Puppy Broker: A Puppy Mill Reseller

Puppy Broker: A Puppy Mill Reseller

Thinking of buying a dog and considering buying from a middleman rather than directly from the breeder? Buyer beware! Here are some tips on how to educate yourself to determine if the person you are buying a dog from is reputable or really a puppy mill reseller.

What is a Puppy Broker?

A puppy runner is someone who buys bulk “lots” of animals for resale rather than raising dogs within their own kennels. Since these dogs are not seen in pet stores, they can pose as quality dogs, or champion lines, or whatever the puppy brokers want the buyer to believe. Someone who sells an entire litter that they have not raised themselves is likely to sell pup breeding animals. A reputable and contentious breeder would never sell puppies in bulk or in “batches”.

Puppy brokers, also known as puppy mill representatives, know well how to market themselves to potential buyers and take advantage of an individual’s lack of knowledge. They will pose as people who care about dogs and want to protect the integrity of a certain breed.

Import brokers

A trend among puppy runners is to present dogs as quality imports that come from “healthier and more studious” European lines. Such claims that the lines are healthier are often false and may be dogs purchased from overseas puppy mills. The only way to protect against potential medical problems is by detecting genetic defects within a breeder’s program. Request sanitary authorizations and get them in writing.

The actual journey from Europe is very hard on dogs. It is now said that out of every three dogs imported in this way, two die. Many die in flight or shortly after arrival. The stories of puppies dying shortly after being bought are very numerous.

How to Identify a Puppy Runner

There are two factors that allow a puppy runner to do business: their ignorance and their impatience with having a dog of a certain breed. If you want a healthy, quality dog, don’t let these things be used against you! Educate yourself and be patient! You could pay for your impatience for the next 15 years.

What to look for:

Puppy runners always have dogs available. How is this? If they don’t have one available for you today, they will have one for you shortly. They just know a great brood of champion lines about to be ready for new homes! Use common sense! Parenting is not an overnight process! Quality breeders have waiting lists for their dogs and the puppies are often sold before the actual birth. How did this runner find you such a great dog in such a short time?

Know the dam

Always meet the mother of a litter and pick up the puppy at the place where the dogs are locked up / live. If a seller does not allow you to go to the real property where the dogs live, be very suspicious. If they hesitate to let him meet the mother, either they have not raised the dogs themselves or the mother is not who they claim. The father is usually not on the property, but he always has the right to contact the father’s owners. Be careful – they will do their best to cover up the fact that they themselves are not the actual breeders of a litter and may lie about this.

Champion Dog Lines – Maybe not

Does the vendor claim their potential puppy is of champion lineage? In the age of the internet, it has become common for puppy runners to take photos of champion dogs from reputable kennel sites and claim that these are the parents of their puppies. Often the actual owners of the father and mother have no idea that their dogs are being used in this way. Contact them. If a puppy broker doesn’t give you the contact information, search the internet and get in touch with them yourself. Good breeders will not hesitate to tell you about their litters. We cannot emphasize enough how often this happens.


Consult references. Those who sell dogs should be able to produce a list of referrals from breed clubs, previous buyers, and at least one vet. Contact all references! We have found dog resellers who are negligent with the severe medical care their personal dogs need, who have a bad reputation for being barred from breed / sports / show clubs, or who don’t vaccinate puppies but sell them too old early. to avoid “unnecessary” expenses.

Before buying:

Don’t support this growing puppy mill reseller industry. There are many ways to determine if you are buying from someone who wants to make a quick profit. Do your research, ask the breed / sports / show clubs, which often have online forums, and make an informed decision about where your pup comes from.