Find Ethical Breeders - This article is clearly written by someone who
not only does not understand the problem but are quoting from HSUS agenda!
Local breed clubs do not have sole rights to having ethical breeders. I know of
several members of local breed clubs who I would NEVER do business with. All the
right questions may be asked and eventually the breeder tells the perspective
owner they are not “good” enough for one of their puppies. This discourages new
owners and is killing our purebreds.
Raising a puppy in a family environment is not just the priority of an ethical
breeder. Many commercial kennels I know raise puppies inside but don’t tell USDA
as their rules state that to be USDA licensed you may not have puppies inside.
So I guess USDA has automatically created a class of unethical breeders because
these people are USDA licensed?
I also have seen very well raised socialized puppies that live in a kennel.
Being raised in a house does not make the puppy’s behavior. The interaction and
knowledge of the breeder with and about the breed is the result of the puppy’s
Health clearances???? What does that mean???? Every breed is different and some
breeds don’t require any at all. Then you have the question of What is the worth
of the health clearance? Does it mean the puppy will not get the genetic
deformity/disease? NO. All it means is that the breeder is aware of what the
parents demonstrate (for the subjective health tests) or the genes that they
carry (for the genetic health tests). Then the breeder hoped and prayed that by
combining the knowns they have eliminated the unwanted. That is all. It does not
guarantee the future health of the dog. It can say whether or not the dog may or
may not develop the genes for a specific ailment but only the genetic testing of
that particular animal will absolutely guarantee what genes they have. The
subjective tests are just that: subjective and again you hope and pray the
offspring will pass.
CODE OF ETHICS????????? That is a laugh! I know people who sign the COE and then
do what they want because they have no ethics as the COEs are not enforceable in
most parent clubs and certainly not by AKC who does not set them.
Waiting lists????? Ha! There is a shortage of purebreds out there. If you are
lucky to find a breeder with puppies on the ground and available – that doesn’t
make them unethical. It only means luck is on your side. The unlucky ones have
to go on a waiting list and hope they may be called.
Deposits???? The deposit is for the breeder pure and simple to guarantee that
the buyer really wants the puppy. Requiring one does not make one ethical or
Age - Well, here again, USDA and most state laws for dogs and cats specify that
an animal cannot be sold under the age of 8 weeks. Although I do have to agree,
it is not ethical to remove an animal under 8 weeks.
As far as interacting - again, a USDA kennel has certain criteria they must
follow and may not allow any visits due to diseases being carried in by the
visitors. This is not a matter of ethics but biocontrol for the health of the
animals. A lot of states are now requiring vet checks prior to the sale of
dogs/cats. This is either covered by kennel licensing, animal laws, health laws,
or business laws. Following the law does not make you ethical – it just keeps
you out of trouble with the law officials.
If it makes you ethical to send home all of the supplies listed, then the buyer
had better be willing to pay for them. To be able to send everything home again
does not make you ethical. The responsible breeder will answer questions
about your puppy. That is responsible but it may not make you ethical.
I am surprised that if you have a web page you automatically have inherited
ethics. A good salesperson is never offended by questions and will automatically
have an answer to fit any situation.
You can be an ethical breeder and have more than one breed. I know of several
people who have 2, 3 or even 4 breeds and do everything that a person does who
only has 1 breed. Their ability to do this is because they choose to do so.
If the dog/cat is being raised in a dirty environment then the person is
breaking the law. Buying a dog from a business that the mother is not in
evidence sounds to me like a pet store. Oh, wait. Pet stores are being
prohibited from selling a legally produced pet from a breeder but can sell an
animal from a shelter or rescue in many areas.
I have seen puppies bite that came out of a supposedly “ethical” breeder as
described above. Again – knowing how to raise an animal does not make ethics.
Again - a good
salesperson knows how to sell an animal. It does not make them ethical or not on
how they answer the questions. In fact many breeders have learned to answer
questions just because of articles like this one. What the buyer has to discern
is if they are telling the truth.
What this all boils down to is this: The buyer must be aware of what they want,
how much they are willing to pay, and do their homework on the type of animal
that will fit their lifestyle and budget.
Ethical or unethical – people who want to sell products learn how to sell. It is
up to the buyer to find out if they are telling the truth.
Ethical or unethical – if people are making money breeding dogs, that is their
business and they will produce another litter to sell for money. Can you tell me
what is wrong with that? Are breeders supposed to go in the hole on each litter
to “prove” their ethics? That is just not good business sense and quickly makes
everyone stop breeding purebreds.
Ethics are only one person’s perception. What they consider ethical, another may
not. This goes for societies also.
This article is not ethical nor responsible as the information it serves to pass
on can be argued both ways. It is time the purebred dog fancy stops thinking of
itself as the only game in town and they are the only ethical breeders.