Myth or Fact: All Purebreds come from responsible breeders.
Myth: Not all purebred dogs are from responsible breeders. Responsible breeders help reduce the dog abandonment problem. Purebred doesn't mean well bred. Many purebred dogs fail to meet their breed standard or are not bred by ethical-minded breeders.
Myth or Fact: Breeders have to show to be good breeders.
Myth: Breeding is a spectrum; it isn't a simple black-white right-wrong. There are, however, some basic principals that separate a true breeder from one who isn't. To be a good breeder you should be an advocate for your breed, maintain the breeds integrity, breed to the established standard, and focus on bettering your lines for the future of the breed. Showing is often expensive and very time-consuming, which in today's age is not accessible for everyone. Being a breeder goes beyond awards and titles, it is about preserving the breed; anyone can do that!
Myth or Fact: A breeder won't let me visit so they must be a bad breeder or byb.
Maybe Myth, Maybe Fact: While not being allowed to visit is a red flag it is a common practice among responsible breeders. Many breeders have families they want to protect from danger and try to keep the risk of viruses and illnesses (both to them and their pets) low by limiting traffic in the homes. Sadly, many breeders have been attacked, robbed and even killed by crooks masquerading as interested buyers. Be sure to ask for alternative ways to see the breeder and their dogs; texting, calling, video chats, recorded videos posted online, social media (such as a breeder/kennel Facebook page or Instagram account).
Myth or Fact: Having papers means my dog is healthy.
Myth: Papers are a tool to track lineage, predict health, and can provide information like inheritable genetics and longevity. Papers do not mean your dog is bred to be healthy or is of breed standard.
A responsible breeder will want to know about you and what you're looking for in a dog, they'll ask questions, they know their breed and it's history, they know the current state of the breed and what to expect as owners; responsible breeders are the heart and soul of their breed!