Posts Tagged ‘responsible dog breeders’

Responsible Dog Breeders Good – Backyard Breeders and Puppy Mills Bad

May 6, 2011

With our serious overpopulation of dogs, you might be tempted to say that all dog breeding should stop.  It should be against the law or it should be highly regulated.  While I agree that dog breeding should be regulated and permitted only to responsible dog breeders, I don’t believe we should prohibit responsible dog breeders from breeding dogs.  Here is why:

You are always going to have people who want purebred dogs.  Sure, they could adopt a purebred dog.  But if breeding dogs is outlawed where will those dogs come from?  Most likely they will come from people who are breaking the law and breeding dogs anyway.  Any dogs they don’t sell on the black market will be killed or left to die.  Those left to die might find their way at shelter.  So basically, outlawing dog breeding will not stop people from breeding dogs.  It will only stop the responsible dog breeders who take the time and spend the money to produce quality dogs.  All that will be left are inbred dogs with increasingly severe breed specific health issues.

If we want to help against the overpopulation of dogs, we need to focus on stopping the backyard breeders and puppy mills.  The law may not be enough to help so we have to get the word out about responsible dog breeders.  We need to encourage people who want to buy a purebred dog that buying from a responsible dog breeders is the best way to go.  If people stop buying from backyard breeders and puppy mills, then their business will no longer be lucrative and they will have no incentive to keep breeding.

I for one will never buy a dog.  I will always adopt.  But that is me and my choice.  I sincerely hope you make that same choice too, but if you want to buy a dog, remember to buy one from a responsible dog breeder.

Here is a great post about responsible dog breeders versus backyard breeders and puppy mills –

Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Dog from Any Dog Breeder

September 13, 2010

If you want a pure bred dog but don’t want to rescue one, there is some serious research you should do before purchasing.  Getting a dog is a very important and life-changing decision so you will want to make sure that you get the best family pet possible.  Just any puppy from any breeder won’t do.  You may be purchasing the most adorable dog from a litter, but you may also be purchasing a dog which could cost you thousands of dollars and lots of heartache in the future.  This is because there are lots of dog breeders out there who do not properly evaluate for genetic health or temperament issues.  They breed dogs to make money and either don’t know or don’t care about such things.

To protect yourself from these types of breeders, you need to arm yourself with the right questions and be knowledgeable enough to know when you hear the right answers.  And we have found the perfect website for you to begin.  Visit for the most comprehensive list of questions you should ask, the reasons you should ask them, and the most favorable answers which will help you determine who is going to sell you the best quality dog.

Some of the questions outlined by this website include, How long has the breeder been involved in this particular breed?, How knowledgeable is the breeder about this particular breed?, Will the breeder tell you about all the positive qualities of the breed as well as the negative?, Are the breeder’s dogs kennel dogs or house pets?, Will the breeder provide you with the names of their veterinarian and several past purchasers to serve as references?, What kind of guarantees does the breeder offer?, Does the breeder expect to sell you a puppy with strings attached?, What does the breeder do to socialize their puppies?, and more.

The website also advises you to beware of non-standard deviations, review the premise of where the dogs are bred and raised, and prepare to answer questions and fill out adoption paperwork which any reputable breeder will ask.

Following the steps and advice of this website will greatly reduce the chances of you purchasing a dog which may develop health problems or temperament issues.  The chance is still there, but it is far less likely because a responsible breeder has taken the time to thoroughly evaluate the dogs before breeding them.  You may end up purchasing a more expensive dog, but your future best friend will be worth every penny.

Find Responsible Dog Breeders with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

September 10, 2010

If you are looking to purchase a medium or large breed dog, then you need to be concerned about hip dysplasia and other genetic health issues.  Many purebred dogs who have been bred by unscrupulous and irresponsible dog breeders have a tendency to develop painful and deadly genetic health conditions.  To avoid such types of dog breeders, you need to ask questions and look for breeders who offer proof of certain health certifications.

One type of health certification to look for is offered by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).  The OFA is a non-profit organization who is dedicated “to the advancement of canine health”.  They collect and evaluate information of information submitted to them by breeders who want to promote quality breeds.  Ask the breeder you are considering doing business with if they have an OFA, CHIC or registration number.  Then visit the OFA website at and verify the information.