Ethics - Pup cull
Strange question I know, but I'm wondering what are the ethical issues with producing a litter and culling some of the pups.
Do any good breeders actually take pups they don't like out of a litter or do they try to home them all.
If a pup does not conform to recommended standards should a pup be culled?
If a fearful pup is born should it leave the yard?
Should deformed pups be culled?
Should pups with a health issue be culled?
Can experienced breeders recognise a temperament or health faulth early in the pups development?
I think a reason for issues in dogs is the size of litters is too big. People get the last pick dog and breed off it and so on, so the future generations end up from a weaker stock than whats possible. Also some of the pups would die of natural causes or they would injure the mother only for the intervention of the humans and vets.
At 5 weeks and on, the mother wants to get away from the pups to some degree as she is starting to dry up and basically at this stage if the mother could run free in the woods maybe she would loose some weaker pups along the way.
I know my friends dog hated to loose a pup and was frantic when she did but they found it again. But when people came to collect the pups she was cool. She didn't miss them at all.
What are peoples thoughts on it?
Is it cruel to even consider culling a pup and is it necessary part of breeding?
Would you ever consider just breeding for yourself and culling the rest instead of getting into the money business of selling etc?
Would there be as many pups in shelters if there was a different attitude towards dogs and pups instead of seeing them as little teddy bears or piles of cash?