Top 10 Reasons to Become a Dog Breeder

sleeping-puppiesWe know dog lovers! And who among us hasn’t dreamed of a house full of wiggly, warm, adorable puppies? Perhaps you can be come a dog breeder! But, first, consider these top 10 (and one extra for good luck) reasons you might want to reconsider this dubious career.

1.  You have too much money and want to spend it all quickly, on deworming, vaccinations, health certificates, microchipping, grooming supplies, dog food and more!

2. Your house is too clean and neat.

3.  You want your veterinarian to have the house (the pool, the boat) of his dreams.

4. You love taking walks in the freezing rain, blinding snow, during earthquakes or hurricanes.

5.  You love the sound of barking in the morning, afternoon, evening, midnight, predawn and any old time at all.

6. You enjoy hearing your doggies whine and scratch at your bedroom door, especially when you are having a romantic “do-not-disturb” evening with your loved one.

7.  Your prefer a lawn and garden with tunnels and mounds of upturned dirt rather than flowers, bushes and trees.

8.  You’d like to get more telephone calls – not just from those pesky solicitors but from neighbors screaming at you to shut up your dogs.

9.  Your children are not enough of a challenge.

10.  You like the weathered look of furniture with bite marks and scratches.

Bonus Number 11:
You’ve wondered what it would be like to break a leg tripping over dogs as you try to get to (a) the bathroom in the middle of the night, (b) the kitchen when you’re carrying three bags of groceries, or (c) running to get the poop picked up before your guests arrive.

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9 Responses to Top 10 Reasons to Become a Dog Breeder

  1. Fran September 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    I got so nervous when I saw the title of this that I immediately dropped everything to read the article. It is fabulous and every point, all (11), are 100% true.
    So glad they are closing down Puppy Mills and Pet Stores.

  2. Gloria September 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Ditto above!
    And Yet, I did have ONE, I repeat ONE litter from my Ch Spotlight’s Fortune Teller, Gypsy.
    I planned to keep one and kept two. After ONE litter every dog was spayed or neutered.

    Add STRESS, socialization, training, and so much more-our house was indeed a dog house.

    Finding the right home for each (they were all my babies, I was responsible for them.)Following ALL the pups for their entire life. I was ready, willing and able to take any back if or when necessary and yet………..I was lucky. I did find good forever homes. But it was a long, long 12 plus years of making sure all were doing well.

    All my dogs now are rescues.

  3. Mary E. Trimble September 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    We got our dog Toby from a first-time breeder. They weren’t doing it as a permanent thing, but just wanted their dog to have one liter before they had her neutered. They were nice people, but they let us have him at only 5 weeks because the pups’ mother had stopped nursing them. We didn’t know any better at the time, nor did they. Five weeks is waaaay too young. Toby didn’t learn a lot of skills he should have learned from his mother. We’ve learned since that you should never get a pup younger than eight weeks old. A good breeder would know that.

  4. Norman W Wilson September 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    It’s been seventy years sine a dog owned me, but the memories of that puppy linger. I knew a person who ran a puppy mill and thank goodness it was shut down. They didn’t feel they were doing anything wrong; just adding a few dollars to the family income. That’s not the way to do.Having a dog does not a breeder make you.

  5. Dr. B September 23, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank you one and all for your great comments. Interesting, how the topic of puppy mills comes up so often, isn’t it? There is a special place in hell reserved for these people. It saddens me that so many people still think it’s okay to buy a puppy from a store (thereby condemning the ones used to breed them along with most of their progeny) or feeling their pooch has to have puppies before he/she is neutered/spayed. On one hand, I can forgive people who honestly think they’re buying a puppy raised on a happy farm; but the others are either incredibly ignorant or appallingly selfish. So glad that our mymgicdog followers care so much. Am sending rays of good things to fall on your day — every day.

  6. Hemlata Vasavada September 24, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Great 11 reasons, presented with humor and insight for not becoming a dog breeder or trusting many commercial puppy mills, ..

  7. Kathleen Kaska September 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this, Patricia. Unfortunately some breeders aren’t that diligent, and many people don’t realize want goes on behind the scenes.

  8. Christina September 29, 2015 at 6:47 am #

    I am considering whether or not to breed my Karma someday when she is 3 or 4 years old for one litter. I’m not interested in going into a breeding business but if I like her temperament as she grows up as much as I liked Trevor’s, then I’m all in. That and whether her xrays are good at 2 years and I can register this with the OFA.
    I have the resources for this endeavor and I’m interested in knowing what the process is so that I can better understand the requirements.
    I imagine that I would need to train and show her in agility, obedience or confirmation but I need an understanding of the path. Where can I get this information?

  9. Patti Cole September 29, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    With each point I was smiling with memories of my own animal family.

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