German Shepherd Dog > I'm a backyard breeder........... (114 replies)
I'm a backyard breeder...........
by grammashorty on 26 September 2010 - 20:05
|and proud to say so. I used to be ashamed to say it mainly because of this website...alot of people criticize BYB's here so I mainly troll the message board. But let me tell you why I'm proud to call myself a BYB. |
My brother always had GSD's & I always wanted one but friends kept offering other breeds like our beloved Great Dane, my Rhodesian Ridgeback, our Husky mix, etc. When we retired I told my husband I wanted to buy some land and raise German Shepherd's, so that's what we are doing!
I did my research before buying, I spent a lot of time on this messageboard asking questions (under "Newbie"), and we talked to a lot of breeders before buying our male. Then, when he was around 9 mos old, I called another breeder who I trusted and had made many phone calls asking questions and looking into his background, to get a female. We faxed him our male's pedigree and he called back about 3 mos later and said he had a compatible bitch for our male and he didn't call it wrong cuz there hasn't been a bad pup out of the 3 litters they've produced. Most of the buyer's have stayed in touch through e-mail and let me know how their GSD is doing and they send pictures. We don't put out junk or sickly pups. They get their shot's on time and I start with the wormer when they're 4 weeks old when I supplement mom's feeding with food. The pups are raised in my dining room where I can observe them constantly and have, so far, been able to place the right pup with the right family because I know each one's personality and temperament.
All 4 of our dog's are part of our family, 2 of them spend most of the time in the house during the day, the 3 females sleep in the house and the male sleeps outside cuz he doesn't wanna come in! He want's to patrol his yard. My adult son said the other day, that I treat my dog's better than I treated him and his sister when they were growing up, I told him that they (the dog's) never said they didn't like what I was feeding them for dinner, never told me no or said that they hated me and they always greet me like they haven't seen me in a year!!! All a person has to do is come in my house and they can tell that it's a "dog's home."
Anyway, I just wanted to get this off my chest and say that all BYB's aren't bad....it's just that some give us a bad name and everyone always remembers the negative things they've heard. Some are in it "just for the money" and they're the negative stories people remember. I've run into a couple of those people and I told them to lose my phone number cuz I will not sell them a dog to breed the life out of! (We only breed our 2 females once a year). Our dogs are part of our family more than they are pets so if that is part of being a BYB, then so be it....that's what I am!
by Ibrahim on 26 September 2010 - 20:45
|Hello backyard breeder. |
by Birdy on 26 September 2010 - 21:18
by Dawn G. Bonome on 26 September 2010 - 21:23
DITTO OY VEY...WHATEVER!!
by shepherdpal on 26 September 2010 - 21:23
|Sounds you did your research to breed responsibly. What are the pedigrees of your male and females?|
Most breeders are bacl yard breeders because it is not a polite thing to do the the front yard!
by Kalibeck on 26 September 2010 - 21:33
|My beloved Kali came from someone who had 5 acres & a few well researched dogs...I choose to call her a 'hobby breeder', because her dogs were all health checked & she was always there for any question or concern. And not only would she take back any unwanted pups, although she only had to once....I do believe that if a pup of hers wound up in a pound she'd probably beat the tar outta the owner, too! LOL! And she's a granma, & she's a feisty little thing as well. I aspire to be a hobby breeder myself, some day. jackie harris|
by Rik on 26 September 2010 - 22:44
|"Most breeders are bacl yard breeders because it is not a polite thing to do the the front yard!"|
made me lol. Good one.
by Slamdunc on 27 September 2010 - 00:16
|What makes Hanibel breed worthy?|
by GSDfan on 27 September 2010 - 00:39
|What makes Hanibel breed worthy? |
He gots papers and reproductive organs! LOL
by Two Moons on 27 September 2010 - 01:09
|Don't let them bother you BYB. That being said.... have a plan, have a purpose, have standards. Just don't be part of an ever growning problem. You have a responsibility, never forget that. Moons.|
by Blkdog on 27 September 2010 - 02:53
by steve1 on 27 September 2010 - 08:11
|It is you who are calling yourself a Back Yard Breeder thats up to you, What i call a Back Yard Breeder is a person who owns Dogs and Breeds and Sells the Pups from them but does not have registered Health Certificates Hips Elbows and DNA on the Dogs being bred from|
Forget the work attitude although it is good to have it because it tests a dogs Stability and Temperament whist under a bit of Pressure, but Clarified Joints are a Must, First and Foremost and to be honest they is not one reason why a GSD owner does not get them done officially unless they are sure the Joints would not pass the test
However What will i be called on here if i ever breed from Izzy Bitch, when she gets her ScH 1 - or 3 and is Korclassed, I expect the same as you call yourself
by mpuark05 on 27 September 2010 - 14:37
|blah blah blah. if you breed without getting hips and elbows certificates for both parents you are horrible. if you breed parents without first testing their workability, then you are horrible according to the gsd founder and smart people.|
by Rik on 27 September 2010 - 14:49
|Steve, I think titles, breed survey and h/e certifications move you up well beyond being called a BYB and into the classification of one who is concerned enough with the breed to establish these minimum requirements.|
Your idea of a BYB breeder is about the same as here in the U.S. Usually, it is someone who has found an easy way to add a little extra money to the bank account every year.
by chinatime on 27 September 2010 - 15:42
|Good for you. Everyone has to start somewhere. Anyone who breeds has been a so called back yard breeder, more power to you and keep the pups coming|
by mollyandjack on 27 September 2010 - 16:03
|"Good for you. Everyone has to start somewhere. Anyone who breeds has been a so called back yard breeder, more power to you and keep the pups coming"|
THERE ARE PLENTY OF PUPPIES AT www.petfinder.com.
No one needs a pat on the back for producing more.
by chinatime on 27 September 2010 - 16:40
Did not say I was one, I have a right say whatever I want. Just because I am new here I am in the wrong?????????? You should welcome us newcomers,NOT RUN US OFF
by starrchar on 27 September 2010 - 17:04
|I am saddened and angered, both by what the OP wrote and some of the responses. At the very least anyone breeding dogs should have proper health checks and temperament testing done on their dogs. There is absolutely no excuse for doing anything less. |
grammashorty, Why are you continuing to produce puppies in a bad economy where people are surrendering pets daily? Every puppy you produce possibly takes away the life of a GSD needing a "pet" home. Also, as mollyandjack mentioned, you might want to look at petfinder.com and see the endless number of GSDs on there that need homes, not to mention the thousands that are being put to sleep everyday.
Now, I got that off MY chest!!!
by steve1 on 27 September 2010 - 17:39
|The whole point of Breeding and this should be paramount to anyone who loves the Breed, and that is to try and better the breed by selective breeding, not slap happy breeding's of untried Dogs at anything but worst of all is Breeding without Certified Joints|
For me there is absolutely no reason for anyone breeding Dogs not to have them not done correctly
Sorry' there is The cost comes into it and that is where it cuts into the Profit Margin and that is a NO' NO for some but no matter how well they put the excuses into print they are poor breeders and to my mind are not at all bothered about the breed only of the money the dogs make
by gsdshow on 27 September 2010 - 18:01
|Good for you Steve1, I totally agree. There are enough breeds out there, I am saddened every time I look at these on-line adds that help irresponsible people sell there dogs. What is wrong with people today????|