Earn The Title "Breeder"
do you earn the title "breeder"? I don’t mean the term as it
is used on a registration certificate or entry form. When I refer to
someone as a breeder, I consider that person to be knowledgeable about
their breed, but there are other qualities which I feel must also be
present in order to qualify for the title.
you have to have paid your dues. By this I mean you have been around long
enough to have experienced the ups and downs of the dog world - you’ve
had some winners and some losers ( & survived both!). you’ve raised
a litter or two or three (and you’ve already planned the breedings for
the next two generations), you’ve experienced the heartache associated
with the death of your favorite pet or the pain of losing one of your new
you’ve learned the meaning of good sportsmanship. This is a learned art.
You no longer pout at ringside, call the judge names, call the handler
names, call the winner names. You begin to realize that 9 times out of 10
it is actually the dogs that are judged - not faces, not politics, not
favors, just dogs. And you’ve learned how to win and lose gracefully. No
you don’t rain on anyone’s parade. Why spoil someone’s excitement
over a win or an upcoming breeding or new litter? Everyone has different
tastes and opinions and they are entitled to them, just as you are
entitled to yours.
learned to mind your own business and avoid hurtful gossip. I realize that
it is human nature to be curious. I like a good story as well as the next
person. But often people, in an effort to appear more knowledgeable, pass
off second-hand stories and/or opinions as though they were the gospel
truth. The next time you hear a story being repeated - consider the source
and also consider the reputation of the person repeating it.
leads me into the most important aspect of qualifying as a breeder. ETHICS.
This is something which cannot be learned by reading a book or attending a
class. The definition of ethics is "The moral quality of a course or
action", the definition of ethic is "A principle of right or
good conduct". Your ethics will determine the one thing that will
cause you to succeed or fail in dogs - YOUR REPUTATION.
am a firm believer in the "full revolution theory" - "What
goes around comes around", and nowhere is this more true than in the
dog world. If you treat others fairly - your fellow breeders, your puppy
purchasers, the judges, your fellow exhibitors - you will very likely
benefit from your fair behavior. And just the opposite is true - if you
involve yourself in backbiting, gossip and poor sportsmanship, your
reputation will suffer accordingly.
Remember, for every pup you produce, another one dies in a shelter.
A reputation is earned
-- which type you choose to earn is up to you!!