What is a Breeder?

This is a funny little post I borrowed from my friend Sarita at Classic Miniature Schnauzers in Texas… just for amusement because it rings so true.

1. We are VETS – we are actively involved in making sure that our dogs and puppies are in the best of health, and we watch and study our bloodlines to ensure that future generations are free of health issues.

2. We are TRAINERS – we are always working with our dogs and puppies, teaching them proper behavior and manners as much as possible.

3. We are the CLEAN-UP CREW – ’nuff said. 🙂

4. We are LAUNDRY ATTENDANTS – we keep up with the cleaning of all beds, blankets & doggie toys and clothes.

5. We are GROOMERS – we keep our dogs and puppies groomed. Puppies are groomed at least twice before they leave us. Our adults are groomed about every 4-6 weeks with weekly brushing and bath. Someone always needs a bath, nails trimmed, ears cleaned and if nothing else, at least a good brushing!

6. We are PHOTOGRAPHERS – we spent hours upon hours with camera in hand, ready to catch the perfect picture of our puppies. Learning to use proper lighting, props and backgrounds and always keeping an eye out for the next great item to use in our photography.

7. We are WEBSITE DESIGNERS – we keep our website updated and we are constantly making improvements.

8. We are SECRETARIES – we maintain all our paperwork and record-keeping, and we answer the many phone calls and emails we receive every day.

9. We are MARKETING AGENTS – from marketing our own program to investigating many types of dog products, we do all we can to provide helpful information for new puppy owners.

10. We are SALESPEOPLE – we assist new puppy owners and help them find the perfect companion for their lifestyle. We help them decide what temperament, gender, etc is going to suit them the best, and we provide as much information about every puppy as we can.

11. We are PURCHASING AGENTS – we constantly purchase new supplies, grooming equipment, beds, bowls, food, etc. The list goes on and on!

12. We are LOBBYISTS – we are keenly aware of legislation, and we do everything in our power to ensure the best quality of life for all of our beloved dogs and puppies and we do what we can so that the rights of dog owners are maintained.

13. We are TEACHERS – the entire family is involved in one way or another with our dog family members. We help each other with the care of our dogs, and we take our job as “teacher” very seriously. We want to make sure that our entire family works to the best of their ability, that the younger members of our family care as much about our dogs as we adults do, and that they know and understand the importance of even the ‘little’ daily chores.

14. We are PUPPY PLAYERS – this one goes without saying!! 🙂 Sometimes it’s a wonder we get any work done…

15. We are a PET TAXI – Whether we are making a trip to the vet, school (for puppy socialization, training classes or airport…our “pet” taxi is always on the road.

..and you wonder why puppies from reputable breeders cost so much money? You definitely get what you pay for… countless hours of love and attention to every detail of puppy life and we do it because we love what we do!
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