Being a responsible breeder of American Pit Bull Terriers (APBTs) involves taking various steps to ensure that the breeding process is conducted ethically and that the puppies are healthy, well-socialized, and placed in suitable homes. Here are some guidelines to follow:
Conduct extensive research: Before breeding APBTs, it is essential to educate yourself about the breed’s history, characteristics, and health issues. You should also research the pedigrees of potential breeding dogs to ensure that they are healthy and free of genetic defects.
Health screening: Health screening is critical to ensure that the breeding dogs are free from genetic diseases that can be passed on to their offspring. You should have your dogs tested for common health issues, such as hip dysplasia, heart disease, and eye problems, and only breed dogs that pass these health tests.
Socialization and training: Socialization and training are essential for APBT puppies to become well-adjusted, confident, and obedient dogs. You should start socializing and training puppies as early as possible to ensure that they develop good manners and behavior.
Responsible breeding practices: APBTs should only be bred when there is a demand for puppies and a clear purpose for the breeding. You should also limit the number of litters a dog has and space out breeding cycles to give the dog time to rest and recover.
Responsible puppy placement: As a responsible breeder, you should carefully screen potential puppy buyers to ensure that they are capable of providing a loving, safe, and suitable home for an APBT. You should also provide new owners with information on the breed’s care, training, and health needs.
Support for the lifetime of the dog: A responsible breeder should be available to offer support and advice to puppy buyers for the lifetime of the dog.
Overall, being a responsible APBT breeder involves prioritizing the health and well-being of the dogs and the puppies and ensuring that they are placed in suitable homes.
Preservation / Ethical Breeder:
- Breed according to American Pit Bull terrier Breed Standard as set out by PBFSA.
- Only breed with dogs who are suitable (health & temperament) for breeding.
- Breed for traits not profit.
- Can give history of information about parent dogs including bloodlines and pedigree.
- Sell puppies to approved, selected homes only.
- Sell puppies on contract only.
- Offer support to new owners.
- Will always take puppies back if new owners can’t handle the responsibility that comes with owning a APBT – Seldom have puppies available.
- Large number of breeding dogs
- Always have puppies available
- Only breed for profit & public demand
- Issues papers but has no regard or understanding of genetics, bloodlines, temperament or breed standard
- Papers are often not accurate
- Often breeds for colour size or newest market fad
- No interest in welfare of puppies once sold
Trade can be ended if there are no support!
- NO understanding of breeding for type
- NO understanding of genetics
- Often breed sickly or unstable puppies
- Breed for the sake of breeding and money, will sell puppies to anyone
- NO interest or responsibility in the puppies once sold
Must NEVER be support!