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The "B" Word

An AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Breeder

Raising anything, from plants to children, is an amazing responsibility. With a garden, you water it and feed it, spending a lot of time weeding and nurturing it. And it feeds You. With children, you nurture and teach them. You love them even through the "terrible twos" and the teenage years. You strive to do the best you can, and they grow up, move away. But they love you. Being a breeder should be the same.

The "B" Word

The word, "breeder", encompasses a variety of different types of people. Most are honest people who love their breed and, as with children, raise their adults and puppies ethically and responsibly, with their health and future always in mind.

Those of us who really are "breeders" are proud of our pups, our ethics, and our reputations. We strive to raise our pups with love and to the best of our ability.

To me, being a breeder is an unexplainable joy. The dogs are my children, which I know is cliché. To the pups, I am the human "mama". I sleep beside them, sit in the nursery while they sleep, and for 10 weeks, they come first. I am ecstatic when my pups get their new Moms and Dads, but I cry every time one leaves.

Great Dane in Dog Show

Second only for the love and care given to the pups, it is important to me to build a relationship with new Moms and Dads. I won't hound you or try to tell you how to raise your "child" (unless I find out you have put them on a chain or abused them). It is also important to me that the new "parent" know that I will be there for them from the day they take their puppy home to that call at 3 a.m. saying, "I'm at the vet with my 10-year old Dane who might not make it." You really do become a part of our family!

A breeder never quits learning. We are always striving to better our breed. Who doesn't want their best friend to live longer and be healthier? If you think you know it all, it's time to quit.

A breeder may ask for an application and I'm not putting that down. To me, an application is a piece of paper. My application is an actual conversation with the perspective parent. Believe me, you can tell a lot more about a person by talking to them than by reading a piece of paper or an email.

Please get your pup from a responsible breeder (there are a lot of good breeders out there) which you won't find on or any other "buy your puppy today" site. We think everyone in the world should know the love of a Dane.

Talk, call vets, ask lots of questions, visit if you are close enough. Don't meet them along the road to pick up your pup (Yes, I have had people tell me this is how they got their pup.).

I won't talk about all of the "B" word people out there who think a puppy is a product. All I will say is...

Does your breeder live for the breed or do they breed to live?

Susan Burbridge