Breeder shaming bothers you? There are stigma’s attached to any non BB where I live. I don’t own a single one. People seem perplexed when they find out I have GSD type dogs. Why would I want a GSD when I could have a BB? Um, because that was my personal choice and none of your dang business. I’ve never been ashamed, or fallen victim to breeder shaming. And if at any point someone tried, good luck to them, because they are going to get a very long lecture about ethical breeders vs BYB’s they got their dog from. One of the few things I value in this world is ethical breeders. They health test their dogs, they put in so much time and effort planning each litter, who will breed to whom, what the outcome may be, and if there is a pup in that litter than has unwanted or undesirable traits, they either keep the dogs, or sell it for considerably less as a pet companion dog to someone who understands, and they don’t breed that pair again. They rarely, if ever, make a profit on the litter, and spend time with the litter to find out what has been produced and what temperament and drive is right for each owner. And that isn’t even the hard part. The hard part is all the people slamming them for breeding period. Or the people that blame every little thing that may be wrong with their dog on the breeder, even though they never spent more than a handful of days putting any work into the dog beyond potty training. The new owners will take their new pup straight to Petco, Petsmart, whatever store they choose for buying all the “fun” puppy stuff, regardless of the fact that they were told not to bring them to public places until x amount of vaccinations. Then when the puppy has been walking around the pet store picking up all kinds of yuck, and the puppy gets sick, it’s the breeders fault. Not the owner for not following proper protocol, nope, it’s the breeders fault. Breeders have to fight for their to maintain their good name when people want to lay blame at the breeders fault, instead of owning up to their own mistakes.
I can tell you from personal experience, having a litter is HARD. And I didn’t get them until they were 4 weeks old. That’s a whole month I didn’t have to worry about the health of the bitch, or the health of the puppies. I didn’t have to stay up all night on labor watch, and then stay up another night while the bitch was in active labor and chart each puppy as they arrive. I didn’t have to worry about xrays or extra vet visits to make sure the bitch was in good health, and to see about how many pups she would be dropping. And I certainly didn’t have to worry if this would be a successful litter. Still the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I will tell you right now, I applaud those breeders who do it ethically, who put the work in, because you have to be hardcore dedicated to the breed to produce a healthy litter.
People give me crap because I have ONE breeder dog out of countless rescues spanning over 20 years. I shut them down real quick when I explain how their dog came to be. You didn’t rescue a pup from a BYB, you lined their pockets and encouraged them to keep on breeding. Yes, the litter is here regardless, but the next one is here because you perpetuated the BYB’s choice to breed crap genetics into a cash cow by buying from a BYB to “rescue” the pup. You bought a dog from a BYB, and saying otherwise is insulting to real breeders and rescue people.
This is a hot button for me. This is a topic that makes my blood boil, as I’m one of the ones that has dedicated their lives to saving these crap BYB dogs from euthanasia when they are dumped with behavior and health problems. I’m the one that hears REAL breeder bashing and take my time correcting their skewed views on breeders. Don’t shop, adopt, has become such a slogan that somehow this is the only way to get a dog without being bashed. Where do you think those dogs CAME FROM.
I could write a book on this topic and still have more to say. But my main point is, why do you care if you’re shamed for purchasing from a breeder rather than a shelter or rescue?! You shouldn’t have to defend yourself for doing the right thing. If more people purchased from ethical breeders, there wouldn’t be so many dogs sitting in a kennel at the shelter waiting to be euthanized for overcrowding.
Okay, off my soap box now.