Ethical Cavoodle Breeding

Ethical Cavoodle Breeding In Australia

What is Ethical Breeding Of Cavoodles

Breeding dogs is an area fraught with emotion and ferociously held opinions.  “Backyard Breeder” and “Puppy Farm” bring pictures to mind of neglectful greedy humans exploiting dogs – “for money”.

We don’t have nasty names for breeders who deliberately inbreed, follow extremes of fashion which destroy the health of their dogs and make up crazy histories (the “ancient breeds”)  for dogs which have only been defined in the last 50 -100 years – but I look forward to the day when “Hobby Breeder” becomes a pejorative term too.

Working dog breeders breed dogs for a purpose – whether it’s rounding up sheep, guiding a blind person, detecting drugs or finding rabbits on remote Antarctic islands – these dogs are specialists and often would make really terrible family pets

All the rest of us are breeding “Companion Animals’-  We breed pets.

Regardless of their size, shape, colour or temperament – if dogs aren’t being bred to work they aren’t “working dogs”.

(Working characteristics are rapidly lost in dogs which are selected on appearance rather than working ability.  A great recent DNA study has shown that working Kelpies (bred for farm work and trial competitions) differ from “Bench Kelpies” (bred for conformation shows) in an area of the DNA which is associated with pain perception. Confirming what graziers have long known – that Working Kelpies are amazingly tough animals)

Regardless of what we breed, whether we like to compete with our dogs, or our motives for breeding our dogs, we pet breeders  can be quite simply divided into two kinds of breeders –  ethical responsible breeders and unethical irresponsible breeders.

Ethical Responsible Breeders

Ethical responsible breeders come in all shapes and sizes, some have lots of dogs, some only one or two, some are professional breeders with  fabulous kennels and manicured lawns, some have one or two dogs in the backyard of their ordinary houses in ordinary suburbs – but they all have the following characteristics in common