Puppies are cute. And...
We love our pets so much we think it would be in some way nice to share that love with others by mating them to produce a litter(s) of more lovable animals.
I guess what we don't realise is that there are already thousands of dogs out there who are looking for homes. Its a simple question of demand and supply.
Consider this scenario: You are looking to purchase a dog for your family, your choices are:
- Cute puppy next door/down the street who has been bred from an animal-loving family. They love their dogs and thought it would be lovely to have puppies...
- Cute puppy at the pet store - why, you want a puppy NOW and if you visit enough pet stores, there will probably be one you can pick up straight away!
- Visit the pound where there may not be a suitable dog TODAY, and if there is they are not as cute and fluffy and small as the puppies mentioned above.
- Go to a reputable breeder who has spent lots of money doing health checks (hips, eyes, family genes, temperament), you may have to wait months for the next litter (which could be quite a while as this breeder doesn't breed their dogs all year round - only selectively) and is most likely going to charge more than the puppy from down the road...
We know this is true because that is what the majority of the Australian population do.
We know this because when you choose a puppy from a pet store/ backyard breeder you effectively chose NOT to get a puppy from the pound. This is why there are thousands of dogs euthanised every year in pounds all over the country. And this is why there are petshops all over the country who are enjoying a thriving business.
Who are these people who send their dogs to the pounds? These are not the people who love their animals so much that they choose to breed them.
These are the people who buy the puppies from the pet stores and backyard breeders. Maybe it was an impulse purchase? Maybe the puppy eventuates to have health problems (which could have been avoided by screening pups and parents properly)? Maybe the puppy ended up too big/hairy/noisy/etc? The catch is that if you don't know how the pup is going to turn out like, you can't educate its potential new owner on what to expect of the breed. It is just not good enough to say "Well a poodle doesn't drop hair, and a English Sheepdog is very cute, so therefore these puppies are going to be very cute and allergy-friendly". Clearly this is ridiculous. You can't just pick and choose whichever positive attributes of the mixed lineage that you want to for your own purposes.
Finally, how much do you trust the 'loving homes' that you have sold your pups to? Unfortunately there is a roaring trade out there of puppy mills who buy puppies under false pretenses, pretending to be just such a 'loving home'. There is a recent famous story of one such incident whereby an experienced breeder sold their pedigree puppy to one such horrible person. They in turn used the puppy as a money-making machine where it was treated abominably and forced to churn further puppies under what can only be considering disgusting health circumstances for that pup in question. This person managed to convince an experienced breeder that they were one such 'loving home'.
I truly know that almost everyone in here truly loves their pets. I know most of us (just as I once didn't realise) are not aware of the issues surrounding breeding and choosing not to desex your animals. I hope that perhaps there is just one person out there who is either deciding whether to breed their animals or thinking of buying a pet from a backyard breeder or petshop will stop and think twice after reading this.
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The view to desex animals, and ban the sale of animals in petshops is supported by all or most animal rescue organisations including the RSPCA.
Please know that I write this because I am only thinking of the animals.