Brenneman's Grooming & Pet Supplies

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  • 531 Southgate Ave

    Iowa City, IA 52240

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  • 319-338-1821

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Brenneman's has been around for as long as I can remember, and i have lived in Iowa CIty of most of my life (40 years). Having read through the other reviews, I have to say that ANY dog or cat can be skittish, just as any human can. IF you want glitz and glam, go to the puppy mill only supplied chain store nearby, but you won't get any of the "guarantees" that they promise. I know first hand after hudreds of dollars in vet bills, for which they refused to pay. Nore do their "pure bred" top dollar pups turn out to be anywhere near pure bred. At Brenneman's I always find honest answers, even if they don't know the answer, they will try to help me find it. They are always willing to help, and even special order, if the desired items are available to them. Their animals are in smaller cages, but are free to interact through the cage bars, and always seem happy to see people, not just hiding in the back corner in a dog or cat aquarium. They can also give the name of any of their local breeders. If you ask me, I trust a local pet store that has stood the test of time.

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Brenneman's has been around for as long as I can remember, and i have lived in Iowa CIty of most of my life (40 years). Having read through the other reviews, I have to say that ANY dog or cat can be skittish, just as any human can. IF you want glitz and glam, go to the puppy mill only supplied chain store nearby, but you won't get any of the "guarantees" that they promise. I know first hand after hudreds of dollars in vet bills, for which they refused to pay. Nore do their "pure bred" top dollar pups turn out to be anywhere near pure bred. At Brenneman's I always find honest answers, even if they don't know the answer, they will try to help me find it. They are always willing to help, and even special order, if the desired items are available to them. Their animals are in smaller cages, but are free to interact through the cage bars, and always seem happy to see people, not just hiding in the back corner in a dog or cat aquarium. They can also give the name of any of their local breeders. If you ask me, I trust a local pet store that has stood the test of time.

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Very nice people and were very helpful. We purchased 2 puppies this last fall. The 1st was a beagle and maltese mix. Very healthy and seemed to have come from a good breeder. The 2nd, a yorkie mix, has a few issues: a little skiddish and had a bad case of ear mites, which is a trait of a puppy from a mill, according to the vet.

I hope Brenneman's will be selectful with whom the get their puppies.

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Very nice people and were very helpful. We purchased 2 puppies this last fall. The 1st was a beagle and maltese mix. Very healthy and seemed to have come from a good breeder. The 2nd, a yorkie mix, has a few issues: a little skiddish and had a bad case of ear mites, which is a trait of a puppy from a mill, according to the vet.

I hope Brenneman's will be selectful with whom the get their puppies.

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I'm pretty surprised at some of the comments I've read here also. I've been buying from Brenneman's for 20 years, and wouldn't dream of buying a pet anywhere else. I've purchased 2 cats 15 years ago at about $30 each, and 2 cocker spaniels who have had the finest temperament I've ever seen in dogs. All these animals were form local breeders. As noted in other comments, the store isn't flashy or particularly pretty, but Bud will give you a good deal if there's something you really want but think the price is a too high. Plus the staff has been consistent for years. Yes the animals are in small crates, but they're very well cared for.
Petland, on the other hand, has animals that are waaaaay overpriced, and I've heard that many do indeed come from mills. Their staff changes frequently, and their prices are outrageous. I absolutely recommend Brennemans, a locally-owned business over Petland, or any other pet store in the area.

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I'm pretty surprised at some of the comments I've read here also. I've been buying from Brenneman's for 20 years, and wouldn't dream of buying a pet anywhere else. I've purchased 2 cats 15 years ago at about $30 each, and 2 cocker spaniels who have had the finest temperament I've ever seen in dogs. All these animals were form local breeders. As noted in other comments, the store isn't flashy or particularly pretty, but Bud will give you a good deal if there's something you really want but think the price is a too high. Plus the staff has been consistent for years. Yes the animals are in small crates, but they're very well cared for.
Petland, on the other hand, has animals that are waaaaay overpriced, and I've heard that many do indeed come from mills. Their staff changes frequently, and their prices are outrageous. I absolutely recommend Brennemans, a locally-owned business over Petland, or any other pet store in the area.

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I am shocked at some of the reviews written here. If you want shiny and expensive go across the street. I purchased a dog from petland a couple of years ago, that was very ill and cost me a fortune to take care of. He was very ill, and I also became ill because of him.
I previously had purchased puppies on 2 seperate occasions from Brenneman...These dogs were healthy, happy and well ajusted. I recently lost my dog to cancer and will be purchasing another dog.
I will return to Brennemans, the price is reasonable..the dogs are not puppy mill..and they are well cared for. They are good decent folks..and are honest about their product..and are very helpful.
I much appreciate this business.
And before the folks who want to spend all the big money purchase a dog..they really should call their vet...ask them which place they would suggest. I already know the answer.
If you want to spend a fortune to impress for friends with a nutso dog....go elsewhere. I prefer Brennemans.

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I am shocked at some of the reviews written here. If you want shiny and expensive go across the street. I purchased a dog from petland a couple of years ago, that was very ill and cost me a fortune to take care of. He was very ill, and I also became ill because of him.
I previously had purchased puppies on 2 seperate occasions from Brenneman...These dogs were healthy, happy and well ajusted. I recently lost my dog to cancer and will be purchasing another dog.
I will return to Brennemans, the price is reasonable..the dogs are not puppy mill..and they are well cared for. They are good decent folks..and are honest about their product..and are very helpful.
I much appreciate this business.
And before the folks who want to spend all the big money purchase a dog..they really should call their vet...ask them which place they would suggest. I already know the answer.
If you want to spend a fortune to impress for friends with a nutso dog....go elsewhere. I prefer Brennemans.

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I love Brenneman seed and pet center, for it's small town charm-the sales people are always nice, helpful, and educated on the products and/or pets they sell...not just reading off of a memorized list of "extras" like a chain I won't name. I have personally bought two puppies from Brenneman's and couldn't have been more pleased...and I know for a fact that they don't come from "puppy mills" It may not be as shiny, bright, and new as other places but for quality and service it ranks right up there!

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I love Brenneman seed and pet center, for it's small town charm-the sales people are always nice, helpful, and educated on the products and/or pets they sell...not just reading off of a memorized list of "extras" like a chain I won't name. I have personally bought two puppies from Brenneman's and couldn't have been more pleased...and I know for a fact that they don't come from "puppy mills" It may not be as shiny, bright, and new as other places but for quality and service it ranks right up there!

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This pet store is great! I got my puppy from there last November and he is wonderful. He is the greatest dog I could ever ask for. My puppy is a mixed breed and they were able to give me information on both breeds he is (such as size, temperment, etc.) I was more impressed with their knowledge than that of the staff at Petland. They also have some of the same popular designer breeds that Petland has, but for a much more reasonable price. They don't offer all the same things with each puppy that Petland does, but they do guarantee that the puppys are healthy when you buy them and if not, they have a window period for you to return the puppy. They also have EVERY kind of food you could ask for, cheaper than Petland. It is not the cleanest petstore, and it definitely smells like a petstore which I would say is its downfall.

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This pet store is great! I got my puppy from there last November and he is wonderful. He is the greatest dog I could ever ask for. My puppy is a mixed breed and they were able to give me information on both breeds he is (such as size, temperment, etc.) I was more impressed with their knowledge than that of the staff at Petland. They also have some of the same popular designer breeds that Petland has, but for a much more reasonable price. They don't offer all the same things with each puppy that Petland does, but they do guarantee that the puppys are healthy when you buy them and if not, they have a window period for you to return the puppy. They also have EVERY kind of food you could ask for, cheaper than Petland. It is not the cleanest petstore, and it definitely smells like a petstore which I would say is its downfall.

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I must be honest and admit I first frequented this store because I could not believe some of the stories I had heard about the filth and dingy surroundings. I was sure the stories were exaggerated until I actually entered this store. I was never so shoked in my life when I saw how dark and drab the kennels were and how the puppies seemed to be begging for affection...it was enough to make me want to take them all home!
And the fish tanks...well, lets just say this....I knew they were there from the moment I entered the store...the smell was so prevelant in the air...and upon seeing the tanks...well, I wonder how any fish could live in that atmosphere of dirty, muggy water!

So the bottom line is...I wouldn't purchase from this store. Ther are enough business that are cleaner and neater. But of course this is only one woman's opinion...and you know what I say...take this opinion and use it or ignore it as you will.....happy shopping!

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★★☆☆☆

I must be honest and admit I first frequented this store because I could not believe some of the stories I had heard about the filth and dingy surroundings. I was sure the stories were exaggerated until I actually entered this store. I was never so shoked in my life when I saw how dark and drab the kennels were and how the puppies seemed to be begging for affection...it was enough to make me want to take them all home!
And the fish tanks...well, lets just say this....I knew they were there from the moment I entered the store...the smell was so prevelant in the air...and upon seeing the tanks...well, I wonder how any fish could live in that atmosphere of dirty, muggy water!

So the bottom line is...I wouldn't purchase from this store. Ther are enough business that are cleaner and neater. But of course this is only one woman's opinion...and you know what I say...take this opinion and use it or ignore it as you will.....happy shopping!

PROS: ...none
CONS: ....read the review if you have further questions

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Good selection of foods for your pet. The puppies/kittens are in somewhat dirty environment. I would question if they are the result of a "puppy mill" type situation. Reasonable prices on the pets. Store is clutters and a bit dirty.

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Good selection of foods for your pet. The puppies/kittens are in somewhat dirty environment. I would question if they are the result of a "puppy mill" type situation. Reasonable prices on the pets. Store is clutters and a bit dirty.

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The place is a little dirty, puppies are in knels that aren't always clean.. The fish tanks look gross and disgusting but they have neat fish and they do okay at my tank at home

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The place is a little dirty, puppies are in knels that aren't always clean.. The fish tanks look gross and disgusting but they have neat fish and they do okay at my tank at home

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