Like the piece said, education is key.I don't know of any way to break the cycle. There will always be a demand for BYB dogs no matter what breed they are.
In my personal opinion? Good intentions + ignorance.But here is my question: What defines a back yard breeder?
And I've gotten my last two GSD's from responsible breeders who title the dogs and do health certs and have gotten 1) a dog with great temperment but horrible health issues and bad hips 2) a dog that is fearful, reactive and has bad hips that is costing my a small fortune on professional trainers. My next dog is coming from one of those 'hobby' breeders who buys untitled dogs from titled parents and breeds them. I figure I can't do any worse than what I've gotten from reputable breeders who charge tons of money and don't honor their contracts. I can apply the $2000 I'm saving to offset any problems that may or may not arise.I got a dog from what would be called a byb...he's currently got titles on him, if I wanted to I could've done Schutzhund, he has good hips/normal elbows, and I don't have any issues. I know people that got dogs from "reputable breeders" that came from an AKC champion, a UD bitch, and there is a whole slew of issues with the puppies...ranging from pancreatic deficiencies to weak pasterns to missing teeth. That's the reason people don't care...I got lucky with a great dog, others paid twice and much and got crap.
That is my point exactly. And please understand, I don't presume to know much; I have A LOT to learn! but by diluting these lines, by crossing DDR lines with Czech lines, which are still in use in Europe, DDR lines will be lost. I want to preserve these lines as much as possible as they were when the Berlin Wall fell; I think that there is something worthy in these dogs, and there is more to them than a blocky head or a sable coloring.Lady Jenna ....... I guess I would say in your case preserving to what end?
DDR lines will continue to be bred and a significant number of breeders are already using DDR stock so the lines will be preserved........so what would you be adding? How would you know your dogs are the cream of the crop and producing dogs that would be bred to by responsible folks down the line?
So many "black sable Czech DDR" dogs are already out there......with no rhyme or reason to the breeding other than Black Sable, Blocky head.......They are not rare or an oddity.
It may not make you a backyard breeder, but I would never buy a dog from a person that has one male and one female and they breed them together every couple of years to produce pups.It is an interesting article. But here is my question: What defines a back yard breeder?
... 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?...
I agree with this COMPLETELY. I don't know anywhere near enough. I am at a minimum, five years from purchasing a puppy with breeding in mind. I am on this site to get an education. And I'm even willing to say I'm wrong when it turns out I am.I am saying there is a whole lot more to it than buying two dogs from titled parents and breeding them.
Just a very very minor tangential point, but you can register a mixed-breed dog and compete in sports on equal footing with purebreds. Competition obedience is not closed off based on your dog's breed.We do obedience training every day, but we'll never be able to compete at the higher levels because she isn't registered.
:thumbup: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.