Myths About Dog Breeders

playing with the dogWe’ve all heard the horror stories. We’ve had our heart strings tugged by the Sarah McLachlan commercials. We’ve seen billboards and newspaper articles about the horrors of puppy mills and the evils of pet stores. What about breeders? Dog breeders tend to get lumped in with the puppy mills, being labeled as “part of the problem”.

However, that’s not always the case, in fact there are a lot of responsible breeders that are doing what the can to both better the breed and make sure that their dogs find loving homes. It’s time to shed some light on these myths about dog breeders.

Breeders are only in it for the Profit– While this may be true of a backyard breeder, this isn’t at all the case for a true breeder. You’ll never see a true breeder advertise having dogs for sale. In fact, true breeders don’t advertise at all. Yet there is still a waiting list for their puppies. Breeders also spend a considerable amount of money on testing their dogs to make sure they’re health before being sold. The amount of tests they run are often times so expensive that a breeder can actually lose money on a litter. They don’t breed for the money, the breed for the dogs and the love of their breed.

Dog Breeders Contribute to the Overpopulation of Animals– This is also not true. Many professional breeders have strict stipulations on when and how often they will breed. Also, their litters are sold before the dogs are actually born, meaning each dog already has a home waiting for them. What really contributes to the overpopulation problem is the law of supply and demand for puppy mills as well as neglectful owners who abandon their pets.

Anyone can get a Dog from a Breeder– While this is true of the backyard breeders who are looking to make a quick profit off a litter, a professional breeder will screen their buyers. Often times a breeder will have just as many questions for you if not more than you have for them. They want to make sure their pups are going to a good home and will follow up with families to years down the road. If a breeder thinks you’re living conditions aren’t satisfactory or believes the pup won’t be cared for, they’ll refuse the sale.

Buying a dog from a Breeder Means one less is Being Rescued– Sometimes there’s just as much stigma attached to the people who buy from breeders as there is for the breeders themselves. While it’s true, there are too many animals in the shelter, and most, if not all deserve good homes, it is unfair to both the owner and the dog if they prove to be incompatible. For some families, a puppy might be a necessary choice for training purposes, especially if they have very young children. Once again, the problems can be linked to the back yard breeders and people who abandon pets, which is the causes the sheer number of animals in the shelters to begin with.

Dogs From Breeders are all Inbred– Inbreeding can lead to a lot of issues in both genetics and temperament. This is a common occurrence with back yard breeders that have no concern for the parentage so long as there is a litter being made. Professional breeders, on the other hand, are an entirely different story. With the amount of genetic testing that goes into their dogs before they are even considered being bred, means a lower risk of passing on genetic defects to the litter. Even then, the puppies are tested to make sure that only healthy dogs are being sold.

When you’re looking for a dog, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting one that’s healthy. When you purchase a dog from a true breeder, not only do you get the reassurance of a healthy dog, but the test results to back it up. Just make sure you’re going to a real breeder who’s doing it for the dogs, and not a backyard breeder, who’s doing it for the money.

+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.

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