BYB's vs Working Breeders vs Pedigree Breeders
I'm not really sure how to title it..... but that pretty much sums it up, I guess?
I lucked into one of my dogs. I'm not ashamed to admit it. I got him from someone who had no idea what they had. They'd got him from an unfortunate situation and thought he would be "fun".... and turned out he wasn't necessarily a "fun" type of dog. They called me to help find him a home, sent me his "papers" and some pics and videos of him and after talking with some people, I decided to bring him in and give him a good once over and see what happened. Needless to say, he stayed and has been an exceptional addition to our farm.
After seeing what he's doing and how pleased we are with him, they've contacted me about buying him back, several times. They have a "girl" they want to breed him to. If I won't sell him, will I stud him? No. We don't "stud" our dogs, they breed only on our farm, to our dogs.
I see a couple days ago, that these people have purchased a pup. They've posted pics of his parents. He's newborn, I'd say only a couple days old in the pics, and they're planning on breeding him next year for "Christmas Puppies". Then they send me an email, with a pic of him and his parents, asking what I think of them. Nice, normal looking GSD's... but not a very good pic, they're both sitting. I ask what their pedigree looks like. "Don't know. No papers." Then I ask why they're planning on breeding him and they say "Because it's fun."
Last night, I see on FB that they've posted the evilness of a breeder offering "limited registration" and how if someone buys a dog, it is theirs to do with what they please.
After several random comments, I chime in my opinion, that there are many good reasons for breeders to not offer full registration, such as 1. some dogs just don't need to be bred, and 2. that "paper" offers proof, lineage, history and documented potential of the pup they belong to. No, they don't guarantee that your pup will work or perform, but at least you know what you're getting and what the potential is.
This simple statements turns into a bashing, with one man "informing" me that working dogs don't come with papers, and if you're selling a "papered" dog, you're selling a piece of paper not the dog and he'd never buy a "papered" dog because he wants to be able to take his dog and do with it what he wants, when he wants, and not have any "paper" telling him it's ok. He then goes on to inform me that he saw the pictures of my dogs and some pictures of my dogs working and thinks I'm full of sh*t because obviously someone with as "clouded thoughts" as I have regarding "papering dogs" can't have dogs that work like mine do, it's just not possible.
So, this man claims to be a "Working Breeder" that looks at each dog individually and doesn't need a pedigree or "proven bloodline" to decide if a dog will be a good dog and characterized me as a "Pedigree Breeder" who bases a dogs worth on it's "papers" and said I use the term "Back Yard Breeder" like it's a bad thing. (And let me just say, I do not base a dogs worth on it's papers, but I do believe it's a good idea to have some idea based on their lineage as to what they could become.)
Our conversation ended with me saying "You do what you do, I'll do what I do and that's that. I don't agree with your thought process, you don't agree with mine, we'll just have to agree to disagree."