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 champion bred litter means the dogs will be healthy and long-lived.
MYTH: Often champions are thought of as the best of the best, but that simply isn't true. Many champion dogs have poor health testing results, often VWD effected, and are more inbred than pet lines. Many show dogs are bred indiscriminately among their circles to keep the kennel names and titles going. This produces a higher inbreeding ration and severely cripples diversity. Look at the pedigrees of many show dogs; you'll see the same sires/bitches multiple times. Some champions don't even fit the breed standard, but because the judges knew the kennel or the handler the dog was passed through the showring and titled. Having connections in the show ring, such as many large kennels and professional handlers do, helps secure a title faster. It's not always about the dog; often it's about the politics and who knows who on the inside.
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 can be 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. A responsible breeder will have alternatives to in-person visits such as video calling. 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.
Myth or Fact: I need to have full registration if I want to show or breed my Doberman.
FACT: In order to earn points and to show your dog you must have full registration. Dogs are usually shown before reaching 1 year old, between 6 and 9 months old, while they're still young enough to not have varied from the breed standard too much as many adults tend to do after reaching sexual maturity (an old show secret a long retired handler told me about). If you're interested in breeding your dog and registering the litter with the AKC you'll need full registration to do so.