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Old 08-23-2009, 10:11 PM
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its not.. So far I have yet to find a dog in the local shelters that came from a good breeder. And its very very rare to have a 'good' breeder's dog in rescue. (usually its a case of the breeder having been out of breeding and is old, infirm etc and can't take the dog back.. though I have heard of them paying for the dog's costs whilst in rescue)

To me if you are breeding the same sorts of dogs that are dying in shelters then you aren't a good breeder. (ie what is special about your dogs...)
Ok, if it's not a random statistic then show me your references - specifically, studies done by reputable sources.

No, you don't have to... I'm "on your side". However, it really gets on my nerves when people try to prove their point by typing "99.9%" ("that's a big number so it must prove my point!") and not backing it up by studies (journals) done by reputable sources.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:15 PM
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Ok, if it's not a random statistic then show me your references - specifically, studies done by reputable sources.

No, you don't have to... I'm "on your side". However, it really gets on my nerves when people try to prove their point by typing "99.9%" ("that's a big number so it must prove my point!") and not backing it up by studies (journals) done by reputable sources.
hi.. read what i said.. ime. Those are from my observable data. My experiences in rescue/breed clubs/local shelters...

by definition if the dogs are ending up in shelters and rescues they are not from good breeders by and large. (yes things happen.... but as a breeder you need to do your utmost to make sure you sell to ppl who will return the dog and not dump it, so that should be a very small number)
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:25 PM
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hi.. read what i said.. ime.
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Just so you know 99.9999 of all dogs in shelters and rescues came from byb.
You may want to go back and clarify that 99.9% of the dog that YOU have seen have come from BYB and that it is from your "observable data".

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by definition if the dogs are ending up in shelters and rescues they are not from good breeders...
And what definition might that be? I think you're misusing the word "definition". When used properly, people use it when referring to the dictionary (or other reputable sources).

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but as a breeder you need to do your utmost to make sure you sell to ppl who will return the dog and not dump it, so that should be a very small number)
I agree that breeders should do their utmost to sell to good people, but let's be fair here. You cannot fault the breeder for someone else dumping their dog in a shelter. That's unfair at best.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:33 PM
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I should add to my previous post about what kind of breeder I am that I also microchip my puppies. I list the new owner at the primary contact and myself as the secondary. In case the new owner every decided to dump MY puppy at a shelter then the shelter will contact me and I can go and rescue my little one.

I've never had this happen but have heard of horror stories!
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:53 PM
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The point of a breeder putting titles on their dogs - whether they are conformation titles, sports titles, obedience titles, therapy dog certifications, CGCs even - means that some third party judged the dogs to be "good" based on some larger standard.

Example - I like chihuahuas, but even when I go to a dog show, there are some individuals that I like more than others. Sometimes the ones that I like don't win, maybe they have some fault or something that I didn't notice, that the judge - a person with much more expertise than myself, or arguably, you - knew was out of standard. Just because the chi I like is pretty, doesn't mean he's a good example of the breed. And it doesn't mean he should be bred.

Personally, if I were to buy a dog from a breeder, I wouldn't care if it had conformation titles. But if I want a pet dog I want to know that this breeder's dogs have a good pet dog temperment, which would be proven by a TDI or CGC certification. Many people - even breeders - think that chis should be aloof and maybe even aggressive toward strangers; they're a "one person dog." So if I asked that breeder if the dogs' temperment is standard, they'd say it was, because in their interpretation it would be; but when judged against a standard - TDI or CGC - the dog wouldn't pass and I wouldn't buy from that breeder.

I do think it's great that you do health checks, that's definately another thing I would look for in a breeder; I certainly wouldn't say that you're a "bad breeder." But the world is not divided by good breeders and bad breeders, either.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:08 AM
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The point of a breeder putting titles on their dogs - whether they are conformation titles, sports titles, obedience titles, therapy dog certifications, CGCs even - means that some third party judged the dogs to be "good" based on some larger standard.

Example - I like chihuahuas, but even when I go to a dog show, there are some individuals that I like more than others. Sometimes the ones that I like don't win, maybe they have some fault or something that I didn't notice, that the judge - a person with much more expertise than myself, or arguably, you - knew was out of standard. Just because the chi I like is pretty, doesn't mean he's a good example of the breed. And it doesn't mean he should be bred.

Personally, if I were to buy a dog from a breeder, I wouldn't care if it had conformation titles. But if I want a pet dog I want to know that this breeder's dogs have a good pet dog temperment, which would be proven by a TDI or CGC certification. Many people - even breeders - think that chis should be aloof and maybe even aggressive toward strangers; they're a "one person dog." So if I asked that breeder if the dogs' temperment is standard, they'd say it was, because in their interpretation it would be; but when judged against a standard - TDI or CGC - the dog wouldn't pass and I wouldn't buy from that breeder.

I do think it's great that you do health checks, that's definately another thing I would look for in a breeder; I certainly wouldn't say that you're a "bad breeder." But the world is not divided by good breeders and bad breeders, either.
I totally agree and completely understand your point of view! I will be showing and am currently keeping back a potential show female from one of my dogs (she's 8 days old now!). I have bred her from my own lines - she is the third generation.

You hit the nail on the head - and this was my point - that the world is not divided into good and bad breeders. But things like the original post and many other similar articles try to pack all breeders who do this, or this, or that into a group. If you have more than 5 litters a year you're a commercial or puppy mill. If you don't belong to a club then you're a BYB and so on.

I am certainly not perfect -- I have so much to learn every day! But that is my goal - to keep on learning and improving this amazing breed!
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a defintion does not have to be dictionary based.

It can be community based (like educated dog ppl... are going to define (root word for definition) terms differently than the average joe)

IME= in my experience.

So it would be valid to you if I wrote down numbers worked out the sd etc and put it up on the net as a study? Really ....

None of this has anything to do with you as a breeder. So I have no idea why you are so defensive. I don't show conformation with my JRTs for the most part. But they do 'prove' themsleves in many other ways. The whippets do show in conformation, but that is because that is the deal with the club/breeder when we got them. I am far more interested in their racing ability and trainability when it comes to 'proving' them. (of course health and temperament being paramount in any breed)
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None of this has anything to do with you as a breeder. So I have no idea why you are so defensive.
My apologizing for coming off as defensive, I sure didn't mean to! In my original post (before I replied to you) I was stating what kind of breeder I am. When you mentioned that breeders should do their utmost to make sure their puppies never end up in a shelter, it reminded me of adding the microchip thing. It was not a defensive measure.

[QUOTE]a defintion does not have to be dictionary based. [/QUOTE

As I stated, it can be from other reputable sources. However, it can't be based off someone's random thought, either. But you don't even list this definition that you're referring to. So, what is it?

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So it would be valid to you if I wrote down numbers worked out the sd etc and put it up on the net as a study? Really ....
Yes! Or AT LEAST state that it is IN YOUR OPINION in the original post! You never state that in the original post. You only stated it after I "got it out of you".

In your original post where you use this random statistic you are insulting a person, telling them what they're doing is wrong, and, I would hope, trying to "convert" them to do the RIGHT thing, correct?

Then you are taking two steps back by pulling out a random statistic - one in which you list no basis for (you don't even say it's in your opinion!). How is this person supposed to find you trustworthy if you are, from the standpoint of the original post, "making stuff up" just to belittle them?

I once had a conversation with a person on Craiglist who posted a terribly hateful post in the Community: Pet section. They posted it towards back yard breeders. I e-mailed them and told them that I agree with their point of view, but I did not think that the should be posting in such a manner, simply because it is NOT helping the puppies by insulting and belittling the people breeding them. Instead you should help to EDUCATE these people to help them make the right decision. If you want them to be like you and think like you, you have to be someone they would WANT to be and think like. But if you go in, guns a blazing, insulting them and saying terrible things to them, why would they want to be like you? She responded with (paraphrasing, leaving out her choice words), "Why should I bow down to these terrible people. All I care about are the puppies." I asked her how she's helping the puppies by doing this, and she never responded.

So, you see what I mean - if we WANT to help reduce the numbers of puppies produced by BYB then we need to help to educate them. And we do not educate them by insulting them, beating them down with words, and throwing out large, random statistics with no basis in anything but your own mind (and again, you should clarify that in the original post - there's a handy edit button, I believe).
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:39 AM
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hmm i think you need to read some of the old posts around here

(oh and atm i don't mircochip due to the various (published) studies linking them to cancerous growths)
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I'll add my personal observations as well.

I often visit the local shelters and browse petfinder. It is on the very rare occasion that I even see a "purebred" dog up for adoption, and those that are are always very much out of breed standard.

Now on Craigslist "purebreds" do pop up A LOT more often. However, the opening sentence is something along the lines of "I bought this puppy from a local puppy store about a month ago and now realize I have no time to care for it."
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