A breeder, operating on this level has to face comparatively a lot higher expenses, such as:
- Advanced studies and education materials
- Detailed testing (DNA, x-rays, ophthalmologic tests, etc.)
- Careful selection of breeding stock regarding health, temperament, unrelated bloodlines (very often bound to high expenses for import, travels and shipping) and detailed documentation
- Optimized nutrition, training and care
- Shelter, care and rehoming if an owner cannot or does not want to care for his dog any longer
Quality has priority
If you ask people to name a reason for breeding, you will obtain several answers. Most likely one of these:
- I want to breed puppies once! (they are sooo cute)
- Selling puppies (cash!)
- Conservation and improvement of the breed (bingo!)
None of these answers are wrong in particular and people often combine more reasons in such a case. For breeders of purebred dogs normally the most important reason is the conservation of the breed. Outcrossing can improve a breed as well. The aim of a responsible breeder should be the improvement of each new generation compared to the previous within a population of dogs (health, fertility, temperament, longevity, looks, or a combination of those)
Thoughtless ‘mating’ of dogs for selling puppies should never be the fundament of any breeder and it destroys the hard-won gain of skilled breeders which have spent years of painstaking effort for improvement and wellbeing of their bloodlines. A considerate selection of the breeding stock will increase genetic diversity. Genetic diversity is a problem every breed has to fight recently. Therefore access to the lineage and inherited traits is necessary. If you cannot achieve it by pedigree, get the DNA and health checked.
Despite the aspects I just mentioned, a breeder carries responsibility for his new created generation of puppies. A respectful breeder cares for the future of each of his puppies and won’t give them away to anyone that pays the requested amount, but he will carefully investigate the people and new home. He wants his puppy to feel safe and loved in his new home and only a good match between puppy and new owner will create a friendship for life. A puppy that can grow up to a friendly and social dog within his environment. And even if this might not be the case the breeder should be there for him and care for his wellbeing in cooperation with the new owner. Maybe it’s not always easy, but that’s what you choose for as respectful breeder.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln