Uncovering the Truth About Backyard Breeding: A Threat to Our Pets

Uncovering the Truth About Backyard Dog Breeding

A significant challenge faced by city shelters, and indeed all shelters, is the influx of dogs from irresponsible breeders, commonly known as “Backyard Breeders.” Before assuming you’ve never encountered one, it’s important to understand what they are and how they pose a risk to our beloved pets.

The prevalence of backyard breeders

While puppy mills are well-known for their deplorable conditions, many individuals unknowingly turn to breeders when seeking a pet, with 34% of dog owners opting for this route. Backyard breeders, however, are characterized by their irresponsible practices, breeding primarily for profit without regard for the well-being or health of the animals. This lack of expertise results in dogs with health and behavioral issues being placed in homes haphazardly, contributing to the pet overpopulation crisis.

Responsible breeding practices

Hands2paws views, backyard breeding as the primary cause of the surplus of unwanted pets and the overcrowding of shelters. Responsible breeders only produce litters based on demand and ensure solid homes are secured beforehand. They also commit to accepting the dog back at any time, a standard practice in reputable breeding. In contrast, irresponsible breeders fail to adhere to these standards, leading to dogs being surrendered to shelters when owners can no longer care for them.

Dispelling the myth of responsible breeders

Sadly, the misconception that all breeders are responsible persists. In reality, a significant majority, likely over 95%, operate irresponsibly. These breeders not only breed excessively and neglect proper care but also release unwanted animals onto the streets, contributing to the population of strays.

Taking action against backyard breeding

To combat this issue, it is crucial to refrain from purchasing pets from backyard breeders. Adoption is always encouraged, as reducing the demand for animals from these breeders can deter them from continuing their practices. Here are some signs that your breeder may be a backyard breeder:

  • Lack of vet checks for parents, instead claiming they have been examined
  • Failure to provide health clearances for at least two generations
  • Availability of puppies year-round without a waiting list
  • Lack of screening for adopters, allowing free choice of puppies
  • Refusal to disclose the living conditions of the animals and opting for off-site meetings or shipping arrangements

In cases of “accidental” litters, it is advisable to avoid purchasing these puppies altogether. By being vigilant and informed, we can take a stand against backyard breeding and safeguard the well-being of our furry companions.

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