Sunday, December 8, 2013

What Does Membership in a Breed Club Tell You?

Breed clubs are little more than trade associations for puppy peddlers.

The main function of breed clubs is to create and rationalize an artificial market for show dogs bred in a closed registry system.

The second function of a breed club is to serve as a marketing hub for puppies sold to a public who are told that breed club affiliation is the first sign of a “good” breeder.

In fact, breed club membership is little more than an indication that a breeder has the patience to suffer through breed club politics.

Most breed clubs require no health or performance testing of any kind, and offer up only weak ethical guidelines related to the age and frequency of mating.

Many good breeders can be found in breed clubs, but breed club membership alone tells you nothing.

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