|Barked: Wed May 22, '13 5:39am PST |
|I'm shocked at Dogster for publishing this without even any sort of disclaimer. Seriously? Do the powers at Dogster HQ actually believe this fellow to be an "ethical breeder"? The editors of a website that specializes in dogs?? Their publication of this does seem like an endorsement of this breeder.
...Who is, of course, just a BYB. He sort of knows how to talk the talk of a responsible breeder, but not walk the walk. He's counting on it that people will take his word for everything. Like that he has great and nice dogs, although he's got no kind of outside evaluations to prove that, not to mention titled or working dogs. And as for health testing, apparently he's willing to out-and-out lie about that, as he hasn't done any (including OFA) but claims he does.
I'd like to believe he's sincere about the return clause at least, and paying for return shipping if needed, but I'm sort of doubting it as his credibility went out the window with the lying about health clearances.
What's scary and so sad, though, is that he'll probably have no trouble selling all the puppies from two planned fall litters at $1500 per puppy. People don't know how to research and evaluate a breeder, it's confusing at best, and then add to that breeders (like this one) who are willing to deceive in the name of marketing. A breeder who actually has the nerve to write an article trumpeting himself as some pinnacle of ethics, while he either has no understanding of what that actually means, or else he knows he isn't, but is willing to go that far for his ego and greed.
This guy is assuming that puppy buyers are going to be ignorant enough to fall for all his baloney. The sad thing is that he's probably right. Look how many supportive, positive comments this article got. And to think that's on Dogster, where you'd expect to find a slightly more-informed audience than the general public.
We have...as Tiller said to me...such a long way to go when it comes to education about responsible breeding.
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