Anti Dog Legislation across Texas is making it increasing difficult for Hobby Breeders and has recently reared it's head it my area. I've included the following definition of Hobby Breeder. This defines who I am and what I do. Yes, Texas I am a Hobby Breeder and proud of it!!
Hobby Breeder: people who have a
passion for a particular breed(s). They show their dogs in AKC or UKC events,
they research everything they possibly can about their chosen breed. They are
life-long students of the breed. They are members of their breed's parent club,
and often local breed or all-breed kennel club members. If they breed, it is to better the breed, not
the pay the bills, not because they have some intact dogs.
Breedings are only done with parents who have been
health checked (with OFA and CERF clearances & any other clearances
suitable for their breed), of good character and are excellent representatives
of their breed. Puppies are raised underfoot, in the home, and
extensively socialized. Prospective owners are extensively interviewed before
they're allowed to purchase a puppy. Puppies are sold on
contract with guarantees. This type of breeder will not sell to anyone who
wants a dog and has a credit card. Impulse buyers are not accommodated by
the serious hobby breeder Puppies are not sold to brokers, third parties or pet shops. You won't find puppies from these
breeders at many of the internet puppy sites. You may find they have private
web sites, advertise locally or in their breed club's newsletter. Many times
you will be referred to these breeders via word of mouth - from other people
also involved in the breed.
These responsible breeders feel an obligation
towards the dogs they breed -- from cradle to grave. They will always take a
dog of their breeding back - they do not breed dogs that will end up in
shelters. To help insure this, puppies are permanently identified with tattoos
or microchips. Many hobby breeders are also active in rescue for their chosen
breed(s). Hobby Breeders spend a lot of time on the phone with their puppy people, answering questions and giving advice. Responsible hobby breeders sell companion (non-show or breeding prospects) puppies on limited
registrations and those pups are expected (and contractually bound) to
be spayed/neutered. Show or breeding prospects are usually only sold on
co-ownerships (to help insure that if they are bred, it is with the same
attention to quality).
Most responsible Hobby Breeders don't have a lot
of dogs/cats -- and many don't even have kennels. They don't breed
their bitches on every season, many times their prize champion bitches are only bred 1,
2 or perhaps 3 times in their life! These breeders are prepared to keep puppies for as long as it takes until a suitable home comes along. Many will not breed
more than 1-2 litters a year. Stud dogs are not available to anyone with a
willing female; the same standards of quality are required.
The dogs live in the home, as family members. Dogs are not warehoused in kennel runs or
crates 24/7. All receive a quality diet, individual attention, exercise,
grooming and of course veterinary care