© Gina Heitz 2009
Spay Neuter Information A Hot Topic
You just about have to live under a rock not to know that altering pets has become a hot political topic, across the nation city and county municipalities as well as state legislators are attempting to deal with this topic based on the premise that we have a pet overpopulation problem in the United States. (?) Perhaps we do, but is mandatory spay neuter legislation the answer to this problem? Let's look at what some of the educated proponents of spay neuter have to say about the topic.
SPCA- Position Statement on Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws:
In short the SPCA strongly encourages altering pets however they feel that legislation is not the way to accomplish compliance. They feel just as strongly that education of the public holds the keys to responsible pet ownership.
AVMA - AVMA policy Dog and Cat Population Control (Oversight: AWC; EB 11/2004; revised 04/2009)
Again the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) strongly encourages the altering of pets not intended for breeding and they also feel strongly that education of the public is paramount and they make suggestions as to who should be doing this education.
Lets also look to what the Veterinary Reproduction Specialists have to say. ACT and SAT position statements are basically identical, but here you go here are links to each associations site and reference to their position:
American Collage of Theriogenologists - Basis for Position on Mandatory Spay-Neuter in the Canine and Feline:
Society For Theriogenology - Basis for Position on Mandatory Spay-Neuter in the Canine and Feline:
So what's the story from my take? I do feel altering may be in most pets best interest, however I also feel there may be breed dispositions that need to be taken into consideration as to what age it is appropriate breed to breed. I think it is sound advise as provided by all the above referenced organizations that one of the biggest keys to responsible pet ownership is education. I also feel strongly that how each of us chooses to keep our animals whole or altered should be a personal choice. I hope with that you will take the time to explore my website and that you will find it educational. You also may be interested in my Political Dog Blog which lives here: http://political-dog.blogspot.com/
Searching the Internet for a Dog
Care should always be taken when looking for a pet, and the Internet requires extreme caution. Anyone can build a website, buy space on the net and open up shop... In the case of the Golden Retriever you should always start your search with reading the materials here on the Golden Retriever Club of America's website:
GRCA Public Education Pages
Unfortunately the GRCA will not supply you with information regarding a persons membership in the GRCA however the GRCA website can refer you to the local Golden Retriever Club for your geographic area. In the case of Oregon after you have read the materials on the GRCA site please visit Pacific Rim Golden Retriever Club of Oregon at:
PRGRCO maintains an up to date list of it's members who are breeding and subscribe to the clubs guidelines and code of ethics. See "Referral" on the menu for that list.
Demand AKC Registration!
As a responsible breeder I do register my dogs with other registries so I can compete in those venues, however all of my dogs and their progeny are FIRST registered with AKC, and with that you should only look to breeders who follow this same very simple rule of thumb: AKC registration is a matter of course.
Why is that? Let me touch on that here briefly:
While an AKC registration does not guarantee you are purchasing a puppy from a responsible breeder it does provide some assurance that the breeder is at the very least aware of AKC rules and regulations pertaining to registration matters. Why does that matter? Because the rules and regulations pertaining to registrations have built in assurances for the buyer:
All breeders who register their litters with AKC are subject to AKC inspections. This includes but is not limited to the breeders record keeping:
All dogs who hold an AKC registration and are bred with their litters being registered with AKC are entered into the AKC Stud Book, (a data base that keeps track of all dogs regardless of gender that are AKC registered). This and this alone can verify the linage of the dog if ever necessary - if there is ever a question regarding linage the AKC can and will demand the breeder allow the sire and dam to be DNA tested. Why should that matter to you - because you are purchasing in good faith what has been represented to you as a purebred Golden Retriever from a particular pedigree. AKC also demands that all male dogs who sire 3 litters in 12 months or 6 litters in a lifetime be DNA profiled. No other registry requires this...
AKC demands that all litters be identified as to who the parents are, and in the case of a breeder having multiple litters of the same breed this could be important to you.
In addition the AKC is the largest supporter of a variety of dog related funds that benefit all dogs! The AKC donates millions of dollars annually to its affiliated organizations, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog, the dogs do benefit as well as people. AKC registration dollars go toward inspection of breeders, promoting responsible dog ownership through public education, and advocating for the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders.
For more information on why you should only look to breeders that register their dogs with The American Kennel Club please visit this link: www.puppybuyerinfo.com
And in closing here is another good site to read up on what is a registry: http://www.wonderpuppy.net/kc.htm
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