I am seeking clear delineation on what separates reputable breeders from back-yard breeders and/or puppy mills. I have my views, but I truly don’t think anyone has the same picture in their heads when this topic is discussed. Sure, you can review the information on parent club sites, but it has been my experience that folks will put their own twist on things to suit their needs. I’ve heard otherwise reputable breeders described as being puppy mills based on things not in the parent clubs’ outline, such as: number of dogs owned, accidental breedings, who they ‘hang out’ with, and because there was a full moon . Furthermore, some people suggest it is inappropriate to breed a female past age 6, while others feel it’s okay to breed past age 9, if she is healthy. You can’t make everyone happy, but I would like to narrow the field down a bit and try to learn more about the wide range of varying expectations people hold when it comes to this subject.
Your thoughts/insights would be most welcome!