Dogs are a huge draw in Singapore, with a growing number of people adopting dogs from shelters. But while they save the lives of homeless pets, it’s important to understand that most puppies we see in pet shops come from puppy mills – commercial breeding facilities where animals are intensively bred for sale in cramped conditions.
The cost of owning a pet can be steep in puppy Singapore, even if you’re a first-time owner. In addition to paying a premium for pandemic pets, Singaporeans also have to adhere to regulations and limitations.
Buying From Local Breeders
There are many reasons why buying from local breeders is preferable to buying from puppy mills. These are some of the most important:
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Buying from responsible breeders is a more humane option, and you can be sure that your new pet will be healthy.
You’ll want to know the reputation, track record and breeding practices of your breeder. You should also do your research on the breeder’s history, including whether they were a member of the Singapore Kennel Club (SKC) and any complaints that have been filed against them.
The Singapore government has taken steps to improve the regulation of puppy mills, clamping down on errant breeders and raising welfare standards. But enforcement is still a challenge, especially when AVA manpower is limited.