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(c) 1998 Jenny Peacocke
Vizsla breeder, Upper Hutt, New Zealand

This is for those of you who think that breeders are too difficult, too "elitist," too hard and expensive to get a puppy from because all you want is JUST A PET!!!

Why do you turn JUST A PET into a negative? Why do you think that JUST A PET is less than a show dog or a trials dog or a working dog? Why do you think that you are settling for second (or third or worse) best?

And those reading this who have decided that they want a SPECIFIC BREED JUST A PET!!! Why do you want THAT specific breed? Because of it's temperament? Because of it's looks? Because of it's energy? It's joy in life? Or one or some of many other wonderful traits of the breed you have decided on?

How do you think breeders keep these things in their breeds? Simple! It's by careful, selective, planned breeding to always try and produce the best possible so that any JUST A PETs they put in homes can give those characteristics that are so much the breed you want. It costs a caring breeder just as much to produce JUST A PET as to produce a show or working dog. They are usually from the same litter and often could be the same pup!!

Reputable breeders would never breed a litter to simply produce pets for the pet market. This is puppy milling. This is also MUCH cheaper. You do not need to work hard at proving your dog’s abilities. You do not need to check on health and temperament. You do not need to match up the BEST stud for the bitch you have. The first male of the breed (entire) you find will do (easier if he lives at your place ... and cheaper).

The fact that these breeders would never breed a litter to simply produce pets for the pet market does not mean that many of them would not happily sell a whole litter to JUST A PET homes - it means that these pet homes would be getting the quality dog they deserve as their JUST A PET!!

If this is not what you want from your puppy there are plenty of "breeders" out there who mate (or "accidentally" allow the mating of) their male (or their friend’s male) to their bitch and will happily sell you a puppy. Probably even proudly announce that they are registered with whatever controlling kennel club is in your country... Well so can any purebred dog born of registered, purebred parents be. Doesn't mean a thing about health, quality, temperament, ability, etc.

It is up to you to decide whether your JUST A PET should be considered by you and others as "THE BEST" or whether you go out with the idea that your dog is second best to the "competing" ones.

To me JUST A PET is the most special dog there is!

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