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mcConnell: responsible breeder - an oxymoron?

Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by leashedForLife, May 27, 2010.


  1. Nicky10

    Nicky10 PetForums VIP

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    Great post from her. Some people seem to think any breeder is pure evil and for every dog you buy from a breeder you may as well shoot 5 rescue dogs/cats/gerbils whatever. Good to see someone sticking up for good responsible breeders
     
  2. comfortcreature

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    Terry, thanks for calling attention to this blog post. It is one of my bookmarked favorites, and this is my favorite part.

    "If you carefully select a mating based on genetics, physical and behavioral health, care for the dam and the litter as they should be cared for, provide an enriched environment for the maturing pups, sell only to the best of homes and act as a resource (and possible home) for the rest of the dog’s life… well, that’s a huge commitment. And yet, when doing all that years ago, I’ve had people treat me as if I was a social pariah. Breeders, even the really good ones, tend to be castigated in this country, and yet, shouldn’t we be reinforcing responsible ones? A truly responsible breeder maintains responsibility for every pup he or she raises, which means that the number of dogs going into rescues or shelters would drop so significantly that they would have to redefine their job. (And wouldn’t that be great!)"​


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  3. raindog

    raindog PetForums Senior

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    Wouldn't it just!
    Unfortunately the vast majority of "breeders" are neither responsible nor ethical so I don't see any rescues going out of business just yet.
    In our breed, puppy farmers, backyard breeders and naive/greedy "pet" breeders outnumber responsible, ethical breeders by at least 100:1 - as long as Joe Public is only interested in getting a puppy quickly and cheaply, this will continue to be the case. Educating the public is an uphill task, but it is the only longterm solution.

    Mick
     
  4. rocco33

    rocco33 PetForums VIP

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    I completely agree.

    I agree with the article, but the blame cannot lay soley at the feet of irresponsible breeders, some of the blame must rest on the shoulders of the public. People who, as Raindog says, want a puppy, quickly, cheaply and possibly in a home that a 'responsible breeder' would consider inadequate for one of their puppies.

    All the time people buy puppies from irresponsible breeders this will keep happening and while I can understand people feeling that the puppy has to have a home anyway, it is not helping the situation.
     
  5. swarthy

    swarthy PetForums VIP

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    Absolutely - I have lost track of the amount of people I've tried to direct to responsible breeders (or rescue) and failed on both accounts :(
     
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