Are those who take dog breeding seriously “snobs”? You’ll hear that, commonly, from those who peddle pups and dogs. Why do serious breeders come across as “snobs”?
Because they care passionately about their chosen breed, its history, its present, its future. They care about who owns the breed. They care about how they will pass the breed on to the next generation. They are about how their breed is portrayed in the media.
They don’t just put two dogs together and sell the pups in the local newspaper. That’s a “backyard breeder” – and the ruination of many breeds.
The breed is all – not the money or show ring wins. And so they ask questions, do home checks, refuse sells. They are not snobs – they are serious breeders.
RED FLAG WARNINGS OF POOR BREEDING PRACTICES:
Beware of” breeders who are new to the breed.
Novices often make the mistake of limiting their attention to current events within their breed. Dog Breeding As A Fine Art.
Whenever a breed becomes popular, there is an influx of novices not only ignorant of what constitues a good specimen but much more lacking in any knowledge of animal breeding.
Planned Breeding to many novice breeders, the idea of a ‘bloodline’ means nothing more than a clever kennel prefix or a popular stud dog.
Merely giving it a name will not transform a jumbled family of dogs into a useful genetic contribution.
Selective breeding is a long-term project, far beyond the scope of one dog, or one litter of puppies.
Beware of “breeders” who do no health testing – run away from breeders who assure you their dogs “don’t need to be health tested”.
There is NO breed or strain which does not need to be health tested. There is NO excuse. A serious breeder does extensive health checks – period.
Beware of “breeders” who try to explain why breeding away from the standard is “better”.
A good grasp of your standard’s intent will simplify many breeding decisions, and will keep you grounded when fads of type sweep through your breed.
Beware of “breeders” who tells you that reputable breeders are “jealous” of them.
This defensive attitude should be a very strong warning.
Beware of “breeders” who charge ridiculous amounts for their dogs because they are from a “famous” line.
As a general rule, once a family (of dogs) has become famous and fashionable, all the offspring, irrespective of quality are used for breeding and selection practically ceases. Under such conditions, the family naturally and rapidly deteriorates, because constant and careful selection is just as necessary to preserve or augment improved qualities as it is to originate them. The Principles of Dog Breeding.