|Why Pay More For a Pet Puppy From a "Reputable Breeder"?
Both the sire and dam of this puppy came from top quality breeding stock which was developed
over years and years of selective and knowledgeable breeding. Both meet the requirement of the
written AKC and ASCA standard for the breed in conformation as well as temperament. Each
has a pedigree, which has been studied and thoroughly researched. These dogs have been
selected to breed to each other because they can both contribute to the excellence of the
breed as well as complement one another.
Before this breeding ever took place, both male and female had test including hip X-Rays, eye
tests and DNA for HC to determine that there were no physical or genetic problems that might
be passed on to offspring. The breeder is well aware of the genetic problems to which the breed
is predisposed and uses no animal for breeding unless it is certified clear of defects by a
qualified Veterinarian. The health of her pups is guaranteed.
The breeder is a professional and he has a good reputation to maintain. His goal is to produce
beautiful and sound specimens, which anyone would be proud to own. Profit, if any is made, goes
toward future breedings, always aimed toward the betterment of the breed, or for show
entries, new equipment and important veterinary tests. Both the mother and pups are fed the
highest quality diet. Many trips to the vet assure him that mother and pups are thriving under
the very best care. The pups are raised in a busy part of the house where they are socialized,
groomed and exposed to different kinds of stimuli. They are touched and talked to, cuddled and
even sung to. They are never sold before they are seven weeks old. Every buyer is interviewed
at length and pups are placed only in homes where they will receive the finest treatment. The
breeder spends time with each new owner, educating and answering questions. Follow-up calls are
made to make sure the pups are adjusting well. Each new owner receives a bill of sale and
health guarantees, vaccination record and thorough puppy care and nutrition information. If the
puppy is not considered to be of such quality as it will better the breed the puppy is sold with a
limited registration or non-breeding agreements. The new owners are encouraged to continue a
relationship with the breeder, and to call and ask questions at any time during the dog's life.
Why Pay Less For a Pet Puppy From a "Backyard Breeder"?
The dam of this litter was purchased from a local pet store and originally came from a Missouri
puppy mill. She was sick off and on the first year of her life due to too many different types of
intestinal parasites and malnutrition. The sire, an over-sized male, lives down the street and
was purchased from an ad in the newspaper. Neither owner has ever heard of the AKC or ASCA
written standard. Neither owner has seen a written pedigree. The female is skittish and snappy.
The breeder is totally unaware of the genetic problems within the breed. Trips to the
Veterinarian, except for dire emergencies or yearly shots, are considered too expensive. The
breeders' hope is to make money off the sale of the puppies. If he keeps expenses down, he can
buy that new couch he's been wanting. Puppies are sold with no guarantee.
These puppies are born in a box, in the garage and receive little care other than what the
mother gives. To cut costs they are weaned on generic dog food and allowed to nurse on the
mother as long as possible to keep food bills down. The bitch's health declines rapidly due to
poor health and some pups are weak and runty. They are sold as quickly as possible because
advertising and vaccines are expensive. They are sold without shots, parasite checks, vet
examinations, guarantees or information of any kind. They are sold to anyone who has the cash.
Although the puppy is of very poor quality, it is sold with full breeding rights. The new owner
usually disappears with the pup, never to be seen again. If the market is not good, the breeder
takes the leftover pups to the local pet shop.
The comparison you have just read is hypothetical, but very typical of what we see all too
often. When I am asked why my prices are so much higher than those in some newspaper ads, I
mail a copy of this article. Those buyers who respect the quality and excellence are wonderful
customers and become "Family" in this breed that we love so much. Those that are seeking pets
deserve nothing less than a nice quality, healthy and trusting animal. As well as a breeder they
can count on.