This type of breeder is usually regarded by the Animal Welfare, ASPCA, and other groups
as likely to exhibit one or more of the following characteristics:
Ignorance of selective breeding goals and techniques, and lack of familiarity with the
breed standard of the type of animal being bred.
Exclusive focus on the breed standard involving little genetic screening or co-efficient of Inbreeding calculations.
Breeding of a working breed for appearance rather than working ability. This is a
criticism also levelled at 'reputable' breeders who breed for the show ring - in some
cases distinctworking and show strains have emerged.
Lack of adequate veterinary care and maintenance.
Excessive breeding from individual females, to the detriment of their health.
Sale of animals with genetic disorders or undisclosed illnesses before they become
evident to buyers.
Lack of screening of potential owners or the provision of suitable information to prevent buyers from purchasing an animal that may be inappropriate for them or their lifestyle.
Breeding of animals for illegitimate reasons, such as for horse slaughter or the usually illegal sports of baiting and dog fighting or to defend venues of criminal activity.
Dog fanciers generally believe that such ill-bred dogs are the reason for the bad
reputation of some breeds in the public perception, and the resulting breed-specific legislation. The production of "PMU foals" from pregnant mares bred solely for their urine production (used in the making of the drug Premarin) is also widely condemned due to
the frequency with which the progeny of such breedings are shipped directly to
slaughter. Breeding without concern for the possibility of finding homes, though
commercial means or otherwise, for offspring, thus adding to the population of
unwanted dogs and to the slaughter of horses for meat.
There are campaigns to reduce or eliminate this type of breeding in several countries as well as video campaigns by groups like ASPCA that emphasize the importance of understanding the responsibilities associated with owning an animal. The primary
concern of the Animal Welfare community is that this type of breeding is the major
source of pet animals and that overproduction has led to overpopulation and hence to welfare issues and the putting down of animals for no other reason than the lack of