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Pets in the Country - any experience with them?

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Pets in the Country - any experience with them?

I am going to a first-time dog owner and looking at a couple of places. One breeder that comes up frequently when i ask people about good breeders is Pets in the Country. I was curious whether any one have experience/opinion about them.

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Deal Fanatic
Apr 23, 2009
5153 posts
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South of Ottawa
Never heard of them. And their website does not have any useful information. The only thing they say, that is concerning, is that they don't allow a visit until the pup is 7 weeks old. Which means you will not see the mother nursing, so impossible to know if the mother is even there (which is an indicator that they are a broker). They also let them go at 7 weeks which is a bit too early.

Here's a list of questions that need to be answered:

1. What health testing is done on the pups, and the parents? There are certain genetic conditions and medical issues that are prevalent in retrievers, make sure the parents are certified (hips, eyes and ears at the very least).
2. Are mom and dad on site? Especially the mom.
3. How much and what is included in that? (spay/neuter, shots, health testing, etc.)
4. Health guarantee? Get the details of this, not just confirmation that they have one,
5. Ask for recommendations
6. Get a copy of the sales contract and/or breeder contract. Read it carefully and understand it.
Sr. Member
Apr 25, 2011
712 posts
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British Columbia
1 - any "breeder" that's name constantly comes up to me is a red flag that they breed too many dogs. A good breeder should only have a few litters a year. Their dogs should also not be bred continually heat after heat.

2 - immediate red flag they are puppy mill; they breed a bunch of popular "designer" mix breed dogs. Any good breeder should only breed one type of dog. They should be showing their dogs and only breeding the best of the breed. They need to be very knowledgeable in temperment and body structure of the breed and only breed those that fit. Not just those that look cool or have rarer colors. They need to test for all possible health issues and not breed the dogs until they're two years old (or older; some genetic issues can't be tested for when young or can't be tested for at all and they need to wait until older to try and ensure their breeding dogs haven't developed problems). They should offer a health guarantee and to take back the dog (often at any time of its life).

Otherwise what are they really doing...? Making money as fast as possible without regard for their dogs or the dogs they bring into the world nor future generations.

Edited to add that this place could also easily be a puppy broker. They do not list their breeding dogs on their site (breeders always list their breeding dogs and provide information such as all health testing preformed and its result, lines they come from, height/weight, personality, date of birth)... with this site having none of that I would lean towards them being a broker.

Some reading:
http://www.shutdownpuppymills.ca/inside ... py-broker/
http://www.awesomedogs.ca/inline_puppymill.htm
Jr. Member
Jul 12, 2016
102 posts
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presently I live in Canada and my home country is in eastern Europe, and the difference is that in my country people have pets for their pleasure, but here they take pets as a huge responsibility, spent lots of money on them. Having a pet is extremely expensive and plus in most apartment you are not even allowed to bring them. you should thing through many details before you decide to get one.
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May 21, 2015
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Sarnia, ON
Looks like a puppy mill to me as well.. With a well designed website though to sucker people in.
Newbie
Sep 15, 2017
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I have 2 dogs from pets in the country, one we got as a puppy 3 years ago and the other we got at 7 years old a few weeks ago. They are amazing dogs very smart, very loyal. Their dog/puppies live inside and are very well taken care of in a clean calm environment. The owners of PITC are very people oriented, very nice and professional. I strongly recommend them to anyone and everyone and will always go back to them! :)
Sr. Member
Apr 25, 2011
712 posts
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British Columbia
TashaWR1 wrote:
Sep 16th, 2017 4:31 pm
I strongly recommend them to anyone and everyone and will always go back to them!
It appears you recommend them so strongly that you must create an account on RFD to talk about them...

Just because the dogs and puppies are inside does not make them a reputable breeder. It make them at best a backyard breeder. Not someone to support.
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Dec 27, 2009
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Ottawa, ON
TashaWR1 wrote:
Sep 16th, 2017 4:31 pm
I have 2 dogs from pets in the country, one we got as a puppy 3 years ago and the other we got at 7 years old a few weeks ago. They are amazing dogs very smart, very loyal. Their dog/puppies live inside and are very well taken care of in a clean calm environment. The owners of PITC are very people oriented, very nice and professional. I strongly recommend them to anyone and everyone and will always go back to them! :)
Hmmm, first time poster arrives to post glowing review of a breeder that seems to be a puppy mill...
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Sep 15, 2017
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The site doesn't let you comment without logging in.. so You're right.. unfortunately I had to create an account to comment of the negativity being thrown around about PITC. Rest assured it'll be gone once i'm done this comment. Of course my review is glowing, I am beyond satisfied with how my expierence was with them. I stand by my comment before, I always have and always will recommend pets in the country.
Sr. Member
Apr 25, 2011
712 posts
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British Columbia
TashaWR1 wrote:
Sep 19th, 2017 11:13 pm
I always have and always will recommend pets in the country.
So in other words you either are associated with them or have done no research into what a puppy mill and/or broker is and do not care to educate yourself on what this means for the treatment of countless dogs.

People can present themself well, of course they will as they are trying to make a sale, but that doesn't mean this place doesn't have all the hallmarks of being a puppy mill or broker.
Last edited by Karala on Sep 19th, 2017 11:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Dec 27, 2009
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TashaWR1 wrote:
Sep 19th, 2017 11:13 pm
The site doesn't let you comment without logging in.. so You're right.. unfortunately I had to create an account to comment of the negativity being thrown around about PITC. Rest assured it'll be gone once i'm done this comment. Of course my review is glowing, I am beyond satisfied with how my expierence was with them. I stand by my comment before, I always have and always will recommend pets in the country.
I'm sure you will since you likely own it.
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Jul 30, 2003
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Too many flags going up about that place. The website as others pointed out. All post from the FB page are from PITC. When I decided on getting a specific dog breed, I joined as many breeder FB groups for that type. All across the board, it is the same theme. You get a sense of community where people would post questions about their puppy/dog or simply show-off/update other members. The FB page for PITC is more of an advertisement.
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Sep 16, 2006
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Pickering
Get a mutt. They are healthier. Cheaper too. Don't go to a puppy mill.

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