Kenneling vs No Kenneling
by Jude Iaconianni
This is a decision individual breeders
have to decide. I will try to explain why each breeder
chooses kenneling vs not kenneling.
First to explain the nature of the beasts,
so you can better understand. Most
people who are not breeders or breeders with lack of
knowledge are not aware of the true nature
We all know the history of all breeds
of dogs in the wild that they are "Pack Animals".
They determine rank in the pack by body
gestures, sounds and power struggles that include
aggressive behavior. A good part of
this behavior is to establish breeding rights and territory.
When your a breeder you basically have a
pack of dogs for breeding purposes and/or show
dogs. Most breeders are striving to
produce a top of the line puppy to continue standards
for that breed of dog. They want
that perfect, healthy, happy puppy for everyone to enjoy.
Most breeders have several dogs consisting
of males and females that are intact.
Intact meaning not spayed or neutered.
By not spaying or neutering your maintaining that
drive to be a pack animal like in the
wild. This establishes an atmosphere that can change
in a split second from a calm environment
to a all out frenzy that can end up with several
dogs injured or dead. A bitch in
heat, a whimper, or even a growl over a dish of food can
cause pack instincts to turn into a very
Some breeders are just not aware of this
behavior, some breeders think "My dogs are
sweethearts they never fight", or some
breeders are aware this can happen and choose to
take a chance. Many breeders express
they do not kennel to try to sell puppies to
the public who do not understand the
dangers involved. It makes them sound like a better
breeder then someone who kennels or so
they don't sound like a "Puppy Mill". Many times
when you get to these breeders homes they
have multiple dogs who are gated off in rooms
to separate them.
Some breeders, as I do, have kennel
runs, fenced in play area outside as well as a
indoor room for play. Play times are
always supervised or no more then 2 dogs are left
alone to play at one time. This is
for their safety and well-being and to avoid any aggressive
pack instinct attacks.
I personally have witness this aggressive
attacks from dogs that normally all slept or laid
together as a pack in the same dog
bed where they cleaned each other and shared toys
and food together. The most well
mannered pack of dogs that have lived and shared
together for years can snap in a split
second and injury or kill a pack member. So a breeder
has to make a decision do I take that
chance or Not?
Now you need to ask yourself.... What's
your choice... a breeder that kennels or a breeder
that takes a chance and does not kennel?
Take your time... research....ask
questions and find the right breeder for you
and your family.
you have any other questions