This is a really interesting thread.
Ive had my beloved Commodore for nearly 3 months now, he is 4.5 months old. I am amazed when neighbours and friends meet him that many of them say 'are you going to breed him?' which is something that never happened with my greyhound.
I know he is wonderful, and that Commodore clones would no doubt be adorable and popular, but that's no reason to breed! I suppose it would be easier for me as he is a boy, but Ive read so much about the process and pitfalls of breeding and I cant imagine how strong and resilient youd have to be, both physically and mentally, to go through the process.
When Commodore's parents were expecting, I was curious, and read up on the process. I found this site fascinating: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/showdogs/br ... ducing.htm
- warning, contains some heartbreaking photos. That's the first page, links are at the bottom. It is really interesting, shows and discusses all stages of breeding, but also has some cautionary tales including pics of water puppies, deformed puppies and rotting puppies that died in the womb. I think anyone thinking of breeding should have to read every page of that site first. Of course there are some cute photos too, but it's not all fluffy.
Anyway, I always say 'no, I couldnt breed him, as it's not something I agreed with his breeder' which means I dont get criticised for saying no because it looks like it wasnt my choice. But honestly? If I wanted to breed dogs, I would consider that when buying a puppy. Commodore is wonderful, great nature, great shape, rock solid... but it is shocking to me that people seem to assume that if you have a lovely pet, you can simply breed them and make more the same. Ive heard neighbours say they want to have 'just one or two litters' from their pet dog because they love it so much and want to share it. I couldnt love Commodore more, he is just what I wanted. But he is my companion, not a puppy machine. I am amazed when people casually ask if I will breed him and seriously expect that I might say yes. Do people not realise what a responsibility it is?
(This is not to disrespect those who have thought carefully about breeding, and done the health checks and research; without lovely considerate people like that, I wouldnt have Commodore! But it shocks me how casual so many people seem to be about it.)