I’ve renamed myself:
As they say perception is reality and for many the word breeder is a dirty word. What is the difference between me a responsible breeder and a commercial/profit breeder, a backyard breeder or the horrific puppy mill breeder? Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are not a “dog person” and you are just trying to find a nice puppy for your family. So what am I in reality?
Let’s face it Legacy Breeders like me are never, ever going to produce enough dogs to satisfy the dog loving general public. There are lots of puppy buyers out there that might be wonderful homes but don’t meet the criteria that I set out for my placements. In reality, commercial/profit breeders are going to take the place of what we now call “responsible breeders” and they will be selling dogs that may have some health testing etc, since that is what much of the public now expects. So how do we the “responsible breeders” of today educate the public on the difference?
Education, anyone can talk about breeding dogs. Why should someone listen to what I have to say? Why? Because I am a legacy breeder, that is why. My job is to protect and support the breed and as such I should be mentoring anyone interested in the breed. Does mentoring mean I’m going to sell you a puppy? No, but it does mean I’m going to give you the best information I can and give you the tools you will need to make an informed decision on how best to choose a dog for your lifestyle.
So who made me a Legacy breeder? Well I made myself a Legacy breeder and I did that by hard work. First I know that I have Cardigan Welsh Corgis, dogs that meet the breed standard. How do I know that? I took them to 3rd party experts for evaluation. That’s right I took them to DOG SHOWS! There was enough consensus that they met the breed standard that they were awarded Championships. These dogs that look like Cardigan Welsh Corgis but do they that act like Cardigan Welsh Corgis? Well, yes they do and I know that because I have them in working events and out in public where their temperaments are tested so I know they are smart and loyal and bidable and act like a Cardigan should act.
Ok, so now as a breeder, I know I have dogs who look and act like Cardigan Welsh Corgis but are they healthy? Genetics, environment and plain old luck can make a difference in the health but as a Legacy breeder I am doing what I can to make sure the dogs that I am using in my breeding program are producing healthy puppies. Many breeders do health testing but using the test to produce superior puppies that look and act like Cardigans are what should be expected from a Legacy breeder.
Now as a self-proclaimed Legacy breeder whose job it is to protect and promote the breed I have put in a lot of hard work to protect the breed. I’ve bred to the standard, I’ve made sure my dogs are temperamentally sound and Cardigan like. I’ve done my health testing and made it available to interested parties. What else should I be doing to protect and promote the breed? I should be educating and mentoring people who are just discovering our breed. That includes telling potential puppy buyers that a Cardigan might not be the right breed for them. Helping new people at dogs events, any new person, not just the people who got puppies from me or my friends. People who get a Solstice puppy will know because I am a Legacy Breeder and that they can always count on me to assist them with their dog and I will be supportive of their success and failures
I should also be serving the breed by working with other Legacy breeders and the parent club to promote and protect the breed. By educating I should be helping the public understand the difference between a Legacy breeder and others who breed for profit. I should educate not preach.
So as a self-proclaimed Legacy Breeder have I fulfilled the requirements what I believe separates me from profit breeders?
1. I’ve bred to the standard and have had 3rd party experts judge my dogs and confirm that they look like Cardigans.√
2. I’ve training my dogs so that they can perform tasks in a public setting and have been rewarded with titles to show we were succesful.√
3. I’ve performed health checks on my dogs and made the information available.√
4. I’ve not only joined my parent club but work with the membership to promote and protect our breed.√
5. I am an AKC Breeder of Merit. Some would argue that, “that isn’t saying much” but to me it means I belong to a dog club that is working to promote our breed and/or dog sports and I have agreed to abide by their code of ethics and conduct. I have promised to provide adequate health testing for my breed, I have promised to register and place my puppies wisely and it shows that I have bred dogs who meet their standard and have been rewarded for other working activities.√
6. I use this blog and social media as an outlet for education about the breed and dogs in general. Open lines of communication and a commitment to work with other Legacy Breeders on the health and welfare of our beloved breed.√
Yes, I think I have met all the criteria I have set forth to be labeled a Legacy Breeder, do you agree? Do you think having a title or description would assist those of us who have always been termed “Responsible Breeders” but go a lot further for our chosen breed be distinguished from those commercial/profit breeders who meet minimum responsiblity requirements?
How about a poll to see what you think?
Whoop whoop! PJ is very proud of his red son Finn formally known as Rockie Top Fire and Smoke, CD, PT. Finn is from PJ first litter with the multi talented CH MACH 2 Pippin, etc. His breeder/owner/handler Polly Cole reports that they earned a perfect score of 100 and High in Trial at a recent herding trial.
PJ and Frosty are proud to be related to such a talented boy and I am proud that Polly chose PJ to sire Pip’s only litter.
High in Trial, Polly, Finn and judges.
Obedience at the nationals
Just hanging with his mom.
Thanks for sharing your success with us we couldn’t be happier for you.
Hugs from Nana.
That is the proper greeting now that I’m a Southern girl living in Georgia. I haven’t had a Frost Report in a long time, my Mom is mean and won’t type for me.
The Solstice gang is living the life here in Georgia, there are so many more things for us to do. One of the things I must tell you about is the SQUIRRELS! We have them and we love to chase them. I don’t think we will ever catch them because we can’t help ourselves, we are not stealthy and they hear us coming from a mile away or at least from the top of the deck. Mom feeds them so they keep coming around.
We still get to do Watermelon days, now that we live where they grow things Mom gets them fresh at the Farmer’s Market, sometimes we get to go to the market too.
Since I finished my Grand Championship last year I haven’t been to any dog shows but I have been going to Good Girl classes, Mom calls them obedience classes. I am a very smart girl and I like going to school. Daddy and Bailey still get to go to Dog Shows since they aren’t Grand Champions like me, ha ha!
Mom has been to a lot of shows, she goes with our Auntie Leslie and those silly tailess Pems.
Another thing she has been doing is hunting rats, well Mom hasn’t been hunting them but Bailey, Sienna and Lindy have been hunting the rats at Barn Hunting trials. Both Bailey and Sienna have their Novice Barn Hunting titles along with their Instinct certification. Lindy has the Instinct certification. Little Sienna was the 1st one of her breed, Brussels Griffon to ever get a Barn Hunt title. We are all proud of her.
See what I mean, about lots to do in Georgia, we have a great yard and deck. there are lots of places for dogs to go and see and be seen. I went to a big dog festival, Daddy went and partied with a rock band, Lindy went to brunch (she got bacon, I really hate her!) Mom, took me swimming, Bailey and Sienna went to the Farmer’s market and who knows where we are going next! So that is it, stay Chilly my friends,
Have I said lately that I really love Barn Hunting, if not I will tell you I really love Barn Hunting.
On Saturday, I attended the Family Pet Obedience School’s May Barn Hunt trial. My main goal at this trial was instructional. I entered Lindy Hop in Instinct and Novice and then my plan was to spend the day working at the trial to learn more about the sport.
Now Lindy, has very limited exposure to Barn Hunting and has had no practice at all but since I wanted to go I took her along. She very successfully found her rat in the instinct test and earned her RATI and during the actual Novice runs she found her rat very quickly but failed to do the climb element. I can teach her to climb straw bales, but I can’t teach instinct so I am OK with that. She had fun and I was proud of her good work. Silly Momma dog!
After our Novice runs I spent the rest of the day scribing for the Open, Senior and Master class. It was a joy to see the dogs work. I helped lay some bales for the course and did a bit of rat wrangling when needed. I am excited to learn more and get back into class so we can practice. I really think I want to judge this sport.
I don’t know if I bragged or not but little Sienna, the Brussels Griffon is the first of her breed to earn a Barn Hunt title, there are others now but she was the first. My Mom was proud!
As a breeder of champion show dogs I am often shocked by the expression or tone of a person when I get a puppy inquiry and I ask do you want to “show” your puppy? A look of horror is quickly followed by a declaration of “NO, I just want a pet, not a fancy show dog”. Their perception of our dogs is one of the media making or worse the crazy AR people created perception.
I just want a pet too, a pet with a hobby, and it is past time for the general public to understand that too. Most dogs who compete in dog sports (I am talking all of them) are weekend warriors who spend the bulk of their time being dogs, just like everyone else’s dog. Sleeping, digging, playing, running, barking etc. Our dogs are just that, dogs!
So I am starting a social media campaign to spread the word to the general public that having a “show dog” is just having a dog who has a hobby. They compete in dog sports, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Tracking, Coursing, Herding, Hunting, Earthdog, Barnhunt, Carting,Dock Diving, Flyball, Discdog, Freestyle or anything else, it is the dog’s hobby.
If you would like to help me expose the secret lives of show dogs I invite you to post on to any social media outlet photos of your dogs being dogs and use the hashtag #thesecretlivesofshowdogs. Let’s make Tuesday the day we do it as a group but feel free to tag any other photos of the fancy dogs being just dogs (like they are the majority of their lives).
Help expose the truth about #the secretlivesofshowdogs
I am really tired of people who don’t know a thing about what we do talk like they know something.
Originally posted on AKC Dog Lovers:
In November of last year, AKC received an inquiry from HBO Real Sports. They told us they wanted to do a story about the dog sports in America, how it has evolved and the role that health plays in competition and breed standards. After months of conversation, deliberation, negotiation and preparation, AKC made the decision to go on camera with a vet by our side and promote our positions on purebred health.
You may ask why we would agree to a sit-down on such a controversial topic. The answer is simple. AKC will no longer look at the news media as an enemy to avoid. Rather, we will use the media as a platform to stand up for dogs, breeders, Parent Clubs and owners. We will use the media to stand against our detractors who spread lies and half-truths with reckless abandon.
While we were assured a “fair and…
View original 318 more words