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Well, my husband and I had a big fight about Flash, our JRT. Flash is a great looking dog and we got him from a reputable breeder. He is very white, and so the breeder sold him to us with a spay/neuter contract and no stud certificate. He gets a lot of sunburn around his eyes because the pink skin is very sensitive at high altitude here, so I made an appointment for him to get the skin tattooed, as 3 vets recommended, because he could easily develop cancer. It is a bit expensive, but I did it while neutering Flash, which made it easier on the pocketbook. My husband was angry I would spend money on Flash's eyes AND neuter him. He was angry because a lot of people have asked us to 'backyard breed' Flash to some of their JRT bitches, and he thinks the money would have at least covered the "silly" tattooing. I think Flash is great, but if the breeder didn't think he was good enough to breed, I think maybe she has a reason after 20 years of breeding dogs. Also, I had 3 different vets tell me that he would be better off living up here with the tattooing and it will prevent brutal skin damage (we tried the 'Doggles' - there is no way a JRT would ever keep those on - seriously!). Anway, he is mad that I spent the money to fix his eyes and that I took away a potential source of income. I feel like what I did was right, but it IS hard when a guy called and wanted to pay us $400 to breed him ... but I think Flash's eye problems may be hereditary?? Anyway, what's done is done. I just wish I didn't feel so rotten.
 

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You did the right thing. Leave the breeding to those that are experienced and knowledgeable about the breed. And remember that breeding dogs is not really a source of income (and shouldn't be) for most that are doing so reputably. It's about improving the breed and building a healthy program - not making money.

As for the eyes, if that's something that's going to improve his health I don't know why your husband would dispute it. In the long run, it's going to be better for Flash.
 

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Thanks, dog lovers. Even though I know what I did was right, it is good to hear other dog lovers support it.
 

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Inform your husband that IF you had bred him the pups would not be registerable as Flash was sold on a LIMITED registration and a spay nueter contract and the breeder could have had him taken away for not honoring the contract (she can). I'm sorry but people aren't going to pay 400. for a stud dog they can't even register the pups from and not telling them he's on limited regisrtation would be very dishonest and could possibly get you sued.
 

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The breeder sold you Flash on a spay/neuter NO stud contract.What you did was not only the right thing to do for Flash, it was the moral and ethical, not to mention legal thing to do. Contracts are legally binding obligations and unless you husband wanted to go to court and pay to see if the contract would be declared null and void for some legal reason he had no business even thinking about studding Flash out. I'm glad you did the right thing.
 

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You definitely did the right thing. There are too many dogs in shelters to be wrecklessly creating more through backyard breeding. Plus there is the matter of the no stud contract.

You may want to start saving money on your own for future vet bills as it seems your husband is not fully supportive of the cost of responsible dog ownership.
 

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There are some people out there that only think of what they can get out of life, but fail to take the time to think it through... There are men and women out there alike.

You did the right thing, and whenever your husband brings it up again, which he probably will, ; ) tell him, "I did what was right and what was legal, got a problem with it, take it up with the breeder we got him from!"
 

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Sounds like something my DH and I would have argued about... not the neuter thing but the cost of the tattoo. I do anything for the health of my dogs, but he sees them as just, well... dogs.

We've had numerous arguments about the dogs... usually I win.:rolleyes: What you did was seriously the right thing to do. Good job on looking out for our furry friends.
 
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