The Truth About Back Yard Breeders
For most people, getting a new puppy is an exciting time. The idea of bringing a new furry member into the family is so heartwarming that one just can't wait to have that perfect pooch in their home. However, it is imperative to know where you are getting that pup from because not all breeders are equal. Let’s talk a little about back yard breeders and why you shouldn't buy a puppy from one.
So, what exactly is a back yard breeder? A back yard breeder is someone who breeds dogs without any regard for their health or well-being, and without proper knowledge or infrastructure. It is a term used to describe anyone breeding dogs indiscriminately and amateurishly, without any formal training or expertise in breeding. These breeders may be breeding dogs in their backyards, basements or garages, and they sell the puppies from their homes or the street. These breeders don't have licenses, don't keep records, and don't get perform health testing on their breeding dogs.
Now, you may be thinking, "What's wrong with getting a puppy from a back yard breeder? I'll be saving money and getting the breed I want." But that's precisely the problem. These breeders do not care about the health or well-being of their dogs; as such, puppies from these breeders are sick, with genetic disorders and diseases passed down from the parents. Buying a puppy from a back yard breeder perpetuates animal cruelty, and even if the puppy seems healthy at first, it may have hidden health issues that may show up later.
Furthermore, unlike legitimate breeders, back yard breeders do not care about the temperament or socialization of their puppies. Therefore, puppies from these breeders may be anxious, aggressive, or shy, which can create behavioral problems later on in life. Moreover, they do not conduct proper health screenings, which can lead to inherited diseases prevalent in certain breeds. Responsible breeders conduct health screenings on their breeding dogs and provide a health guarantee for their puppies, which ensures that you get a healthy, well-adjusted pup.
Another thing to note about back yard breeders is they may give the impression that they are responsible breeders. With the internet at our fingertips, it is easy to create a professional-looking website and email address, and clients may not realize that the breeder is an amateur until it is too late. They may say what the client wants to hear, offer the breed they're looking for and show pictures of their dogs and facilities, and not be transparent about their lack of knowledge and experience.
Adopting a puppy from a back yard breeder may seem like a good idea, but it is not. Back yard breeders mistreat their dogs and puppies, creating more problems than they solve. Adopting from them is not only cruel to the animals but could also be a risky investment. Any reputable breeder should be registered, have proper knowledge and infrastructure, and care for the well-being of their dogs and puppies. If you are looking for a new pup, we highly recommend that you adopt one from a reputable breeder, shelter, rescue facility or consider adopting an older dog from your local rescue. Let us all do our part to ensure the movement towards responsible breeding and animal welfare.