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Let's get down to the nitty gritty issue of Canine testing on breeding dogs. Let's stop the finger wagging, the finger pointing and calling names at breeders who share my belief that the tests presently available for breeding dogs absolutely has no bearing whatsoever for their created offspring. The reason being, the tests do not guarantee a longer, healthier life over a non-tested dog or their offspring. I will be the very first to say that I personally believe that many of the tests available for canine are absolutely a waste of money if the tests are the basis for selling a litter of puppies.
Breeders who use the testing as a way to manipulate a buyer's perception that the breeder is a much better breeder because they tested their breeding dogs and that their breeding dogs are far better than non tested dogs are only providing their buyers with a false sense of security. They claim they are "bettering the breed"..."Helping people"...its not about bettering the breed. It's not about helping people. It's about the pats on the head; the adulation; the money. It is just a sales tactic and a way for these breeders to command higher prices for their puppies and a sales gimmick to lure more potential buyers in their direction. Breeders who are veterinarians, vet techs and such, know for a fact that the testing available to them for their breeding dogs does not, in any way, at this time, eliminate genetic issues or health issues for created offspring. Many Veterinarians themselves have had instances where their tested breeding dogs have still produced puppies that came down with severe hip dysplasia or other devestating health issues after it went home with the buyer. Being a Veterinarian or a Vet tech does not make them a "healer". 5 different Vets with the same amount of experience, can come up with 5 different diagnosis' based on the same evidence. The same holds true for doctors and people. There's never any REAL proof what causes an issue or ailment in people or dogs. Just mere speculation and alot of assumption. If it were true that all the canine testing that is available to date could prevent puppies from having health issues down the road, why then would those that do test their breeding dogs not give their buyers a lifetime health warranty? Wouldn't a breeder who is either a Veterinarian or a Vet tech, who has more testing available to them at a much lesser fee, be more sure of the health of their breeding dogs than the average breeder? They do, after all, have a supposed edge over the average breeder. If it were true that all of the testing that is available to humans could produce a perfectly sound human being....why are there so many screwed up people in this world? Why are there so many families torn apart by drug addiction, murders, suicide, depression and all sorts of other health maladies and addictions? Why? Because there's no such thing as being able to produce or perfect a human being, much less a dog, regardless of all the testing that is presently available. Lets say you purchase a puppy from a breeder who tested the breeding parents for every single test known to dog, does this mean your dog isn't going to become ill from something the parents were not tested for? Does it then mean Fido won't run out into traffic and get killed or maimed ? Does it mean Fluffy will never suffer from a health issue at sometime during its life? No....not even close, my friend.
If breeders who test their breeding dogs for every test known to dog, actually believed all the conducted testing was going to provide their puppy buyers with a 100% genetically defective free puppy and that their puppies were much healthier because they were produced by tested breeding dogs, why then are they only providing a limited health guarantee to the buyers? Sherry Rupke told me in her hateful email that she felt it gave puppies a "better chance" at not having a genetic ailment or issue through out their lives, if their parents were tested. Yes, and if Sherry Rupke and others like her, don't get into their car today, they will have a better chance of NOT getting into a car accident. If she and others who share her opinion, don't eat today, they'll have a better chance of NOT choking on the food they put into their mouths. I could go on and on and on about the "ifs" in this world. Forget the "ifs" and lets talk about facts and reality!

Who is she and others like her kidding? I read an ezine article written by Sherry Rupke and laughed myself silly at the nonsense she wrote. It was a fluke that I ran into this article because she had sent me a nasty email not too long ago bashing me as an irresponsible breeder because I didn't test my breeding dogs. This woman has alot of nerve, to say the least. Regardless of her opinions, that was not the basis for this article. The entire reason for this article is to shed some light on the fact that there are many breeders who are as experienced, if not more experienced than myself ( I have 11+ years under my belt) and they share the same belief as I do that more studies need to be conducted before we can know with absolute certainty, puppies will turn out to be healthier and free from diseases or genetic ailments, if breeding dogs are tested.
So she's a vet tech...whoopee doo! Does that somehow make her better than the average breeder? I don't believe so. There are entirely more breeders with more hands on experience, such as myself, than that of Sherry Rupke. As a vet tech, she either gets a huge discount for all of the testing she listed on her ezine article she claims breeding dogs should have BEFORE being bred, or she gets them for her dogs, for free! For the average breeder who doesn't have the luxury of free canine testing, FREE canine treatments or huge beneficial discounts from their Veterinarian BOSS, all of the tests she listed in her article are very expensive and the average breeder would never be able to recoup their money if they had all of the tests she listed, performed on their breeding dogs. Especially since those tests will not guarantee the breeder genetically sound puppies nor will they guarantee that a buyer will NEVER shed a tear because their puppy came down with a health issue. I was very fortunate, when I first began as a breeder to have 2 very important mentors in my life. One was a show breeder who had well over 25 years experience in breeding and showing dogs and the other was my veterinarian who passed away in 2006. I believed I learned the most from my vet, but I learned quite alot from the show breeder as well. Prior to my vet's passing, I learned just as much had I been a vet tech working for him. He allowed me to have "hands on" experience when it came to teaching me how to bring my puppies in the world and other important things a breeder should know. Every vet visit and every conversation with him was a learning experience. Even when he would come to my home to vaccinate my dogs or to bring me medications for my dogs, everything with my vet was about learning. He had the unique ability to share his knowledge freely and he never held back. He enjoyed teaching dog owners and breeders alike, if they were interested in being taught. I do believe in particular tests for dogs such testing for canine brusillosis and yes, I did have such tests performed. But for tests that actually have no bearing on created offspring where genetic issues are concerned, I disagree that they are necessary unless the dog is an affected dog and if the dog is an affected dog, it should not be bred; Just tested, treated, then altered.

It's bad enough that before I deduct the actual expenses of caring for my litter of Goldendoodle pups and the parents on a daily basis, I figured out my actual earnings on a puppy sale is a whopping $6.57 a day BEFORE expenses are deducted. Yes...I'm living high off the hog from selling a puppy! They SURE DO ALLOW ME TO RETIRE FROM A REAL JOB! WHOOOO...I'LL MAKE SURE NOT TO SPEND IT ALL IN ONE PLACE and it appears the fabric makers in China actually make more money than I do, per day. Not only would the average breeder NOT be able to recoup their spent money on all the tests Sherry Rupke listed in her article, but not a single test she listed will guarantee that the breeder's dog won't pass on defective, silent genes that cause many ailments and genetic issues in the created offspring. Dogs in general carry 4-5 silent defective genes that can pass on to offspring. Dogs who are carriers may not be an affected dog or even show signs of any ailment whatsoever. While some studies conducted have been able to find markers for certain diseases in a few breeds, there are many other studies that need to be conducted for all breeds, and we have a very long way to go before perfecting the dog as a whole. Currently, canine genetic laboratories are working in trying to narrow down specific DNA markers that cause issues with the canine in general, but those studies are still in the works.

One of my first thoughts after reading her ezine article was this: If she's so sure that all the tests she lists in her article is a definite way to produce healthy, genetically defective free puppies for people to buy, WHY THEN DOES SHE NOT OFFER A LIFE TIME HEALTH GUARANTEE to her buyers and why is her health guarantee limited? Surely, she feels very confident that the tests she put her breeding dogs through will guarantee her buyers a puppy they can enjoy for life, Right? My other thoughts were, is she married? Is she a parent? If so, and she's so adament that the fact she tests her breeding dogs allows her to be a qualified TOP BREEDER, was she as adament about conducting research on her and her husband's lineage and ancestry prior to getting married to ensure they were both genetically compatible? If she's a parent, did either she or her husband go through any pre-genetic or other available pre-testing to ensure they were not going to create a defective child prior to becoming pregnant? Surely someone who sits upon their self made pedestal would be so thorough as to have this done before becoming a parent or getting married? It is a fact that every few minutes, a genetically challenged child enters this world because of a genetic flaw in either the mother, the father or even sometimes both. It is a fact that many such children are abandoned in our health care facilities, given up for adoption or allowed to die by the very parents that created them. It's also a fact that more genetically challenged children are born each day, than genetically challenged puppies and more genetically challenged children are left homeless or abandoned than genetically challenged dogs. Our health care facilities have more abandoned children than animal shelters have abandoned dogs. Yet, we are smarter than a dog. We have more genetic testing available to us than what's available for a dog and yet, people like Sherry Rupke emphasize testing on breeding dogs and not themselves. I find that quite interesting and strange.

Recent advances in human genetic testing have put the answer to questions about a human's over all health, right at our fingertips. Yet so much of it goes unused by those seeking to wed or have children. Whether the goal is to assist in validating eligibility for government entitlements, such as Native American Rights or just to satisfy one's curiosity, Ancestry DNA testing is the only scientifically rigorous method available for this purpose in existence today. Of course, there are many other human genetic tests available to anyone who desires to be tested BEFORE they decide to wed or have children. Genetic testing is as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek. Testing accuracy is as good as 99.99% and can tell much about a person's ancestry and lineage. How many people do you think actually go through DNA testing, blood work up, X-rays and all sorts of other testing BEFORE considering pairing up with another human being or before considering bringing a child into this world? A child that could be born with defects; a child that could become a burden to our already under-funded health care system; a child that could bankrupt a couple due to genetic health issues. A child that may become a burden to society. I am willing to guess that perhaps only 10% (or less) of our entire population ever give one single thought at going through DNA testing or any other type of testing before marriage and creating a family. There are entirely more couples creating genetically challenged children than there are breeders and children live much longer than dogs, not to mention, they cost more. Before you hit me with your virtual sledgehammer, I am a parent and a grandmother. My experience and my knowledge goes far beyond that of a breeder. I am entitled to my opinions about people like Sherry Rupke, who go to great lengths of pretending they are holier than thou just because they test their breeding dogs and who actually believe that they are somehow much better than those who do no testing. It is mind boggling to me that a person who firmly believes a breeder who doesn't test their breeding dogs are basically parasites to our society and yet, they didn't do a single test on themselves or any research on their family lineage. Help me understand why these people actually believe they are "improving the breed" through testing when they didn't do anything about improving society by similar testing on themselves? It is also an absurd notion that these breeders actually believe they are "improving the breed" yet they backbreed, inbreed and linebreed a hybrid knowing full well that such practices are not healthy for a hybrid or a purebred dog.

Don't think you have me pegged just because I am writing about genetically challenged children. I have nothing against disabled children. I have children of my own and I also have grandchildren. Many, many moons ago, I worked as a CNA in a children's center for physically and mentally challenged children. Reality hit me squarely in the face when I worked as a CNA for these children. Many a night I sat in a rocking chair, rocking a baby with a shunt in her head because her responsible parents never visited her. She didn't so much as have a single photo in her tiny, white, cubicle of a room to show she had a family. I never felt so loved as I did each day when I was greeted by smiling faces of genetically challenged children who showered me with hugs and kisses and yet, never got them from their parents because they were abandoned as well by their responsible parents. They too, lived in tiny rooms that had little more than a dresser for their belongings. It broke my heart and the mixed emotions drew me to tears every night. It tore me apart knowing these children were so giving of hugs, kisses and love, yet they never received it from the very people that conceived them. I have also put in thousands of unpaid FREE hours as a respite and foster parent for the military community in Mannheim, Germany quite a long time ago, of which both my husband and I received many commendations and awards for. I am very aware of the reality of souls with genetic challenges and issues. I am not laying any blame on parents who may have a child with defects as I am sure their burden is quite great.
I'm merely making a point. The point being that people like Sherry Rupke, these finger wagging, name calling, hypocritical breeders who put so much emphasis on canine testing before breeding a dog, never so much as gave it a single thought of having any genetic tests conducted on themselves before having their own child or children, if they are parents. While there is nothing wrong with having a breeding dog tested before deciding to create puppies (that is a personal option), I do find something very wrong with those who write articles or go into forums and post derogatory information all over the internet....moan and groan all over the internet, anywhere and everywhere they can about breeders who don't have their breeding dogs tested. They do their best at name calling, claiming breeders who do not test their breeding dogs are "irresponsible"...blah, blah, blah....the list goes on to their madness. Who's calling the kettle black? The hypocritical breeders and others like them who point fingers at the breeders who believe that testing is a waste of money if the tests can not guarantee a genetically, defective free canine, that's who!

Name calling, name dropping, pointing fingers, blasting, cursing and writing all over the internet their personal opinions about pre-testing breeding dogs is par for the course in a breeders' world. Many do this because they have some kind of "perfection" complex. They're perfect because they test and the breeders who don't test are supposed "back yard breeders", "Puppy Mills" and what ever other delusional names they can come up with. Supposedly an experienced breeder who has dedicated many, many years in their profession isn't quite as "knowledgeable" as the breeder who has only been in the breeding profession for a few short years....but who tests their dogs. Did I also mention that Sherry Rupke also goes to great lengths of promoting a website she claims is a site for TOP GOLDENDOODLE BREEDERS yet fails to tell you those supposed TOP Goldendoodle breeders PAY FOR THEIR INCLUSION UPON THE WEBSITE she lists in her article ??? They are NOT TOP BREEDERS! They are merely breeders who pay the website owner to advertise on the owner's designed website! A website that was created AFTER the Goldendoodle became a popular dog and the website owner discovered a new way of earning a paycheck!
A TOP breeder does not have to PAY ALL SORTS OF BREEDER ADVERTISING WEBSITES to advertise and sell their puppies. A true TOP BREEDER sells their puppies by word of mouth, in Canine magazines or at dog shows. An actual TOP breeder and show breeder would laugh at Sherry's notion that the breeders listed on the website she's promoting in her ezine article, are top breeders. At best, they may be "good" or "okay" breeders, but so are many, many others who do not pay that website owner for advertising or inclusion upon that website. Let's not forget that the very site she's promoting in her ezine article also sports a very dysfunctional forum that goes to great lengths at name dropping in a very negative way towards breeders they have an ax to grind or feel are their competitors. The website owner's forum fuels the flames of those who post erroneous, inaccurate, derogatory information by those with a grudge and an ax to grind and its merely a forum to lure potential Goldendoodle buyers towards those supposed TOP breeders who pay for inclusion on the website she's listed. The forum is a way to lure potential buyers away from the competitors who people inside of the forum had bad mouthed and towards those who paid for inclusion upon that website because they also provide the website owner a paycheck. If the website owner herself didn't have an ax to grind with the breeders who are "condemed to her forum hell hole" and operated the website in a more professional manner, breeders would not be at each others' throats like they are today. There are other breeders who have very similar forums attached to their personal websites and interestingly enough, they themselves were the brunt of being attacked by a woman in Canada who operates a free for all, breeder bashing forum inside of HER website! All of them collect paychecks by doing this and allowing these things to happen. It's a perfect, methodical way at attempting to oust their competition. It's all about self promotion, self agenda, self motives. It is just another sales tactic and gimmick by these people, not to mention its about MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

I have personally been contacted many times, over the years, from those who had purchased a Goldendoodle puppy from some of those "supposed top breeders" who was either returned to those breeders or had to be euthanized because the puppy had severe health issues. I've also been contacted several times by those who purchased a Goldendoodle puppy from one of those supposed TOP breeders because the buyer felt betrayed over the appearance of their Goldendoodle's coat. It is not unusual at all for people to contact me with Goldendoodle questions, even though they purchased their puppy from those supposed TOP breeders. They contacted me because their own breeder could not answer their questions with regards to the very puppy their breeder created. Imagine that! Supposed top breeders not being able to answer their customers' questions, yet their the best? If anyone actually believes that the supposed TOP GOLDENDOODLE BREEDERS listed on the website that Sherry Rupke promotes in her ezine article never had an issue with a customer and/or never had an issue with the puppies they brought into this world, they are very delusional and naive.
The dog has 78 chromosomes, 39 pairs of homologous (same genes and order, but not quite identical) chromosomes. The dog inherits one of each chromosome pair from the father and one from the mother. A chromosome is composed of long strings of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of four kinds: adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine (A, C, G, T). The sequence of DNA codes for genes, regulation of genes, and chromosomal functions. A gene is transcribed into ribonucleic acid (RNA) which in turn can be translated into an amino acid sequence, a protein. Proteins carry out a wide variety of activities: maintenance and division of cells, communication with other cells, structural components and enzymatic functions (for example, cleavage of other proteins).



A goldendoodle puppy by Goldendoodle World
One test she lists in her article that a breeding dog should be tested for is Von Willebrand's disease. What is Von Willebrand's disease ? Von Willebrand's disease (vWD) is a common, usually mild, inherited bleeding disorder in people and in dogs. Notice I said "in people" and in dogs. It is caused by a lack of Von Willebrand factor (vWD), which plays an essential role in the blood clotting process. Normally the body responds to an injury causing bleeding through a complex defense system. This consists of local changes in the damaged blood vessels, activation of blood cells called platelets, and the coagulation process. A reduction in Von Willebrand factor leads to abnormal platelet function and prolonged bleeding times. Affected dogs are prone to bleeding episodes such as nose bleeds, and generally experience increased bleeding with trauma or a surgical procedure. Three forms of the disease are distinguished based on vWD concentration and function. Dogs with Type I vWD (by far the most common) have mild to moderate bleeding abnormalities, depending on the level of vWD. The much rarer types II and III vWD cause severe bleeding disorders. Now, obviously a breeder who has several generations of breeding dogs knows full well whether or not their dog has a bleeding disorder long before the dog is old enough to become a "breeder". Obviously, a human being would also know whether or not they have a bleeding disorder long before they become an adult. How many people, do you suppose get PRE-TESTED for Von Willebrand's disease should they NOT have had this disorder as a child ? Better yet, how many people do you suppose get PRE-TESTED for Von Willebrand's disease BEFORE CONSIDERING having a child? I'm going to guess only a person who already knows they have the issue and not those wanting to know whether or not the issue is a possible inherited trait down through their ancestry or lineage. The most common form (Type I vWD) is thought to be an autosomal trait with incomplete dominance. This means offspring may inherit the disorder if either parent carries the gene. NOTICE THE WORD "CARRY". "IF EITHER PARENT CARRIES THE GENE". Not all offspring will be affected to the same extent, should either parent CARRY THE GENE. Dogs with type I disease have reduced but measurable levels of Von Willebrand factor (1 to 60 per cent). Animals that inherit the gene for type I vWD from both parents (homozygotes) die before birth or shortly thereafter. This means that it would be impossible for the breeder to sell you a puppy that has inherited the gene for type I vWD since it would pass away long before ever becoming old enough to be presented for sale.

Type III vWD is relatively rare. This form is autosomal recessive. Animals are only affected if they inherit the abnormal gene from both parents, who are clinically unaffected carriers. Affected dogs have zero levels of vWD, while carrier parents have 15 to 60 per cent of normal levels. Type II vWD is very rare. It is an autosomal recessive trait. Bleeding abnormalities are severe in dogs with Types II and III von Willebrand's disease. For many breeds and many disorders, the studies to determine the mode of inheritance or the frequency in the breed have not been carried out, or are inconclusive. Although many dogs are affected by vWD, only a small proportion have severe problems. Dogs with vWD are prone to nose bleeds, bleeding from the gums, and prolonged bleeding during heat or after whelping. There may be prolonged bleeding from the umbilical cord at birth or when your pup sheds its baby teeth. Excessive bleeding after surgery or trauma is common, and may be the first sign of this condition in your dog. It is quite obvious just from studying the information about vWD, that a breeder who purchases their breeding dogs as a young puppy would become well aware of such a problem if it existed for the dog they were considering for their breeding program! This is a disease that is quite obvious long before it becomes an issue, if it exists for man or dog. Mucosal bleeding time is the best screening test for a potential defect in platelet function, and is prolonged in dogs with a deficiency in vWD. However the test is non-specific for vWD because it is also prolonged in dogs with thrombocytopenia or functional platelet defects. (Bleeding times are normal in animals with warfarin toxicity, hemophilia A or B, or a deficiency of Factor VII.)

Specific diagnosis of vWD requires either genetic testing in those breeds in which it is available, or vWD measurement. The genetic test is performed by submitting a sample (such as a mucosal scraping) to a genetic testing laboratory. The results are reliable at any age. Measurement of vWD:Ag levels is done by electroimmunoassay or enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay (ELISA). Samples for testing must be submitted to the diagnostic laboratory very fresh in a citrate tube (within 1 to 2 hours of collection). Where this isn't possible, the blood sample should be separated immediately after collection and the plasma submitted frozen. It is best to check with your diagnostic laboratory for shipping instructions. VWF levels vary between breeds and with respect to age. An accurate genetic test has been developed for the poodle. Genetic Testing on Poodles, since it is available, can reliably identify dogs with vWD, dogs that are carriers, or dogs that are clear. We personally own 7 generations of Golden Retrievers who have NEVER had a bleeding issue. None of our Poodles or Goldendoodles have ever had a bleeding issue and our 2 oldest Poodles are 8 years of age, with others ranging from 2-5 years of age, each. All of the dogs in our breeding program have been owned since they were either born or since they were just a few weeks of age. Such naysayers like Sherry Rupke, who write articles to proclaim their personal opinions about breeders who "don't conduct testing on their breeding dogs" and believe that the only TOP BREEDERS (like themselves) that exist are on the website that she promotes in her article is just sheer nonsense. It's all about self promotion to sell their own puppies and deceive the buyer with false hope. A breeder who has several generations of their breeding dogs on hand, who has owned them either since birth or since they were very young pups, such as ourselves, has more of an ability to observe the over all health of their breeding dogs than those who only use testing and are not experienced breeders. A breeder who has several generations or more of breeding dogs on hand also has the same ratio of puppies with possible defects, if not better, than those who use testing. Since 1999, we have not had a single Goldendoodle buyer submit their Goldendoodle's DNA to either prove or disprove a genetic ailment if they believed their doodle had an issue that was caused by their lineage or ancestry nor have we had a single buyer, to date, submit any Veterinarian reports, x-rays, diagnostics or studies to show a direct genetic link if they felt their doodle had an issue that was caused by their lineage or ancestry. Since 1996, the same holds true for purebred Golden Retrievers. We do not breed purebred Standard or Miniature Poodles, so the above is not relevant. To date, we've never had any breeding dog be an "affected" dog with any health issue other than what would be considered age related. Our oldest Golden Retriever passed away at the age of 14 in his sleep and never had a single health issue his entire life! The only issue we ever had with him was his enjoyment of "digging to china". He could dig a hole better than any city worker I've ever seen! My second oldest Golden Retriever passed away in her sleep at the age of 12. We do practice good breeding habits! I would never place a dog that I felt was not an over all healthy dog, into a breeding program. A good example is the fact that I spent a fortune on having both my male and female Boxer dogs CERF and OFA certified and have never bred either one. Simply because I felt my female dog was too aggressive towards other dogs and had too much of an alpha personality. Even though we are desperately attached to my male Boxer and knowing his own mother was hit and killed by a car (we were contacted by the breeder to see if we had used our Boxer as a sire and told us of his mother's unfortunate demise.), there was no way I was going to risk having puppies that might pick up my female Boxer's personality and become an aggressive dog as an adult. I did not want to become burdened with that possibility, especially if the dog turned out to bite a child. Our two Boxers were OFA and CERF certified to prove a point, many years ago. The point being that neither test could guarantee genetically sound puppies. Observing my female Boxers' aggressive tendencies towards other female dogs, over the years, was my deciding factor in NOT using her for breeding. She's terrific around people. She just can't be trusted with other female dogs. Both dogs are now six years of age and neither have ever been bred, nor will they ever be bred. Although my male would make a terrific sire, we decided to simply own him as our family pet. With regards to our Goldendoodles, we provide EVERY BUYER 2 application forms. One being a DNA application and the other an OFA application. We encourage buyers to submit either form for their dogs if they are concerned about a possible genetic issue, should one come about. If an ailment should come about for a purchased Goldendoodle, it is only fair that the buyer submit as much documentation to the breeder as possible, such as DNA analysis, blood work up, x-rays and any other form of testing that has taken place by the owner and all the paperwork so that the breeder can have their own veterinarian look over the documents and see what has or has not taken place with the dog who may have an issue. It is then that the breeder can make the determination as to what course of action to take to assist the buyer. We are very clear to those who buy one of our Goldendoodles that we have no problem at replacing a Goldendoodle if and when such an incident occurs but we DO have to have as much documentation sent to us as possible and IMMEDIATELY as a situation occurs to help US understand what has taken place and we MUST have a DNA report showing the issue is a direct result of the dog's heritage and has not been caused by an accident or neglect on the owner's part. Without documentation, we can't possibly be affective at assisting a buyer. I don't understand why a buyer would not want to submit as much information as they possibly can to their breeder if something has occurred they felt was a result of their dogs' lineage, instead of pointing fingers and playing the blame game all over the internet where ever they can. The only way a breeder can assist one of their customers is if the customer works WITH the breeder instead of against them. It's fine if a breeder wants to test their dogs for whatever testing is available to their dog, but they don't need to point fingers and act like they are better than the experienced breeders who do not test their breeding dogs. Those that wag their fingers and toss sand in the eyes of their competitors are hypocrites and they are merely using the testing as a sales tactic so they can command higher prices for their puppies. Somehow people actually believe if they purchase a puppy from a breeder who has their breeding dogs tested, that they will never have to shed a tear over their puppy ever having an ailment or issue through out its life. That the tests somehow provide created offspring with that magical jelly bean. They will live longer, healthier lives than those who came from parents who were not tested. What an absurd notion. If they really believe that all of the tests they put their breeding dogs through will create defective free offspring, why are they not really showing they believe in these tests by offering YOU, the buyer, a life time guarantee? And if these same breeders who wag their fingers at their competitors are so strongly opinionated about testing breeding dogs, and they themselves have children, why did they NOT have themselves tested (including their spouse) BEFORE getting married to make sure they were genetically compatible and/or do an entire lineage study on themselves before deciding to have children? Surely it would be more devestating to have a child born to them with defects than would a defective puppy. Can anyone say hypocrite ?

The frequency of inherited conditions can be reduced through good breeding practices. This doesn't mean just through testing. This means through testing (if they want) or not breed dogs they know are affected and showing signs of a disease or ailment and to remove any dogs from their breeding program when they become a particular age. Good breeding practices include knowing your breeding stock and many who have several generations on hand, in their breeding program, know the over all health of their breeding dogs. In order to remove dogs who may be carriers of a genetic disease, we need to know how the disease is inherited (the mode of inheritance), how to identify the condition as early as possible, and ways to recognize carriers of the disease who, except in the case of autosomal dominant traits, are not clinically affected.

For many of the disorders that are believed to be inherited, the specific pattern of inheritance has not been established, to date. Breeds that have an increased risk for a condition, relative to other dog breeds, are said to have a breed predisposition. Preferably, affected dogs and the affected dogs' close relatives should not be used in breeding programs. I personally agree that a breeder is then irresponsible if they knowingly breed a dog that is affected by an ailment that appears to have a genetic component. WE ARE NOT ONE OF THOSE TYPE OF BREEDERS. I personally do NOT put a dog into my breeding program if I have not personally observed for quite some time, their over all health. I also remove my breeding dogs when they become a certain age. All removed dogs from my breeding program are spayed and/or neutered and then offered for adoption to someone seeking an older, family pet, for the cost of the altering. The reality to having older dogs who are removed from a breeder's program is that they don't always get adopted and they remain with the breeder if they are not taken to an animal shelter or sold to Laboratories (who conduct all sorts of testing). It's a known fact that 70% of all dogs sold to such laboratoties come from breeders whether private or commercial. There's no way my concious would ever allow me to sell any of my dogs to a laboratory to be poked, prodded and tortured to death. We personally DO observe good breeding practices whether people like Sherry Rupke and others like her believe it or not. They are, after all, entitled to their own personal opinions regardless of how inaccurate they are. Those who enjoy breeder bashing inside of forums or through their articles are also, after all, entitled at being nothing more than a media whore. By that I mean that people like Sherry Rupke post their articles and personal opinions inside of forums, all over the Internet to proclaim how great they are and how bad other breeders are if they don't do this or that, when all they are really doing is just seeking public attention, for self gain. In the business of working with live animals, your going to screw up. In the nature of breeding, your going to lose some puppies, lose some customers as well as shed some tears. As a breeder, your decisions are not always going to make everyone happy and your not going to be popular with every single person that comes in your direction. You will even find you are an enemy of people you've never met and have never spoken to. Breeders don't beome breeders to make the world like them. They aren't looking for popularity. They don't ask to be liked and they don't ask for applause. Breeders aren't out there to solve all of the problems. They live in an unlikeable paradox. Breeders do not need to seek approval from the world. They just need to learn everything they can about what it is they do and do the best damn job they can. That's it in a nutshell.

Welcome to reality. As a breeder, If you can't handle it, you better chose another profession.
Author/breeder: Dee Gerrish from Goldendoodle World

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