I worked for a vet years ago, here in our small, rural area. In those years with him, saw a lot of dogs, of course, many mixed breeds, lots of purebreds, including a bunch of Labs & Goldens. Lots of dysplasia and skin issues in the retrievers. There were several clients that were of the backyard breeder type, one Golden, 2 Labrador. I personally visited one of the Labrador breeders, who was later shut down by the county for many violations, all 26 of his Labs taken and re-homed, those that could be salvaged anyway. His were ďAKC qualityĒ but no real papers, even the AKC had given up on registering his Labs. He brought them in for mandatory rabies vaccines and not much else. Actual treatment cost money, cheaper to just dispose of a dog and replace it.
The Golden breeder had lots of issues and knew it but once those pups were out the door, they didnít return any phone calls from the buyers, who were left with crippled dogs and big vet bills.
The other Lab breeder complained about no one local buying his pups and heíd take them up to Canada and sell them. He had started bringing in his dogs for OFA hips after giving his daughter one of his pups and that pup being severely dysplastic at 5 MONTHS of age. His daughter was irate and insisted he start doing OFA hips. One visit, one of his females had bad hips, werenít going to pass. He was disgusted, showed up at the local shelter later with her, emaciated, said if they didnít take her, heíd just shoot her (Iím a volunteer there, it happened). She wasnít worth feeding since he couldnít breed her. The final straw for me working for the vet was the day this breeder came in for his usual attempt at free treatment without actually bringing in a dog. He mentioned one of his other females had died. He was so casual about it. Said sheíd had a litter okay but this last cold spell, did her in. His dogs were housed outside. It had been well below zero for several days. She was 10 years old. All I could think of was the 10 years of living outside without adequate shelter, the lack of any real care, attention, anything but being thrown some food and bred every cycle until she died, literally freezing to death. How much is a bale or two of straw, how much effort to throw into a dog house? The bare minimum standard of care, what is it worth to someoneís humanity? Not much apparently, to some people.
To me, there is no excuse for not doing health clearances except ignorance, and that only gets one pass. I donít care what color, what breed, do right by the dogs. I donít care if you only want a meat dog, I donít care if the dog never picks up a bird and hasnít got a title in 5 generations. Do right by the dogs when it comes to their health and well-being. I donít care if youíre too busy, donít have the money or time. YOU are responsible, you make the decision to breed, you take accountability for what you produce. And expect to be questioned on a public forum dedicated to and run by retriever people. If you have nothing to hide, you arenít going to be offended, youíll just point to the clearances you did. If you arenít working to ensure the health of what you breed, then you are part of the problem and one of the reasons ďbreederĒ is a nasty word these days.
Some say we need to be nice, educate, well, that's fine, I'm all for helping anyone understand and I answer alot of pm's in that regard. But, we seem to be flush with those who think it is their God given right to do whatever they want however they want, that the standards shouldn't apply to them, that whine when they get an answer they don't like. They know full well the clearances they should be doing, they have excuses for not doing them. Not PC enough? Too bad. I'm sick of whiners and crybabies.