My dentist yesterday asked me as my mouth was stuffed with torture instruments, hoses and vacumns, "Aren't you the one that has purebred labs"?. Nnh, nnh, nnh I replied. "Oh, sorry" as he removes all the hardware. "My girl is coming in heat next week and I want to breed her. How much would it cost?" After spitting and choking from the dentistry and his question I told him I did not breed my dogs. I explained that when and if one of them ever proved really successful I might think about it. Never having even seen my dogs, he was still pushing for it, because his girl had papers and was smart! I just said "no I don't think so" without telling him that I would never consider a bitch without health clearances and would prefer only those with at least a working history. He commented that these days people get really upset when they find out he breeds. I could have gone on and on about "responsible breeding", but to what point? I am not the dog police but at the same time I almost feel guilty for not telling him more. Where does our responsibility end? Would it make any difference if we shot down all these hobby breeders' hopes? How do other male dog owners respond? Besides, you do NOT want to piss off your dentist when he has the drill in his hands!