The Ethical Breeder
If you can't, or won't, breed with the following in mind, then you
shouldn't breed your dog. It's that simple.
The only reason to be breeding purebred dogs is to preserve the
best qualities of the breed. Breeding to supply any market is not
You need to do all of your breeding with the best interests of the
breed in mind. Not to make money.
For this you need to be a serious student of
the breed and devote years of your life to it. Not think about now
and gone tomorrow.
As a beginner you need to truly involve yourself
in the breed as much as possible and ideally find someone who has
been involved with this breed to learn from.
You need to keep track of all puppies you produce,
whether pet or show, to know how you're breeding program is working.
All pet dogs need to go on a spay/neuter contract.
All show puppies need to go on a contract that
will not allow breeding unless the dog lives up to the quality intended
and passes all health checks and certification necessary for that
If a prospective breeder does not want to do this, then they can
find something else.
Co-ownerships allow you a certain amount of
control; they require your signature in order for puppies to be
Breeders owe it to their breed and to themselves
to be involved with rescue cases.
Every breeder should be prepared to take any
dog back for whatever reason. If they don't have the room, then
they need to be prepared to make other arrangements. But this agreement
is a must!
Because of the times we live in we do charge
for the puppies we produce.
I'm sure if we could we would all rather place them into deserving
homes as valuable gifts. This would also get rid of the puppy farmers,
as they couldn't make any money.
The fee charged is what we consider fair for the time and effort
we put in but certainly not enough to cover all cost.
If someone can't or will not pay the price then let them go elsewhere
or advise them of their choices, such as a rescue.