After watching this discussion board for a few weeks, I feel I must make a comment about breeding. No matter if you have a champion or a mutt, you need to ask yourself 1 question before breeding. Are you willing to take care of the puppies for the rest of their lives ? Because if you sell your puppies, or give them away- the day that adorable little puppy goes to it's new home, it should be stipulated that if the new owner for any reason can not take care of the dog, or dosen't want it any more, it should be returned to you. This would solve so many problems with unwanted dogs, and if you are responsible, you MUST do this. If you sell your pups, you can explain that you will TRY to recover money when re-placing the dog, but you may not be able to. If the new owner can't agree to this, find another home for the pup. Many of you are a bit hard on some of the "regulars" here about the breeding subject. There are so many unwanted pets out there, that people are simply trying to inform you BEFORE you bring more puppies into the world. That cute little puppy may grow up someday to be a dog with MANY problems. This is why breeders carefully research temperments in dogs, and do not breed a dog with a bad temperment. If you are willing to keep in touch with the new owners, and be responsible for the dogs you bring into the world, then by all means...go ahead and breed. It seems to me if more people would do that, there would be far less dogs (and cats) in the animal shelters, awaiting their death.
AMEN! A Responsible Breeder 1. Only places dog/pup by contract. 2. Places dogs/pups with a health guarantee. 3. Insists on the return of a dog/pup should the purchaser be unable to keep the dog/pup during that pet's lifetime. 4. Carefully interviews prospective owners and has specific requirements that are to be met such as: dog/puppy is to be altered if the breeder is not already practicing early altering, dog/puppy is not allowed to roam outdoors in unfenced areas or un-supervised, etc. Interviews will include veterinarian, references, etc. 5. Is willing and able to educate. They happily answer any and all questions regarding the breed and their breeding program to any interested people, whether or not they are potential buyers. 6. Insists on being informed of any health, genetic,or behavioral problems the dog/puppy may develop in its lifetime and will strongly recommend that the owner periodically test for thyroid, eye conditions and other health issues known to the breed. 7. Does not have more dogs/puppies then they are able to keep clean, healthy and well socialized. 8. Spends individual time with each of their dogs/puppies. 9. Is very concerned with excellent temperament in their dogs/puppies as well as excellent health. 10. Makes themselves available for advice to the owners throughout the life of the dogs/puppies they have placed at any time. 11. And most importantly, the responsible breeder helps breed rescue by insuring their dogs do not end up in rescue and helping those who do.
Yes - Kennels are not a place to keep young pups that need to be socialized, and loved. Thanks to all who take a minute to read my post...thanks to all who continue to try to educate people about breeding ethics. Everytime you post, you are hopefully at least giving someone something to think about. We were all probably ignorant about breeding ethics at one time. It is through education that we can learn to do thing better. :)
I agree fully. One comment to people who want to get a purebred dog: Why does it have to be purebred? Why not a mut that you can rescue? Is it a status thing or are they embarrased to say "I rescued a mut from death."? Or do they not know about all the dogs waiting to die in the shelters. Those dogs live a horrible life until they are adopted or killed. Wouldn't these people (if they were real dog lovers) rather save an animal? In my opinion, breeding just supports the death of innocent and loving animals. Why do you "need" a pedigree dog? Come on people, start adopting and stop buying.
Point of information: You can get many purebred animals from breed specific rescues. They're all great dogs but have been surrendered due to moves, financial situations, family problems. Here's an amazing link, get out the tissue though http://www.itsmeowornever.org/homeless.html
Great post! The amount of people that we tell why they shouldn't breed, I would really like to know how many do listen. We can't stop people from breeding but maybe some will realize that its more than just money.
YES YES YES! I agree 100%! I couldn't agree more! Never kennel puppies. I agree with you fully! If you are looking for a purebred, and don't want to breed, try a breed rescue. I also recomend uying the AKC video for the breed of dog you plan to get, along with a book. Very good post! I wish I had more clients like you!
I totally agree with what you are saying. Responsible breeders will take the dog back until the day it dies. Some refund the $$ paid, some replace with another dog(if its because the original didnt work out), it all depends but a real breeder is there 100% of the way for every pup they produce. "One comment to people who want to get a purebred dog: Why does it have to be purebred? Why not a mut that you can rescue?" Because I can't compete with a mut, I can't compete with a purebred that isn't reg. A mut or rescue can't work up to the standards that purebred, pedigreed dogs bred for a purpose can. You can't get a rescue and expect to do SCH with it, without knowing its lineage and previous environment. You can't do anything that requires the dog be reg. It is just as silly as expecting a BYB pure dog to be able to do a task. Purebred dogs you know the health/genetics, the temperament, what to expect from the bloodline, its abilities, hopefully figure out stregths and weaknesses and have a much higher chance of your prospect turning out. Good breeders of purebred dogs are important. You can't take a mut out of the shelter and be successful, it would be cruel to the dog in the first place and very stressful. Its not a status thing, just pure common sense and in a muts favor. Sorry to say on another note all of my crossbred and mutts have been bad dogs. I don't want to have those same experiences just to own a dog. I've had the exception of a few being good dogs, one a very great dog. But for the most part they had problems, especially in the temperament department. I think you shouldl ask why people would breed cross and mixed breeds, not why people don't want them. These people claim they get the best of both breeds...lol Hardly likely, and if your starting with to not so great purebreds you aren't going to get nice pups. I think it should be on the designer mutts, cross breeders and ignorant people who don't get their pets altered, not people looking for a purebred dog or breeding them RIGHT, b/c just as much fault is with purebred BYBs who take no responsibility, there are purebreds in shelters and specific breed rescues. I found the whole statement bewildering and a bit offensive.
Yeah, true-pits. A hunter souldn't hunt with a breed that wasn't known for retrieving or pointing. There are many instances where an owner desires a certain type of performance from a dog. This can't ussually be accomplished with a mutt. When picking out a puppy that is mixed you have not idea what to expect from that dog. Pure bred dogs have certain traits bred into them and are encouraged by good breeding. If you want a working dog a mutt most certainly is not the way to go. If you just would like a companion mutt-it-up!
I don't disagree with breeding to maintain a breed and keep it sacred, but I do disagree with irresponsible breeding. I personally think that everyone thinking of breeding should #1 not do it (!), and #2 be involved deeply in everything involving their breed for many many years, and have experience watching or helping the breeding process before considering their choices. I really do think that, if there is any flexibility in what you want in a pet, you should adopt.