Dog Breeding – How To Spot a Good Breeder

by Mary Haight on January 12, 2012

Dog breeding makes for a lively topic among animal welfare anddog breeding animal rights people, some incensed that anyone would breed dogs while millions are being killed, others thinking they like breed dogs and the work they do, still others thinking it’s too hard for the general public to wrap their heads around who’s who in this field.  Puppy millers and the pet shops whose main “stock” is mill dogs, have become expert at telling stories lying to the public.

There are posts across the web describing what to look for and look out for. The red flags often help people see what’s wrong with a place right away. First and foremost, if you can buy off the internet with no more than having the right amount of money, run, scurry, flee! Good breeders often ask more questions that shelters – they want their dogs placed in the *right* home for them. They guarantee their dogs and if you must give up the dog years later, they will take the dog back and that will be in a written contract.  Have the dogs been checked for genetic diseases, have they been OFA’d (orthopedic and genetic disease testing), CERF’d (certified free of eye diseases), do they have shots, worming, can you visit the breeding facility, does the breeder have the parent’s registration papers, can you see the parents, talk to others who have puppies from the breeder.  There’s more information on DogTime’s  checklist for good breeders.

There are also great guides available on how to spot a good breeder from sources like HSUS.  I suggest everyone take a look and keep a copy in case a friend starts gazing at pet shop windows. But for something more “in your face” I think Dr Lorie Huston’s interview with breeder Jacque Redford really gets to core of things in a way that printed materials can’t do.

What’s your take on breed dogs and breeding – maybe you’ll have a different opinion (maybe not) after you hear the interview.

 

 

8 comments
BrianS1
BrianS1

Nice article. I think dog breeding is an art and it is really very difficult to find a dog breeder. I recently used the services of Elitebullies.com for breeding and really happy with it.

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Thomas Aaron
Thomas Aaron

As an avid bird hunter, I adore a well-bred retriever or pointer. The difference between well-bred ones and not-so-well-bred ones is night and day. So, there is no way I could wholesale poo poo good breeders. However, not everyone needs such a dog -- indeed, not everyone who has such a dog gainfully employs it in the field! While I'm not one to tell other people what to do, it sure would be nice of people who didn't have a pretty good reason for selecting a specific breed would at least have a look in their local shelters. There are so many great mixed-breed dogs in shelters that make wonderful pets.

Helen P.
Helen P.

That's some great advice! I am definitely pro-choice, but it is also a good idea to promote breed specific rescues for people who want a particular type of dog. The Denver area has lots of rescues that work with local shelters when they find specific breeds. Some of the shelters also have call lists you can join to be notified when any kind purebred is dropped off.

EdieJ
EdieJ

I think it's important to support good breeders, lest people start accusing adoption advocates of being completely closed minded. Yes, adoption is my preference but I'm also pro-choice. There are people who are going to want purebred dogs, and without making the distinction between puppy millers and good breeders there will be lots of pain -- and more dogs ending up in shelters.

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