In Support of the Backyard Breeder.

How many alternatives are there to backyard breeding?
First there are the AKC registered breeders- or other major breed registries. These people would have you believe anything but that purebred breeders are illegitimate. They are the only one with the right to breed dogs- the rest are backyard breeders or worse, puppy farms.
But wait! The AKC legitimizes puppy farms even if some of the small breeders don’t. In fact, there is a special category for corporate-produced puppies which is the single largest income stream for the AKC! The best in this category are the corporate farms. They have huge buildings that are temperature controlled, well lit and ventilated. Cages are generous (according to them)with special plastic grates on the bottom to facilitate cleanliness without harming little puppy toes. They have special whelping boxes, the bitches get appropriate nutrition, as do the puppies. They even get  short visits from workers in the course of doing their duties, because basic socialization is one of them.
Appropriately trained people attend the delivery and inspect the pups. Dew claws and tails maybe removed as dictated by the breed standard. No obviously seriously crippled or blind puppy will make it to the outlets where the puppies are sold. In fact,these puppy factories- they go so far beyond the conception of the puppy mill-may even be a driving force in any future changes in the AKC. I doubt a corporate look at the results of pure breeding will ultimately find it AS profitable as more heterozygosity. Puppies as a Product are the bread and butter of AKC fees. Of course there are still the puppy farms we have seen photos of, but they are being marginalized by corporate puppy farms and truly dwarf the outdoor puppy farms in sheer numbers of pups produced with good pet store outlets, which are being sewn up by the corporate entities.
What’s not to love about that? Rather than pontificate- I will let you have your own reactions so I can move on to the next category- breeders other than “puppy farms”.
Some corporate breeders are also showing their dogs and selling the pups of the resulting “Champions”, so the line gets pretty fuzzy between these corporate showers and just ordinary big breeders with kennels, several breeds and professional handlers. In fact, there is no line between them. What all these guys have in common is their desire, nay, Necessity, of making a profit on dogs. They aim to make money from raising puppies, and they do. They have kennels. They have kennel personnel. They are the Lords and Ladies of the past still with us, “gentlemen (dog) farmers”. They have to try to make money or the IRS calls it a “hobby”.
In my opinion, dog breeding should be a hobby. No one should try to make a profit from dogs. I really do not care for the breeders who have so many breeds of dogs they need a kennels. They usually mouth about how socialized their dogs are, but they have so many of them, they need a kennel- and ultrasound to control the barking.
I do have respect for the practices of the small AKC breeders who show their dogs, but rarely have more than a pair of adult dogs and some pups, a real pack. Of course, these guys do not make the AKC tons of money, but they give it a good name and really fill out the categories at dog shows. They are most certainly back yard breeders of the first order. They know their breed, they show their breed, they raise a few puppies….What’s wrong with that? Other than the innate problems with the closed registry system, that is.
Why nothing. Backyard breeding the most ancient, hallowed style of breeding dogs.
Why do so many people have violent feelings about that?These are new feelings. This is a new trend. The attitude toward backyard breeding has only gradually become tinged with  contempt and superciliousness. In fact, it arose with the rise of the AKC and referred to people who did not keep registered dogs.
Hatred of backyard breeding also became institutionalized with the shelter movement and its nazi-like approach to neutering all dogs. That is new, too. Some dogs need fostering. I would make a good foster parent, and have fostered a number of dogs for dead people, but I have not neutered my female dogs. I do not like the longevity statistics on the lifespan of neutered dog sand the health problems caused by the easily added extra pounds of being a castrato. Bonbon only weighs 5 pounds. I do not believe in breeding a dog that small and I sure do not want to perform major surgery on her either. My solution is to neuter our male dog, who is the only dog who can get to the females.
While we may add a medium sized dog to our pack, he will probably be neutered too,
What is good about backyard breeding, and the way it goes on with the local deer type Chihuahuas, is that the good pets are the ones that get bred. The pets other people want puppies from- because they have great temperaments.Looks take second place, so even if a 10lb Chi does get bred to another type of dog, it only takes one back breeding to restore type in most of the puppies. It is so simple. No one makes money or even wants to. Money changes hands, but it is usually token money.
The number of dogs being sent to shelters and animal control has decreased by 75% in less than 20 years of this campaign. The AKC is falling apart and so many AKC dogs have severe health problems that registrations are dwindling. The message is getting through. But people love dogs. So where do they get them? From the pound, but also from a friend or relative’s litter.That is the way it has always been before the pound.
Pure breeding racists (pure breeding is eugenics projected onto to dogs- there is no earthly reason to purebred dogs except fear of the impure) despise mutts, but their day is over. They don’t know how good a true landrace mutt is. They think if they show and get ribbons and trophies, they can make money off of dogs. The commercialization of dogs is a big cause of all the bad breeding going on.

6 Comments

Anonymous

You seem to be advocating everything backyard breeders are disdained for. Any old dog bred to any old dog. This is impossible. What will happen to the quality and purity of the breeds?I will be sure to skip this blog in any further blog jumping.

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Caitlin Williams

Hey, In my comment starved blog, I enjoy getting anyone to to take the time to express their opinion. So thanks.Yes. I advocate breeding two good dogs of a type, together. Two good, Chihauahuas, two good rez dogs. two good retrievers.I define good as good family pets. Cooperative guys with good manners and no lethal habits. Does not stray, but prefers to stay home, gets along with the kids, does not growl at other animals or people. Does not chase cars or even care about cars, except for rides, likes to play, is creative at inventing new games for owners, has any special trait that makes it a great pet. Does not have any physical problems with joints, teeth, hearing, sight.

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Pai

'Quality' is subjective, and 'purity' in dog breeds is myth based on Victorian-era ignorance of genetics. So… yeah.

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Kate O’Donnel

"Quality and purity"? As if the actual quality of a dog – its personality and ability to work and play – have a damn thing to do with "purity." The most functional dogs in this world, the working dogs and self-sustaining pariahs, are not forced through arbitrary man-made population bottlenecks the way purebreds are.

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Caitlin Williams

Yes! Thanks Kate!I get so thrilled when I see someone else in the growing list of people who recognize this inescapable fact!And although "house-dogs" may not hunt in the field, or round up large domestic animals, their function as a watchdog of the status quo is unmatched.My favorites, the 10 pound Chihuahuas are great house dogs. They watch everything. they know all the routines of the day and night and alert on any deviations in the routine and all intrusions by man, bug or beast. they are "the eyes in the back of my head". These are also traits worth preserving and the backyard breeders are the ones who have done it so far as no kennel club would touch these heterogeneous curs.

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an

i support backyard breeder, first of all offers an cheaper options for the owners that are less wealthy, most all us are ordinary people and can not afford buying an expensive dogs. Besides not all backyard breeder produce poor quality pups, they are different from puppy mills, the pup from backyard breeder may not be as stunning as those who are from registered breeder, but at least they are healthy. Like people , dogs have the prettier one and the less attractive one, we should not discriminate against those who are less attractive.

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