What You Need to Know About Puppy Mills and Breeders Part 2


I’m back to continue our discussion about puppy mills and breeders. This half of the article will cover prices and contracts. You may be unfamiliar with the custom, but a new dog owner is required to sign a contract with the breeder. The contract is supposed to make things convenient for all parties involved in the transaction.


The price of a puppy mill puppy varies based on the breed. However, if you would allow me an estimation, typically price ranges from $400 to $2000. For example, looking at Golden Retriever breeders in Tennessee, websites were charging upward of $1,000 to $1,500 or more. Of course, you could find mills at much lower prices, but there are risks involved.

$1,500 is a small price to pay compared to the money you will have to spend on vet fees if you bought a $300 dog without health clearances. It is just more likely that the $1,500 dog with clearances will have less health problems down the line than a puppy from a backyard breeder without clearances. A puppy selling for $300 is unlikely to have generations of dogs with health clearances behind it. Not only that, but you may find that the poorly bred dog may not exhibit the golden traits that you love.

Pets and Shows

A reputable breeder’s goal is that every pup bred is healthy and will make life a little brighter. Keep in mind, however, that some pups in a litter will match the breed standard more than others. Pups identified as potentially competitive are considered show quality and the others go to pet homes.

According to Yourdogsfriend.org, when a dog that is (or might be) show quality is sold to a “pet” home, a breeder may want to retain some control just in case the dog might be of use to the breeder in the future. For example, the contract might include language that requires a buyer to get the breeder’s permission before the dog can be neutered; or a co-ownership provision might oblige the owner to return the dog temporarily to the breeder, at the owner’s expense, for breeding or training. If you want to be the only one with decision-making power over your dog, then read the contract carefully before you sign it.


I hope that this article might clear up any questions that you may have had about puppy mills and breeders. If something wasn’t covered that you would like me to talk about, let me know in the comments below. I would be more than happy to tackle other topics by request about these happy, golden floofs.

In addition to your questions, please share your own stories about golden retriever puppy mills and/or breeders. Did you have a good experience or a bad one? What would you advise someone about puppy mills? Have you ever had a golden retriever dog or puppy from a puppy mill? What was that dog like? You may help a fellow golden retriever lover with your story. Sharing is caring and some of us just like a good story!

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