This is a thread for discussing what is or isn't responsible breeding
We clearly need the thread.
Personally I just want the breeder - to do some health checks and think about what dogs they're putting together to make puppies, and to think about how many actual homes they would have for the puppies, ie why would anyone want another staffy cross when there are squillions of unwanted bad tempered ones out there already. A breeder also needs to be able to take time with the puppies in their first weeks of life to make sure they learn good doggy manners and people manners.
I'm also noticing a bit of griping and poking from Pedigree breeders - saying nobody else is responsible when I can point you at quite a few ANKC pedigree breeders who don't get even close to my idea of responsible. And there are people into "adopting" dogs from pounds who might otherwise be PTS - saying that all pedigree breeders are bad.
I have a mutt herding dog from the AWL and I really don't like it when someone might suggest that my dog is some how less valuable or able because of that.
But I also don't like it when someone suggests that all ANKC pedigree breeders are bad.
I also think a well planned cross breeding can be good too. Just because the dog is of more than one breed heritage doesn't make it automatically bad. Or the breeder wrong.
Think about what has happened with the Dalmatian breed - they needed to outcross for the survival of their breed. It was carefully planned and eventually open - not too secret...
You also have to think about problems with inbreeding if every person that wants the champion stud poodle in their lines - then there are no lines to mix that don't have that dog and if that dog has some hidden problems - they will show up in the puppies...