Tibetan Mastiff Dogs

Why be Ethical When Buying A Tibetan Mastiff | Breeder Or Buyer’s Responsibility?

© Jann L. Bach 2008

“A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.”
Author: Albert Schweitzer

When the subject of dog breeding is discussed there is, perhaps, no one word that comes up more often than “ethics”. Ethics are relevant to all kinds of animal breeding, but it is probably more important when spoken of in terms of dogs than any other animal.
Our relationship with our dogs is unique in the entire animal world. Dogs are not livestock and neither are they independent companions. We tend to form a deep and lasting bond with dogs that transcends most relationships other than that between humans. (And sometimes it transcends even that.) So of all the things we might bring into our lives, our dogs require a unique degree of trust in those who provide them to us, and responsibility on the part of those who own them.

Ethical Tibetan Mastiff Breeding Standards

  • Buyers want owners to be breeding only the “best” dogs so we should feel an obligation to choose those dogs. We don’t use dogs in our breeding program just because we own them, or because they live nearby.
  • Principled breeders do not accept “accidental breedings” or breeding immature Tibetan Mastiffs as the norm.
  • We seek always to improve the breed by thinking of the good of individual dogs before we think of our own needs or our pocketbooks.

Buy Tibetan Mastiff From Ethical Breeder

The buyer has a further obligation to commit as the primary caregiver for the dog for the dog’s lifetime. The buyer owes it to the dog to provide for that animal appropriately and humanely, to consider that the dog is more than just a shiny new toy, to realize that this dog is a living and evolving being with daily needs.

Why Breeders Should Search For Ethical Buyers

An ethical buyer plays an integral part in weeding out unethical breeders. By insisting to only work with and purchase from ethical breeders, buyers help to eliminate puppy millers and other unscrupulous breeders.

Ethical buyers support ethical breeders and they help all dogs to be happier and healthier by eliminating the market for poorly bred dogs. So long as there is a market for cheaply bred, inexpensive, mass produced dogs, there will be unethical people willing to breed and buy them. While ethical breeders do not contribute to this market, they cannot stop it. 

Only ethical buyers can. The reality is that no ethical breeders’ group can force a breeder to be ethical. No one can dictate to another how he or she must breed or keep their dogs. But if buyers refuse to buy from unethical breeders, they will go out of business and a great many dogs and peoples’ lives will be better for it.

So why be ethical, either as a breeder or as a buyer? The simple reason is primarily for the dogs themselves. Since we as human beings each play our part in bringing Tibetan Mastiff puppies into the world and we are ultimately responsible for caring for them throughout their lives, it falls on both the buyer and the breeder to act in ethical ways toward those dogs and toward each other. It is a collaborative effort by both and, if well-suited, will result in a lifetime of joy for all involved.
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