Backyard breeders typically begin by acquiring puppies from pet stores to crossbreed and sell online. Being inexperienced, their objective is crossbreeding to create a unique, sellable puppy. They breed females too early and sell the puppies too young. Next, they create a website posting photos of cute puppies, in many cases, not the puppies they are selling. Buyers see ads on websites on social media platforms and immediately enquire, sending cash deposits or full price and the puppy is flown directly to you.
Many puppies are delivered in appalling conditions, do not match the advertised description, or never arrive at all. As a result, consumers are left with limited options for seeking resolution.
These breeders are smart. They take your money and their website down, create a new website and start the process all over again.
Regulating backyard breeding is crucial due to several deeply concerning factors. The backyard breeder is not breeding for the love of a breed, they are breeding for supply and demand in an all-cash industry. They lack experience therefore they are unable to breed responsibly. This contributes to the propagation of genetic disorders and health issues in dogs. These issues include puppies with overall poor health, cleft palettes, extra limbs, hydrocephaly, blindness and deafness. Ultimately, the irresponsible breeder will abandon these “unsellable” puppies at a shelter or rescue, which is already at maximum capacity.
These inexperienced breeders charge exorbitant prices, sometimes up to $25,000 causing the industry to explode due to the lack of regulations.
The result is buyers discovering that the dog they purchased is not the breed mix, or the advertised puppy is not what arrives. In some cases, the buyer never receives the puppy at all. These breeders disregard communication from buyers and often shut down their websites, only to create new ones.
Yes, there is a solution!
By creating a framework of breeding guidelines, operating requirements, permit and registration fees, taxation, and accountability, tightening the laws will reduce individuals looking to free-form easy money. for website advertising and the shipping of puppies to buyers.
Enforcement of these regulations, standards and practices will deter some who want to enter this “all cash”, “no accountability” business.
Regulating the breeding and sales industry will enable proper tax collection in what is currently an all-cash, untracked sector. This will not only ensure that breeders contribute their fair share to society but also bring much-needed transparency to an industry that has operated in the shadows for far too long.