|A puppy farm is a large dog breeding facility created to mass produce puppies for profit. Breeding females typically have back-to-back litters for five or six years, then are killed.
While most puppy farms lack any structured facility plan or design and provide husbandry on an ad hoc basis only, others are purpose-built and are specifically designed to house and breed large numbers of dogs for sale.
Both types of facilities can fail to meet the animals’ behavioural, psychological, social and physiological needs. Additionally, while some puppy farms house animals in filthy, unhygienic conditions, there are others that are comparatively ‘clean’ but still permanently confine dogs in barren cages and breed them continually, thereby failing to meet acceptable animal welfare standards.
Browse the articles below relating to puppy farms.
- BAWP SA Select Committee submission on dogs and cats PDF as filed 27 02 2013, South Australia, 27 February 2013.
- The property value of a pet’s life, Herald Sun, 30 December 2012.
- Breeder pleads guilty to puppy farm charges, Article in the Age, 6 December 2012.
- Oscar’s Law Puppy Farm Rally, Melbourne, TEN News coverage of Oscar’s Law Rally, including talk by Shatha Hamade, National Co-ordinator, BAWP, 18 September 2011.
- ‘Fury at fate of local pups exported overseas‘, Herald Sun, 13 July 2011.
- Oscar’s law: regulating pet breeding and sales, National Coordinator of the Secretariat, Shatha Hamade, interviewed on ABC Radio National regarding puppy farms and the law, 7 October 2010.
- Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments.
- RSPCA Australia Discussion Paper; Puppy Farms, January 2010.