I am still amazed how many emails I get from people who have bought puppies from a newspaper ad or worse yet a pet store! The general public don’t seem to be aware of the difference between buying a puppy from a Responsible Breeder or an Irresponsible one.
In a nutshell, responsible breeders promote and protect their chosen breed through careful breeding practices. Backyard breeders or Puppy mills damage the breed through overbreeding, mass production, and breeding genetic abnormalities.
I found an excellent and easy to read chart with a comparion. Just click HERE (http://www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/Fair/1901/chart.html )
Also from this website…
USE THIS GUIDE TO OBTAIN A QUALITY PUPPY
FROM A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER
And be aware that dogs are not “things.” They are living creatures who, by no choice of their own, are totally dependent upon us – and are at our mercy – for their very survival, not to mention quality of life. If you can not be a responsible dog owner, please wait until you can be.
And please don’t breed out of greed or ego or for any reason other than to improve the breed (i.e., to make the puppies better than their parents). Most purebred dogs, and of course, all mixed-breed dogs, should not be bred. The majority of dogs have some defect (in structure, temperament, health) that should not be perpetuated. Dogs used for breeding should be free of all defects – that’s the definition of quality. (“Papers” mean nothing; They are simply, and nothing more than, birth certificates. Plenty of dogs have “papers,” but are so poorly bred they actually look like mutts.) And no human should ever breed any dog without veterinary/laboratory testing and pedigree research to be sure that dog is free of (and not a carrier of) genetic defects.
FAILURE TO TEST/SEARCH FOR INHERITABLE HEALTH PROBLEMS IS THE NUMBER ONE MARK OF A BACKYARD BREEDER. IT IS ALSO THE MOST DAMAGING TO CANINES, AND THE MOST HEARTBREAKING TO PUPPY-BUYERS, WHO END UP WITH YET ANOTHER GENERATION OF POOR-QUALITY DOGS WHO TOO OFTEN DEVELOP EXPENSIVE, EARLY HEALTH PROBLEMS AND OFTEN DIE PREMATURELY.
We have a severe pet-overpopulation crisis in the US; We slaughter thousands of beautiful, vital, healthy dogs every single day. (Twenty-five percent of shelter dogs are purebred.) Every puppy produced by a backyard breeder and placed in a home takes the place of one killed in a shelter because no one adopted it. And every puppy produced by a backyard breeder can make more puppies, and those puppies can make more puppies and so on. (And of course, backyard breeders, through their encouragement and the dispersal of misinformation, have a knack for turning uneducated buyers into yet more backyard breeders.) There just are not enough homes (not to mention “good” homes) available for all these puppies. No matter how hard one tries, only 30 percent of all dogs (and their pups and their pups and so on) live their entire lives in the home to which they went after weaning. Seventy percent will be given away or abandoned or dumped along the way for one reason or another. (Common excuses are, “We didn’t have time for him,” “He was too much trouble,” “He kept jumping on us,” “He bit my child,” “We couldn’t afford him,” “We had to move.” None of these were good homes to begin with. The buyers failed to socialize or train, or they lacked time, money or commitment. Again, there just are not enough “good” homes for all the puppies born.) Why not leave breeding dogs to those with the ability and desire and quality animals to do so at a “professional” level?
If everyone bred only dogs with excellent conformation, and stable, correct temperaments, working titles and clean health, we would have top-quality dogs in this country. Get your dog evaluated by judges and trainers. If he meets breed standard, and is healthy, and has the correct temperament and drives, show him, work him, and get him titled. If you feel you have what it takes to be a “professional” breeder, educate yourself, and with enough experience in dogs, maybe you, too, could make a positive contribution to your breed. But if your dog’s only credentials are that it is a great pet, then love it, socialize it, train it, exercise it, give it the best in feed, comfort and veterinary care, but for it’s own good (including better health – ask your vet!), and for the sake of puppy-buyers, society, and all canines, get it spayed or neutered.
Resist the Greed; Don’t Support Backyard Breeders,
and Certainly Don’t Become One.