I read a few topics where people came on here wanting to breed their family dogs because they want to experience life or because they love their dog so much that they want a piece of him.
The fact that the same excuses are being repeated over and over again probably means that most of the dog owners had these thoughts at one time or another.
I know I did. I stopped short of going back to the same puppy mill I bought my dog from to get a bitch so I can breed them down the line (my reasons were both of the above).
Then, as I read more and more about dogs and training, I learned of everything that goes into breeding and the shelter situation and I decided I will never breed.
I'm lucky for the fact this happened before I came on this board and that always lurk before joining a board so i'd see all these threads, otherwise it could've been me posting a topic like this and being attacked.
Even though I now get the same strong feelings everyone does when I hear of people breeding their family dogs I still realize that most of the time they're not doing it to be malicious, they're just ignorant. So you're not helping anything by asking them the 'fight' questions (are they titled, hip certified, etc) so that you can then jump on them and judge them.
Anyone being attacked will defend themselves, they won't admit they're wrong just because that means being defeated even if they'd agree with your reasoning otherwise.
Shouldn't you politely, with no hint of condescension, explain to them that this is not the best way of doing it and explain why that is the case?
And a few more notes. In the park I go to I met at least another 4 dogs that came from the same puppy mill area my dog came from. 2 of them (gsd sisters) have been bred, one had 16 pups. I can't help but to feel a little annoyed at their ignorance but I always remember it could've been me. After all, I own 2 intact cats (used to be 3, a male and 2 females) and I got them with the intent of 'experiencing life'. For some weird reason 7 years later there are no kittens and at this point I'm thankful, but this definitely could've been me.
But even if I never bred and never thought about it, who am I (or anyone for that matter) to judge?
And one last thing, there are lots of people (myself included) opposed to spaying/neutering. Anytime I see a comment like 'spay your female and enjoy her as a pet' I get annoyed and I'm sure the posters feel the same way. After all, if their dogs are uncut they're probably not too fond of the idea either. So why does it have to be breed or neuter/spay? Did you know that some people only want to breed because they're opposed to spaying/neutering but thought they must let an intact dog breed otherwise they couldn't keep him/her intact? So you're only reinforcing this notion. If I had a choice between neutering/spaying and breeding i'd breed, I'm that much opposed to neutering/spaying and I'm not alone who feels this way.
Sorry, this is long, but I felt like saying something after reading all these threads. You can consider this coming from the 'other side'.
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