Point #1: A health guarantee is not a guarantee that a puppy will never get sick. A health guarantee is a guarantee that the breeder
will back up a puppy's health if it is due to health issues that come as a result of a congenital or genetic defect. These two words
are both loaded as well. Proving a "congenital or genetic defect" is the root cause of a health issue may be too costly for many owners
to afford. The real truth about a health guarantee is that a good breeder will stand behind their puppy in health issues that can
be reasonably proven to result from "congenital or genetic roots".
Point #2: The words "Bad Breeding" are often misplaced in usage. As is true with all breeding; risks of defects exist in any
breeder's lines. The occurrence of these issues can be minimalized through a careful breeding program, but may still occur from
time to time. This should not be subject to the term "Bad Breeding" unless the breeder has continued breeding a line of
dogs proven to produce these "Bad Defects". Breeding is an art and learning to produce quality puppies takes years of consistent work
as the breeder gains experience.
Point #3: The terms "Puppy Mill" and "Backyard Breeder" are not synonymous and are often misunderstood. Wikipedia: A Puppy Mill,
sometimes known as a puppy farm, is a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits above
animal welfare and is often in substandard conditions regarding the well-being for dogs in their care.
Breeder is a general term, often considered derogatory, used in USA to describe people who breed animals, often without registration.
In some cases the animals are inbred narrowly for looks with little regard to health.
Every breeder began with less knowledge
than they will possess after years of experience. Most breeders start out with a pet that steals their heart and they decide
they want to be more involved with that breed. What follows is years of learning. For some, the satisfaction of earning
a dollar overrides the need to educate themselves and breed better. For others, as the knowledge of their breed begins
to permeate their thinking they dedicate themselves to improving their breeding program every day and every way that they can.
Point #4: You the Buyer, hold the key to eliminating the true "Puppy Mill and Backyard Breeders" from society. Educating yourself
about your breed will help you to "know what you are looking at". You will not be able to detect everything, but if you know
the Lhasa standard it will be more evident if a Lhasa is not measuring up to the standard. You will never
find a perfect Lhasa apso, but you should be able to see many positive breed standards when inspecting your puppy as well as a clean
environment and no visible signs of health issues.
It is difficult to tactfully say some things that breeders need to express to their customers. Without being in the shoes of
the breeder, one may not find it so easy to understand our world. I have begun the development of this page to shed light on
some of the issues that you may never have considered from "The Breeder's Point of View".