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I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
|Barked: Sat May 25, '13 9:31am PST |
|It is where you set the bar. You can judge breeders by considering the lowest of the low and aiming above that, or by considering the highest of the high and looking to achieve that. However, there are four minimum criteria - titling, health testing, speuter requirements and return clauses.
Some people, wanting only a pet, consider titling pointless or even icky. But they need to move away from those feelings enough to consider....is the breeder really devoting themselves to their breed? are they living in a bubble or are the willing to have an outside party look at their dog? are they aspiring to use quality animals? It doesn't have to be conformation - there are performance venues, temperament tests, and in replacement for titles work or uses the dog does. Just some sign of the breeder being willing to invest themselves in their dogs. People who are content to promote their dogs from the comfort of their livingroom and say "my dogs are great" are just soooo beneath efforts others make. You need to ask yourself why? Plenty of people here, pet owners, have rescue pets with titles. And a breeder can't be bothered? Really?
Health is a huge dividing line. There is no amount of testing that will guarantee you a healthy puppy. However, there are known problems within the breed that can be tested for, and that's a must. The breed wants/needs to keep those under control, and the breed has a high propensity for these problems...no brainer. Beyond this, though, this has become to me the single most important gauge through my years of mentorship, for I know that one thing tests can mean is that this dog you have invested all this time in with breeding plans now CANNOT be used. That willingness, to find out you cannot use your dog, is a huge indicator of breeding ethics.
Speuter contracts are an ethical reflection also. Breeders should have concern that dogs are not being bred by people who do not know what they are doing, and/or without the quality to be considered good prospects for breeding. Those that do seem good enough the breeder should either want to co-own or place with someone they know or can scrutinize. Obviously, as breeders they want to develop their line. The rest, however, are pets and the speuter contract shows some ethical insistence they not be bred. This is thwarting to BYB mentality, and does not add to the problems in S/R.
Return clauses indicate an interest in and dedication to a life they bring into the world, life long, and ensures they will not directly influence S/R numbers in any way.
There are plenty of other things to judge. This isn't "how to choose your breeder" near as much as it is exploring the bare minimum criteria, and why Absence of any is one big ol' red flag.
In terms of the article, I am sure the dude loves his dogs, but he is TEXTBOOK BYB! He purchases his first breeder puppy and in LESS THAN TWO YEARS is planning litters. To make this all worse to me, multiple litters. Of COURSE he is writing these articles (already saying he ships anywhere) trying to develop a market for his puppies. Some person who can't yet have a market for his dogs, breeding not one but two litters? Using language to pull wool over some eyes....he is a breeder (not yet, really), he health tests (well, he hasn't yet), and then all the blah blah nonsense of faux noble reasons like service to the community the breed offers when he is no experience in this, and with pedigrees that are not go-to's for this sort of work. His pedigrees are pet meant....oversized, fluffy German Shepherds meant to please a pet owner's eye but who do not exactly lure those interested in working a dog or believe a GSD should look like a GSD.
I don't have anything against a pet bred program, done right. Daniel the Spaniel is that. He has ghastly type (darned cute though, lol!), but his breeder, who normally specializes in field bred Labs (who are nationally titled), has a childhood love for the old school Cocker temperament, so she has had the occasional litter through the years trying to breed back to that. She qualifies on all the above criteria, making her true intentions easy to clarify. This guy just seems like yet another BYB, with a lot of slick sell and no substance.
Edited by author Sat May 25, '13 9:39am PST
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