Licensed Breeder Regulations Cause Concern; Comment Now through Feb. 20!

Licensed Breeder Regulations Cause Concern; Comment Now through Feb. 20!

In January, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) published a draft of the proposed regulations for licensed dog breeders. The American Kennel Club appreciates the work of the Licensed Breeder Advisory Committee and the TDLR staff that worked together in drafting the proposed rules.
AKC Government Relations Department has reviewed the proposal, and has concerns with many aspects of the proposal.

It remains vitally important that all responsible breeders and owners in Texas, including those who will not be subject to the regulations, submit specific comments on this proposal. Comments regarding this proposal will be accepted until February 20, 2012. Please submit comments to:
Melissa Rinard, Legal Assistant
General Counsel’s Office, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711
Fax: (512) 475-3032

When drafting comments, please include a reference for the section number you are commenting on. Detailed, specific comments are the most likely to be utilized by the staff and advisory board. As always, please communicate using polite and respectful language.

For more information, please contact the AKC Government Relations Department at or (919) 816-3720. Our Texas federation, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance, can be reached at or (210) 822-6763.

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1. Chuyitho wrote:
Yes, you have to be open to the possibility that soemehwre along the line you will have failures, it's inevitable. For me it's a matter of deciding what are acceptable failures. If I produce a dog that has a really ugly head, that is a failure I can live with. I will work to fix it next time, but I didn't hurt that puppy's chance at a healthy, happy life. If I have a puppy come up with a health problem no one could have known would pop up because the pedigrees were so perfect, I would be deeply saddened and I would try to figure out why to prevent it from happening again, but I would know I did everything I could. My issue with this particular little female puppy I was looking at was whether or not I could live with one of her puppies cropping with a a very serious disease and knowing I could have prevented it if I had just listened. That's where the really tricky part comes in.A good example is a lady I know who shows her dogs, does about every sport imaginable and very, very rarely breeds. On one of the very rare breedings that she did, the female she owned had an impeccable pedigree for being clear of health issues. The stud dog she really wanted to use was clear for several generations back, but once you got four or five deep there were a few problems. She did the breeding anyway thinking it was far enough back and her female's side was good enough, hopefully she'd be just fine. Two out of 8 puppies had the problem she was hoping most fervently to avoid. That's the kind of responsibility you have to be able to take when you make a choice with the full knowledge it might blow up in your face.

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