lmbo!!!i can't imagine having more than 5 or 6 adult spoos (for someopne else! Edit), full time with a seperate source of income, & years of experience/callouses for the grooming needs (unless you are the duggars, & have 19 kids to train & socialize them), personally. Ymmv.
I think its all relative.Reading through the thread posted earlier about a lady showing and having 40+ dogs makes me wonder what's the difference? What is an acceptable amount of breeding dogs?
The amount of dogs for me is tricky question. I am confortable buying a from a bigger breeder the same way I am with a smaller scale one. Like Kspoo said many of these top breeders are going to have well over 5 dogs ...... they have them with handlers , co owners or paid help at their kennel. It just depends on the set up. If the bigger scale breeder has Paid help or family helping take care of the dogs , I see no problem with it. I know a lot of breeders I talk to have more than 5 dogs and they are very honest their dogs are taken care of and you can visit their house any time you want ( all breeds) I have talked to many breeders)This is a very good question. How many breeding dogs are acceptable? This is sort of like "bad art". I can't define it, but I sure know it when I see it! For me personally, at this stage in my life, I know that 3 Standards in my home is my limit. This is the number of dogs I can resonably groom, train and show.
What separates BYB from good breeder? My personal thoughts.....
I think good breeders are doing something with their dogs: show, performance, therapy, hunting etc. I like to see that breeding stock is having their breed worthiness independently proven in some way. It is never enough for me that someone says "Oh Fluffy has the BEST temperament!" I say prove it by getting out and showing in some venue! I also don't put a lot of stock in UKC confirmation showing so it is a red flag for me when folks only finish Poodles in UKC.
I like to see that breeders are trying to improve our breed by breeding to the very best dogs out there. It is a huge red flag for me if a breeder is breeding to their own (or outside) untitled, mediocre stud dogs.
I like thisAt this point there are breeders that meet my standards and breeders that don't. When I look into a breeder I look at:
Do they show in AKC
Are they CH most of their dogs or just one or two of them
Are they using the best stud or just the closest
How much thought are they putting into their breedings
How long does it take their dogs to finish
How many dogs total do they have (there is no magic number here)
How many colors, breeds or varieties are the involved in
Are the dogs well taken care of
Are they doing the proper health testing (not just hips and eyes)
How many litters do they have a year
How long have they been in it
Do they view their dogs as things or family members
Have the sold or bred dogs to BYB dogs or Doodles
Is the breeder friendly and approachable
Are they charging what their dogs are worth (cost should reflect the breeder's investment, I'm quite put off by a breeder in my area charging $2000 for puppies out an unfinished, unproven bitch)
Are they requiring a puppy application (I don't care for these at all; I want to talk to the breeder and I think that's a much better way for both sides to get the info they need)
There is a lot more, but those are the basics. People throw labels around too much and there isn't a magical formula to it. You can't look at one thing and make a decision either, you have to take the whole picture into account.
One does not have to show in conformation to prove her dogs. Why not show in obedience, agility, tracking etc?I do not show, after having been involved in it for years and watching the transformation of the world of conformation shows with handlers being the norm, and all of the stuff that goes with that.