Main > The Pet Quality Pup Issue Again? (0 replies)
by Do right and fear no one on 04 October 2007 - 15:34
puputz: I agree one hundred percent that is what everyone wants. I can not imagine anyone wanting otherwise, buyer or seller. However, we have all read (and some have personal experience) of purchasing pups that were not anywhere close to what you have described. Out of top rated, trialed and tested dogs. So, what would you do, if you got a pup from last years VA1 and a V rated female, and the pup was timid, etc? Return it for another with the suggestion to the VA1 owner, to not breed his dog anymore as it produces bad pups?
Point is, as has been said on this site about a trillion (a slight exageration) time, pups are a crap shoot, at best. Then there are the environmental factors. You could get an excellent pup but have a rotten kid in your household, that could ruin the pup, or another older dog in your household that could also ruin the pup. Yet, the breeder/seller would be held responsible, not you or your family. This now turns towards the thread about "re-homing" and/or "returning" unsatisfactory pups.
Funny story that just happened today:
I was asleep and I heard my phone answering machine "talking". A lady that I do not know, and whom I do not know how she got my number (family or friends gave it to her I guess). Left me a message that she understands that I have a male "stud" German Shepherd, and she stated that she has a female in heat, and would need to be bred this Friday or Saturday, so could I please call her soon. She then left her number.
My immediate reaction was like most (most likely all) of you here. What a loser. But then I thought about it because of the arguments that I have made here in the past (and now) about the "it's not so bad to breed for quality family companions". I have to admit, that phone call sent a slight shudder through me, as to the carelessness and calousness of her "request", concerning our breed. No questions as to lineage, working or showlines (she may have been told that though, from whomever gave her the phone number), faults, traits of my dog, good or bad, just "hurry", was the actual message.
I believe, no, I know, that planned breedings of family companion dogs can and do occur, without falling under the umbrella of "Back Yard Breeding", but that also there diffinitely are BYB's out there. They can not be stopped, at least not in America, so that is a moot point.
I know that I am going to breed my dogs, and I have started with good bloodlines, good care and training, good healthy dogs that have passed OFA, and I have planned and worked towards this "event" for almost three years. My first ever litter of GSD's. My litter will not be a "whim" nor a money making scheme. I expect to lose money actually, and I am one of those rare people that doesn't give a hoot about money. Never did (probably why my wife says I am too "nice", but I think she means that she married a loser with no drives ). I am amazed that she did not "re-home" me years ago. I expect to keep some of my litter, and get the best homes I can for the rest. I will see how they turn out before I breed again, if I do again. I have another female with very good lines (out of Qurin Hochmoor) that I will not breed as she did not pass OFA.
Does this make me a monster in the GSD world?