About Backyard Dog Breeders

Even dog experts from 1930 felt strongly that dog breeding is best left to professional and responsible dog breeders.

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A backyard dog breeder in my estimation is a party who owns one dog, a female, and who breeds her because she comes in season. Backyard dog breeders very seldom think of what they will do with the puppies after they are born. They think at the time of service, that there will be no work connected with the raising of a dog, and that all they will have to do is set out a shingle stating that they have puppies for sale and that they will be sold at once, for a nice figure.

When backyard dog breeders do not sell the dogs as quickly as they had thought they would, and the puppies are starting to eat their heads off, and the dog food bill is climbing every day, the first thing they think about is getting rid of the puppies for whatever they can.

That is my idea of a backyard dog breeder. Yes, there are plenty of responsible dog breeders who raise their dogs in the backyard, that’s how I got my start. But when I could not sell the puppies as fast as I had thought they would sell, I did not give them away. Had I done so, I suppose I would not be breeding dogs today.

The backyard dog breeder, the kind stated above, has ruined the market for dogs. Not because they did not have good stock, but because they did not take the proper care in rearing the puppies, which caused them to turn out to be poor specimens of the breed. I take my hat off to any backyard breeder who really breeds the dog for the pleasure and profit they can derive it, but not to the ones who breed dogs for profit alone.

Excerpted from Dog World magazine, August 1930, Vol. 1, No. 12. For back issues of Dog World, click here.

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