Before I begin this post, I received an award from Daisy the Dog!


Thanks for being a fan!  I’m going to pass this award right on to Mina and Celeste’s mom at For The Pit Bulls.  I recently found her blog and really like it.  Everybody should check it out!

Now, to the crux of today’s blog.  To breed or not to breed?  I could write pages and pages and pages, and may do so at a later date, but for now, I simply want to post this graph:


There are too many backyard breeders (BYB’s) in this country right now, and quite frankly, they are the downfall of some of breeds – one of which is definitely the pit bull.  BYB’s are breeding for head size, or color, or low and wides, as opposed to temperament and ability to take more than four steps without gasping for air.  BYB’s are in it for the money.  Reputable breeders lose money on litters.  So why do they do it?  For love of the breed.  They want to see the breed improved with every litter.

Maybe you want to breed your much beloved dog for sentimental reasons – you want a pup that will be just like him/her.  You do realize that all dogs have individual personalities, right?  There’s a good chance that none of those pups would be like your beloved pet.  Instead, in memory of your beloved animal, volunteer your time at a shelter, make a donation in your pet’s name, or adopt a shelter/rescue dog.  

I’m not even going to get into puppy mills here – I’ll save them for a discussion on buying a pet vs. adopting  a pet.  

Please share that graph I posted – if you would like, I can email it to you so you can make sure you get it full-size.


T-Rex at my local Museum of Natural History
T-Rex at my local Museum of Natural History

4 thoughts on “Breeding?

  1. Hey, thanks for the award, it’s much appreciated!

    I don’t know what the right reasons for breeding are, but I certainly wished more folks would spend more time really thinking about the intricacies of genetics and how their breeding Muffy and Spike is either contributing or reducing the overall awesomeness (however that may be defined) of the breed.

    Mostly, I think people should adopt. 🙂

  2. Love the graphic! If more people really ran an analysis like this one, I think they’d be more inclined to seek their next family member from the shelter.


  3. I am down with that! I want to throw up everytime I see people with designer dogs from pet stores. I see unnuetered pit bulls with their gang bangers, once I pulled over and started to lecture a guy who was walking an unneutered boy and a lactating bitch and started lecturing him about back yard breeding and why he should spay and nueter, how ther are humdreds of homeless pitbull in the shelter because of people like him, I think I was lucky he didn’t pull a gun on me.

  4. I love the graph that you put up and I feel the same way many of you do. I would like a copy of it if that’s alright. Thanks.

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