Top breeder? I would use that term loosely if discussing someone who moxes. Also if the breed club would get word of this and they are member they would be removed. Cross breeding is not permitted in breed clubs.
Notice that posters said to search for a reputable breeder, that going to the clubs site is a 'start'. No one said it is the end all be all and that everyone listed is reputable. There is a bteer chance to get good breeders, but no guarantees. It is still up to the individual to do the research and ask questions then decide for themselves.
Once the info of mixed breeding was mentioned, that 'breeder' should be discounted as an option, and reported to the club along with any emails showing that they stated they use this practice.
I'm sorry, I think you are wrong. Are you a breeder of purebred dogs? If so or hypothetically, would you breed your purebred dogs and them give them away free of cost? That would certainly provide the incentive for consumers to stop leaning towards trends when choosing a pet and really is the only way to support the rational that quality breeders only cross two dogs to "better the breed." I don't buy it that ANY breeder out there isn't in it for the money. What determines the monetary value of a dog anyway?
I have been searching for a breeder for many months. I've tracked litters, sifted through emails and had phone conversations with different breeders trying to find the right place to make a deposit. It was confusing to me at first when the breeder I liked best disclosed that one of her litters will be a mixed litter, I have no problem with this now. From the breeders perspective I imagine it must be hard to see the market so flooded with mixed breed puppies that come from questionable sources. This breeder is fulfilling demand from potential buyers in a responsible way. Crossing two dogs that have excellent dispositions, dogs that will produce great puppies that will grow to be great dogs and then responsibly placing them with loving families. This is the way all pets should be homed regardless of being purebred or mixed.
I have to say that while I believe byb's should not be breeding their pets, I question the scruples of many serious breeders. While also considering bichon breeders, I have looked at poodle breeders as well. I have seen more than a few times that once a breeder is finished with a female dog, they will just spay her and try to sell her at a really low cost often with remarks like "dental work needed and factored into price." This to me seems so cruel. I assure you that this specific poodle breeder I found through a breed club's referral. When I look through a breeder's web listing and I see a dog like this listed, it makes me feel like buying from a byb or hobby breeder might be a better choice.
If reputable breeders retiring their females bothers you, you should see what the BYBs and Puppymillers do. Check out Craigslist and google "dog auctions." Many people want purebred dogs, but don't want to raise a puppy or deal with the issues that many rescue dogs have. There is nothing wrong with retiring a dog as long as the breeder is careful about placing the dog. Isn't it better for them to be in a house where they are the center of attention? What do these "top breeders" of mutts do w/ their dogs? I wouldn't be surprised if they quietly sell them to puppymillers for top dollar. That's one way that mills can advertise "champion bloodlines."
Yes they do, I was just saying that if they are not members then reporting them will do no good.
LPN is a breeder of wonderful dogs, and I do know how much she sells her purebred pups from championed dogs for and can tell you it is as much as a third or more less then what BYB and millers charge for their purebreds and mutts.
It was confusing to me at first when the breeder I liked best disclosed that one of her litters will be a mixed litter, I have no problem with this now.
I'm curious why you liked this breeder the best. What exactly set this breeder apart from the others you talked to?
From the breeders perspective I imagine it must be hard to see the market so flooded with mixed breed puppies that come from questionable sources. This breeder is fulfilling demand from potential buyers in a responsible way.
I can tell you that the breeders I bought pups from don't care how many mixed breed dogs are out there. All they care about is the ONE breed that they work with. The number of people wanting mixed breed dogs doesn't affect them at all. After all, they both have a waiting list for their pups.
Crossing two dogs that have excellent dispositions, dogs that will produce great puppies that will grow to be great dogs and then responsibly placing them with loving families. This is the way all pets should be homed regardless of being purebred or mixed.
While it's true that all pets should be homed this way, crossing 2 dogs with excellent dispositions does not necessarily create healthy puppies. For example, people who claim mixed breeds are healthier, and then mix 2 different breeds that are each prone to dysplasia...and yet, they don't bother to have either dog tested (OFA or PennHip) How is that going to create a healthy puppy?