Stephen Sinden, Valerie Sinden, Rolling Hills Kennel, Dixon, MO, 43-A-2322

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 “Stephen Sinden, Valerie Sinden, Rolling Hills Kennel, Dixon, MO, 43-A-2322

  1. Sahar Abrishami on

    Hi there,

    I have looked over the internet to find the breeder of my dog over a long time and I hope I have found the right people ( Stephen Sinden &Valerie Sinden). I want to adopt another siberian husky who’s probably from the same family of dogs my dog came from. We are from from Vancouver, Canada. If you’ve had the chance to read my comment, I’d appreciate it if you send me an email to or call me at 6046001171.


    • Melisa Borg on

      Hello, my husband and I are also curious as we would like to own a relative of our sweet boy that passed a year ago.


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