Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Diamondhead, MS
Re: Breeders: Do you know where your dog is going?
You do bring up some good points, and honestly I also believe a good breeder does all these things, but in the instance of your Basu, do you think it would have weeded out these owners? I mean if they had the money, the vet references probably did check out, if you went to their home, and saw the layout, it still would have looked ideal, and when talking to personal references these people appeared to be pilars of their community..... When it comes to training philosophy, this guy very well could have been quite convincing that he believes in a firm but fair treatment of the dogs (of course his idea of fairness was perhaps he wouldnt beat them for no reason), and that they were excercised daily. Not to mention, oftentimes people will get animals with the grandest of intentions.......but for one reason or another, not follow through.
I believe that asking all these questions, following up with references etc.....is very good for screening, but even with the best screening process, some people will fall through and end up not being what looked so good on paper and through references. The other issue is we dont know what tomorrow brings, what challenges are just around the corner and if one of those challenges would make someone unable to care for a pet that otherwise was the perfect pet owner up until that time....
Good questions to ask, and it is food for thought! I'm not a breeder, but I've spoken to some, IMO, good ones that ask a lot of questions and require follow up, and others that just want cash in hand......I too wish that some breeders asked more questions, but even the ones that do could end up with a dog in a bad situation because of circumstances no one foresaw.
Ava GSD 3.5yrs
Champ 1985, Heidi 2000