The back yard breeder is the single greatest cause of pet overpopulation. Back yard breeders usually do not have bad intentions, but the results of back yard breeding are devastating.

The majority of homeless or abandoned dogs come from this category in many popular breeds and mixes, they are often destroyed in pounds. Most are sold locally through newspaper ads – the responsibility ends when the purchaser’s taillights disappear from sight.

Many back yard breeders do not have the knowledge to properly raise a healthy, socialized litter, or to help the new owner with any problems that might arise.

Back yard breeders may act on a desire to make extra money, or simply out of ignorance. Sometimes back yard breeders will breed so “their children can experience the miracle of birth”, or they mistakenly believe “every dog should have one litter.” They may think their dog is so cute, he/she would make wonderful puppies, with little or no thought for the homes to which their puppies will go. Other back yard breeders see how much money legitimate breeders charge for pups and figure they could make some “easy money” too. Or, a back yard breeder may have a completely unplanned litter by accident.

Back yard breeders usually bring two breeding animals together regardless of their quality. They are not interested in scientific breeding. Their aim is to fulfill a personal need or goal, not to improve the breed and bring excellent quality dogs to the world. Since breed excellence is generally unimportant, the breeding dogs generally will not have been tested for genetic and health problems.

Back yard breeders are not necessarily bad people, they often come from middle to upper income families, and their dogs can be well loved and kept. However, getting a pup from a back yard breeder is a gamble:

  • the parents likely have not been screened for health problems
  • puppies usually are not sold with contracts and no future support to the buyer
  • the breeders are not in it for the long haul
  • They will be working on new personal objectives in five years when your pet has a problem and you need help.

Although you might pay less for the breed of your choice from a back yard breeder, it’s almost a given that in the long run, you’ll pay a good deal more in vet bills and perhaps emotional bills (if the dog has to be euthanized due to a health or temperament problem), than you would from a reputable breeder.


There are no such breeds as doodles, puggles, shipoo’s etc, they are NOT recognized breeds and are not bred by reputable breeders. They are yes neat, adorable, fun but BUYER BEWARE you will have no guarantees on the following:

  • Health
  • Temperament
  • Appearance
  • Lineage
  • Life Span

Designer Dogs are not bred with the same care and concern that a reputable breeder breeds a purebred. In fact serious health issues can arise. Our shelters are filling up with the trendy little pooches. There is nothing wrong with mutts but there is something wrong with paying top dollar for them. Designer Dog breeders generally do NOT:

  • Health test breeding stock
  • Temperament test sire/dam
  • Prove their lines
  • Give health guarantees
  • Take back dogs
  • Offer buyer support

If you truly want a ‘designer dog’ adopt from your local shelter there are TONS there for a reasonable fee that supports your local shelter and not a greedy persons pocket.


Source: No Puppy Mills Canada

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