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Dog Brokers

Do you ever wonder how a pet store can have such a variety of different puppy breeds available at the same time? It would be difficult for a local pet store to keep track of when breeders across the country have puppies available. Dog brokers help solve this problem.

A dog broker or puppy dealer is a middleman, a distributor who obtains puppies in bulk from commercial breeders and re-sells them to retailers. They offer one-stop shopping for pet stores and make it easy for them to offer the range of puppies customers want. There are currently about 300 USDA-licensed puppy brokers in the United States. Breeders are happy to work with brokers because many brokers will buy most or all the puppies a breeder has available and are willing to truck puppies over long distances to their final retail destinations.

Cruel breeders and brokers are also increasingly turning to the Internet to sell puppies. Brokers might call themselves “puppy finders” or “puppy concierges.” Instead of physically buying and then re-selling puppies, these brokers create fancy, massive online pet stores, making “matches” between their network of breeders and the unwitting online shopper.


Commercial breeders and brokers can be found anywhere, but Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio have some of the highest numbers of USDA-licensed breeders. To get their puppies to stores around the country, breeders rely not only on brokers; they sometimes use other transporters. These could be transporters whose main business is moving puppies, or carriers who are willing to transport puppies in addition to other products.

Although there are some standards in place for the commercial transport of puppies, they, like the requirements for commercial breeders, are minimal and poorly enforced. There is no limit to the number of continuous hours puppies may be trucked, or how many animals may be packed into one vehicle. The transporters need to offer food and water to a young puppy only once every 12 hours. There is no requirement that the driver have any animal care experience. Spending hours or days on a dirty, crowded truck can significantly stress a very young puppy, resulting in disease transmission or worse.


Commercial breeders often buy and sell dogs with other breeders if they want to add new breeds to their businesses or get rid of dogs they no longer want. Auction services allow many dog breeders to meet under one roof, where hundreds of dogs are displayed and sold to the highest bidder. The auction house gets a cut of the profit.

For some breeding dogs, the trip to the dog auction is the only time they ever get to leave the cages in which they’ve spent their entire lives. But if they get sold, it just means a trip to a different cage. Dogs who fail to attract bidders could be discarded or abandoned by their owners, since they no longer have any perceived value.

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 stor

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.