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Why do people want to breed their dogs?

Discussion in 'Breeder Discussion' started by Teal, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    After reading a post in another thread, it got me thinking about all the times someone has said they were going to breed their dog... a few that I remember off the top of my head -

    ~A girl I know got a 2 month old Pit Bull puppy, and said she wanted to breed it. She said the dad didn't have a good temperament, but the puppy did so it was okay :eek:

    ~A boyfriend of a friend's sister talked about getting a puppy that wasn't even born yet, and using it as a stud to "continue the line" (not Pit Bulls).

    ~Some family friends bred their 9 month old lab bitch. Why? Because they could. It just seemed perfectly logical to them to breed the dog, like it was the same as feeding it.

    And I just can not for the LIFE OF ME figure out WHY people want to breed their dog? Especially when it is just a puppy and they don't know WHAT sort of temperament or health it will have when it grows up? I've heard all sorts of reasons...

    ~Money... knowing they can make a buck off the litter adds incentive, I am sure!
    ~"Everyone says our dog is SO cute, they want one just like him/her!"... that statement makes me want to scream. Having puppies doesn't mean you are cloning your dog!
    ~"He/she is SUCH a sweet dog, there needs to be more dogs like him/her in the world"... this one just NEVER made sense to me, at all :confused:

    Does anyone have any insight as to why these excused make sense to some people? Did anyone breed their dog before they knew better, and is comfortable sharing their reasoning? I just really DO NOT get it, and really would like to!
  2. DivineOblivion19

    DivineOblivion19 Good Dog

    I don't get it either. But then again, I don't get why most humans breed.... :dunno:
  3. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    I am with ya in the humans......LMAO!

    Cannot "speak" for anyone, but you know me, I can surely draw my own conclusions! :D

    The way I see it....

    Some people think it is cool, to breed pits! They like having a lot holes all over the place I presume! :D

    Some people do it strictly for the money and nothing else, they do not care what pops out from what or how what was to begin with.....

    Some, I think "try" to do right by the breed and they "think" they are doing good, when in reality, they are not!

    Some I think like to "play" to see what they can get, but instead of keeping and seeing, they sell or dump off, because they do not believe in "culling" (lethally) I think they think that because they are just dogs, it does not matter much.

    Some are just plain stupid and think that their little Fido that attacked the mailman is so pretty and will make a good guard dog, so they need to be bred......

    And last but not least, the rest are just plain ignorant and think they know everything there is to know about a dog/breed, because they had it for a couple of weeks.......and they breed to prove a point.....almost leading back to the 1st "Some people"

  4. MaryC

    MaryC Little Dog

    I'm with you guys...I just don't get it either, but it does remind me of a lady I was talking to at the shelter one day. She was sad that the dog she was interested in was/or would be spayed before going home and when I asked her why, she said she wanted to experience the miracle of life...her "daughter"....said, but mom...you had kids, isn't that experiencing the miracle of life??? She also added, and just why do you suppose this shelter is full of dogs? Maybe you should come here and experience the other end of their life! I couldn't add anything but I was so impressed with this young lady who couldn't have been much over 13 or so!
  5. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    A guy who met my shelter Am Staff (I posted pictures of her) told me he wouldn't adopt from the shelter because the dogs had to be s/n first and that Fairin was a perfect example of the gorgeous dogs they get in the shelter that should have puppies! I told him she DID have puppies, and then most likely someone DUMPED her. I was so pissed at him, I couldn't really come up with anything intelligent.

    Yup, I wish there were spay/neuter laws for people!
  6. Rai_77

    Rai_77 Good Dog

    1 of 2 reasons why people breed dogs:

    #1. They have quality dogs that are a credit to the breed and have been proven by either working, showing, or both


    #2. They are ignorant.
  7. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Why, you ask? Because they are ignorant morons, that's why. I'm sorry but this is how I feel.
  8. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    in addition because they have a goal and are trying to improve upon and continue a specific line or worthy dogs and truly care about the breed.

    This is a big one that covers a lot of the below ones I'm also adding

    add to that here are some other reasons I've heard


    #3 because they "think" they have breeding quality dogs

    #4 because they want to make cash

    #5 they want a pup out of their dog and don't realize duh they are still responsible for all the other pups produced as well

    #6 their friends want pups UUUGH

    #7 flat out just because they CAN... whatever the heck that is supposed to accomplish. I don't knwo

    # 8 some idiot told them that every dog should experience the miracle of birth or they want their kids to watch pups being born...

    and the so on and so on
  9. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    I've heard a few times that it's natural and they HAVE to breed, or it will damage them psychologically, somehow.
    Why won't people neuter their males??? I hear time and time again that people have their females spayed but leave their males intact. The common theory seems to be that males can't get pregnant, so there isn't an issue. You just can't impress upon people that neutering helps curb behavioral issues and will give you a healthier, longer lived pet in the long run. If your male hits the bricks and knocks up someone else's dog, you are just as responsible for yet another unwanted, unneeded litter as everyone else.
  10. Julie k

    Julie k Little Dog

    And so we should try to educate and mentor them. I am amazed at the patience of people like Patch O' Pits and the late Lora Bauer Brashear who kindly help people understand such things as correct structure, proper temperament, and what a (well bred) line of dogs actually is, while being stellar examples-- over and over again. There are many others I could name who freely share their knowledge.

    I believe there are many people who are susceptible to whatever chemical causes that exhilarating feeling which is similar to the incredible high of giving birth, and they are seeking a trigger for the release of that feeling. They truly do love their dog, it is beautiful and perfect in their eyes, and _everybody_ loves a newborn puppy, therefore they're convinced that a) everybody wants one, and b) their puppies will find perfect homes and live long, happy lives as somebody's cherished pet.

    Julie K
  11. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    I agree with you on this one. Reputable breeders excepted of course.

    Ugh today at Petco there were two young guys that fit the shady byb profile perfectly and had a pair of "pit bulls". The dog was obviously not leash trained at all and was all over the place... totally not under the guy's control even if he was on leash. The bitch was probably so drained from being obviously overbred that it probably didn't matter if she was leash trained or not. I felt so bad for her. Her poor hugely stretched empty teats were dragging the ground.:no2::mad:

    And yeah my dog was at home thank goodness because it was an awful zoo there! Don't get started on the nasty little untrained/unsocialized, badly bred yorkie I'd have liked to drop kick because it was so annoying... Stupid humans creating annoying beasts like that. Poor little mop dog.

    Made me wish I was in the habit of packing hard copies of the Breeder's Code of Ethics with me so I could hand them out... Geeze...:nono:
  12. Jelet

    Jelet Banned


    and i think some people breed because they want cute puppies that are young. They really dont thing pretty much.
  13. LittleMissE

    LittleMissE Little Dog

    Maybe they want to breed there dogs(any breed) to live on the great(I really do mean great) dog they had. I think that breeding isn't always a bad thing. I feel that everyone that wants to become a reputable breeder has to starts somewhere.( I am not saying that everyone should run out and breed dogs) Some people aren't meant for it. But if humans don't breed dogs there won't be any left...kinda like if humans don't breed themselves, there wouldn't be any of us left either.
  14. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    lol....this actually needs to be done!

    Not only that, but the people are that breeding their dogs for all reasons listed above are not culling their dogs, they are all going to shelters and it has lead to an over population in dogs......
    You learn first, know the responsible thing to do when it does come time to breed, then you breed....you do not learn along the way.....and even if that was what you were supposed to do.....most people do not do it anyways....they just breed for the money....they are not trying to be reputable, unless of course you count growing money.....respectful?!
  15. Desertponder

    Desertponder Little Dog

    I don't get it either and I've heard some pretty stupid reasons over the years.
    I know two different people who constantly breed their dogs.
    One woman I work with I would like to just choke her at times. She has Great Danes and she has the dogs and breeds them solely to make money. She has two litters a year and gets $800 to $1200 per puppy. She uses the money to go on elaborate vacations every year.
    I've had words with her several times over this but she could care less. All she cares about is that she has that money to go on her vacations. This year its a two week trip to Egypt.:no2:
    She thinks I'm nuts because I don't like what she does. She sees absolutely nothing wrong with it.
    So, I think for the most part people try to do it for the money.

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