|Barked: Mon Dec 30, '13 11:50am PST |
|Wow....seems like there was some action here!
This really is a no brainer. There is a lot of complexity separating a passable breeder from a good one; that, at times it can almost seem you need a masters for, particularly in trying to educate newbies to identify those differences. But there are BASICS to divide the passable from the failures. And very easy to explain as skunky breeders want to avoid effort and expense as much as possible. They are doing this as a covenience, for revenue, or a passing whim. Passable breeders, on the other, do it because they love their breed and wish to devote themselves to it.
The two key BASICS, just quick ways to identify if this breeder is worth exploring or not, are:
1. *****Health testing done.***** WHY? Because within a breed, certain propensities towards health challenges become evident. Their dogs have more chance to develop "x" than your average dog on the street. So in breeding dogs, and knowing your breed has great or greater chance to suffer from certain health conditions, you take the steps to PROTECT your puppies from a life of suffering made avoidable through health testing. If you do NOT health test, you either are an ignoramus about your breed (do you want that criteria in a breeder?....an idiot?) OR you are willing to prone your puppies to potential suffering simply to save yourself a few bucks. Charming.
2. *****Proven dogs.***** WHY? Well, first, what is "proven" any way? Proven is that the dog is titled, worked or presented in some way that ascertains quality. And this matters because at the heart of breeding is "breed the best to the best and hope for the best." Slapping two dogs together because they are the same breed is a hallmark of yucky breeding. Those in it for the love of the breed, on the other hand, want to better or sustain it, breed good examples and dogs they can be proud of. If you truly seek to breed good dogs (and isn't that what the buyer wants?), would you have no passion at all for presenting the wonderful results of your efforts? Would you not want to verify your opinion of your results and/or the quality of your dogs?
I would like to add that the BYB/mill world uses conformation as a red herring. Ok, not all people believe in conformation showing. But you can title your dog in performance, something as simple as a CGC, promote them through therapy work, or of course a working role if it is a working breed. Something, where your theory that this is a nice dog is in some way proven to exist somewhere other than the breeder's own rationalization that this is so.
We have a S/R crisis because we have too many people slapping together dog A and B because they can. It has no purpose other than to produce puppies. I don't blame this crisis on MY breeding world (not that I breed, I am talking about my mentors). They dedicate their lives to their dogs, are walking encyclopedias, are really invested in them doing well upon placement. The idea that their puppy will end up unwanted or have a tough life (be it from owner handling, health or erratic temperament) is deeply disturbing to them. The idea that a flunkie of a breeder would be using their dogs is equally disturbing. Every rare now and again, it happens...one of those versions...but it is the rare or very occasional dog. They are not the problem, nor are they a risky source for a puppy. The unexpected CAN happen, but rarely can they look back and see it was because they were lame. Stupid sometimes, sure (live and learn), but they always make big efforts to do things right, and are emotionally affected when it doesn't go well.
They are plenty of people out there who are not that. Some are just ignorant, others don't care. But they shouldn't be supported. They aren't doing things with consideration, are encouraging people to do the same, and have a myriad of dogs (and puppy buyers) who pay the price for their lack of discretion.
Edited by author Mon Dec 30, '13 11:53am PST
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