Doing well, thanks! The site is a good idea. On the one about bad breeders, though, do be sure and cover your bases legally so that nobody can sue you. Find out ahead of time what you can and cannot say in the eyes of the law. You may have already thought of that, but it would stink to be attempting to do a good service for others and end up on the receiving end of a slander suit!
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
I just saw this post, after making a coment on your other on. I also wanted to add who would decide who is a good breeder and who is bad? If it is the general public, every one has thier own standards... (lol not the very best but hey, you see what i am saying) Are you going to have standard form that someone would fill out saying, the tests they did and any of the other important questions???
klkrieg...good point...wo does decide this? Ones idea of a good breeder is not always the next persons idea. You may find something harmless in a breeder that I may find to be unacceptable....so its hard to say just 'good breeders' without each getting to ad their own detailed pratices so each can decide.
shiny...a good point as well....people are so sue happy, very fine line in slander ect...the bad breeder site while a good idea in general, may be more trouble for you then you are expecting. Cant just post it because someone said it was so, must get both sides and back it up with fact.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 1/11/2008 12:59:40 AM*** Reason: sp
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
The problem is that one or two people can't determine what a bad breeder is. And most pet owners consider things to be bad that probably aren't really a big deal, and breeders who show/test consider the things that pet breeders don't do to be important...
I've had pet owners tell me that breeders who put their dogs in crates (ever) are bad... That if a puppy comes home with any kind of worms that the breeder is instantly bad. Some pet owners who don't research their breed well think breed specific traits are problems (like barking in Shelties...).
Some pet owners also think their BYB down the street is a great breeder because the puppy was well socialized... but I would consider them not a good breeder because they don't test, don't show, and are breeding dogs that are very obviously not good examples of the breed.
It's kind of a subjective thing. I think every breeder in the world is going to have satisfied and disatisfied clients. I actually don't like the idea of compliling a list on the internet... I've dealt with some really crazy people and I know most serious breeders encounter a really looney tune eventually... I don't think a list like this would really help/solve anything except giving people a place to bash other people - and who is to say they are telling the truth?
Good idea OP - but I think you're giving the general population too much credit towards being honest...
I definetly agree with that. I had this crazy woman call me and want a english bulldog puppy. I have a puppy application that has to be completed and I check all references including vet references. When I asked her to complete the puppy application she went from sane to crazy and started yelling at me and telling me how sorry my dogs are. I have a great friend who has a blog about her dog on my testimonials page and this crazy woman contacted my past customer and told her I was rude and the most hateful person she had ever came across. I later found out she was a puppy mill breeder! Go figure! If they wont give you a vet reference then that is a red flag they are hiding something! Very important to ask for that because most of the times the truth lies with the vet and not the buyer. I have found that to be true so many times! I dont understand why they wont be honest. If they sell dogs on the internet you can find out.
Thank you Nightingale for the comment: " If they wont give you a vet reference then that is a red flag they are hiding something! Very important to ask for that because most of the times the truth lies with the vet and not the buyer." I use my vet as my main reference also. I too am contacted by "nutty" people who will bash you as a breeder if things don't go their way. I was once bashed by a purchaser because their puppy cried all night the first night they had it, they accused me of raising puppies with anxiety problems! A 3 hour flight, new home, new parents, no siblings, new world, I would cry too! Also, people don't realize how important "crating" is. All dogs should be accustomed to a crate, if just for their own safety and your piece of mind if you must be away.