I’ve always heard that pet shop puppies should be avoided, but why? Puppies waiting patiently in pet shops deserve to find families just as much as those offered by individuals, don’t they? This statement regarding pet shop puppies didn’t make sense to me – until I purchased a puppy from a pet shop. I wanted a Shi-Tzu, and my ex husband was able to purchase one for half price from the store where he worked. He was also willing to pay half of the purchase price of the puppy since it was actually a gift for the kids.
The following is my experience with a puppy from a pet shop. Of course not all pet shop puppies are a problem, but after my experience I understand why I was told to never buy a puppy from a pet shop. Although many puppies sold in pet shops are perfectly healthy and have wonderful personalities, this isn’t always the case. A sick puppy can be purchased anywhere, but problems with pet shop puppies aren’t always medical, and they aren’t always initially apparent.
I dearly love my little Shi-Tzu, and I wouldn’t trade him for anything, but after having a puppy that came from a pet shop, I now understand why you shouldn’t buy a dog from a pet shop and from an unknown breeder. As previously stated, not all puppies purchased from pet shops have problems, but some do, and you may not realize it until you’ve fallen in love with the furry bundle of joy that you’ve welcomed into your family and into your heart.
Although I’ve introduced my pup to many people and other pets, my 7 month old puppy is still very shy. He also has strange behavioral issues. When we call him or try to get him to come to us, he runs away and sits beneath the table. No one in the family has ever hurt him, but he won’t come unless we offer food. I’ve never encountered a dog or a puppy that is this incredibly shy. Dogs I’ve had in the past wanted limitless love and affection, but not my little Shi-Tzu.
I realize my furry little family member is still young, but it’s clear to me he wasn’t socialized at a young age. He apparently wasn’t handled enough, and probably spent countless hours in a cage. He came from a breeder, and although not all breeders ignore their dogs, this particular breeder could have been in it simply for the money. My dog obviously wasn’t held enough by human hands, and even though he was properly cared for, I’m guessing he was ignored.
Possible Health Problems
I’m fortunate that my pup is perfectly healthy. The store where he was purchased has all puppies vet checked and vaccinated, but not all pet shop puppies are as fortunate as mine. I’ve heard horror stories about puppies born in puppy mills who had serious illnesses and required expensive veterinary care, and I’ve also heard of cases where puppies couldn’t be saved.
Puppy mills are the main reason why you shouldn’t buy a puppy from a pet shop. Although your puppy may be guaranteed for a specific period of time, a money-back guarantee won’t mend a broken heart if something is seriously wrong with your puppy because of inadequate attention and a lack of veterinary care. When purchasing a puppy from a pet shop you won’t know where your puppy came from, how he was cared for, or if he was ever handled and properly socialized.