Dog breeding

Are Dog Breeders Bad? Negative effects of dog breeding


Why is PETA working so hard to eliminate dog breeders and puppy mills? It’s simple: raising animals is killing them. Every time a breeder brings another puppy into the world, a dog sitting in a shelter loses a chance to find a loving home.

What is a dog breeder?

Anyone who uses dog breeding for profit is a breeder. Some may be small “backyard” operations, while others could be industrial-sized puppy mills. Whatever the size, all breeder is responsible for the exacerbation of the overpopulation crisis.

In an age of extreme pet overpopulation, breeding dogs are still irresponsible and cruel. Dog breeders treat living individuals as commodities to be genetically manipulated for profit. In this industry, many dogs are kept in crates and cages, where they live alone, never knowing the affection of a loving family.

How are dog breeders making the overpopulation crisis worse?

There is no excuse for bringing more puppies into the world. More … than 6 million animals are made homeless every year, and half of them need to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough suitable homes for them. Every time a dog is raised, more and more dogs lose the opportunity to have a good life.

Few breeders demand that the puppies they sell be spayed or neutered, so that they can soon have their own litters, further compounding the overpopulation crisis. A single unmodified bitch and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years.

Breeders don’t see dogs as individuals with specific personalities and needs, they only see dollar signs. When fleeting trends arise around particular breeds, like the husky craze fueled by HBO Game Of Thrones, dog breeders pump dogs just to satisfy humans’ newest whim. The pet trade encourages the public to view animals as impulse purchases, no different from fashion accessories or home decor, rather than thinking and sensitive beings who deserve love, respect and a commitment to life.

Many other unwanted animals – who are abandoned but never make it to a shelter – suffer and die after being struck by cars or attacked by other animals, succumbing to disease or the elements, or enduring other horrific fates. .

Is Dog Breeders Always Bad News?

When millions of dogs have to die every year because no one will adopt them, raising a dog even once is unethical. Instead, keepers should have their animal companions spayed or neutered.

The dog breeding industry includes puppy mills – hellish mass breeding facilities in which dogs are treated like puppy-producing machines and without any love or attention or even the ability to stretch their legs. legs.

Dirty and dilapidated pens at the puppy mill

In numerous investigations, PETA has exposed puppy mill breeders who keep dogs confined in dirty cages barely larger than their own bodies, causing them extreme pain and distress. Kept in cramped wooden hutches with wire floors or chained to trees with little or no shelter from the elements, they suffer from disease and injury. Dogs derived from these horrible compounds are often denied proper veterinary care and socialization. Imagine being forced to live among your own waste, with pus-filled sores, dying ear infections, and deadly parasites. This is the reality of life in a puppy mill.

Collie in small cage at the puppy mill

Puppy mill breeders force dogs to breed repeatedly until their bodies become exhausted from the stress of being continuously pregnant under such impoverished and harsh conditions. At this point, bitches are of no value to a breeder and are often taken to a shelter, auctioned off, or even killed.

Are Puppy Mills and Breeders Really Selling Sick Dogs?

Genetic defects are endemic in all breeding scenarios. These can include physical problems that require expensive veterinary treatment as well as personality disorders that often frustrate people who buy them, leading them to abandon their dogs.

Boston terrier in a small dirty enclosure

Reckless breeding and the craze for “pure” lines lead to inbreeding. This causes painful and potentially fatal disabilities in “purebred” dogs, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, and epilepsy. Dogs don’t care if their physical appearance meets a judge’s standards, but they are the ones who suffer the consequences of genetic manipulation.

If you purchased an American Kennel Club registered dog and it became ill or violent or died prematurely, let us know.

What is the difference between buying a dog from a breeder and adopting it from a shelter?

Any socially conscious animal shelter will ensure that dogs have all of the recommended vaccines, are spayed or neutered, and have been socialized enough to be part of a loving family. They carefully screen families and charge adoption fees to ensure the potential adopter is ready for a lifelong commitment.

What if I want a specific breed?

If you are determined to have a dog of a specific breed, there are plenty waiting to be adopted: one in four dogs in shelters is a “breed”. In addition, there are rescue groups looking for homes for dogs of almost any breed. is a great resource. If everyone stopped buying puppies from pet stores, there would be no market for mass-produced puppies, puppy mills would go bankrupt, and far fewer dogs would suffer.

Why are backyard breeders bad?

An amateur dog breeder is just as unethical as any puppy mill, but on a smaller scale. Using an individual’s reproductive capacity to earn quick cash is not only frightening, it also adds to the overcrowding crisis just like puppy mills do.

And just like puppy mills, hobbyist breeders can breed dogs with health problems, passing on genes that cause suffering litter after litter. These types of breeders can also cut costs by not providing proper veterinary care. Everything from parasites to bone defects to the deadly parvovirus could very well be overlooked by backyard breeders.

Is keeping your own dog a bad idea too?

It is irresponsible to bring more dogs into the world when millions of people are killed every day because no one wants them. Pets can live longer and healthier lives by being spayed or neutered.

Guardians may think their pets should experience motherhood, but having babies is by no means vital to living a fulfilling life. And while the intentions of the adopters may be good, there is no way of knowing what will happen to the puppies once they are adopted.

Does breeding shorten a dog’s life?

Pregnancy and birth of any kind carry inherent risks to both mother and fetus. Sterilization eliminates the stress and discomfort women experience during hot periods, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Sterilization makes men much less likely to roam and fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer.

How many litters can a dog legally have?

Efforts have been made to limit the number of litters a breeder can register with larger institutions such as the American Kennel Club. But currently, there are no laws regulating the extent to which a breeder can breed an animal for profit.

PETA supports legislative measures which impose sterilization and sterilization.

Is PETA Against Pet Ownership?

Pets are unable to survive on their own, so it is our responsibility to take the best possible care of them. PETA fully supports sharing our lives and homes with pets who are loved, well cared for and well cared for.

How Can I Help Eliminate Dog Breeders and Puppy Mills?

Never buy animals from puppy mills, breeders, or pet stores. If you have the time, money, and patience to care for a pet properly and for life, adopt in shelter. Consider adopting two, so they can keep each other company when you’re away from home. And be sure to make a sterilization or sterilization appointment right away.