Testing before breeding is the standard of care. Health testing is the crucial factor that separates responsible breeders from unethical breeders. These tests are tools to prevent problems; there is absolutely no excuse not to utilize these tools. Every breed and mix of dog is predisposed to their own set of diseases. Therefore, the tests your dog needs prior to breeding depends upon their breed(s).
Responsible dog breeders and, consequently, responsibly-bred dogs, are in short supply. Breeders come in several categories, each having a very different approach to breeding and raising dogs. Without a solid understanding of what constitutes ethical breeding practices, it can be challenging to identify a reputable breeder from one who may be cutting corners or exploiting their animals for profit.
In a dangerous virtual puppy buying world, rogue breeders and scammers can more easily hide behind a screen of a slick website, marketing themselves better than they used to – and better than they are – to the public. Some breeders are highly ethical, while others’ morality and values are very questionable. Backyard breeders are savvy when it comes to misrepresentation. Dog owners are very diverse in their education levels, experience, and their goals for their dog. Learn how to recognize a BYB.