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Why ‘Responsible Breeder’ Is an Oxymoron

Written by PETA | December 10, 2012

Floyd was purchased from a California breeder, and like so many of the purebreds sold as mere “inventory” by puppy mills and other animal peddlers, the bulldog puppy’s health suffered because the breeder focused on the bottom line rather than proper care.

So Young, So Much Suffering

By mating related dogs, breeders are essentially inbreeders, leading to a host of hereditary defects —it’s estimated that one in four purebred dogs suffers from serious congenital health problems. After two veterinarians diagnosed Floyd with congenital kidney disease, his guardian urged the breeder to stop breeding the puppy’s parents and notify the other people who had bought puppies from the same litter. The breeder callously dismissed her concerns, so she contacted officials with the American Kennel Club, but they merely suggested that she give the breeder a bad review online.

By the time PETA learned of Floyd’s condition, the puppy was desperately ill, vomiting, lethargic, and barely able to eat or drink. Since he suffered from other health problems as well, a veterinarian determined that Floyd was a poor candidate for a transplant, the only treatment for his disease.

PETA’s caseworker explained to Floyd’s guardian that breeders frequently sell sick dogs and that the law often protects breeders more than the animals and their guardians. Floyd’s guardian made the difficult but merciful decision to prevent Floyd from enduring further misery by having him euthanized.

What You Can Do

There is no such thing as a responsible breeder. Aside from the health problems that purebred dogs have, each dog and cat bred and sold by a breeder takes a home away from another animal waiting to be adopted at an animal shelter. Please don’t contribute to the animal overpopulation crisis by buying animals from pet shops or breeders—always adopt from a reputable animal shelter or rescue.

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  • vinod kumar says:

    Have no symphony for Floyd’s guardan, people by now should know not to buy from breeders.Please don’t contribute to the animal overpopulation crisis by buying animals from pet shops or breeders—always adopt from a reputable animal shelter or rescue.

  • Emily says:

    Lisa, as the proud mama of one of those puppy mill dogs, do they not also have the right to a loving home? I have been incredibly blessed by my lab not having behavioral or serious health problems, but even if he did…he is an incredibly sweet, loving, wonderful addition to our family. Coming from a puppy mill should not mean these animals do not go to a loving home.

  • Sarah says:

    The AKC makes the majority of its income from PUPPY MILLS. The AKC is in the puppy mill business, registering puppy mill puppies. They pay for their dog shows and other luxury perks with money from suffering dogs in mills. Show breeders profit from puppy mills. They lobby with puppy mill breeders and groups to protect puppy mills and allow animal ABUSE. Do a search for “AKC puppy mills” It’s all about the money. Show breeders also sell dogs with known health problems. “Champions” often means “riddled with health and behavior problems” for AKC. It will stop when people stand up to AKC lies and hold them accountable. They try to present a fake “responsible” image to the public but the AKC is the most irresponsible breeder group around.

  • Lisa says:

    Have no symphony for Floyd’s guardan, people by now should know not to buy from breeders puppy mills, you buy from these people you help continue animals suffering and death. We as humans need to be rescueing these pooor animals not giving their tortures money to continue.