The shelters are filled to the brim and are on very tight budgets and deadlines. Sometimes an animal has as little as 24 hours to be adopted before it must be euthanized. Yet, with all of the jarring information, people still purchase pets which they can't take care of or no longer want to take care of them.
Although many people blame breeders as the problem, they are only referring to a half-truth. Puppy mill breeders are the problem. They churn out litter after litter of animals that have received very little veterinary care and are usually thrown together with other animals, thus helping to spread any number of diseases.
This is why it is very common for puppy mills, and pet stores which typically receive pets from puppy mills, to have a sudden illness befall their puppies a few days after someone takes home the new arrival.
Thus, many legitimate breeders are very upset with puppy mills and pet stores because they treat the animals as commodities and not as living, breathing animals who deserve love and affection as much as any other living creatures.
This is never more on view than with Bulldog breeders. The breed is one of the top 24 most popular canine breeds which mean that there are innumerable amounts of Bulldogs in pet stores and shelters nationwide. Responsible pet breeders do their best to prevent large litters which puts them in direct conflict with the mills.
There are a few major traits all legitimate breeders have in common, regardless of the canine's breed. They have small litters, they provide veterinary records, they perform background checks on prospective buyers, they refuse to ship their precious puppies and instead require the buyer to pick him or her up.
Responsible breeders keep their litters low because they puppies' dam is typically a show bitch which means that her breeding and subsequent litter is planned out months in advance. Additionally, breeders do not simply breed any two animals together to receive a litter.
They plan to breed the best animals together to create the best litter. This means that many bitches have one, at max two, litters a year. This is why so many reputable breeders have extensive waitlists; they take their job seriously and will not compromise the animal's health or well-being for a quick dollar.
This well-being is key and all legitimate breeders can provide veterinary records for their animals. The one exception to the rule is if the puppies are too young to have been seen by a vet before an interested party has inquired about them.
These puppies are similar to a breeder's children which is why they will not simply send one of them off to the highest bidder. Many responsible breeders perform lengthy background and lifestyle checks in order to confirm that the specific breed is a good fit for the family and they understand the responsibility to the breed.
This is the same reason why buyers are required to retrieve their puppies from the breeder and not have them shipped from the buyer. Although at times the breeder will drive and deliver the puppy to his or her new home, most prefer that they buyer picks the puppy up from the breeder.
These are just a few of the traits responsible dog breeders have in common. Although each one is fairly different, they all find puppy mills and pet stores reprehensible. One can contact the American Kennel Club or directly contact the breed's organization and ask for a list of reputable breeders for more information on finding a reputable breeder.
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