What Makes A Good Breeder?


Before becoming involved in the breeding of Pugs, I believe that one should first make sure that they are willing to be the kind of educated breeder that is described in the following list. This information is essential not only for the person trying to acquire a Pug, but also for the person considering breeding the breed in the future.

A breeder is considered knowledgeable if they have dedicated their whole life to the protection and betterment of at least one breed, and preferably two. They are not one of those people who are just passing through for a short period of time in order to earn some money and have a few pups along the way. This is a discussion on how dedicated one is to the breed. This is about being aware of the health issues and the genetic difficulties, as well as the obligation of ensuring that such problems are not passed on to customers who are unaware of them.

-A competent breeder has studied and researched his own breed, is familiar with its purpose, history, and standard, as well as its positives and negatives, and is honest about this information when discussing it with potential customers. This does not imply that they are able to say things like “Yeah, the dad was down the street,” but it does indicate that they are able to talk about lines and the characteristics of those lines with some level of certainty. The breeder will be able to inform you of any potential health issues that the parents of the pups have, as well as whether or not such issues are likely to be passed on to the offspring.

-A competent breeder has spent time, effort, and money studying and confirming the traits and health of possible breeding stock. This has allowed them to make an informed decision about which animals to use for breeding. Those individuals who do not succeed in their trials are NOT bred. The sole reason a litter is planned is to produce pups that are superior to their parents; not for financial gain or personal pride. You’re not breeding dogs to produce more champions, to make a little more cash, or even to produce another Pug. There is a purpose behind the selective breeding that is being carried out. The idea that you want “another exactly like our lady Pug” is NOT a viable reason to breed her; after all, the pups only inherit one-half of the characteristics of their parents. What kinds of studies were conducted before selecting the other parent?

-A skilled breeder places a far higher priority on the health and well-being of his dogs than they do on their capacity to generate offspring. Therefore, if your female is not in excellent health when you search for a stud, you should not expect a reputable breeder to breed to her. Ensure that your canines are in tip-top form at all times. Always be sure to keep careful notes of both the typical and the unusual occurrences.

-A skilled breeder can devote the necessary amount of time and has the mental strength to do so in order to care for their kitty and puppy. The breeder assesses each litter and takes every attempt to pair puppies with buyers based not just on their physical features but also on their personalities, attitudes, and levels of activity. You can’t simply give the rowdiest, most persistent dog to the people who live in an apartment just because he ran up to them first. It’s not fair to the other tenants. He’ll give his word to anybody! But after half a year, when he still won’t stop howling, he won’t have a place to call home. Pugs will remain in their homes throughout their whole lives if proper assessments and placements are performed. This is the mindset of a responsible breeder, who understands that if they find good homes for their puppies, they will have fewer dogs come back to them throughout the course of their careers.

A qualified breeder is first and foremost concerned with selling their animals to loving and responsible homes. People who are merely interested in having a well-bred pet for company should not be forced into complicated contracts or agreements for “puppies back” by an experienced breeder. Certain excellent puppies may be kept for special display homes, but a skilled breeder would not do this. When looking for a new home for a Pug, it is much more crucial to find one in which the dog will be loved first and foremost. Even though many people discuss the difference between show quality and pet quality dogs, every Pug, regardless of the flaws it may have, is adored and deserves to be cherished. To me, spay and neuter contracts are not “entangling contracts,” but rather the hallmark of a compassionate breeder who is able to explain the specific reasons why a puppy need to be sterilized or castrated.

Not only does a savvy breeder maintain regular touch with the people to whom he has sold pups in order to monitor the progression of his breeding program, but also because he is concerned about the health and happiness of the puppies after they are placed in their new homes. The burden for bringing this life into the world falls on the shoulders of the breeder. Even if the dog turns out to be cruel or vicious as a result of the way it has been cared for, the breeder assumes responsibility for the dog’s behavior and deals with it for the duration of the dog’s life.

-A knowledgeable breeder does NOT have so many dogs that they do not have time for individual attention, play, and grooming, or so that they have to skimp on food, or the food quality, living space, preventative medicine, and health care for their dogs. Rather, they limit the number of dogs that they have so that they can give each dog the attention and care that they deserve. It is simple to acquire a large number of dogs, at which point it becomes necessary to bring them in and out of the building in large groups and it becomes impossible to distinguish one dog from another. Avoid falling into this trap, and don’t forget to bear in mind that there’s always a chance that one of the pups you raised two or three years ago could want to “return home.”

-A knowledgeable breeder accepts responsibility for the lives they create, which includes thoroughly vetting potential buyers, assisting in the placement of animals in new homes, providing a pleasant existence for his older dogs, and, yes, being able to make the decision to euthanize a puppy that was born with a mental or physical defect and has no chance of living a life that is good, happy, and of high quality. This is something that is difficult for people who are not breeders to comprehend unless they have really been there. What is the point of getting a dog for a pet home if it is going to rack up veterinary expenditures in the hundreds of dollars each year merely to keep it alive because it requires special care? Breeders eventually reach a point where they are accountable not just to the pups they produce but also to the purchasers of those puppies and the breed itself. If a puppy with a cleft palate could not survive on its own in nature, then it should not be artificially kept alive with tube feeding until it can have surgeries done to correct the problem. My personal line of reasoning is based on whether or not a dog would live on its own if it were left to its own devices in the wild. Unfortuitously, I have seen situations in which dogs who were born afflicted with genetic problems were sold or given away to households where they were subsequently bred, resulting in more litters of afflicted pups. A prudent breeder knows when to draw the line and declare, “It cannot continue.”

It is not via volume, promotion, or a careless or haughty attitude that a skilled breeder earns a good reputation; rather, it is through attention to their craft and maintaining a high standard of quality over time. If they do not have any pups of their own available at the time that you are searching for them, many reputable breeders will provide you the names of other breeders that they know who do. The simple fact that a breeder receives a high volume of requests for pups is not enough to convince them to start a new litter. This would result in the breeder having too many dogs at once, an excessive number of time commitments, and puppies that were not well cared for or socialized. Breeders are familiar with one another, and they are particularly familiar with other breeders from whom they might buy a dog. If you just cannot wait, ask those around you.

-A competent breeder goes farther and bears some responsibility for the issues of the breed as a whole. This includes continuing to learn about new developments, as well as attempting to minimize the number of dogs in the breed that are carelessly produced, badly cared for, and destroyed. The phrase “I know it all, I’ve been in it for 20, 30, 40 years,” should never be spoken by breeders. One can never stop expanding their knowledge and skills. A breeder may always find something else to do in order to educate and enlighten their customers.

-A educated breeder is able to look at the wider picture, which includes more than just winning dog shows or selling puppies, and contributes in some manner to the overall improvement of dogs. It is not the goal of breeding to sell pups, take first place in shows, or earn titles. The objective of breeding animals is to maximize their health and soundness while also maximizing the breeder’s genetic knowledge. No breeder can absolutely ensure that their dogs are completely free of health issues. Any breeder who claims they don’t have any issues in their lines is not only lacking in expertise, but they are also lying to themselves.

If they had an option, informed owners would much rather purchase their animals from breeders like these who are ethical and competent. There are many people who will appreciate working with you as you learn the ropes of breeding if you wish to join the ranks of skilled breeders. If you believe that this is more responsibility than you are willing to take on, a more responsible choice would be to have your pet spayed or neutered.

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