WHY DO BREEDERS FIND NEW HOMES FOR ADULT DOGS?
The reason breeders choose to 'pet out' adult pedigreed dogs (placing them in pet homes) are many; most of them come down to one thing - Love. These breeders have the dog's best interests at heart.
Most people who breed dogs live in normal-sized homes. They can - and should - only keep as many adults dogs as they can give plenty of love and attention to. A breeding program requires a certain number of adults to remain viable. You need a few dams, perhaps two or three studs. Most breeders also maintain a few up and coming pups ready to show.
Imagine, now, that you are a breeder and that you have decided that ten adult dogs is your limit. You feel you can care for and offer ten adult poms all the love and attention they deserve. Then one of your ten has a litter. In that litter is a female pup with great potential. As she grows, it becomes obvious that her quality is higher than another of the dams you are currently breeding. You decide that the better quality dam should replace the other. After all, it's important for a breeder to constantly improve the quality of their stock.
So, you separate out the lesser quality dam from your breeding program, but now have eleven dogs. Yet you can only properly care for ten. If this dog is, say, 3 years old, she may have already produced one or two decent litters for you. It's time to retire her to a home where she can be the beloved pet in a 1 or 2 pet household, the center of a family's attention, rather than the 'fifth wheel' of a breeding program.
Or picture another scenario:
You have the maximum number of dogs you have decided to keep. Two are prize-worthy boys, whom you hope to show. However, one of them doesn't like to be shown. In fact, he hates it! It's not good for a dog to be shown against his will. This pom wants to be a pet, not a show dog. It's important for you as a breeder to display the progeny of your breeding program to qualified judges of the breed, so that you know your program is on the right track. Nevertheless, with the dog's best interests in mind, you decide that he might be better purposed as a stud, only to later discover that he does not produce any significant improvement in your line. Here is a dog who is an excellent candidate for sale to a loving owner who will spoil him in the manner he deserves.
Or, perhaps a female destined for breeding has complications with pregnancy and/or birth. Or maybe she lacks adequate maternal instincts. In such circumstances, it's best to spay her and find her a good home. Perhaps it's your policy to retire dogs over a certain age - after all, pups generally tend to be healthier when born to younger parents. And then there are some dogs who simply don't appreciate living with too many of their own kind. They're 'people dogs', not 'dog dogs'. Such dogs tend to be overly submissive or overly aggressive if forced to remain a common citizen in a canine community.
Deciding to pet out a dog is always an act of LOVE on the part of a responsible breeder. The hardest part of breeding is letting go of your dogs, because good breeders become attached to every dog they produce. that being said, it's essential for an ethical breeder to keep numbers down to a level where every dog gets the individual attention they deserve. Breeders must have the emotional and physical health of their dogs uppermost in their minds. The quality of a dog's life is always their primary concern.
Fortunately, we can offer distinct advantages for pet owners acquiring a mature dog:
All our adult dogs are past the house training and teething stages
They are accustomed to grooming procedures, nail trimming, and dental scaling.
They are leash-trained, crate-trained, and travel better in vehicles.
Their sweet and loving personalities are fully developed
All have been raised with cats and get along well with them