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    Post by Cameron on Sat 20 Nov - 20:42

    The Backyard Breeders list of excuses ...

    1. When called on bad breeding practices, ALWAYS claim that you are merely an innocent posting as a favor to a friend or family member.

    2. Point out that everybody you know breeds this way, therefore it must be

    3. Claim that "snobby show breeders" are only criticizing you because they
    want to corner the market on puppy profit.

    4. Claim that a Champion in the pedigree is just as good as 56 Champions in the pedigree. Not that it matters, because you doubt that there is such a
    thing as a dog with 56 champions in the pedigree.

    5. Claim that you are just trying to produce good pets, therefore good pets
    are all you need for breeding.

    6. When asked about health testing, enthusiastically point out that your
    bitch had a health checkup before breeding.

    7. Be sure to mention that you do not need to run such health tests as OFA,
    CERF, thyroid, cardiac, patellae, etc., because your dogs look healthy and
    had no visible problems at their last vet checkup.

    8. Point out that these tests cost too much and would cut into your profit
    margin. Be sure to champion the right of poor people to breed dogs.

    9. Confidently assure worried rescuers that no puppy you produce, or any of
    their puppies or grand puppies or great-grandpuppies will end up in shelters
    because you have a bunch of friends who have told you that they'd like a pup
    from your bitch.

    10. Point out that you don't need Championships or working titles on your
    dogs because you are breeding for temperament and your dog is really sweet.

    11. Silence those annoying people who ask about your health guarantee by
    assuring them that buyers can return any sick puppies and you will replace
    it with another pup as long as it got sick within a certain amount of time
    of sale and as long as you don't think the buyer did something to make the
    puppy sick.

    12. If your breed or line is rare (or you have a "rare" color, or believe
    your breed or color is rare), be sure to remind everyone that you do not
    need to show, temperament test, or health test your breeding stock because
    you are doing the world a service by continuing this "rare" breed/color/line.

    13. No matter what anyone else says, claim that you obviously know what you are doing because you've been breeding for a long time. Point to the
    hundreds of puppies you've pumped out over the years as proof.

    14. If this is your first attempt at breeding, make sure to remind everyone
    that you HAVE to breed your dog because how else are you going to learn how to breed?

    15. Assure everyone that your dog does not need to be shown because you were assured by someone at Petsmart/the park/the vet's office/a friend that your dog is a perfect example of the breed.

    16. Always remember that "rare" colors, oversized or undersized dogs, and
    mixes of popular breeds are great selling points. Anyone who doesn't think
    so is obviously not in tune with their customers' wishes.

    17. Claim that your dogs are better because they are not inbred, as
    inbreeding obviously produces sick/stupid/deformed dogs. If breeding poo [as in "Cock-a-Poo," "Peek-a-Poo," etc.] dogs or other mutts, always point to "hybrid vigor" as proof of your dogs' superiority.

    18. Remind everyone that you do not need a waiting list because your puppies are cute.

    19. Assure everyone that your puppies will not end up in shelters because
    they are cute.

    20. Claim that YOUR breed never ends up in shelters in your area, therefore
    your puppies will never end up in shelters.

    21. If asked why you think your dogs are breeding quality, point out that
    they "have papers." Extra points awarded for using the phrase "AKC
    Certified." Double points if those papers come from the Continental Kennel

    22. If you sell a sick puppy, always blame the owners for making it sick. If
    the owners are clearly not responsible, blame their vet. (see #11)

    23. If presented with irrefutable evidence proving you wrong on any excuses
    you have used, pretend your server did not receive the post/e-mail.

    24. Claim that none of the rules of ethical breeding apply to you because
    you only intend to have one litter and therefore aren't a "real" breeder.

    25. If all else fails, tell everyone who criticizes you to "get a life."

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