Category Archives: Breeding and Reproduction

Dog Breeding: Responsible Breeding Practices

Dog Breeding: Responsible Breeding Practices

While I am a big fan of animal rescue, I also recognize that there will always be a place in the world for purebred dogs. Hence the need for dog breeders. There are so many wonderful breeds of dogs (and cats) that exist today. It would be a tragedy to lose them.

Purebred Dogs and Their Breeders

The trick to purchasing a purebred dog lies in finding a responsible and ethical breeder. There are breeders out there that do the whole thing right. But there are just as many (and maybe even more) that do not. The sticky part comes in determining which is which.

Quite naturally, if you ask any breeder, that breeder will tell you they are a “good” breeder. After all, it’s not likely that they’re going to tell you they are irresponsible or unethical.

So, how do you tell whether a dog breeder is responsible and ethical? By educating yourself.

And what will be the price you pay if you misjudge?

Responsibility and Ethics in Dog Breeding

The price you will pay if you make a wrong decision lies in the health of the puppy you are purchasing. Puppies with genetically-disposed diseases may live a shorter life with more suffering than a well-bred genetically sound puppy.

This week, breeder Jacque Redford rejoins us on Animal Cafe to talk further about breeding. I’ll give you a small hint of what’s in store – Jacque shares the basic philosophy that it’s not about breeding to make lots of puppies but about breeding to make a few good ones.

That’s all I’ll share with you. You’ll have to listen to the interview to hear more.

Just in case you’d like to review Jacque’s first interview, here it is.

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Interview with Jacque Redford, Expert Dog Breeder

This week I had the pleasure of visiting with Jacque Redford, an experienced dog breeder (over 30 years breeding Rhodesian Ridgebacks). To hear our interview, please listen to the podcast. You’ll hear:

  • what types of things that reputable breeders do differently than an amateur breeder or a puppy mill breeder
  • recommendations about choosing the right female and the right male to benefit your breeding program
  • why a dog can be perfect physically but still capable of passing genetic diseases on to their offspring
  • how to evaluate a female or male for genetic soundness

Join us in our chat on Wednesday, March 16 at 9:00PM EST to ask your own questions. Some of the things we’ll be discussing on Wednesday include:

  • how to care for your new puppy at home
  • how old your new puppy should be before he goes home with you
  • how to find out whether your breeder is reputable
  • how to register your new puppy
  • and much more

Come join us. All are welcome.