Is Lancaster Puppies A Puppy Mill?

Lancaster puppies is an American-based company, that provides a platform (website) for dog sellers or breeders to post their puppies available. Evidently, they do not sell or breed the puppies, they just provide a community for puppy sellers and buyers. Now, there have been speculations that some puppies listed on the Lancaster site are from puppy mills that are in horrific and inhumane conditions.


Yes and No. There is actually a possibility that at least 60% of the puppies from Lancaster are from puppy mills, because the company may not be able to evaluate effectively the Genuity of every seller on their site, they can only rely on reports on a puppy mill operation. The downside to this is that if no reports are made, puppy mills ads would continue to be run and the dogs would continue to be exploited, so it’s left to the buyer to be able to identify a puppy mill operator.

People fear puppy mills puppies may have innumerable health issues, that may be apparent until years later, such as respiratory and endocrine disorders, so they become very skeptical about buying puppies from online companies such as Lancaster.

But these are only just hypotheses and do not mean they are a puppy mill operator. So I decided, to do a few types of research to find out if Lancaster puppies are really from puppy mills.

We assume Lancaster cares about where the dogs on their sites come from, we can say for a certain that the puppies advertised on Lancaster could be from puppy mills because reputable breeders do not need avenues like Lancaster to showcase available puppies.

Why? Reputable breeders sometimes, always have lists of potential buyers forehand before the pups are even born, and also other numerous avenues, to circulate the availability of their pups.

Although Lancaster is a reputable company, there is a probability the “breeders” available on their sites are suspected of foul play, so anyone who thinks of using Lancaster puppies should be aware of what an ethical breeder is and should be able to vet the breeder before buying the puppy.


” When you’re searching for your new puppy, keep in mind that legitimate breeders keep their puppies safe, clean and social. Their puppies are well fed, and kept in sanitary conditions. If you find a breeder on our site that doesn’t follow these criteria, please let us know “

The above is a direct quote from the Lancaster puppies site in the about section, and those are the basics that would indicate if a breeder is operating a puppy mill. I think it is very important to know how to spot a puppy mill operator especially if you’re buying from an online company.

You could ask yourself these few questions: Do they have multiple breeds for sale?; Are the puppies healthy and allowed exercise?; Do they have a contract?; Does the contract come with a return clause that the dog must come back to them if at any time you can keep it?

 If the answers to the questions are yes, they are a reputable breeder. In addition, other key elements to look for in a reputable breeder are if, the puppies are registered with preferably AKC; sire and dam are health tested; sire and dam have AKC, UKC or CKC championship and/or performance titles; breeders allowing you to come to see where the puppies are raised; if the breeder is knowledgeable?.

Well, these are just a few things to look for in a breeder. There might be exceptions to this rule, so if a breeder doesn’t quite fit into all the criteria, they shouldn’t be automatically ruled out.

Puppy mill operators often place puppies at six weeks of age or sell puppies to a random person without asking further questions and be so unbothered about the puppy’s health. If a breeder only keeps asking for the money or when you’re coming to get the pup, that should be telling you something.


 I got some reviews online about Lancaster puppies, and a guy complained he got suspicious about the low costs of the puppies on the site, and had to google some of the sellers with lower price puppies, and discovered that most of the puppies on his list had breeding conditions which only meant that they were a puppy dog mill.

Another one says “ My sister got a dog from Lancaster puppies, it was from what she called a nice Amish farmer,  It took her vet to get through that it came from a mill. I will say, the dog has never been completely house trained ( which is common in dogs which come out from the mill)”

Although these are bad reviews, there was a story of another owner, who said his experience was great, that the puppy was born in a wonderful condition and was even allowed to meet the entire litter.

So no one is saying Lancaster puppies is a terrible company, you just have to do some researches on if the puppy you’re interested in if it is from a reputable breeder, so you stop funding businesses that do not take care of their dogs.

Related Questions and Information

 What about rescue/shelter dogs, are they safer?

Now, if you decide to go with a rescue or shelter dog, you still have to do your homework. Make sure the organization is well-grounded and is actually rescuing dogs because they could also be an intermediary for a puppy mill. If the organization is constantly shipping in dogs, you should be concerned that they might not really be rescuing.

If you are looking for a particular breed, look up the breed’s parent club and every breed’s parent club has a rescue organization as well if you would prefer to adopt a purebred.