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Old 06-24-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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Why do people breed "done nothing" dogs? I mean the dogs have done nothing except be a house/yard dog yet people seem something that screams at them "people would want puppies from Fido and Bessie! The puppies will be just so cute! They won't ever end up homeless or in a shelter becasue they were bred by me and are so cute!". It's different if the dog has a job, like hunting, herding, showing, etc. But if the dog does nothing except be a loving house pet why breed it? What makes your housepet so much better then other peoples because its your dog? You only get puppies with "done nothing" parents, grandparents etc. It might have some great dog in its fourth generation or something but still. Why breed dogs that have done nothing except poop, eat and sleep?

I'm not opposed to breeding, if the animal (not just dogs) is a good example of the breed, and has done something other then be a housepet. Not saying anything that doesn't work is crap either but I see allot of people breeding dogs that haven't done anything in their life except be a companion, yet they believe their animals would never end up homeless or abused, or in a shelter because they are cute and have some famous great great great grand sire or something.
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Depends upon why you want your puppy. If is to do nothing but be a companion, why not?

I think there can be a little too much elitism with regard to breeding. However, I agree with vixen re. the money thing. My daughter phoned me to tell me there were Irish Water Spaniel pups in northumberland. She phoned and was told that sister and brother had accidentally mated. Some months later, another advert appeared, daughter phoned and was told the same story. OK you might forgive one accident but deliberate breeding with sister and brother to me isn't right Although I stand to be corrected as I'm not a breeder.

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Around here it isn't money. It's the cheapest way to get a dog. So some people do that so their friends and neighbors can have the puppies.
I see a lot of people who think they have nice dogs and let them breed literally in the backyard. To them, buying a dog from a breeder would be out of the question. Spending hundreds of dollars on a dog so that it has a pedigree would never cross their mind. If you were to ask they would probably say "I just want a pet, I dont want a show dog." They might go get a dog from a shelter although around here adoption fees are at least $150. Really the cheapest way to get a puppy is from a neighbor - sometimes there are puppies advertised in the classifieds for $50.
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I've seen shelter dogs with an adoption fee of $60, it depends what area and how desperate the shelter is for space really. Plus most shelters usually have a month where the adoption fees are lower then usual. I got Drifter in october which is "Adopt a Dog Month" at that shelter and he was only $70 included getting him fixed and his shots.

You can get pet quality pups from working/showing dogs, and the pet quality ones are usually cheaper then the show/work quality ones from breeders that I have seen.

I don't agree with that at all Skunk, not saying its a lie just that I don't like how people do that. Can people not spend a little extra money it going to a shelter, looking through the newpapers Classifieds? There are always free to good homes dogs in the newspaper. if you can't afford the the fee for the dog then you shouldn't have a dog. It condems other dogs to death in shelters when people breed for their friends wants and I find it disgusting.

I can't stand people breeding and firmly believing their puppies will never end up being stray, which many do believe. The money reason is a given really.
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I'm not saying I agree with it, I'm saying that is what I think goes through their minds. Shelters around here never have months where the fees are lowered. They don't have puppies very often either, and the adult dogs they have are more often than not unable to get along with cats or with other dogs. This is the benefit I guess of living in a part of the world where spay/neuter has reduced the shelter population. Heck we even import puppies up from the south, it's how I got BOTH of my dogs. The adoption fee for little mystery mutt Zircon was $90 (this was before they raised theor fees) at the upscale shelter near a major university, for Sophia it was $250. But apparently there are people who want to produce their own because they think it costs nothing.
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It's a very frustrating situation, to be sure. It's so hard to educate the BYB. In many ways, they're just as bad as the puppy mill folks, but have no clue whatsoever that they are.
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Money the route of all evil! People some of them will do most anything to get money, from prostitution, stealing to dog breeding of junk dogs. Maybe the females has 6, they keep one of Susie puppies and sell the others for say $20.00. Do not truly know what people pay for mixes or dogs. I breed only if I have a wait list of people with deposits to guarantee me it is worth the work, hassell, hearbreak, etc. It is time consuming, cost money and just putting up with alot of nonsense some times. I wonder often if it is worth it at all with some people not satisfied with anything regardless what they pay.

Personally, I would never breed just for plain fun as it requires alot more than sticking two dogs together. Will stop there................
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So can you mate brother and sister? I'd love to know.

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