Puppy Mills and Commercial Kennels are mass breeding facilities that may house hundreds to thousands of dogs at a time. They may also have multiple breeds. They don't necessarily specialize in a specific breed, but whatever the fashionable dogs are of the day. The primary goal is to make money, and lots of it, with little if any concern to the animal's physical and emotional welfare. Dogs are bred as often as possible with no rest between litters. They are generally crated or penned for their entire lives. They may be forced to live outside with minimal shelter from the weather, or crowded into indoor facilities, often stacked in wire crates, one on top of the other. Wire flooring allows urine and feces to drop through, but is painful and deforming for dogs who must spend their entire lives cramped in such conditions. These dogs frequently suffer from untreated illness and injuries, and never receive any veterinary care. They must suffer in silence in these cruel and inhumane conditions. When they are no longer deemed profitable, these breeder dogs are killed (shot, drowned, gassed, left to starve), abandoned, or sold at auction, where they will be further victimized at another mill.
If you are considering adding a dog to your family, please look in your local shelter, or search www.petfinder.com. There are many wonderful animals in shelters and rescue groups, waiting patiently for permanent homes. If you can't find the dog you are looking for, please do your research and find a reputable breeder. Puppies bought in pet stores most likely are the offspring of puppy mill dogs. See below for much more information.