An ethical breeder is someone whose number one goal is to better the breed.
Before we further discuss the general protocol of ethical breeding, let’s first look at the phrase “to better the breed”.
Why buying from breeders is bad?
Inbreeding causes painful and life-threatening genetic defects in “purebred” dogs and cats, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, and epilepsy. Distorting animals for specific physical features also causes severe health problems.
What is a responsible breeder?
Responsible breeders are individuals who have focused their efforts on one or a select few breeds and through breeding, historical research and ongoing study, mentoring relationships, club memberships, showing, raising and training of these breeds have become experts in their health, heritable defects, temperament and
Where can I find ethical breeders?
When you go to visit a breeder and see the mother (and the father, if possible) — don’t just sit down on the sofa and play with the puppies. Ask for a tour of the house, the garden, the kennels, and so on. Ask yourself if these are excellent conditions for dogs to live in.
What should I look for in a breeder?
Here are some tips for finding — and working with — a responsible breeder:
- Meet the Breeder.
- Ask questions.
- See the pup’s parents.
- Get a full medical history.
- Be patient.
- Check out our Breeder of Merit and Bred with H.E.A.R.T Programs.