Lament of a stud dog owner

Championship finished…check.  All health checks completed and tests normal…check.  Good pedigree…check.  Characteristics to improve the breed…check.  So, we’re ready to offer Kunga at stud.

Funny things happen when you start advertising your dog for breeding.  Things like getting a contact: “I ned champion pupps.  Please send pedigri and costs now.”  No kidding.  I’d sure like some champion puppies myself, but don’t happen to have any.

Or this: “My girl is very nice she is AKC registered and had many litters.  I will pay $200 for breeding.”  Really?  Not to my dog you won’t.

Maybe I’m being too sniffy about this but I hear so much about Danes being rescued from horrible homes, about clueless buyers who don’t realize that “Great Dane” really does mean Great BIG Dane, about puppy mills who breed anything that moves.  A friend suggests I stay civil no matter what—there’s an opportunity for education in every reply—so I’ve tried.

But there’s still the worry about everyone who inquires: how can I sort out the people breeding for money?  So far the serious inquiries (I don’t count those above) have come from the small circle of people that I know or that know friends of mine, so I have high hopes that any of Kunga’s pups will end up in good hands.  Still it’s nerve-wracking to think of those helpless little animals being sent off into the world with relatively little protection from the idiocy of the human race.  Should there be “parental rights” for the owners of breeding animals, so that the pups can be retrieved from situations that don’t pan out?  We try to do this through contract, but it’s sad to see how ineffective that can be.  When it comes down to it we have to trust.  I understand better now why the dog world can seem so small and insular: in some ways it helps to protect our puppies.

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