Deborah Allen, Nelson Allen, Judges Branch Kennel, Urbana, MO, 43-A-2950

What is a USDA license?
A USDA license is issues by the United States Department Of Agriculture which is a federal agency. Holding a USDA License means the breeder is inspected regularly and has a strict set of regulations to follow. The USDA’s regulations for dog breeders are the most strict compared to any other government in the world.

Are puppy mills licensed?
No. The United States Department Of Agriculture requires the breeder to follow strict regulations enforced by surprised unannounced inspection that are documented.

Do you have to have a license to be a dog breeder?
Not always. Local licenses depend on what town and state you live in. While being USDA license is only required if you have 5 breed-able dogs or more.

What is a hobby breeder?
A hobby breeder is a unlicensed breeder who does not meet their towns, states or USDA’s regulation to be licensed.

Is backyard breeding illegal?
No, the overwhelming majority of breeders breed on their property. Making them a “backyard breeder”.

What’s a backyard breeder?
Breeders who breed in their backyard or on their property.

What is a pet broker?
A pet broker is a middleman between a breeder and a retailer. Such as a pet store, website or individual.

What is a reputable breeder?
A reputable breeder is someone who follows their state and federal guidelines and licensing process.

What percent of puppies come from puppy mills?
No one knows. Keep it moving.

Do all pet stores use puppy mills?
No, in fact most pet stores do not source their puppies from puppy mills.

2 comments on “Deborah Allen, Nelson Allen, Judges Branch Kennel, Urbana, MO, 43-A-2950

  1. Carol Knipp on

    Hello. Our beloved 12 1/2 year old Bichon, Gracie, passed away on Friday. She was such a sweet little girl, very loving and well behaved. My husband and I are recently retired, and Gracie went everywhere with us. She had a seat belted car seat, and for airplane travel, she sat in my lap. Recently a flight attendant asked if they could keep Gracie so she could teach other dogs how to behave on planes. She loved, and was loved by everyone, from our 1 year old granddaughters to my 93 year old mom. Ever since she became a member of our home as a puppy, I knew I wanted to have a bichon by my side every day of my life. I miss her so much, and I knew when this day came that I would be immediately looking for our new little girl. Our veterinarian recommended looking at the MO Vet Med Association website for a list of preferred Breeders and at the MO Breeders Association website for responsible bichon breeders. I’ve attached a list I found of Blue Ribbon Kennel members, and am wondering if you know if any of these breeders have bichons. I’ve also attached a list of bichon breeders I found, and am wondering if you know if any of these breeders are or are not responsible breeders. None of the names overlap, so I’m not sure where to start. I live in Kansas City but am willing to travel to find our new little member of our home. Thank you for any help you can give me.

    Carol Knipp

  2. Diana R Willis on

    Hi Deborah, I’ve been trying to get ahold of you and my messenger and Facebook are not working for some reason what time would be good for you tomorrow?


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