You’ve decided you’re ready to purchase a poodle. You’ve done your research and familiarized yourself with the breed, decided which gender you’d prefer, and made sure you are adequately equipped to take excellent care of your new pet. Where should you go to buy it?
There is really only one answer to that question: buy from a reputable breeder. Thanks to increased media attention, puppy mills have been exposed as the horrific places they are, and most people know that they should never buy from such a place. However, some people feel that they are rescuing the puppy. That may be true, but you may also end up with an inferior dog. In the long run, whenever you buy from a puppy mill you help keep them in business, and condemn many more dogs to the same fate.
PUPPIES FROM PeT STORES
People often think pet stores are a acceptable alternative. They are not. Most pet stores buy their puppies from puppy mills. These poor babies are transported in crates in huge trucks, then kept in small cages until sold. They are completely un-socialized, and many die in transit. That means the pet store must increase the price to make up for the puppy losses. Buy leashes and collars and beds and toys from pet stores, but don’t buy puppies.
You may think we are saying this out of pure self-interest, since Homestead Poodles is a reputable breeder. Of course, we’d love to let you take one of our home-raised puppies into your family. But if you don’t buy from us, please buy from another reputable breeder, and don’t support trafficking of puppies.