If you are looking for a puppy, we strongly encourage you to purchase from a registered breeder or to adopt/rescue a pet. Puppies sold via any avenue of sale including Internet, newspaper ads, markets, car-boot sales or pet shops may have been bred in the appalling conditions of a puppy farm - a growing national problem.
A puppy farm is an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dog’s behavioural, social and/or physiological needs and can be both large-scale commercial operations or smaller volume breeding establishments. All across Australia dogs are being confined to cruel puppy farms (also knows as a puppy factory or puppy mill) and treated as nothing more than breeding machines, used to produce puppies for profit.
Puppy farming is a major animal welfare issue in Australia with the main issues including:
- Extreme confinement – in some cases breeding animals may never be allowed out of their cage to exercise, play, socialise, have companionship or even to go to the toilet
- Inadequate veterinary care and general care – grooming and parasite control
- Unhygienic living conditions
- Inadequate and overcrowded housing conditions
- Frequent long-term health and/or behavioural problems in breeding dogs and puppies born in puppy farms as a result of the poor conditions they are bred in and a lack of adequate socialisaiton.
RSPCA Inspectors have rescued dogs from puppy farms where hundreds of breeding females have been kept in cages in appalling conditions. Any type or breed of dog can come from a puppy farm (purebred dogs, crossbreeds, mixed breeds), so you cannot judge whether a dog has been bred in a puppy farm based on the breed or type of dog.
The only way to be sure is to visit the breeding facility and check out the conditions.
We recommend you read the RSPCA Online Puppy Buyer’s Guide and also check out the RSPCA Smart Puppy Buyer’s Guide brochure for more information. RSPCA Australia is strongly opposed to puppy farming. They advocate regulation of the breeding, supply and sale of companion animals to help set minimum standards and stamp out puppy farms.
Further information on puppy farms and the RSPCA’s recommendations for action to end puppy farming in Australia is provided in documents on their website: End Puppy Farming – The Way Forward and Legislating to End Puppy Farming – The Way Forward.
Each state/territory within Australia has its own controlling body for registered canine activities, promoting responsible dog ownership, as follows: