nospacesorspecialcharacters: License Dog Breeders?
Does the US Government require breeders to obtain a breeding license, and if not why? If people are required, why do we have so many backyard breeders walking the streets?
If there is now breeder license requirement, can you recommend support groups that are lobbying for this?
I say that there should be a universal law, nation wide, that regulates dog breeding; simple but strict.
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-Pass an animal anatomy/breeding exam on each select pedigree that they wish to breed.
-Register each female that is capable of breeding
-Obtain written consent, from a vet, that that the female is health to breed. Same for the male.
-Have the breeding, and living area inspected annually for quality.
-When puppies are delivered, the city must be notified, and told how many
-Each client that wishes to purchase a puppy must sign an agreement to fix the puppy at X month. If client chooses to raise and breed puppy/show, client will pay X fee annually.
** I know my statements sound like Communism, but I there should an order to dog breeding. Puppy mills and back yard breeders should be held accountable for destroying our pedigrees!
**For those that protest. I know these rules sound foolish, and the price of pure breed will increase.
***Tare this apart if you wish
Answers and Views:
Answer by Kate M
I believe that the AKC licences some breeders (very slack rules), some states or counties may have a licence system. It is not usually about how the dogs are treated, it is more about the number of dogs or that they are breeding. The BYB get licences just as easily as reputable ones do.
It is really up to the person wanting a dog to research the breeder.
Just because a breeder has a licence, doesn't mean they are a good breeder.
Answer by chippylippylippylooh
There is USDA licensing that is required if you are a commercial breeder. The USDA knows little to nothing about dogs (as they specialize in livestock) and their housing requirements are minimal for the dogs. This does not apply to breeders that don't breed as often. Hence so many backyard breeders.
Answer by Purebreds Rock!
LOL thats a joke, right? The US government? They can't even take care of the welfare and educational systems, how would they regulate breeders?
No, there are no licenses. However, the AKC does *sometimes* do kennel checks.
I doubt there will be any sort of regulations in the near future.
Answer by bittyb
In many cities in the US you are required to have a special permit to own a dog that is not neutered or spayed, and that is all. It's more paperwork than anything else.
Generally, people can do whatever they want with their dogs. If they commit animal cruelty then there are legal penalties for that. They are usually regulations about conditions and such for breeders, just like for regular dog owners, but there isn't oversite like, say, a hospital or something.
Bad breeding is not really a legal issue. Bad breeding is a societal issue. People do it because other people buy the dogs. If you don't like it (and I don't), then you don't support it. Also, if you come across a puppy mill then you report it. I think in some places there are regulations regarding large scale breeding operations (like puppy mills), but most BYBs simply don't fall into that category.
Most back yard breeders don't abuse their animals, they just don't do what ought to be necessary to ensure *quality* pups and to justify their fees. They also frequently don't know what is best for the dogs and are pretty much exploiting them for profit. Just because it's unwise to breed a 1 year old, undersized dog, doesn't make it illegal. Now, if they BYB or owner refuses the medical care that dog needs, like the almost inevitable C-section, that is criminal. If they do abuse their animals, like keeping them in horrid conditions or witholding medical treatment to sick animals, then the city needs someone to report it so they can find out, and then investigate.
Answer by Cavalier KCS mom
Having a breeding license won't make any difference. People will still be breeding dogs without it. For instance the City of LA before they passed the Spay/Neuter ordinance they had a requirement that you had to pay $ 100 for a breeding license prior to breeding a dog but people were still breeding dogs without the license and they were still winding up in the city shelters being euthanized. It didn't make any difference. They also made any one who had an unaltered dog they had to pay $ 100 for a yearly dog license but most people didn't get their dogs licensed then. If the dog was Spayed or Neutered then it was $ 15 for the yearly lisence. Just like a person having a license to own a gun. The bad guy will always have a gun without it being licensed.
Answer by BMTHESPIAN
Breeders currently must be licensed by the USDA if they sell to wholesalers. In other words if they are commercial breeders. Legislation is currently in the works to add any breeder that sells more than 50 puppies per year regardless of who they sell to.
Licensing does not do any good the standard of care required to be licensed is so low almost anyone can meet it. The government also lacks the resources to inspect every breeder in the US to even check if they are meeting that minimum standard of care or even if every one breeding a litter is licensed.
Edit: As far as your "plan" it would only really hurt responsible breeder. Most responsible breeders are "hobby breeders" who have full time jobs and taking the time and effort to fill out more and more paper work is only taking away valuable time from their dogs. BYB would simply ignore the laws and puppy mills have full time staff to deal with the inconvenience. It is also a dangerous path allowing the government to get more and more involved in what dogs can and cannot be bred. It is only a slipper slope that would allow full breeding bans (what many AR groups are ultimatly pushing for) . Mandatory spay and neuter laws in and of themselves are dangerous, besides again being a slippery slope, they do not take into don't take health issues into account. Spay and neuter before 2-3 yrs old can lead to future health problems for some dogs especially large and giant breeds including significantly increasing the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer). So again not a path we want to go down. Frankly we as animal owners need to start policing ourselves and keep the government out of pet ownership outside of ensuring basic care and preventing abuse. The ultimate key to reducing overpopulation is not government intervention but educating not only breeders but the dog buying public. If we can deter pet buyers from BYB and puppy mills then if they can't sell dogs they won't make money and if they are not making money their is no reason for them to breed.
Answer by panache
The USDA is in charge of licensing puppy mills.There is little regulation to the conditions,with very few mills being shut down every year.
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