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TMI CONFUSES PUPPY BUYERS
Furnishing Too Much Information
to someone purchasing a pet puppy with no intention of breeding the dog gave me
pause for thought. Why is a pedigree necessary if there’s no intention of
September 10, 2019 |
Gammill, AKC Multi-Group Judge
does a breeder explain to a pet owner the genetic importance of a pedigree? At
times, individual sires and dams are repeated. The average pet person may not
understand the reason behind doing so and explanations can be confusing.
Breeders accept line
breeding, in-breeding, and out-crossing when judiciously used. The average
pet-owner does NOT look at dogs the way a breeder does so why muddy the
water? Most have little knowledge of genealogy and the process of producing
a “complete” animal. Their response may be negative or trigger discussions
which only add to confusion. TMI (too much information) can fuel the flame
of misunderstanding and often is not necessary.
If the pet is to be spayed
or neutered, why give the pet buyer a pedigree? Their desire is to purchase
a healthy, happy family pet so their interest is about love, care and
feeding. They do not intend to breed this pet. When approached by a pet
buyer, in place of a pedigree one might consider a beautiful color
photograph of the sire and dam as well as certifications of the parents of
the litter. Put these and pictures of the litter at different ages in an
album. This should suffice. The breeder furnishes a healthy puppy, shot and
worming records, advice, and most offers a replacement policy if problems
Granted, owners are proud
of Champions listed in red in their pedigrees. This is rightly so. However,
shouldn’t this information be saved for the “established breeder” wherein it
has meaning? It is with serious dog breeders that such discussions and
understandings run deeper. When pet buyers ask these questions, why not
probe the “WHY” as to their questions. You may find they have little idea
what they are asking and are actually just “parroting” what they were told,
having no concept of what all those titles and certifications are.
only “pares down" the opportunities for genetic problems. Too many pet
buyers see it as a guarantee for “perfection” from all genetic problems.
Wrong! Let’s face it, total control over genetics is impossible. Breeders,
on the other hand, do need such details so they may incorporate information
into plans to improve their stock. Responsible breeders know the genetic
OUTCROSS is to pick up virtues (and hopefully they are wise enough to
recognize them when they appear) to move forward. LINE BREEDING launches the
said virtues and encourages them to appear more often. Once testing and
goals are achieved, in-breeding SETS TYPE. Once established, this “LOOK”
makes a particular kennel recognizable. Stud dogs from such an in-breeding
may “stamp” their puppies on a variety of lines and may well become the stud
of the future. In-breeding can at times controls size. However, hang on, as
an in-breeding might result in a “brush fire”, reflecting the “worst of the
worst” and “the best of the best”. This is what separates “true breeders”
from “people who breed dogs”. True breeders step up to the plate when these
situations hit them in the face and accept responsibility of their actions.
Again, why does a pet
person need a pedigree if that puppy is to be spayed or neutered? Be aware
infantile spaying and neutering before the age of 9 months can cause future
problems. When older, these dogs may experience incontinence, an
under-developed penis or vagina, or cancer. It is especially important toy
breeds be allowed to mature before this procedure. All puppies need hormones
and testosterone for bone development and proper maturity.
The next time a caller
asks for certifications, respond by the question “is
this to be a pet or do you want breeding stock?” If it is for a pet,
ask them nicely if they truly understand what “certifications” mean or if it
was something they were told to ask. Assure them they will receive copies of
the certifications, pictures of the parents, and pictures as the puppy’s
progress. Remind the buyer most reputable breeders offer a replacement
guarantee if contacted about problems.
Breeders allow new pet
buyers to visit the premises. Pictures, health records, advice and life long
friendships are often the result of such a purchase. Address the pet buyer’s
needs for assimilating their new pet into their home. Reputable breeders are
there forever for advice.
Don’t attempt to explain
your breeding program. Giving them something more attractive in the form of
color photographs will suffice. Too often intelligence and the creative mind
of a breeder become adversaries and can confuse a puppy buyer.
When puppy leaves, include
a sack of toys, current food, treats, and lead and collar. Suggest vet care
and grooming facilities. This should complete the picture to any buyer’s
satisfactions if they desire a pet for their family. This will make for a
better relationship if one sorts buyers initially regarding WHY they desire
“TMI” can be “overkill”
and may not be necessary. The lack of a pedigree will not affect the well
being of a beautiful pet.
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