This figure is reported in an Article by Robert Killick on page 9 of Our Dogs weekly newspaper of 18th January 2008. There are those who feel my views on breeding are restrictive, and unreasonable. With so many dogs being put to sleep and our rescues full, what justification is there for breeding other than to maintain breed standards or for some working or competitive aim. Those necessary litters for these purposes should be from only the healthiest, mentally sound and most typical examples of their breeds, and where appropriate the best workers, and most importantly bred only by those willing to be responsible for the welfare of the pups they breed for their lifetime. The pet pedigree dog population should come from the surplus pups in these litters, as these are also likely to make superior pure bred pets from the health and temperament point of view, as well as being most typical of their breed, in size, temperament etc. These pups are also of the quality to encourage their owners to participate in canine activities if they should wish. For those for whom breed is not important for the conceivable future there will be more than enough accidents and abandoned dogs in rescues.