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Good Morning beautiful mutt,
I just finished reading an article about what is responsible breeding and I thought since it is Mutt Day it is the perfect day to talk about this idea.
What does breeding responsibly mean? Let's start with the genetics and physical health. This is often the element of breeding that people talk about but don’t always do a good job at looking out for the dog. We often breed for trendy looks instead of bone structure and joint alignment.
In the Belgian Malinois world, I am starting to see a trend breeding these beautiful and agile dogs bigger than breed standard. That would be fine if that didn’t mean also breeding in hip problems like the German Shepherd.
A responsible breeder should start to think about their dog's personality and mental health as well as physical. Some breeds are more predisposed to anxiety and end up in shelters because of behavior issues. This wouldn’t be a problem if breeders took the responsibility of assessing their dog's disposition before deciding to breed them. That same breeder should then be a continued resource for the dog’s new owner to help them work through and handle those issues if they come up.
A responsible breeder would make sure to give each puppy the best start they possibly could. Providing an enriching environment and exposing them to sounds and smells at a young age.
I think that a responsible breeder should treat their dog breeding like a business and implement a higher level of customer service. It should be every breeder's number one goal to take care of their puppies for life. Starting with screening potential puppy buyers, reinforcing spay neuter contracts, and following up with puppy owners to answer questions and make suggestions.
All in all, I wish to see breeders less seen as the bad guy and instead part of the solution to our overflowing shelters.