MABTR works hard to match people with the right dogs. At our core is compassion for dogs who have been neglected and abused, especially those from puppy mills. While we always encourage people to adopt, we understand that sometimes people have their hearts set on a puppy from a breeder.
The next best thing after having you adopt a dog from us is ensuring that your new friend comes from a reputable breeder who truly cares about the breed.
How to Select a Breeder
- Fetching Fido: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Best Friend
- List of Questions to Ask a Breeder
- How to avoid puppy mills
Breeder Resources and Breeders Websites
Why YOU Shouldn’t Breed Your Dog
Here are some misconceptions about dog breeding and the truth behind them. (Courtesy of Up For Pups)
“My dog is perfect. I want another one who is exactly the same.”
Breeding is not cloning, and just like your children would not be exactly like you, your dog’s puppies would not be exactly like your dog. In fact, they could be very different. If both parents are not screened for genetic disorders, the puppies could be born with serious genetic problems causing pain, illness, or even death.
The best way to find a second dog who will perfectly fit into your life is to visit http://Petfinder.com, find some dogs who interest you, and contact the rescues housing those dogs to learn more about their personalities.
“I want to show my children the miracle of life. I’ll only breed my dog for one litter.”
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that between two and three million animals are killed in shelters each year, many of which are puppies and kittens. Instead of contributing to America’s pet overpopulation crisis, find out if your local shelter or zoo has any “miracle of life” programs that can help your children understand the process without causing unnecessary births.
“I spend a lot of money on my dogs. The least they can do to help with bills is make some puppies for me to sell.”
Although some people spend $1,000 or more on champion pedigree puppies from well-known, reputable breeders, they will not spend that money for a puppy from an unknown dog’s litter. Additionally, reputable breeders spend thousands on the care and testing of their breeding dogs and puppies. They do not breed for profits; they breed for the love of dogs.
If you breed your dog, you’ll probably spend more money than you could possibly earn, and the puppies will end up in a shelter, possibly killed.
Even if you can find buyers for your puppies, other puppies will die because people got puppies from you instead of from the shelter or rescue. Those puppies were already born and deserved a chance at a good home. Stop this cycle of premature death. Don’t breed your dog.
Spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but it decreases your dog’s risk for certain types of cancers and other ailments. Low cost veterinary clinics are available to serve you. Find them at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/.