Professional Dog Breeders: let’s not confuse the issue. with bad terminology

Ch. Scenario's Razzle Dazzle, JC (Dazzle) Saluki,  on the left, Bebop Whippet, on the right.

Ch. Scenario’s Razzle Dazzle, JC (Dazzle) Saluki, on the left, Bebop Whippet, on the right.





Someone contacted me recently, She had gotten her dog  from an animal shelter—or at least a business that calls themselves an animal shelter.  Unfortunately, the dog was very ill, and this was not disclosed to her, She doubts they knew how sick the  pup was, and, so far, she has spent over $700 in veterinary fees…and this doesn’t include the neutering, She  asked me what the $250 she spent covered.

Obviously…that ‘fee’ covered overhead:  the facility, and transporting  puppies from—well, they weren’t owner surrenders  in our area. So they had to pay transport.  Salaries.  This  is from an animal shelter/rescue I’ve written about before, Seems their public relations always trumps the truth.

Meanwhile, all the  people involved in  no-kill rescue have framed the terminology.  Apparently, they think that anyone who breeds dogs and either sells to  pet stores or shows dogs is a PROFESSIONAL breeder.  And—anyone who breeds their pet  and attempts to swell on Craigslist, or E-bay—-is NOT a professional breeder & not the  problem?

What is going on here?  In a  recent issue of PET BUSINESS(July. 2014, p.12), Andrew Hunte of Hunte  Corp—the largest puppy mill in the world (and damn proud of it) addresses what he calls the ‘real ramifications’ of the ban on  ‘live animal sales’ in pet shops.  Long story short:  because he thinks that  retail stores are the most regulated, the consumer looking for a pet has a better chance of buying  a healthy pet from a pet store than by dealing with the shady operations who post on various websites, or in newspapers.

There is no  proof of this.  In fact, the person who does their research and takes their time in choosing a pet usually  comes out ahead—at least ahead of those who fall for great marketing and  go with their hearts.

Is someone who is breeding dogs for the betterment of their breed, and/or to improve their bloodline, who knows a lot, and cares about who gets his pups—-a professional?  If they are not the cause of the  pet surplus….why are the activists ignoring the facts?  FACT: it is the puppy mills with surplus pups or dogs, and ‘backyard’ breeders who are causing the problem.  Why are they being ignored?  Because… it would actually take organizing and confronting these people—and the  rescuers don’t want to do this.  If they actually solve the problem, they have to come up with another cause.

I don’t mean to disrespect Mill Dog rescue—but how many of those breeding dogs can actually be pets?  Housebroken?  Interact with a family?

I am currently training a purebred dog.  I got him as an adult dog—from the breeder.  He was returned by his first owner.  He came to  me  with basic training, shots, and neutering, for  three hundred dollars. Did the breeder make money?  I doubt it.  She had to feed him and house him. I paid as much as I would have from a ‘non-profit’ rescue.  He had some bad habits, but  I was committed to working with him and he is on his way to several titles.

I really  had to  think about why I am showing him to titles.  It’s expensive, and most of the people I know really aren’t impressed.  I am doing this for the challenge, and because I enjoy teaching him  and reaching goals.  It’s also a chance to network with other dog lovers.

Yet, the irony is that all the activists who are actively ‘saving’ dogs—don’t train their dogs don’t know how to  guide people to  helpful trainers or products, and they  think  and act like they are doing more for dogs than I am.

Another irony is that my dog WAS a show quality dog.  He was neutered and can’t be shown in conformation.  I thought it was because  he was too tall, but he is not.  He is measured at every lure coursing event.  He was sold as a pet because the breeder could not find enough  people to show all the good dogs she bred!

Unfortunately, many of the ‘do-gooders’ have the ‘starfish’ mentality: that  you can’t save them all…but  it matters to the one you saved.  Interesting thinking. So…when we  get to discussing the logic of this way of thinking, we might actually get to understanding why this will not be a ‘no-kill’ nation  until we attack the people causing the problem.  The hobby breeders—who  THEY lump with the commercial breeders—are not the  cause of dogs being euthanized in shelters.


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One Response to “Professional Dog Breeders: let’s not confuse the issue. with bad terminology”

  1. Julia Bentley Says:

    Another tricky one is “reputable breeder”. Having a good reputation and actually being responsible are not the same thing.

    The tendency to polarize two sides is frustrating, and sometimes it feels like the “rescuers” are the worst offenders. The best Boxer breeders I know (including my own) are involved in rescue. They are not only taking responsibility for the dogs they breed, they are caring for the dogs from less scrupulous breeders. Yet many rescuers want to demonize anyone who breeds, no matter how carefully or infrequently.

    I think you will appreciate this piece, …and its companion,

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