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Puppies for Sale, What is a Puppy Broker?

What is a puppy broker? Where do puppy brokers buy their pups? How much do puppy brokers pay for the puppies? How do puppy brokers make their money? Where do pet stores buy their pups? What is the name for the middle man who sells puppies to pet stores? Is being a puppy broker a good career move?

Many people have probably never even heard of the term “Puppy Broker” but, if you have ever walked by a pet store that sells pets, you have probably seen the efforts of their work. Puppy brokers are the people who buy puppies from the mass breeders, often known as puppy mills, and resell them to the pet stores.

Puppy mills are basically farms for breeding puppies. They may have hundreds of puppies of many different breeds. On the other end are the pet stores. The pet stores that sell pups generally want to have several different pups at any time, they often tell their customers “We can get you any breed you are looking for.”, and they often say “We do not buy from puppy mills.”. The way they can say these things is by using the puppy broker.

The puppy broker has access to many puppy mill breeders and as such can acquire any breed the store wants at any time. They are essentially a middleman, buying from the puppy mill and reselling to the pet store.

Puppy Brokers will also buy puppies from backyard breeders and resell them to pet stores. Occasionally puppy brokers will sell directly to the public, but it is easier for them to sell to the stores.

How it works is that the broker may buy the pup from the mill, or backyard breeder, for $50 to $150. They sell it to the pet store for $200 to $400. The pet store then resells the puppy for $1,000 to $1,400.

The final price of the puppy may vary depending on the breed, with rarer breeds costing more.  Since the broker does not want to spend much for the puppy (so they can make more profit) they may try to talk a seller down if the puppy has bad teeth, poor legs, or other flaws.

In the United States the USDA considers Puppy Brokers to be Class B Dealers, as opposed to the breeders themselves who are considered wholesalers, or Class A Dealers.

Buyers of puppies, when buying from pet stores, or if buying directly from the broker, should be very cautious. It is easy to fall for a cute puppy but the underlying fact is that these pups are poorly bred, often underfed, and buying them supports the cruel industry of mass breeding puppies purely for the point of profit, not genetic health or temperament.

This career is not considered to be a lasting one as many cities are now banning the sale of puppies in pet stores. 

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Comments (3)

nice article. Personally I prefer rescuing helpless animals from the shelter but this is very informative....Peace Jaz

What a really great and useful piece of information.

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Nice work,Brenda. If everyone stopped buying puppies from pet stores, the puppy mills and the puppy brokers would soon go out of business. Sadly, that's not likely to happen, at least not during my lifetime or yours.

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