Why Breeders are important
About Breeders and why they are so important
There is lots of misinformation about dog breeders, and the role that they play in improving and helping to maintain the dogs we know and love. Here are many myths trying to give good dog breeders, a bad name.
Myth #1: Dog Breeders only care about the money.
Fact: For good Dog Breeders, this could not be further from the truth, Most Dog Breeders barely break even, and in fact, sometimes they end up even losing money when things are all said and done. The reason people think dog breeders make so much money, is because when you go to an animal shelter, dogs and puppies are less then $100. What these people fail to realize, is that these facilities are funded by either the government, public donation or a non profit agency, and the money that these people are paying to adopt, does not even begin to cover the dogs actual expenses, and it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to keep these shelters open. A dog breeder has to pay everything out of their own pocket.
Financial responsibilities of a Dog Breeder:
~ Before anything can even begin, the cost to obtain a well bred healthy dog is in the thousands.
~ Quality pet food, toys , treats and training.
~ Kennels, fencing, and Whelping buildings
~ Whelping boxes
~ Electric bills and utility costs for Kennels and whelping buildings
~ Vet visits and health testing ( for the adult dogs and the puppies ) Artificial insemination, C-sections, Fertility tests, X-rays.
~ Time ( Days off of work, on top of several hours a day cleaning and taking care of the dogs and puppies, including taking and editing photos, ad posting, phone calls and customer communication )
~ Cleaning supplies as well as sheets, blackest, wood chips and disinfectants.
~ Medications and medical supplies ( Monthly Flea, Tick,and Heartworm Preventative, DeWormers, Antibiotics, and numerous other medication )
~ Advertising and web hosting.
All of these things come directly out of the pocket of the Breeder. It costs us thousands of dollars per litter just to be able to bring you a happy, healthy, well bred and properly cared for puppy.
Myth #2: Are Breeders adding to shelters and pet overpopulation?
Fact: Good Breeders are not, and never have been the problem. A Breeder will take a puppy/adult back into their home no matter the age or circumstances, and would never allow one of their puppies/dogs to end up in a shelter. Breeders often microchip their puppies for this reason, so that if the puppy ever ends up in a shelter, the breeder is called immediately.
One of the reasons that people often go through a breeder instead of a shelter, is because they know that the breeder has done proper health and temperament testing. Breeders also give warranties on their pups, meaning if you take a pup home and the pup ends up having a health problem, the breeder covers it. People will sometimes get a dog from a shelter, and they are overwhelmed with vet bills from numerous health problems that spring up in a dog that they know nothing about its past health or genetics. No one knows what the early days were like for shelter dogs and puppies, and often the dogs will have extreme aggression and temperament issues that can end up hurting a member of the family. Shelter dogs were often previously fed cheap, low quality food, and that can lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies, causing health problems later on in the dogs life along with poor brain development.
Now please don't get me wrong, we love ALL dogs, and have had many wonderful shelter dogs ourselves. But Breeders are dedicated to improving dog breeds, by breeding only healthy, well tempered dogs. Good Breeders are the absolute best thing for dogs, and not only are they NOT part of the problem, but they are the solution. If the only people breeding dogs, were good responsible breeders, there would not be a pet over population problem.