Loki is a great dog. He’s an adorable dog. He’s a smart dog. Would I want him to have little Loki offspring? Not at all.
The people who say they love their dogs so much that they would love for them to have puppies are only thinking of themselves. They don’t realize just how much work goes into breeding dogs. You may think your dog is the greatest and best, but think about what kinds of traits you would be passing along to its offspring?
Physically, is your dog healthy? One would hope it’s vaccinated for a start, but what about its physical build? Have you tested its hips? Eyes? Elbows? Skin? Thyroid? Patellas? Cardiac? Is your breed genetically predisposed for certain ailments? Have you tested those? What about food or skin allergies?
Loki has bowed back legs and you can see that his front is far from straight. He has a random hitch in his step that causes him to ‘skip’ with one leg at random times. His gastrointestinal system is moderately sensitive to change.
What about your dog’s temperament? Is it evenly keeled? Is it aggressive? Shy? Anxious? High strung? Aloof? Puppies learn a lot from their parents - would you want your dog’s puppies taking on any of the traits you see as negative?
Loki has separation anxiety. He is reactive on leash. He is not naturally comfortable around children. He has a high prey drive.
As much as I love Loki to pieces, it would be irresponsible of me to even think about breeding him (he’s been neutered anyway so it’s all in theory). There is an overpopulation of dogs (and cats!) without homes, yet backyard breeders and puppy mills continue to pump out puppies for money. Many of these dogs end up getting rehomed or placed in shelters. And if they do end up in a permanent home, the owners likely have no idea what kinds of health issues have yet to surface in their new pup. So if you’re looking to adopt a dog, I urge you to rescue. If you’re looking for a specific breed, do your research. Don’t be fooled by breeders who say their dogs have “passed all their tests” - demand to see proof! Finding a great breeder and spending more for a healthy dog will save you much heartache and money down the line. Be smart. Think of the health and happiness of both you AND your future companion.