I have a gorgeous bichon frise and she is comming in heat. She is registered. We are breeding her to a toy maltese which is also registered. I dont understand why ppl would call this a byb. Mix breeds are selling more than purebreeds these days. As long as both of the parents are comming from good bloodlines, i dont see a problem. I have read so many forums from ppl that are against mix breeding!! I dont get it!
I think you are confusing registration with quality.
I think of registration like a birth certificate -- it tells you who the parents are, and that's about it. It doesn't indicate the quality of the animal.
And just like humans tend to think their children are the most attractive and talented, people tend to think their own animals are the most beautiful and smartest around. That's why so many people advocate showing the animal in confirmation or participating in appropriate field events. This way you get some unbiased feedback on the quality of your animal before you breed.
But if you are motivated by what kind of puppies you can sell quickly and for the most money, I guess you can do anything you want. Just be willing to admit that's what motivates your actions.
As a rescuer I look at a different side to the breeding situation. I do not believe that any animal should be used as a cash register. I understand charging for pup for a variety of reasons - and have no problem with that. When people breed for what appears to be solely a monetary reason, then I see many, many problems. Shelters and rescues are filled to overflowing with dogs that were bred & bought as "cute puppies" but the owners had no realistic ideas as to what happens when they stop being "cute puppies" and start growing up where they need training, vet care, attention etc. etc etc. Many of these come from mills and bybs.
With millions of dogs killed every year because of shelter overcrowding I will NEVER understand poeple who want to add to the death and misery.
I didn't pay for my Oly (Avatar), I have mostly had pedigrees but when I was looking for my last dog I said no payment. Oly is prob. a mixture, maybe not. His breeder was moving back to UK, so I took him.
I live in Spain and the Shelters are overflowing with beautiful dogs, all shapes and sizes. The small ones often go to Germany to be rehomed, it's a system that works well.
I have never bred dogs as never had a 100% health trouble free one. Probably wouldn't have done if I had one.
Sadly a lot of people have no idea of the responsibility involved when taking on a Pup. I have 2 Greenwing Macaws, one a rehome. I can understand why people give these away or sell them, they are unaware of the commitment and didn't do any research into what it's like to have big birds.
As a Maltese owner and someone who loves the breed, I find this disgusting! The very fact that you are concerned with what sells and for how much makes a BYB! Dog breeding is about preserving and betting the breed. What kind of temperments do these two dogs have, have their hearts/knees/livers been checked out thoroughly? If your Bichon had come from a decent breeder, they would be livid about you using you baby to make money. You don't even know enough to know that all Maltese are toy dogs!
Unfortunately there are plenty of idiots out there who will buy one these dogs.
Just so I have this right... You are using an educational tool (the Internet) with which you took the time to read the alleged inflammatory forum responses. You've also taken a moment to post your own rant about said opinions that irritated you in the first place, and you're still confused on this subject?
I would suggest it is not wise to make such a decision whilst confused. Get in contact with a good breeder and work towards building a relationship with a mentor if this is something you are really curious/serious about.
No matter what the case, you would have someone show you how it is done properly. This holds true when assembling tacos, or building a reputable breeding program.
There isn't really programs per say, it is more about research and devolupment of a persons breed. The research that a person or parent club does to ensure the betterment of a breed. Here in the states, a BYB is mearly a person who puts 2 dogs together not caring what they get. They think the dogs are cute, or nice, etc. and A breeder actually takes the time to plan, health test, and research the lines before putting 2 dogs together. That is about the extent in a nut shell lol
I have to say the Members (including you of course) on here do a good job, take my hat off to you.
I bought my Pugs in UK, when I lived there, my friend bred them, her Bitch was beautiful, with a good pedigree and the Stud dog had a good pedigree.
One of my Pugs has an enlarged heart and the other suffers from CECS (Canine Epiloid (sp?) Cramping Syndrome. So.....even with research sometimes things don't go right so WITHOUT no wonder bad things happen.
I'm in the process of researching Bichon breeders in search of a pet for our family. The first place I went to was AKC and the Bichon Frise Club of America. I was directed to two breeders in our area. Both are breeding purebred litters but also breeding designer mixes (or mutts, the preferred description here). I spoke with both these breeders and found them to be experienced with breeding and careful in placing each puppy. I will not disqualify these breeders based on their decision to produce mixed litters. Yes, there is a need to breed dogs with the intent of bettering the breed but it seems that even top breeders have changed their practices to meet the demand for mixes.
I think it wrong to believe everyone interested in purchasing/adopting a mix is an idiot, knows little about dogs and will inevitably abandon their pet. There are people who have a love of two specific breeds but want one dog. If they choose to pursue a mix, if their doing it with the intention of loving and caring for that pet for its lifetime, I see no difference between them and a person who wants to purchase a purebred pet for the same reasons.
I've come to this board in the past in my process of gathering information to help get our family ready for a dog. Every time a poster brings up a topic about a mixed breed/mutt the same people step up and start their diatribe about "high priced mutts, any reputable breeder wouldn't..., you're the reason why there are so many unwanted animals" and so on. This response is so tiresome and I don't see this as an effective way of encouraging people not to breed their dog.
To the original poster, No, you should not breed your dog. It does not seem that you have the experience necessary to breed quality pets. While I think Maltese/Bichon mixes are adorable, I would not consider buying one from someone who has no experience breeding dogs.
Instead of buying from either of those breeders, you should report them to the breed club. I can almost guarantee that the club has a rule against breeding mixes and wouldn't recommend those breeders if they knew. When a breeder joins a breed club they are agreeing to abide by the clubs code of ethics. Why would you want to deal w/ a breeder that has no integrity? If they break the contract w/ the club, why wouldn't they break a contract w/ you?