06 October 2009

these are a few of my least favorite things. . .

I see a lot of things regarding breeding dogs that bother me. Here's a short list!! I'm presenting this fairly light-heartedly, make of it what you will. I have a very, very strict set of criteria for breeding dogs.

Things that drive me crazy!

1. Breeding very young dogs. No, that OFA Prelim on your 16-month old stud dog does NOT mean you should breed him now!

2. Choosing for colors. The breed ring dogs are almost all black, but for some reason sports people want merles or reds or sables or whatever. Stop it!

3. Pretending health problems don't exist and either choosing to live in ignorance or lying about it.

4. Doing the health test, then breeding anyway with a bad result (especially applies to Pennhip)

5. Claiming all your dogs have perfect structure, but none of them look the same! They can't all be perfect. . .

6. Crazy contracts.

7. Crazy prices!!!! $2000??? Does it drive me to work and give me a massage? For that price it should pick up its own shit!

8. Pretending to be something they're not. If the dog has a HIT or went in a round pen once, you are not breeding working dogs. If your dog's 2nd cousin got its NA with a couple blue ribbons, you are not breeding agility dogs.

9. Using flyball times as the single most important criteria for breeding.

10. Did I mention breeding too young? Because average age of onset for epilepsy is 2.9 years. So. . . do the math. I like a dog over 4, preferably.

11. Anyone whose sole "career" is selling puppies? No thank you.

Oh, and just FYI OFA Prelim reports at 12 months only bear approximately a 39% consistency rate with the final reports at 24 months.

Here's an example of what I DO like to see; honesty. Tell the buyers if the dam's cousin seizes. Explain how close or far genetically it is, and how you chose the stud based on his family's history of NOT throwing epilepsy. Tell the buyers if your dog's pennhip score is mediocre, and then you damn well better show them an OFA report telling them that despite the laxity, the dog does not have dysplasia. And if your dogs have played around on sheep but mostly do agility, don't call yourself a working breeder. Agility is a SPORT. Say the pups may do well in "hobby herding" if you like. And so on.

Min-rant for the day! Off to teach agility this evening, then off to the Phillies/Rockies playoff game on Wednesday afternoon!


Barbara said...

Yea! What she said. Totally agree with you.

AussomeDogs said...

Right on!

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fulltiltbcs said...

PERFECT...can I steal this list to give to people looking for a person to get a dog from??