A Letter To Puppy Buyers
A statement I hear all the time from people looking to add a puppy/dog to
their family is "Oh the pedigree doesn't matter. I just want a "pet".
Let me try to explain why it should matter.
Anyone dedicated to the preservation of his/her chosen breed breeds those
dogs according to a "standard" approved by the AKC ( The American Kennel Club) that defines what that
breed should be. This standard includes size, temperament, color etc.
Everything that makes that breed look like that breed, consistently.
here to read The Miniature Schnauzer Standard )
here to read The Boston Terrier Standard )
With that in mind, they also do whatever genetic testing is available for that breed to weed out
possible genetic defects or problems in the offspring.
Dogs with many champions in the background are those lines that have been
taken to the AKC shows, set before judges and judged on how closely that dog
comes to adhering to the AKC standard for that breed. Showing is for
breeding stock to see that they are worthy to pass on their genes to future
generations. Also, the more champions in a pedigree means that the line can be traced
SHOULD a problem ever crop up and that dog or dogs can be eliminated from a
People who only breed to produce puppies for sale care nothing about future
generations and how that may affect the breed as a whole.
a) think their dog is the best in the world and want more just
like him/her. (Understandable but it rarely happens that you get one just like
the original. And what do you do with the others? The ones that are not like the original?)
b) looking for an "easy" way to make money.
They do no genetic testing or pedigree research ("we owned the parents and
grand parents- they are fine"), and have no support system to help if they
have a problem ("take him back? we can't do THAT!")
c) The 3rd and worst, of course, are the pet shops. They buy from commercial
producers that mass produce many breeds of puppies and ship them out directly
to pet shops all over the country. There is absolutely NO way you can EVER
trace a health problem or temperament problem back through these producers
nor do they care.
Many of the commercial producers are now going with "alternative" registries .
For more information on these alternative registries and what they are REALLY all about
Many of the above mentioned "breeders" produce dogs which look very little
like what they should.
You can see a prime example of this diversity right here on the website by
first checking out our dogs and then clicking the link to " rescues"the page.
All those dogs came from malls, back yard producers or flea markets. Note
Even they do not look much like each other whereas carefully planned
breeding programs such as ours produce a very consistant look and temperament.
I hope this helps you to understand how to find your next pet!
If you are still not convinced, please (click this link and read more