Puppy farms also use people's homes as outlets. There will be a few puppies or just one (cos people feel sorry for the last one), and no parent dogs.
Most puppies in pet shops - come from puppy mills or back yard breeders - who didn't plan for anything let alone follow any code of ethics in their breeding choice.
Selling on the side of the road from a car boot - is a popular choice of thieves - yes people steal litters of cute puppies to sell, or small scale puppy mills.
It's not like puppy mills have a little puppy shop at the front of the "farm".
You live around the corner from KCC park.
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There's usually a dog show on every weekend and club training most nights. The Agility club has lots of different dogs that meet your critieria - at least the "athletic" one.
as for the 1/5 part of the decision making process - yes it's important that all of you are happy with the final choice, but set some limits on acceptable sources of dog.