You will often find information regarding the topic of Puppy Mills & Back Yard Breeders on Go Puppy. Being able to identify a back yard breeder or understanding how puppy mills work is so important. We believe, one way to eliminate the number of dogs entering shelters each year is to eliminate the number of backyard breeders in the US. To do this, education is key, providing the appropriate information and a safe place for prospective puppy owners to search for ethical breeders, will hopefully push the backyard breeders onto the back burner.
This article does an excellent job of describing what a back yard breeder is and how to identify them.
Buyer Beware: The Problem with Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders https://www.paws.org/get-involved/take-action/explore-the-issues/puppy-mills/