Saturday, March 17, 2012

Why do they breed?

A couple of days ago, me and my sister were talking about getting another dog to be added in their pack. And coincidentally, I was also searching through this famous buy-and-sell website for nothing in particular. So since we were in the topic, I searched for available dogs being sold as online dog ads are conveniently found in this site. To cut to the chase, here are some ads I've read.

Most of them are in my country's language. I will be posting the translated version already.

"For Sale Shih-Tzu
Never been mated 100% Virgin
Perfect for Breeding"

"Puppy for Sharing Shih-Tzu Stud
2 Balls
In Heat, So He Needs A Bitch!"

"JRT Stud Service
I have 2 JRTs (Jack Russel Terriers) you can choose from.
They're awesome at mating since they already know what to do!"

"No Need for Shooter! My dog knows what to do!"

"Never Missed! Proven! Always Successful! Promise,"

"Looking for Crossbreed pups? I can provide you with any kind, just send me a message. Price is negotiable depending on the breed."

"Selling  Shih- Tzu.  The previous owner failed to save the dog's eyes from blindness , but she is healthy. If you need one for breeding purposes, it's definitely okay."

"Big Head, Heavy Bones, Sad Face" - description for a beagle

"Mini Pinscher Chihuahua Mix. Almost in heat. If the female is mated to a purebreed, the possible outcome is a PURE one!"

And the last one,

"Release Date is on DEC ______ , GREAT AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!"

It's just sad to know that majority of the reasons that breeders here choose to take care of purebred dogs is for monetary gain. Purebred dogs are like luxury items in the Philippines which is why they are highly sought after. It's a rare case for a person to pick up strays.  And one of the reasons why dog adoption from pounds isn't popular is because of this (aside from the fact that some cities don't have pounds).

Comments anyone?


  1. It is sad but all breeders are not in it for monetary gain. You do have your good ones still! Happy Patty's Day!

  2. There are definitely good breeders out there too, but unfortunately the ones in it for the money seem to outnumber the good ones

    Urban Hounds

  3. wow this was interesting
    Happy St Patricks Day to you!

  4. Gross. Those kind of breeders make me furious
    Dachshund Nola's Mommy

  5. That is just SO SO sad. They really shouldn't be taking care of pets just because they want to breed them for monetary gains. Ugh, heartbreaking.

  6. Yuck. My hope is that one day the breeding industry will be heavily regulated.

  7. That is very sad. It is terrible to see dogs being used as a commodity like kitchen utensils or something.
    The poor little blind one was especially heartbreaking, I hope she somehow manages to find a nice home.
    Lynne x

  8. She was being sold for roughly $120... I was pretty pissed about the blind one's add, as well. But like you, I am also hoping that she finds a great loving family who will take care of her and not make her like some breeding tool.

  9. That is just sickening. These people are obviously just in it for the money, without concern for the dogs, or their offspring.

  10. I'm with Meowmeowman.... sick. If you saw the conditions most of those dogs lived in, you'd not think they were such desirable dogs.

  11. This is unreal! I think I would need a bitch too, if I was kept in the conditions you say :(

  12. wow! these people sound crude or perhaps a bit ill-mannered. it felt like i was reading a dating site for humans! there are plenty of purebreds in the pounds here, but the most most commonly found are pit bulls. i found in california a surprising one is many purebred chihuhuas are in shelters.

  13. So sad. Dogs - or any animal - should not be breed just for monetary gain. There should be a love of the animal involved, and a commitment to do right by the animal. There seems to be no respect for the life/lives of the dogs when breed for money. So very sad.

    And it is also sad that it takes away from all the wonderful mutts and strays that need loving homes. I am a mutt (mostly Malamute, but mixed with something else) and found as a stray, and I am perfect! :->

    Thanks for sharing.


  14. It is very, very sad. Love for the animal is what is important...just like Suka said. Also wanted to let you know that Beemer is actually a Westie-Poo. That is a West Highland Terrier mixed with Poodle. He will be staying with us til next Wednesday!

    Hope all is well at your house!
    xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  15. oh how sad!! How awful!! And with so many dogs in shelters needing rescue, too....

  16. YoYoMa's mother was kept by the breeder strictly for breeding purposes since she was blind (but had a great lineage)...and YoYoMawas also used for stud servicebefore we rescued him. It is just wrong.

  17. Wow thats just awful! There are too many bad breeders and puppy farms about these days :(


  18. This is SO SAD and difficult to read ...

    Your pal, Pip

  19. This is such a complicated issue, one I've been thinking about since meeting my first "Sato" from Puerto Rico almost 12 years ago. It's a complicated enough issue here in the States but in other countries and the islands, cultural attitudes play an enormous role in the situation.

    In Puerto Rico, pure bred dogs are a status symbol (nothing wrong with that per se) but neutering male dogs is also seen as "emasculation". So pure bred dogs are bought and brought to the island, aren't neutered, run around and mate with different breeds and the resulting mixed breeds are left to their own defenses because they're not 'valued' like pure bred dogs are.

    It's a vicious circle and one that can only be addressed by changing values and attitudes. Campaigns to educate young people in humane care and responsibility of pets are having an impact but there is so very far to go.

    Thank you for spotlighting the situation you see in your own country. It's the only way we can begin to effect change.

    1. Thank you. I know what you mean when you said it's some sort of a status symbol. It's just awful how not only is it considered a status symbol but also for monetary gain.

      And dogs who are considered "street dogs" are left to fend for themselves in the streets.

  20. I think that dogs will always be bred unscrupulously, for monetary gain, by at least some people in society. People will always be looking for money and, unfortunately, purebred dogs (and even 'designer' mongrels) are currently a trendy way to make money.

    To me, the solution is mostly in increasing breeder responsibility (e.g. responsible for the pups they breed for life) and increasing buyer awareness of 'good breeders' and how to avoid 'bad breeders'.

    1. I agree. Maybe breeders should have regulations as well.

      I'm fine with monetary gain but it's just plain awful that people just look as dogs like.... like chickens.

  21. Responsibility breeding needs a lot of preparation and work, it is not just putting to nice looking dogs together.


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