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Save Our Sport
- Thank you for your article. Perhaps it is time for the Responsible
Breeders to reclaim their stud books and secede from AKC. Let's make the
distinction clear again. We will never change AKC, the Parent Clubs need
to take back and form a new group, one without all the AKC trappings and
fal de ral, that has one purpose and only one to maintain the integrity
of the breeds and ensure that each registered dog conforms to it's
purported breed standard. Sincerely,
Linda Aronson, DVM
Other parent clubs have
tried to duck AKC's noose but eventually gave in. Australian
Shepherd club comes to mind, I think we covered that way back then.
Your sentiment is "right on" and perhaps some day, some club will say
"enough" and take your suggestion. Editor
More on Saving Our Sport
- I wish I was smarter so I could have something constructive to
say. Maybe I am blinded by the new breeder of merit hand towels... [tongue
firmly in cheek] I cannot tell you how many times I have had conversations with
JQ Public about the "rescue a dog propaganda" but now they may be able to
register them? Shut my mouth and call me a Dodo. Just when I think I can enjoy
breeding a litter to have something fabulous to love and show, I have to worry
about with whom I will place the other puppies in the litter. Sadly my only recourse
so that pets are not clandestinely bred is to not register the other puppies at
all. Best Regards,
Gloria Lambert - Tanyastoys.com
HSUS vs. PureBredBreeders.com I saw the article about HSUS losing a
lawsuit filed against what you called “a small business helping reputable dog
breeders connect with good owners that HSUS files suit against.”
purebredbreeders.com Are you serious? Reputable in what way? I am curious if you
actually looked through this website or if in your overzealous hatred of all
things HSUS you just assumed that they are legitimate. After looking through the
site, it appears to be yet another puppy mill selling site. Nowhere are there
listed the breeder’s names, the dog’s registered names, any proof of health
certifications, championships, membership in national breed clubs, etc. They
have puppies listed that are registered with bogus puppy mill registries such as
“APRI” and “ACA” in addition to many “designer” mixed breed puppies. The puppies
appear to sell for between $1,400-$3,000. When the actual, responsible dog fancy
gets in bed with the puppy mills to ‘protect their turf’ we all lose. I have
been an active member of the dog fancy for more than 20 years, belonging to two
National Breed clubs, two regional breed clubs, I am an officer in one, I belong
to an agility club, I show my dogs in conformation, herding, agility and draft,
in addition to doing rescue for several breeds for the past twenty years. I will
_never_ align myself with puppy mills, and I hate to see your publication doing
You are totally right
Jennifer. I was so overcome by the trees, missed the forest. Thank
you for taking me to task and for being a subscriber who knows we have never
been aligned with puppy mills. You are not the only one to take me to task
but your letter was one of the best, Editor
Let 19,000 interested readers know
what's on your mind and what we need to cover
Purebred Breeders LLC is a complete scam!!!
The breeders of the dogs they sell are all puppy mills. I wanted to see what
sort of place they were so I looked up California Pom breeders and found a
puppy. I called and said I was interested in that puppy because he had Champion
lines behind him. Unlike an unsuspecting buyer, I know what to ask about the
dog. They said that dog was not from CA but from OHIO. I said that I wanted a
puppy from a California Breeder because I wanted to see where the puppy came
from and to pick him up myself. Well they just kept pushing this puppy on me and
said how easy it was to ship him and that I could have him in just a few days. I
asked about the champion bloodlines and they said he was from Yoders lines.
Yoders is an Amish nightmare puppy mill. He has given up his federal license due
to killing about 70 or 80 dogs in a homemade gas chamber. I said no I wanted a
puppy from CA. They said there are none available. They kept calling me back and
telling me that I needed to move on getting this puppy because others were
interested in him. I finally told them to quit calling and that I would find a
puppy in CA.
This company owns many, many web addresses with regard to all sorts
of combinations of dog breed names and states. So if you are searching for Iowa
Greyhound Breeders then they may very well own that site name and you are
directed to their site in FL. The number for any dog breed in any state goes to
the same call center. The people at the call center know absolutely NOTHING
about the dog you want. They just say they’re selling you that dog. It is a
complete scam. Check out Complaints Purebred Breeders.
Please believe me when I say as a breeder that I don't want the
animal rights terrorist groups breathing down my neck or deciding what
I do with my dogs. At the same time I hate to see the public scammed
and defrauded like this company does to people. Using the
internet to search for information and local breeders is the best
thing since sliced bread but it is not good to order a puppy over the
internet. If you ask me puppies should never be sold over the
internet. These are the sorts of people and businesses that are
causing the problems for legitimate breeders like myself and your
readers. We must separate ourselves from the scam artists
brokering puppies to the highest bidder.
A good breeder visits
the prospective buyers home after meeting with them and they meet the
A good breeder takes the time to match the puppy with the
A good breeder provides lifetime advice and support for
the puppy buyer.
A good breeder takes their puppies back if it
doesn't work out. This does not mean the buyer gets their money
back after a certain amount of time.
A good breeder has a contact
that spells out as much as possible for the buyer what is expected of
them and what the breeders obligations are as well.
over the internet as they do is not good for any of us!!! Sincerely,
Linda Lewis Afina Poms and Nor Cal Pom Rescue, Inc.
Well researched and we hope,
heeded. Again, my face is red.
I'd like to see conformation split into two divisions.... ENTERTAINMENT and
BREED TYPE. Exhibitors have the choice of competing in either or both.
Requirements to judge BREED TYPE are based on requirements set by that Parent
Club. In my opinion, that would end all the complaining about "...paid off
judges who wouldn't know a typey XXX if it bit them". Exhibitors choose in
advance to compete in the doggie version of Toddlers and Tiaras or the doggie
version of a livestock exhibition.
If AKC or the Fancy is against such a split or any effort that will reflect TRUE
competition, it would simply prove that we prefer to bitch and moan rather than
actually fix our sport. Two divisions would bring in more revenue from more
entries with little change to what is currently in place. Many people are
willing to spend tons of money to play the ENTERTAINMENT version of the game.
Parent Clubs already have written standards and judges education seminars.
Why not give those of us who wish to be judged on breed type by judges who are
qualified in our breed the opportunity to compete in THAT version of the game?
Wow! Now there's an idea to
mull over. And more $$$ for clubs and for AKC. Hmm.
WKC Pedigree Commercials
I am tired of no one but Quality breeders supporting themselves. The
HSUS/PETA/other rescues want to shut quality breeders down and now we
support it here at an all breed show!? What is really wrong with
people!? If they have money to burn in the cost of Westminster
advertising then how about taking that money to support their cause in
the 5x5 kennels they keep these dogs in?! The people at that show
no interest in adopting rescue dogs. We all know how such people feel about their pedigrees and dogs. They get outraged when breeders out
there have these little kennels but what is a shelter? To me the same
thing as a junk breeder the only thing is they try and find them a home!
And in actual fact, the shelters love to get there grubby hands on our
purebred dogs, because when they do get one and they sell (lets call it
for what it is, sell their mix mutts) for $200 and up. They love to have
the purebreds and parade them around at their adoption events and jack
up their SELLING price 4x as much.
Couldn't have said it
better. There are good shelters and then there are resale
shelters. We covered that in one of the most requested reprints
ever! It must have hit home with a lot of people:
Going To Dog Shows - Please let Sue McClure know how much I
enjoyed her article. We all need to stop and smell the roses on a
regular basis and what a great reminder her story was.
Save Our Sport
- Indeed, I remember the HVBC, PAWS and all of the associated hoopla. I
think part of the problem is that responsible breeders have been driven
underground by the animal rights crazies. People don't buy puppies from
us because they can't FIND us. We don't openly advertise because we're
afraid of being targeted. Some have websites and may be listed on the
parent club website's breeder referral listing, but that is as far as
we'll go to put ourselves out there. Combine that with the culture in
our world that it's "distasteful" to advertise your puppies, and you
have good breeders who are very, very hard to find. I'm sure the
dog-buying public who qualify would prefer to purchase their canine
companions from the responsible breeder you've described, but we have to
be willing to widely market ourselves and our puppies. In the current
climate, that's a very scary thing to do, especially when AKC does not
have our backs. If you don't mind, if you decide to publish this comment
I'd prefer to remain anonymous, since I don't know who is reading your
site. I don't want to be the next target on an animal rights group's
Inheritance of an un-descended testicles, I was reading
this article and found it very interesting but I would like to ask one
question. I have a litter now at 9 weeks with 4 males in it and 3 of
them only have one testicle and one has none. Should I assume then both
parents are carriers for two abnormal genes? best regards,
The link above is to
Capt. Haggerty's article but there's also what sounds like a scam
request for blood for a
DNA Study on Cryptorchids which was supposedly from Cornell UN.
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