mnp13 wrote:In my opinion repeat litters are an absolute no-no. If you are ONLY breeding to better the breed, then the puppies should be better than the parents. That's the point of the breeding in the first place! So, if the puppies are better than the parents, then why would you re-breed the parents? Shouldn't you breed the puppies instead, since they were improvements on the parents. Can't have it both ways, if the puppies were better than the parents, breed them. If the puppies weren't better than the parents, then why is the breeding being repeated?
SisMorphine wrote:On the other end, I can't stand breeders who health test to the hilt and try to sell pups on that and that alone, but have done nothing else with their dogs (and sorry, I'm a snob, I don't count conformation titles as doing anything other than wasting money on BS politics). I, personally, don't necessarily need to see a title on the dogs that I'm interested in, but I do need to see them work and/or see proof of their work. And though the whole "but the lines" thing is generally a cop out, there IS something to be said about it. I never saw Teeny's mom work, but the pups that bitch has produced have been awesome. I just wish the other owners would work the dogs as proof.
I think that good breeders are very important in keeping good dogs going. Like Liz said, if we don't have those focusing on healthy dogs (both mentally and physically) then we're left with BYB dogs. Sure, some come out great, but that isn't the norm, unfortunately.
Also, I had one litter, and had one dog from that litter who got bounced around a bit due to drugs (smurfing drugs). But she never ended up in a shelter or a rescue. She was either at my house, at my work, or with my friend (who eventually ended up keeping her because she is her momma's clone <3). A good breeder ALWAYS takes responsibility for what they put out there.
I believe in rescue, I will rescue again (and can't wait to be able to foster again), but I am a huge supporter of breeders who actually give a crap about what they're putting out.
TheRedQueen wrote:I ran across a breeder the other day that doesn't do health testing. At all. Not a bully breed...but I was shocked. They do a lot with their pups and dogs...and each puppy that goes home is clicker trained and well mannered and socialized. But they don't spend the $$$ on health testing...because there is no test that is 100%...blah blah blah. So I don't get it...you're spending the time to get these pups well-trained/socialized, but not healthy?
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