Topic: What makes a good breeder?
June 16, 2019 / By Carlie Question:
I'm wondering other people's opinions. I read a magazine, and the rest of the details will entail what a bunch of PROFESSIONAL BREEDERS decided makes a good breeder.
A good breeder:
breeds with the welfare of the puppies first and foremost in mind (Most breeders agreed, but many of the show breeders would be fine with a pup going to be a pet and never showing.)
stands behind her puppies for life (Some of the breeders pointed out that ultimately the responsibility lies with the owner not the breeder, however, certain things should be accounted for (i.e. genetic diseases that may occur).)
refrains from breeding litters in which there is a good chance of producing unhealthy puppies (Most agreed, but some thought that it would be wrong to throw out a perfectly good dog due to one problem.)
strives to produce good examples of the breed (A dog should be at least identifiable as a breed, but breeders could not agree on this one, as they don't want to breed a dog just for looks
breeds to improve the breed and tests her breeding stock in various competitive venues (A respected breeder of whippets (Timbreblue whippets), stated that "Dog showing is a hobby that perhaps one percent of dog owners are involved in. For those who want to show, that's great, but showing is not the only reason to breed. Dogs are pets first and foremost, and there is no shame in producing healthy, happy pets for loving homes. When was it decided that no one in the world should breed except show people? And what gives the right to proclaim that? (aimed at many people here on YA)
breeds only on a limited basis (For some breeders, one litter is too many. For others, several litters a year is not much. It depends on the breed, the market, and their ability to stand behind their dogs. "If good breeders stop breeding, or cut back, that leaves the market wide open for breeders who forget the puppy and owner as soon as the check is cashed. They are the ones producing dogs that cont.
producing the dogs that end up in shelters. If a good breeder is capable of and willing to produce a litter of quality pups that they may or may not keep one from, then that's one less litter that will come from a bad breeder. We have allowed bad breeders to simply shove us right out of the marketplace and by chanting the animal rights 'overpopulation' song, we are doing more damage to our breeds than we know. We've allowed many of them to be essentially taken over by people who don't do health testing, don't provide owner support, and don't screen homes."
loses money on every litter (Why should making money on hard work and a good "product" necessarily be a bad thing? It is a bad thing if you cut corners to do it-if, for example, you feed cheap food, forgo genetic testing, and shirk on vet services. It is a bad thing if your primary motivation is to make money rather than produce healthy, happy dogs. But is there a reason, besides dissauding new breeders, continued...
that losing money has become a prerequisite for breeding a good litter?
What makes a good breeder?
"A good breeder is one who breeds the healthiest puppies possible both (mentally and physically), breeds as close to the standard as possible, screens homes carefully, provides support for owners, treats people fairly, and should a home not work out, either helps find the pup another home, or takes it back."
Then why do some breeders make it sound so hard? "There is something about breeding dogs that turns us all into church ladies doing the 'superior walk'."
There are still more irresponsible, bad breeders out there than good, responsible ones.
Could it be that by adding so many impossible criteria, we're only discouraging the responsible ones?
The quotes are from Sharyn Hutchens, a respected breeder of the highly successful Timbreblue Whippets in Lexington, VA.
The rest is from an article in the Dog World magazine, April 2007 issue.
Andriana | 10 days ago
I believe that a good breeder (in regards to border collies specifically) is someone who breeds only to improve the breed and puts the welfare of the female foremost. Many people breed any dog that has a pedigree and many that don't with the aim of obtaining money for the pups. A border collie (bc) breeder will carefully research the pedigree of a potential female pup (or stud) for many months before obtaining the pup. Then they will raise the pup to be trained in herding foremost and often other sports. If, AND ONLY IF, the pup and its siblings (in other homes) prove themselves and have excellent working conformation (not necessarily the same as AKC show conformation) they may breed to a stud's line that they have researched throughly. The point of the breeding will to be improving the line and produce pups better than their parents (breed for better working ability while maintaining excellent health/conformation/lack of allergies, etc). A good breeder may only breed this female once (or perhaps twice) before spaying. A good sign of a good bc breeder is one who rarely breeds but always produces excellent working pups and ALWAYS keeps some of the pups to raise and train to eventually replace their parents as the working dogs (the parents will eventually retire from work due to old age and may occassionally go to an excellent home- NOT sold to the highest bidder). A good bc breeder will tell you her dogs attributes and what she wants to improve in the line without withholding information. Also, a solid, well written health guarantee plus with bc's you usually have to sign a contract stating the the dog will not be shown for conformation until it has proved itself on stock and cannot be bred unless the original breeder signs off stating that the pup has proved itself sufficently.
So a good breeder doesn't care about money- in fact they rarely breed and only breed to improve the line. They place pups with those who have proven themselves to be good trainers/handlers/and owners even if the new home may be low-income. I have been looking for a good bc female for several years and never found one good enough for breeding. I have spayed several females (all of them still live with me and are constantly being trained/competed/loved although they are spayed). Although each one of my bc's have many titles to their names, they have faults and I will not produce a pup that would carry on the faults. I guess I should also state that a good bc breeder often has rescue bc's as well that are as well trained and loved as the ones that are bred. I would never purchase a pup from someone who didn't love and wish to improve their specific breed. Dogs should only be bred for their original purpose.
Originally Answered: Does this sound like a good breeder?
No; she registers and shows her dogs through a so-called kennel club that doesn't even publish its own standards for the breeds, or which breeds they recognize. That means its a paper and ribbon factory, nothing more.
Well-bred Yorkshire Terriers are expensive because good quality toy dogs are very fashionable these days, thanks to Paris Hilton and her friends. You can expect to pay between US$1000 and US$1500 for a good to excellent puppy.
Check out what the breeder(s) are breeding, & how: every breed has a medical challenge or two, & any conscientious breeder is trying to eliminate those challenges from the breed by screening the breeding stock & not using animals that are afflicted or carry the genes for affliction.
Each breed's parent club has a Code of Ethics, & most will have a list of breeders who have signed it. I would, personally, confine my puppy hunt to those on that list. There is also a new award at the AKC, the Breeder of Merit list, which is obviously a COE breeder who has excelled over a significant period of time, making tangible contributions to their breed. Puppies from a Merit breeder will be hard to get; one of the ways they earn that award is by spending time on planning & raising each litter.
Most breeds should have hip x-rays done at age two & sent to OFA for evaluation; only Good or Excellent are suitable for breeding.
Most breeds should have annual eye exams by a certified veterinary ophthamologist, results submitted to CERF for a certificate testifying that the dog is currently showing no signs of the congenital forms of blindness.
Each breed's parent club website will have a health page where they discuss the work they are doing to make their dogs more healthy. Read it & make sure your breeder is working on those issues.
Any dog of a common breed should have to earn the right to pass on their genetic heritage; this is the definition of preserving the breed. To prove that any particular female fits the breed standard, she should be shown in the conformation ring: dog shows were invented as a way to sort through a population and pick out the best for breeding. The award of minimum suitability is the title Champion.
We place great demands on our pets; their physical health is important, but their mental health and psychological stability are also vitally important, as is their intelligence. Also, in the interest of preserving breeds, is the preservation of each breed's inborn skills: a Border Collie who doesn't herd is hardly a Border Collie, for example.
Every breed has a medical challenge or two, and any conscientious breeder is trying to eliminate those challenges from the breed by screening the breeding stock and not using animals that are afflicted or carry the genes for affliction. Have you researched your breed's afflictions and had your girl tested?
Most breeds should have hip x-rays done at age two and sent to OFA for evaluation; only Good or Excellent are suitable for breeding.
Most breeds should have annual eye exams by a certified veterinary opthamologist, results submitted to CERF for a certificate testifying that the dog is currently showing no signs of the congenital forms of blindness.
Some breeds have ongoing issues with hearing and so a BAER test by the veterinarian is a good idea for Dalmatians and white Boxers, for example.
Each breed's parent club website will have a health page where they discuss the work they are doing to make their dogs more healthy. Read it, and make sure you are working on those issues.
Each breed's parent club has a Code of Ethics, and most will have a list of breeders who have signed it and are in constant compliance. Have you agreed to your club's COE? Are you a member of the club?
The goal of breeding puppies is to create better dogs because better dogs, sold to ethical families as pets, are much less likely to burden the animal rescue and control system. A valuable purebred is much more likely to be sold than dumped at a shelter; that which costs us is more highly valued.
Originally Answered: Does this sound like a good breeder?
Rich Champion Bloodlines? If you seem at her web page for "Our boys and Girls" no longer a one is a Champion. Maybe someplace long ago of their pedigree there is also a Champion however that has not anything to do with the doggies that she is promoting with Rich Champion Bloodlines. Also in her agreement it states that they aren't accountable for the dog after it leaves them. A accountable breeder will constantly for the period of the puppies lifestyles take the dog/puppy again beneath any and all instances. That assertion by myself might make me run within the reverse course !!! It suggests a loss of being concerned at the side of the breeder !!! If she does not care approximately something so major I might hate to consider what else is being over appeared. Oh and shall we no longer disregard, she's going to send the infants anyplace, simply pay the cost!!! A accountable breeder could be very cautious of who will get certainly one of her percious doggies. A accountable breeder is a breeder for the lifetime of the puppy. It was once no longer the decison of the ***** to have dogs it was once the homeowners. This makes the landlord accountable to be certain the doggies have a healthful, love crammed completely satisfied lifestyles. Not breed for the sake of breeding! If performed safely and having the correct breed particular checking out performed then breeding could be very luxurious and a breeder is fortunate to even holiday even after promoting the doggies. When you aked her approximately her subsequent muddle why did not you ask approximately the availiable doggies she has on her internet web page. suggests there are four doggies to be had. Might you be the one that is the specific man or woman who has the web page and the doggies on the market and potentially watching for approval of your web page and seeking to see if there may be whatever you have to difference? Or might be you're watching to peer if anybody is watching for a cocker spaniel to buy from the web page?
Originally Answered: Does this sound like a good breeder?
Just looking at the introduction page made me think they weren't good breeders- What made me think that? This:
Welcome to Knapp Creek Acres, LLC, where our mission is to breed and raise quality purebred Yorkshire Terrier puppies including tiny Yorkie puppies that some breeders refer to as teacups.
More so the fact that they said they breed tiny yorkie puppies, " that some breeders refer to as teacups"
It also, from what I could see, does not include any information on whether the dogs have been genetic tested, proved to be breeding material, meeting breed standard or anything else.
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As for your other questions:
I suggest you look at the breed parent club: http://www.ytca.org/mainview.htm
It has a lot of information like What is a responsible breeder: http://www.ytca.org/faq.html#D
I'd also suggest you research the breed, buy a few books and read them, to decide whether this breed is right for you.
Yorkies are known for not being easy to house train, any dog can be kennel trained. I like Yorkies when they are treated like dogs, when they are trained, exercised, socialized and have boundaries set.
Bluck. That's like trying to make your dog perfect, which doesn't make him original. To be a good breeder you need to just find healthy dogs and once there are puppies, make sure they are and stay healthy. Whether he is the same dog or not, it doesn't matter.
Then again, it would matter if you were to show your dog...