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Breeder accomplishing Temperament Title, Championship Title, Performance/Working Titles, All OFA and DNA testing on puppy parents = BEST BREEDER
Breeder accomplishing "either" Championship Title or Performance Title and ALL OFA Testing on puppy parents= BETTER BREEDER
Breeder completing, All OFA and DNA testing on puppy parents= OK BREEDER
Breeder completing just OFA Hips on Puppy Parents = BAD BREEDER
Breeder (even just one time makes you a breeder) completing NOTHING on puppy parents= WORST BREEDER
Breeder breeding any breed to a Poodle = PUPPY MILL GREEDER !!!

We believe that when producing pups, some of which may be available to the public
that the public does deserve quality, even if the public are just looking for a pet.

This means a puppy from registered purebred parents that have a Conformation title, Performance title and
Temperament Titles along with all available Health Testing completed, to best ensure the best possible chance of
the ideal looking puppy that conforms to what a standard Poodle is supposed to look like,
act like, and have the health and intelligence to be able to function in their role
be it a loving pet, or a Special Needs dog. Purebreds should start from the
healthiest foundation available, to produce amazing quality pups
with best chance of living a long and healthy life.

Based on my belief, I am always open to consider placing an intact puppy or doing a stud service to a home
where the owners are already showing in any venue, to prove that their Poodle conforms to the breed standard
by earning a conformation title (championship), where the owners have also obtained a performance title
(Rally, obedience, agility, weight pulling, dock jumping, retrieving, lure coursing to name a few)
to prove their Poodle has the intelligence and working ability worthy of being reproduced,
Where the owners have completed all the health testing proving the puppy is healthy enough
to be worthy of reproducing such as such as:
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Patella Luxation, Thyroid Disease, Legg-Calve-Perthes
Degenerative Myelopathy, Congenital Cardiac Disease,
Von Willebrand's Disease, Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures Disorder
and CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation ) Tested.

And of course where the owners have their Poodles registered
and they know their Poodle's 5 generation color pedigree
and the COI of their Poodle. Also a home where the owner will be
able to tell me what they hope to improve on, by using one of my studs
or by gaining one of my puppies for their program.
These type of people have proven they care about their dogs and the breed.

Some people wonder "why won't breeders just sell to me, because I have the money, what is the big deal"

Well when breeders like ourselves spend over $80,000.00/year on our Poodles in showing, health testing
performance titles and training and lessons or courses, all on improving ourselves and our breeding program
and just basically working so hard and sacrificing, daily to prove that what we have is "worthy"
of even being considered to be bred. Couple this with the 3 decades it has taken me personally
to get to where I am with my program, most reputable breeders will rarely put any of their pups
in an inexperienced breeding home, for fear of what others will do with all that hard work
dedication, and foundation that was conscientiously laid.

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Especially when novice breeders have not Shown, or Trialed before
because those novice breeders, can't fully appreciate
the hard work, cost, emotional energy and dedication
that went into producing those puppies.

Novice Breeders that have no idea, can easily take for granted
how precious and rare it is what they have and they can take a reputable breeder's name
cash in on it, selling pups to anyone and everyone with no regard as to what impact
that choice will have on the puppy, the breed, the breeders lines, and breeder's reputation
basically ruining what reputable breeders have spent so much of their lives, building.
Of course also keep in mind that selling for breeding is also creating more competition
for already limited homes, that are available for Standard Poodles and with the Breeder's own lines !
So this is why most reputable people will not consider placing their intact pups with a novice breeder.

Once a novice breeder has gotten their feet wet, by achieving some Titles, or helped out their chosen breeder
at dog shows, or by mentoring underneath of them, proving to the Breeder that they are serious
about breeding and are willing to go through the steps and stages
of a long learning process including the heart aches involved
then they will have proven themselves, and can better appreciate a puppy from great backgrounds
earning the Breeder's trust, and mentorship and ability to obtain one of their pups for their own program.

Some reputable breeders may consider a "co-ownership" with terms that would also ensure
that a breeder is breeding correctly, and that their pups, lines and reputation are protected and will be promoted


you can read about my LONG journey here:

Breeding is more than putting two dogs together and in then getting puppies.
You have a responsibility to those you sell to and also the breed you have chosen to breed.
Bred in indiscriminately, the breed you have chosen, will become a dime a dozen with no value
(meaning you can not sell them) and found in every shelter
and health or temperament problems because of excessive inbreeding or poor breeding choices.

When people breed "purebred with no papers" what they are saying is that they could be breeding
Sister to brother or daughter to father and you would have no way of knowing what they are breeding.
OR I have even seen a purebred with no papers look like a different breed altogether.

However let us say you have purebred with papers.
You could make a great profit if you sold your 10 pups for breeding purposes,
but do not expect to be in the hobby very long, as the following year you will be
trying to sell your puppies along with the 10 people you sold to.
Plus you will have no control over who gets your lines and there would be nothing more devestating
than surfing the Internet and seeing your dog's pups or grandpuppies chained up and being abused or bred indiscriminately

But if I can't appeal to your conscious, about where your pups end up or are being used for,
Perhaps i can appeal to your pocket book. Just think, within the one year there could be 110 puppies for sale in your area
which will be driving the price down as you compete with each other. Lowering your price will barely cover your costs.
This is another reason why "responsible" Breeders sell with non-breeding contracts
or perform pediatric spay or neuter on their pups before they go home.

Selling puppies as pets ensures that the pups you produced
are going to homes where they will be loved and cherished as a pet.
You will also be ensuring that you will have loving puppy homes for your next litter.
As a breeder you have to think long term and think how your actions will effect you and your breed down the road.

If you are going to be a responsible breeder you need to be able to take puppies back
if something happens to their owners (meaning the room and a proper set up),
because your pups should NEVER end up in a human society or shelter.

You need to have a great deal of medical knowledge or an experienced mentor to be able to
help you recognize signs and symptoms of any problems in your adults or puppies to get medical attention
or treat as soon as possible and to treat appropriately, as a Vet could take you to the cleaners if you let them.

You need to understand pedigrees and genetic problems to not perpetuate health or temperament issues.
Remember you offer a Health Guarantee so you would go broke breeding unhealthy puppies and then having to give replacements.
Let alone dealing with some very upset and hurt families that will be going through expensive medical proceedures and grief.

You need to be available to assist your puppy buyers when they call with all sorts of problems
from toilet training, itchy ears, barking, loose stools and yes they will call you the breeder, 24 hours 7 days a week.
You need to be able to offer some comfort, knowledge and support to them.

You will also need the room, to raise healthy pups since sometimes you do not find homes
for them until they reach 6 months because people want another colour or sex than what you have.

You need to be able to have noisy, messy, expensive, growing puppies on your property without the neighbours complaining to the city.

You will need to have proper house insurance to cover the many
visitors that will be coming out to see your lovely puppies.

You will need to learn about how to accept payment
from puppy buyers without being scammed or ripped off.

You will have to gain great knowledge on how to register
and process registration papers (a very expensive, complicated and lengthily process).

You will have to have a solid contract that is fair to both you and your puppy people and protect you and your pups.
Many puppy people will expose their dogs to inappropriate or over vaccination and often along with topical flea treatments (poisons)
and can basically bombard the poor puppy's immune system which can result in immediate or long term health issues.
Some children and or owners have caused head injuries on their pups/dogs resulting in neurological damage.
Some owners won't even know what their puppy has ingested, absorbed, inhaled, been bitten by, all which can cause organ failures.
Some owners will expect or wish for you to offer to pay medical bills that they have chosen to undertake.
As a reputable breeder you can only really guarantee what you health test your parents for which is through OFA.
We breeders only really know what a puppy has been subjected to while under our care.
So your contract will need to cover all of these type of occurrences.

You will have to complete all OFA tests or DNA health screening
Just your basic one time "conclusive" health tests will run you around $500.00.
You should expect to title the parents in "something" which should be in Obedience and or Conformation or some working event.
A conformation title may run you around $3000.00 (including travel expenses, grooming, entry fees).
A working title could run you just as much if you require lessons and travelling.
Reputable breeders complete titles to prove that the parents they are breeding are worthy of being reproduced.
Most buyers want to know that what they are buying is healthy, smart and meets the breed standard and titles help assure this.

You will have to have enough money set aside to be able to advertise the puppies
and to keep advertising until they sell which as I have mentioned could be up to 6 months of age or longer.

This happened to a backyard breeder near Hanover, Ontario (now Ayton, Ontario) that was stuck with 2 litters
of standard poodles in 2006 that were not presold and were not going to sell anytime soon.
In Desperation, she emailed me to see if I would buy her pups from her.
She told me she contaced me because she knew I had a good reputation and she saw that my pups
were always sold before they were born and she felt I would have no problem selling hers.

She didn't care what happend to the pups, she just wanted her pups out of her house (which I did not do).
She presently was keeping them in an Xpen in the house and in nice weather running loose on the outside deck.
These poor pups were running and eating in the same area as where they were soiling and would take a ton of "un" training.

Instead of rescuing and enabling her, I did offer a ton of advise on proper planned breeding and how to properly
house pups for their sake, so they learn to be clean and how to place her pups properly.
I provided enough information and support to ensure that the pups where not suffering and were being provided for.
I had hoped by experiencing "consequences" and stressor of her choice, that she would make better choices in the future.
(Imagine housing and raising 24 pups in your home and no one buying your puppies !)
Interestingly enough this same person is still breeding and now has made it her life mission to bad mouth me
and make up stories about me when ever she can, and because she does not work, her and her buddies are
administrators on most Poodle forums and dedicate their time to trash talking all other breeders in order
to market her pups and put her in a positive light. Just sad that someone would need to feel they have to operate that
way in order to market their pups.

It is backyard breeders like this, that ruin the breed, and tarnish
all the hard work that all reputable breeders
have strived so hard to sustain and or advance the quality of their breed,
and the public is the one that suffers the most.

Sadly no one can "make" anyone gain knowledge to breed better dogs,
or to breed with good morals and ethics.
The only type or degree of breeding management we have,
is memberships to breed clubs, as they will have rules
(code of ethics) that you need to breed by, in order to sustain your membership
and offer public education, on what their purchase is supporting.

If you plan on breeding you will have to have a SUPPORTIVE spouse
or family since this is a time consuming hobby
(cleaning, socializing, feeding, raising, selling) having no vacation time for up to 4 months.
Pups also keep you up all night through out the night with their barking and whimpering.
Breeding is a noisy, expensive and smelly hobby.
Honestly there is nothing worse than 3 days of interrupted sleep with crying pups because
one little puppy has crawled away from mom and is upset about it.
This hobby is stressful on even the best relationships,
just ask around you will find most breeders are divorced.
You need to discuss terms of your hobby with your spouse a head of time so you are both prepared
for the many demands and interference in your lifestyle.

I often hear that ...you do not make money.... Well if you breed CORRECTLY you probably won't
Basically breeding brings you enough money to pay for your dog hobby.

MY YEARLY EXPENSES WERE OVER $61,000.00 in 2010 !!

Which is why dog breeding is a "hobby" for reputable breeders.
This is also how you can identify unethical breeders whose only goal is
~puppies for profit~ as they don't do anything with their Poodles.

Monthly Expenses of My ~Owning Poodles~ $3,735.00 a MONTH
food $1200.00+
Toys and Treats $200.00+
Training lessons $1400.00
Dog walker (days I work) $460.00
Grooming supplies $100.00++
Advertising $100.00
Internet $50.00
Web page $20.00
Club Memberships $40.00
Donations to charity and club events $100.00
Newsletters $20.00
Health testing $150.00
Cash incentives to puppy people $15.00

Expenses on a 10 Puppy Litter = $7,150.00 to $8,650.00
Stud fees $800.00+
Health testing in order to qualify for stud service $500.00/yr.
Vet for dewclaws, tails, $500.00 litter
Vet for micro-chipping $850.00
Vet check, shots and Health Certificates $1,000.00
Registration can cost $500.00
Advertising could run you $100.00/weekend or $1,000.00/year
Pediatric Spays and or Neuters = $1400.00
Whelping supplies such as my roll of papers, lysol wipes, : $1,000.00/Litter
Puppy Packages, toys, collars, leashes, DVD's : $650.00
Food and Treats: $500.00
Hiring Professional Photographer $100.00+

IF you are breeding you should look at getting a title in conformation or obedience to prove
that what you are breeding is a worthwhile specimen to reproduce.

Showinging $15,000.00/year
I try to show and or obedience trial 3 Standard Poodles a year
If I choose to show in a weekend I may spend over $1,000.00
$65.00-$100.00 for show grooming one Poodle by Pro Groomer
$110.00 + for entry fee for one dog
$110.00 for show photo and CD
$60.00 for food for the weekend
$150.00 Gas driving to show for weekend
$300.00 for the Hotel (I do try to ge the Red Roof or motel 8)
$50.00 show supplies (always need something new)

For the month of July and August 2010 my show fees are: $ 9,110.00
(not including show photos or my food)

Show #1
$550.00 show fees
$360.00 Grooming fee
$150.00 Gas
TOTAL: $1,010.00

Show #2 :
$ 1500.00 in show fees (this is obedience and conformation)
$400.00 in grooming
$400.00 for a Van rental (unless I figure something else out as I can only put 6 in my car)
TOTAL: $2,300.00

Show #3
$1500.00 in show fees (or more... if I do the weight pulling)
$400.00 in grooming
$400.00 in van rental
$400.00 in hotel (maybe more if I can't find a deal)
$200.00 in gas
TOTAL: $2,900.00

Show #4
$1500.00 in show fees (or more... if I do the weight pulling)
$400.00 in grooming
$400.00 in van rental
$400.00 in hotel (maybe more if I can't find a deal)
$200.00 in gas
TOTAL: $2,900.00

Should I do Stud Services

Some Breeders Offer Stud Service to differ some expenses:
Keep in mind that your male will be held liable for any progeny that has any health issues or defects, which is a huge responsibility.
If your male is producing inferrior pups, your male will gain a very unfavorable reputation very quickly
so you want to make sure that you only breed to females that will combine well with your male
to produce superior colour, health and temperament.
If there is a problem with any of your male's pups, you can be ASSURED puppy people will find you.
Your reputation, your stud dogs reputation will all be at stake.
What the Owner of the female you breed to does with your males pups, are all things to take into account.
If a person can stud to your male's puppy for half price, they will soon be using him instead of your male.

Lament of a Stud

Author Unknown

My job is making puppies
And I get two tries at that
They pat me on the head and say "Good Boy",
and that is that.

It's half my job to give 'em
teeth and toplines, fronts and other,
Remember, it's only Half my job...,
they also have a mother.

It's not my job to carry pups
And make 'em grow and nurse 'em
And feed and clean and make 'em strong
That's for "mother" and a person.

It's not my job to wean
And feed the calcium and food
And stack and gait and housebreak,
And make 'em a "showing" brood.

It's not my job to plan the breeding,
And learn what produces well,
To study pedigrees, learn what's there,
And pick out those to sell.

It's not my job to guarantee champs,
The breeder picks the pair,
To mate and whelp and feed and show,
and HOPE that the champ is there.
It's not my job to be on hand
when points are given out.
The breeder, owner, dam and friends
Take credit with a shout.

It's not my job to deliver a winner.
It's only genes I sell.
But let the puppies turn out bad,
And guess who catches HELL.


So quick quiz to see if you are ..mentally.. ready to even consider breeding:

What does pedigree mean?
What does the term papers mean?
What is a heat?
When do bitches come into heat?
When is optimal time to breed?
What is a vulva?
How long is a gestation?
What does whelp mean
What is Canine Brucellosis ?
Does the male or female determine the sex of the puppies?
What is crate training?
What does gaiting mean?
What does stance mean?
What does rear angulation mean?
What is your breed standard ?
What are you prepared to offer puppy buyers in way of guarantee?
What health testing are you prepared to do?
How do you toilet train or what will you recommend?
What are you going to do if someone wishes to return the puppy?
Where are you going to advertise?
What are you going to do if your puppies do not sell?
Are you going to give or sell breeding rights?
What are you going to do when the puppies stink up your whole house and make messes everywhere and it is winter time?
What are you going to do when the neighbours complain to the police about all the dogs barking?
What are you going to do when someone calls you to complain that they have not gotten the papers?
What are you going to do when you have no money to pay for advertising or the food bill?


Was it all easy for me?

Well now I know you are thinking that if you know the answers to most of the questions you are ready. So I will share with you my negative experiences (yes even with all that education), I have had OR that friends I have come to know, have had (networking is VERY educational). They are not pretty. They are not meant to be. I'm sharing the bad experiences (since this is what I hope you avoid) with you so that maybe you will
1. Reconsider if you would be a good breeder.
2. Get some more education and save yourself and my breed a heart ache.
3. Take the right steps and better the breed.

4. Keep your spouse.

I wish you all the best in your choice.




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By Laura Turner and Friends

SO YOU WANT TO BE A BREEDER? - Breeding the female

So you want to breed your female.
You know what to expect if everything goes right.
Your little girl will present you with tiny bundles of joy.
She will lovingly nurse them and care for them until they are old enough to be weaned.

You and your family will find great joy in watching and playing with these little dolls,
and then when the time is right they will all (or maybe you keep just one)
go off to special homes to live out their lives as cherished companions.

But have you given consideration to what if something goes wrong?
I have listed here a few of the problems that I myself have personal knowledge of.
Everything listed has happened either to me or someone I know.
These are not isolated incidents. I'm sure other breeders could add miles to my list.
Learn by others mistakes or leave the breeding up to those who know what they are doing,
have the experience and who know what to expect and how to handle the unexpected.


    The stud dog you have chosen is carrying a venereal disease and gives it to your female. She not only doesn't conceive but you have to pay the vet bills to get her infection cleared up and she is now sterile.

    The stud dog you decided to breed your darling to is not experienced.
    Once the two dogs are joined tightly in a tie, he decides to chase the neighbors cat out of his yard. He bolts for the cat ripping his penis loose and causing your bitch to hemorrhage from within.

    Your modest girl decides she doesn't want the attentions of this gigolo mutt chosen for her without her consent. She snaps at him catching her tooth on his loose cheek and rips it open sending blood flying everywhere. He retaliates by sinking his teeth into her left eye.

    You leave your dog with the stud owner because the breeding is not going very swiftly. In fact , it's been three hours and nothing is happening. The stud owners leave the two dogs alone in the back yard. The dogs get out through a tiny hole in the fence and a truck hits your female.

    You pay the $250-$1000 stud fee up front figuring you will make that and more back when the pups sell. The breeder guarantees the stud service to work or you can come back again. After 2 months you discover it didn't work and now must wait another 4 months to try again. Of course it doesn't work again, so in another 4 months you take your dog to another male and risk loosing another stud fee.

    You have tried 2 heats with the same male and still no litter.
    You feel you must have a female that is a poor breeder and spay her.
    Later you find out that this male's owner was not really doing any breedings
    they were just taking everyone's money.

    You get her bred. Bring her home. She bothers you so you let her out she is still in heat and still receptive to males. You hear a commotion outside there is your girl tied up with the neighborhood mutt.

    You get her bred. Bring her home and let her out. (She is still in heat and receptive to other males) but you do not see the neighborhood mutt breed her. The pups are born but some look odd. You call the stud owner he suggests DNA testing (At your expense). Your DNA comes back and you find out you have a litter of mutts!
    What do you do about the ones you have already sold?

    Or knowing she tied with the neighborhood mutt you decide to terminate the pregnancy and try again being more careful next time. But a few weeks later your female is very sick because you had her given a miss-mate shot creating a hormonal imbalance causing a uterine infection and now she has Pyometra and needs a complete hysterectomy. All plans of getting a litter is gone and your female's life is now in danger if she does not have the operation.

    You show your girl and get your championship.
    You also decide to do obedience to prove that your girl is physically and mentally
    worthy of being bred. You complete every health test you can.
    You search for the best possible stud.
    Finally the day has come and you take your girl to the studs home.
    She refuses to be bred. The stud owner says to try again in 6 months time.
    Again she is not receptive. You never do get your girl bred.
    You spay your female thinking there is something wrong with her
    and sell her as a pet. Years later you find out about a phenomenon called split heats


    The puppies are too large for the female. She never goes into labor, the puppies die and she becomes infected by the decaying bodies.

    You find a vet to give you 5cc of oxytocin to have on hand.
    Your female has gone 3 hours between pups and you panic thinking this is too long
    You don't know how much to give but you decide that half of the amount would be good.
    Your female is soon in agony with straining and never delivers a puppy.
    You end up at the emergency clinic to find out that you had interrupted normal delivery
    all placentas had seperated and now the pups were drowning in their sacks.
    Vet is also suggesting a C-section now.

    The puppies are coming breech and they drown in their own sacks before they can be born.

    The first puppy is large and breech. When it starts coming your female starts screaming, and before you can stop her she reaches around, grabs the puppy in her teeth and yanks it out killing it instantly.

    A puppy gets stuck. Neither your female nor you can get it out. You have to race her to the vet. The vet can't get it out either. She has to have an emergency caesarian section of course it is 3:00 am Christmas day.

    A puppy is coming out breech and dry (the water sack that protects them has burst). It gets stuck. Mom tries to help it out by clamping her teeth over one of the back legs. The head and shoulders are firmly caught. Mom pulls on the leg, hard, peeling the flesh from the leg and leaving a wiggling stump of bone.

    You let your mother outside to pee as she is in a hurry to get out.
    You grab your coat to join her but she is already at the door to come back inside.
    she repeats this every 2 hours...
    After 6 hours you wonder why there are no pups and this time take a flash light outside
    to find 3 pups bodies dead on the ground from exposure.

    You let your mom outside to toilet, and grab a jacket to join her
    however she has disappeared under the deck and refuses to come out.
    She resurfaces a few hours later all happy to come back inside.
    You notice she is not full of pups any longer, however she does deliver
    2 pups... few days later you notice a horrible smell ... and realise she had some pups outside.

    A dead puppy gets stuck in the birth canal, but your female is well into hard labor. She contracts so hard trying to give birth that her uterus ruptures and she bleeds to death on the way to the vet.


    The mother has no idea what to do with a puppy and she drops them out and walks away, leaving them in the sack to drown.

    The mother takes one look at the puppies, decides they are disgusting droppings and tries to smother them in anything she can find to bury them in.

    The mother gets too enthusiastic in her removal of the placenta and umbilical cord, and rips the cord out leaving a gushing hole pulsing blood all over you as you try in vain to stop the bleeding.

    Or, she pulls on the cords so hard she disembowels the puppies as they are born and you have a box full of tiny, kicking babies with a tangle of guts the size of a walnut hanging from their stomachs. Of course all the babies must be put to sleep.

    What if because of some Hormone deficiency she turns vicious allowing no one near her or the babies, who she refuses to nurse, or you have to interfere with.

    You notice something protruding from her vagina when you let her out to pee. You take her to the vet to discover a prolapsed uterus, which needs to be removed.


      One or more of the puppies inhaled fluid during birth, pneumonia develops and death occurs within 36 hours.

      One by one your pups seem to be fading and eventually die. You are puzzled because
      you can squeeze a nipple and get milk, so it appears she has plenty.
      What you don't realise is that the milk is there but not "letting down" and your pups
      nurse initially vigorously, but soon get tired from suckling and getting no milk, weaken
      fall off the nipples and are slowly starving to death.

      What if the mother's milk goes bad. You lose three of your four puppies before you discover what is wrong. You end up bottle feeding the remaining pup every two hours, day and night. After three days the puppy fades from infection and dies.

      The puppies develop fading puppy syndrome you lose two. You bottle-feeding or tube feeding the last remaining baby. It begins to choke and despite your efforts to clear the airway, the pup stiffens and dies in your hands.

      Your female develops mastitis and her breast ruptures.

      Your female develops a uterine infection from a retained placenta. Her temperature soars to 105. You race her to the vet, he determines she must be spayed. He does the spay in an attempt to save her life, you pay the hundreds of dollars bill. The infection has gone into her blood stream. The infected milk kills all the puppies and the bitch succumbs a day later.

      All the puppies are fine but following the birth the female develops a hormone imbalance. She becomes a fear biter and anytime anyone tries to touch her she viciously attacks them.

      Mom and pups seem fine, the puppies are four weeks old and are at their cutest. However, one day one of the puppies disappears. You search everywhere but you can't find it. A few days later another puppy is gone. And another. You can't figure how on earth the puppies are getting out of their safe 4' x 4' puppy pen. Finally there is only one puppy left. The next morning you find the mother chomping contentedly on what is left of the last murdered puppy.

      All your pups are sold and everyone has been happily receiving photos of their puppy.
      You happen to leave the litter's door open and go about your tasks...
      You suddenly hear pups screaming and then mom shows up to get you
      Puzzled you follow her to the room to find all but one puppy dead and gutted
      by the newest edition to your breeding program, a sweet 8 month old female.

      You take your pups to the Vet for a Health Certificate.
      The Vet discovers heart murmers on some of the pups that of course, have been sold.

      You take your pups to the Vet and have him look at their eyes which seem "funny"
      he informs you that your pups have what is known as Entropia and will eventually
      need surgery to repair. What are you going to do ?

      You notice a lump on your pups where the belly button should be.
      Your Vet informs you that this is an Umbilical hernia, What are you going to do.

      You notice one of the pups in the litter that is all sold is not gaining much weight and is
      half the size of its litter mates. You opt to do bloodwork which comes back fine.

      You decide it is nice enough that you can put them outside.
      You go out hours later to find a critter has gotten them.

      You decide it is nice enough that you can put them outside.
      You go out hours later to find they have been stolen.


      You put your ad in the local paper for your pups at the usual price and get only 2 responses and no sales. You cut the pup's price in half and broaden your advertising to 3 other newspapers in which the advertising totals $120.00 a week.

      You get a few more puppy inquiries from people who ask all about health testing you did before breeding and if the pups are registered. You tell them your dogs are healthy and it was enough and that you could get the papers. The callers politely thank you and hang up.

      The pups are now 4 months old and getting bigger , eating alot and their barking is really beginning to annoy the neighbors who call the police who inform you of the $150.00 noise by-law.

      Your spouse is getting very annoyed with all the late night barking waking them up
      and all of the phone calls at all hours of the day. Your spouse is also upset that you have
      been obsessed with "dogs" for the last 8 weeks and is feeling left out and put out.
      They tell you "no more dog breeding" or else they will be leaving.

      Your neighbors also call the humane society who comes out to inspect the care of your dogs. You pass inspection but end up feeling stressed and harassed.

      You finally decide to give the rest of the litter away but still have to pay the $600.00 advertising bill and the $1200.00 vet bill.


      Few days after the pups go home, you start to receive phone calls that the
      pups are all having diarrhea and are lethargic.

      You give a puppy to a friend. Their fence blows down so they tie the puppy outside while they go to work. A roving dog comes along and kills the puppy. Your friend calls you up to tell you about the poor little puppy and asks when you are having more puppies.

      You sell a puppy to an acquaintance. The next time you see them you ask how the puppy is doing. They tell you that it soiled their new carpet so they took it to the pound

      You sell a puppy to a friend (you give them a good price and payments). They make a couple of tiny payments. Six months later they move to an apartment. They ask you to take it back. You take it back and of course the payments stop. The dog they returned is so shy, and ill mannered from lack of socialization and training it takes you a year of work providing socializing and training to be able to give it away.

      You sell a puppy to a wonderful home. They love her like one of the family. At a vet check done by their vet it is determined that the puppy has a heart murmur. (Your vet found nothing when he checked the puppy before it was sold.) They love their puppy and want the best for her. They have an expensive surgery done. The puppy is fine. They sue you for the medical costs. They win, because you did not have a contract stipulating conditions of guarantee and so as breeder you are responsible for the puppy's genetic health.

      You give a puppy to your mother. She is thrilled. Two years later the puppy starts developing problems. It begins to develop odd symptoms and is suffering. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of tests later it is finally discovered that the dog is suffering from a terminal condition that was inherited. possibly from your female since you know nothing about her family lines.

      One loving home decides your puppy is untrainable, destructive and wants to return the pup and get a full refund, which you have spent on your vet bills.

      One loving couple calls you and is very upset because their pup has crippling hip dysplasia and want to know what you are going to do about it. You have spayed your female so a replacement is out of the question, looks like another refund.

      One couple email you to inform you that they supsect their puppy had a seizure
      and as a result died. They can't give you a Vet report because they buried it in their back yard.
      They want to know if they can get a replacement or a discount.

      Family calls you all upset saying that their dog they bought from you died.
      Wiser, you ask for the Vet report before doing anything.
      You receive the Vet report for a totally different breed

      Family send you a legal letter saying they want full reimbursement
      for their purchase of a puppy who died and that they claim to have purchased from you.
      You have no record of ever selling to these people.

      Family contact you to let you know that they put down their puppy because of
      health issues. You offer a replacement if they can send you Vet reports.
      Before anything further can be done they have enlisted the "assistance" of a
      breeder (your competition and well known BYB) to bad mouth you on every forum and messege board.

      3 years later you are contacted by someone that bought from you to inform you that their
      puppy is having seizures.

      You place your pups as "pets". You find out that people who have bought from you
      are now breeding their pet puppy against your wishes and are also selling the pups for
      less than you are but using your lines in all of their advertising.

      You are stuck with one last puppy and a friend or co-worker says they would love to have
      that puppy at half price. You agree just happy to finally place this puppy. One year later you
      see that they are breeding your pet puppy as "purebred no papers".

      One year later one of your puppy people contact you as they are worried about their
      puppy as it is having reverse sneezing.

      Six months after purchase, your puppy people contact you as they are concerned
      because their puppy is vomitting.

      One month later your puppy people want to return the puppy as they say it is just too much
      for them to handle. You take the puppy back and give them their cash back. Shortly into the evening
      you notice the quiet puppy doesn't really have great balance and take it to the Vet the following day
      to find out the puppy has had head trauma from a blow to the head.

      Few days after purchase your puppy people return their puppy for a full refund.
      You notice as they are driving away that the puppy is limping. You take it to the vet and find
      out that the puppy has a broken leg !

      At 4 months of age you get a phone call from very upset puppy people who say that
      their Vet wants to remove teeth or put braces on your puppy because the canine tooth
      is cutting into the lower jaw of the puppy.

      So you gotta ask yourself: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, "breeder?"

      Laura Turner - AUTHOR