I Am A Dog Breeder

I spend a lifetime studying pedigrees, going over dogs, talking and learning from those in my breed as well as those outside of my breed. I breed for the healthiest and nicest examples of my breed.  My puppies and dogs are members of my family and I take a great deal of care finding them loving forever homes. I support each family who chooses one of my puppies and I am always available for them to answer any questions. I am there if a dog needs to come back and will aggressively pursue the return of any one of my dogs if it is in the wrong place.

I support my breed in confirmation, obedience, performance sports, herding, rescue and education. I hold them when they are born as well as when they leave this world. I socialize and provide a rich and stimulating environment for my puppies and dogs.

I do keep track of the money and time I spend on my love of dogs, and it far out spends the money I make breeding.
The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation.

I will not be ashamed of who I am. I work hard at being a good dog breeder and encouraging others to be the same. I am a dog breeder and proud of it.

I AM A DOG BREEDER

Dog breeders have become the preferred target of Animal Rights Activists. For some reason, they hate our devotion to our chosen breeds and have done their best to vilify us so that the general public views breeders as heartless, money grubbing bandits whose only reason for breeding and showing dogs is to get as much money as we can get for our puppies and dogs. These groups have even managed to convince the general public to feel ashamed for buying a purebred dog from a breeder instead of adopting from a shelter. Yet these very same groups have no problem taking donations and selling their puppies and dogs to that same public. They claim they ask for donations and charge for their adoptions to cover the costs of food, shelter, and vet bills for their animals. As well they should. But they vilify breeders for doing the very same thing.

First of all, if done correctly, very few breeders are making money by breeding dogs because it costs so much to produce a healthy litter. Now I know that when the average person sees breeders charging $1,000, $1,200, $1,500 and up for a puppy its seems like we are raking in the dough. But the truth is, by the time you add up the cost of purchasing breeding animals, health testing, stud fees, vet bills, food costs, show expenses; not to mention the time and energy we spend training, raising puppies, keeping adult dogs groomed and in condition; most breeders barely break even. Sure we charge for our puppies, but no more than what we have invested in them. The money we receive from the sale of our puppies is invested right back into the current and next generation. Most breeders will spend their last penny on their dogs.

So why do we do it. It is our passion and love of dogs that drives us, and in particular, our devotion to our breed or breeds that keeps us moving forward. For us, our dogs are more than just a pedigree. We as breeders celebrate the rich heritage and diversity of our purebred dogs and dedicate our lives to preserving them. And believe me, I do not want anyone who does not appreciate the temperament, character, heritage, diversity and quirky nature of the Shetland sheepdog to ever acquire one.

There is nothing wrong with purchasing a puppy or dog from the local animal shelter if it is what your heart tells you to do. And indeed, if you are anti-purebred dog, I don't and won't sell to you. But there is also nothing wrong with purchasing a purebred puppy or dog from a breeder who has, in most cases, invested a lifetime of devotion to their breed. We truly love each and every puppy born to us and truly care that each and every puppy finds a forever home. So much so, that we sell our puppies and dogs on return contracts and micro chip each one so that these puppies and dogs will come back to us and never become unwanted or end up contributing to the local animal shelter population.

Do all dog rescue groups and animal shelters keep track so diligently? I hope so. But I often wonder every time I see rescued puppies and dogs up for re-adoption on Craigslist. Clearly these adoptions did not work. So why are these puppies and dogs not being returned to the shelter from which they came?

The sad truth is; not all rescued dogs live happily every after and the same can be true for dogs produced by responsible breeders. But we have fewer to track and make the continuing effort to support the people who have purchased animals from us.

But make no mistake, be they mixed breed or pure, breeders love all dogs. We just don't believe that mixed breeds should be bred unless someone is dedicated to developing a new breed. Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Chiweenies, Yorkiepoos, etc. are not breeds. They are designer mixed breeds bred for one purposes; to make money. To us, this type of breeding is exploitive and is one of the biggest contributors to unwanted puppies and dogs. Yet the Animal Rights Activists don't seem to target these individuals. Why?

We don't need any more legislation restricting purebred dog breeders. If more legislation is needed, it should be to penalize irresponsible dog owners who breed designer mixed breeds. Or those who allow their dogs to produce unwanted litters taking little care as to who buys those puppies. Or those who do not offer to take back any puppy/dog they produced if the new home does not work out. 

You see, these puppies and dogs were truly unwanted before life began for them. They were so unwanted that those responsible for bringing them into the world did not feel any responsibility for them beyond the sale. In general, more legislation is needed to penalize irresponsible dog owners who see nothing wrong with throwing two dogs together to make a quick buck or dumping off those puppies and/or the family dog at the animal shelter when they simply tire of taking care of them.

I Am a Dog Breeder and offer no apology for it.

Here is why.