I haven't posted in a long time, just usually reading in here (no not a troll), but have read different posts on what people believe is a puppymill. In your opinion, what is a backyard breeder? The reason I ask, is that I realize where pet store puppies come from, but a pet store can only buy from a USDA licensed breeder or through a broker that purchased through a USDA licensed breeder. This was part of an amendment to the AWA in July I believe. I am not USDA licensed (just state, vet and AKC inspected) and only sell my puppies privately, under spay and neuter contracts and to approved homes only. I just wanted to see in everyone's opinions, where the line crosses from backyard breeder to puppymill. PS I'd post a photo of my Taffy, if someone tells me how...
Well, across the street from me we had a BYB. Basically, everytime his bitch went into heat she would have puppies. Keep them around for 6-8 weeks sell them and then the process would start again some 6 months later. They moved away now, but 2x a year you would hear puppy cries. BYB have these pups with one thing in mind, turning over a profit. Many do not bring the pups for shots or even see a vet and they charge you as much as a breeder. They hardly ever took the dog to the vet as far as I could see either. This dog was a GSD and literally it was a backyard dog. Not a pet but it stayed out there winter, spring, summer and fall with litters all the time, never seeing or stepping inside the home.
You can post pictures on www.dogster.com, it's very easy. As long as you've got pictures on your computer you can do it. Or just scan them and then upload them onto dogster. It sounds complicated but im a moron when it comes to computers & I figured it out relatively quickley. My opinion of a BYB is someone who breeds for the money. They do no testing for genetic diseases or testing for the specific diseases/traits that particular breed they want to reproduce is known for. Id consider someone who did not care what kind of homes their puppies went to a BYB.
we have several backyard breeders as clients where i work. the lab breeder breeds his females every heat cycle. the only test he does is ofa and breeds them even if ofa comes back bad. his dogs have severe allergy problems that he does nothing for. he haggles every charge he has to pay for. when his 1 female got sick with severe pancreatitis, he opted to euthanize her instead of treating her. he gives his own vaccines to the puppies, never brings the pups in to be vet checked. he does have the females x rayed to see how many pups to expect and got really pissed off one time when there were only 2 pups inside the mom. i won't even go into the westie and golden lady. suffice it to say local animal control has been called on her multiple times, anyone who breeds goldens or westies in the state of new jersey knows about this foul woman and just a few months ago she came in all happy because she was getting a poodle to start making goldendoodles because she could get 1500.00 for a puppy goldendoodle. this woman is scum of the scum.
I see a pattern here of everyones opinion. Not that I think it's ok for a pet store to sell puppies-they should only buy from a breeder, but I don't think legally they can sell them to a pet store any longer. Maybe if you know for a fact that they are selling as a backyard breeder, they should be turned over for investigation-as stores and brokers can no longer buy from a non licensed breeder. This may help break some of the cycle.
Ok....My opinion of a BYB is: One who breeds a dog less than 2 yrs of age One who breeds every heat cycle One who does not perform at least the minor helath checks on his adult dogs or pups. One who does not have the proper facilities to keep dogs (if they have alot of dogs) One who breeds more than 3 breeds of dogs. One who uses false sales pitches to lure in buyers. HOWEVER, I do not think you are necessarily an irresponsible breeder if you don't perform every health test under the moon. There are breeders who breed pet quality dogs - and they come at a pet quality price. I don't think all testing is necessary for these dogs. The buyer of a pet quality dog is not planning to show, could care less about breed standard, and just wants a 'pure bred' family pet (for whatever reason). Therefore, spending more money on testing (and then raising the price of the dog) is useless for these dogs. I'd go into more detail - but I'm too tired.
My definition of a backyard breeder is a person who breeds mixed breeds, dogs without papers, doesn't care who the puppy goes to, gives the parents no health checks before breeding them, doesn't spay or neuter, and a breeder of poor quality dogs.
I think you confuse puppy mills(no matter how small) with back yard breeders, which, like the word breeder, itself, have such negative vibe that I consider myself a hobbiest. I think you should stick to ETHICAL and UNETHICAL, and forget about the size of the yard. Not everyone adores mongrels.