It is an interesting article. But here is my question: What defines a back yard breeder?
I am in love with DDR dogs; I believe that these blood lines should be preserved. I intend to research them, and choose a breeding pair sometime in the next five years. If I have one male and one female, and breed one litter every couple of years, does that make me a back yard breeder? If my dogs are not titled, but come from good lines, with excellent hips, eyes, and elbows; are not protection trained, but are instead members of my family, does that by default make me a back yard breeder? I'm okay with it if it does, the reason I want to breed them is specific, to preserve these blood lines.
Or is a back yard breeder only those that put making money above the health and well being of the dogs? Because in my opinion, that makes them a puppy mill, even if they only produce a few litters a year.
A professional breeder, IMO, is someone who makes their living from dogs; training, showing, and breeding. These are the dogs that often cost thousands of dollars, and come with rudimentary training when you pick them up at 10 weeks.
Just below them (on the hierarchy in my mind
) are hobby breeders; those that love the breed so much, that they have puppies every once in a while. These are educated owners, with trained dogs that may or may not show. This is the group I would like to join, but not until I have learned enough not to make a mess of it. I know that you will never make money breeding dogs; between shots, vet visits, and the risk to your bitch, you're lucky if you break even. You do this because you love the breed, and want to see it continued in the right way.
Below this, and in my mind, just as bad as puppy mills, are the well meaning souls that breed their dogs because 'she should have a litter before we spay her'. It's the worlds worst reason to breed a dog, and often the results will (again, my opinion) end up in animal shelters.
At the bottom of the list are those that breed for profit, and like I said before, whether they produce 1 litter or 20, they are puppy mills in my book. So lets call a spade a spade. If you're breeding in your back yard to preserve the blood line, or to improve the breed, then I say, more power to you, even if you don't charge $2000 a puppy. If you're charging $100 a puppy because you're dealing in bulk, then that's a different story.