.
    And after reading that thread on the RSPCA I think I might just go along to the Hobart and Launceston shows to get myself acquainted with some good breeders.

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    IMO I agree, It's about profit, But i have to say, I feel for those poor puppy's

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    RSPCA tassie is brilliant!!

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    A responsible registered breeder finds homes for theire pups before they are born and I agree with FS, they wouldn't need to sell them to a pet shop either.
    BYB or Puppy Mill...
    Education not Legislation

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    registered breeders do sell to pet shops I haave several friends who have pure breeds and "show" dogs from pet shops as they have a slight defect for the show ring and are therefor unwanted by the breeder.

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    IMO, Ethical registered breeders wouldn't need to sell there puppies in pet shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    A responsible registered breeder finds homes for theire pups before they are born and I agree with FS, they wouldn't need to sell them to a pet shop either.
    BYB or Puppy Mill...

    Well Said Aussie..i agree with what you said

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    Quote Originally Posted by four socks View Post
    IMO, Ethical registered breeders wouldn't need to sell there puppies in pet shops.

    I fully agree...

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