Are you a responsible breeder?
A responsible breeder, only ever breeds with a specific purpose in mind and that is never is money. There is so much over breeding today, that local and state governments are continually looking for ways to restrict the number dogs being breed and kept in households. This is mainly due to irresponsible breeding habits and don’t be fooled not all irresponsible breeding is done by the public or back yard breeders, there are puppy mills who sell to pet shops and registered breeders who farm puppies with no other purpose except for financial gain.
There are around 1000 active registered SBT prefixes breeding at any given time. The number of breeders that are not registered is estimated to be double that. Thats a lot of puppies being born and put in the market place each year and if just 1% of the puppies born are put into rescue that number runs in to 100’s of registered STB and approx up to a 1000 unregistered SBT’s each year from all breeders.
Just to give you some idea of how many pups are born each year I have posted the stats for the breeders who had the 5 or more litters in 2014 just to demonstrate a small sample of the number of puppies bred. which give an average of 5 pups per litter.and each year there are between 700-1000 litters registered in 2014 the total number of pups registered was 4829 puppies most of which have never seen a show ring or their breeders attended any breed lectures to understand.
Examples of Registered Breeders Who have breed above 5 litters in 2014
|Litters by individual breeder||Puppies Registered*|
|Total 98 litters resulting in||531|
* note these are only puppies registered, many puppies are born and not registered across the country.
Source:- Australian SBT ANNUAL 2015
If you think this is not a problem then, I suggest you contact any one of the many over filled animal rescues or public pounds in your country and you will find in most case they have a daily intake of dogs that exceeds the capability of the organization to accommodate. The consequence is horrific, this is due to irresponsible breeding and the dumping of unwanted dogs at animal rescue when the dog has become redundant, when they fail to sell them or they do not do proper checks of the home they sell the puppies to for suitability.
So many dogs get put down on a daily basis in Victoria Australia alone in 2007/2008 financial year the RSPCA put down some 4.5 thousand dogs that is about 12 healthy dogs a day or 1-2 litters a day.
It is estimated Australia wide some 200,000 dogs were put to sleep that is around 850 per day or 91 litters a day being put down. In America it is estimated that almost 15 million healthy dogs are put down each year Twenty dogs a day are put down in the UK, 3300 dogs were destroyed in Auckland NZ in 2010-11 This is disgusting, and it is only the tip of the ice berg. So as you can see, we do not need anyone adding to the problem unnecessarily .
How do we combat such figures and as breeders still achieve our goal and breed plans? Firstly ask yourself is it better to buy then breed? does the dog you show need to have your prefix or affix on it. Are you working towards a breed goal? Have you been truthful with the buyers of your puppies, exposing what faults or illness they may have in the future? Have you selected your puppies families carefully and have you made sure they are not romantic owners and that they fully understand the breed.
A romantic owner is someone who has seen a breed on TV or from a far and has an unrealistic perception of the breed based on limited knowledge. example could like a family dog on a TV sitcom such as Lassy, they love that dog in the show, it is well behaved and clever, so tha’ts what they want, they have picked the breed without truly knowing all aspects of the breed or understanding the amount of work it takes for the dog to appear in the show. As a breeder it is your responsibility to ensure that the new families are fully equipped, to not only handle the breed, but, fully understand it in its entirety, in this case a Stafford. Do they know its history and understand while it characteristics of being bold and fearless also means that it is best, that it is not left to run with numerous dogs unsupervised. That it can be a destructive dog if it gets bored. That it will be the Alfa in the household if it is not dealt with in a firm manner. That a stafford needs to be trained well to respond to command. As a responsible breeder you are required to take the dog back in the event that the new owner can not cope with it and rehouse it. Although you are not required to give them back their money if it is their choice to unload the dog.
As a responsible breeder you will always adhere to the basic principles of breeding
- Be a registered breeder with the Canine or Kennel Council
- Have your breeding stock DNA tested for known breed specific genetic faults
- Never breed with an unhealthy or seriously faulted animal
- Vacinations are up-to-date for all your animals and all puppies have been vaccinated and vet checked before leaving you
- Register all puppies with Canine Council
- Microchip all puppies
- Worming and Heart worm; comprehensive worming should be a regular routine for all your animals and puppies are wormed before leaving your home
- Health and Nutrition; That all your dogs are healthy well exercised and have a good balanced diet which is modified to suit changes in circumstances such as pregnancy and age
- Hygienic environment is kept for all animals. Your puppies should have a clean safe sanitized whelping box away from other dogs except for mum
- Desex or have a desexing program in place for all puppies who are to pet only homes such as refunding a portion of the purchase price for desexing.
- Screening; you have screened all new homes well for suitability remember every dog deserves a home but not every home deserves a dog.
- Socialization; your dogs and puppies should be well socialized with people