A Few Words For the Backyard Breeders Selling Puppies in a Parking Lot

photo copy 3I wish you would stop, but I know you won't. Where there is demand, there will always be supply. And as long as there are people willing to pay $200 for one of your "red nose pit" (your words, not mine) puppies, you will continue to successfully exploit your dogs for easy cash. According to Georgia law, unlicensed breeders can only produce one litter PER YEAR. And I'll take a wild guess that you don't have the pet dealer's license required to be breeding these dogs.

I wish you would visit your local open-intake shelter and see the problem you're contributing to, but I know you won't. Take a walk through any animal control facility (especially down here in Georgia) and you'll see row after row of pit bull-type dogs. Most of them will not leave the shelter alive. I wish you knew the reality of the pet overpopulation crisis in this area, because if you saw the trash bags full of dead dogs that I have seen leaving the shelter in a garbage truck, I imagine you would think twice about what you're doing.

I wish you would take responsibility for the dogs you have brought into this world, but I know you won't. Unless you stopped breeding your dogs (and preferably had them spayed and neutered) and also required that anyone who bought your puppies got them spayed and neutered, the reality is that I'm going to see your puppies again someday. Maybe not the puppies you're selling now, but certainly their puppies, or their puppies' puppies. I'm going to see them in a dogfighting bust, or in a shelter, or tied up and neglected in a backyard. And you won't be the one that cries for them.

I wish this wasn't about the money, but I know it is. This wasn't an "accidental litter." This was your conscious choice to breed your "red nose pits" to make a few thousand bucks. There are truly responsible breeders out there who dedicate their lives to improving the standard of their breed of choice, and who would give their right arm before they would sell their puppies to the first people who approached their car in a parking lot.

I wish our animal shelters would no longer be overcrowded, but they won't unless you stop this vicious cycle. You are the reason there are dogs dying in shelters every day. You are the reason that pit bull-type dogs get an undeserved bad reputation. You are the reason I'll spend the rest of my life trying to make a difference in the lives of the dogs that people like you have so carelessly brought into this world and set up to fail.

There are so many resources available for anyone who is ready to stop backyard breeding, whether intentional or not. Low cost spay/neuter organizations and rescue groups exist all over the world to help you end the cycle and get your remaining animals into safe, loving homes. If you're willing to be a part of the solution, know that you have a world of support behind you! 


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Positively Expert: Alex Andes

Alex Andes is the owner and head trainer of Peach on a Leash Dog Training & Behavior Services in Atlanta, GA.


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5 thoughts on “A Few Words For the Backyard Breeders Selling Puppies in a Parking Lot

  1. JustMyOpinion

    I doubt any backyard breeder gives a damn about where the pups end up. The see them as property not lives.

  2. mia

    Great article, very well put. I'm a vet nurse for 15years, and sadly I only see things getting worse. Both in Ireland, and in Australia where I currently live and work, I meet people ever day who think its their right to breed their dog because its 'so cute'. Its a daily tiresome struggle trying to give advice and a sense of responsibility to people who think they are an exception to the problem of massive euthanasia rates in shelters. Adopt and spey, its easy!!!!! For what its worth I'll share this on facebook. Good luck.

  3. Aidan Rodrigo Johansson

    Back yard breeding is okay if done by caring and loving people to dogs they love and care for. Of course dirty savage humans should not be allowed to do it. Why the hard-on of hate for the red noses? Usually its the ugly little grandma dogs that get backyard bred for profit. It has to stop.

  4. Miss E

    Yes, it appears you are a very qualified vet nurse. I'll make sure to take my dog to get "speyed" as soon as possible.

  5. Miss E

    Have you considered that rescues aren't for everyone? That backyard breeders may be a good option for some?
    Take my family. We looked at the SPCA and online for months. Unfortunately, nothing came up. No, that's not true; there were plenty of dogs. Dogs that were unpredictable; dogs that had severe separation anxiety; dogs with aggression problems; dogs that had multiple health problems; in other words (the words of the SPCA volunteers, actually), these dogs were unfit for families with young children, families without $$$ laid down for current vet bills, or even for families without a certified dog trainer in their midst. So, what could my family do? After much research into breeds and local breeders, my mother found a 10-week old mixed-breed puppy. (Actually, her mother was half-and-half Golden Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog; her father was a purebred Bernese). The breeder asked all sorts of questions, even inquiring into our look at the local rescues. She even recommended one - she would risk losing a puppy, she wanted to help those dogs so much. The next day, we drove home with the cutest little girl, a 1-year health guarantee, and all the required shots. To this day, she is the healthiest, happiest, and absolute best family dog we could ever hope for. So how come people assume "backyard breeders" are in it for the money? Believe me, raising a litter of 10 requires a lot of time and effort. And with a mixed-breed, you are assured they are breeding for temperament, not looks.

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