Keeping my big trap shut...


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I can't say that I've never had thoughts about becoming a breeder, but after being here and reading through a lot of posts and sticky's I know why that would probably not be the best idea.

So I have to ask those of you in the same boat: What do you say to those people who say things like "I love my dog/breed, so I've decided to start a business breeding them"?

The Marine in me just about went all drill instructor on this lady at the dog park Sunday who said that about her Bernadoodle (yes, they are crossing Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles now, and no, I don't consider it a breed). However, I kept my mouth shut and walked away in deference to my wife's southern sensibilities to confrontation with strangers.

Is this something that you would get up in someones face about or just shake your head internally while smiling?
I have a next door neighbor who has a intact small Pom female. He wants to have a litter of puppies so the two teen age daughters can experience it. But they are lazy kids who's only purpose in life is to be on their smart phones and socializing. I know they won't lift a hand, and Dad is a traveling construction pipe welder so it will be up to others to get those puppies through their fist 6 to 8 weeks. I know the wife doesn't want puppies, so she I know would not be interested in caring for them when needed most. It scares me that it might happen, but what does one do?


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Say, "Be sure to talk to your vet first about the usual kinds of problems that can occur. Like pyometra, brucellosis, ceasarian sections, swimmer pups, spontaneous abortion and resorbtion, eclampsia, dystocia, mastitis, uterine prolapse, retained placenta, and lack of maternal instinct, just to name a few. And be sure you know the costs associated with those problems." If they have a female, particularly, ask if they are ready to deal with heat cycles as often as every 3 or 4 months. Heat cycles that last for 3 weeks.

Anyone breeding should be prepared for the worst and have the money to cover those things so they won't be forced into putting their dog down for lack of funds. And that doesn't even begin to take into account the cost of a successful breeding.

Also mention that they should have prescreened buyers lined up first and be prepared to take back any pups that their buyers want to throw away, before they breed. Nothing like being stuck with some extra hungry puppies. Remind them that shelters are full of dogs whose owners didn't prescreen them.

My question to myself has always been, "Am I willing to risk trading my beloved dog's life for the desire for money. And what will happen to any pups I produce."

Mention health testing as well.

Say all of this with empathy and a kind smile as though you understand. Anger and incense don't help.

There is so much more, but don't overwhelm them. Just food for thought.
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