Care and Concern are Our Top Priority in Being an Ethical Breeder

We are not your average breeder.

Edenbright Brittanys serves Georgia

Our dogs reside in and around our home so they get plenty of attention and socialization every day. Our dogs live with us as our pets and their puppies are raised in a climate-controlled whelping room with free access to over 7000sf of green playspace. The free access to greenspace activates the puppies’ natural instinct to use the bathroom far away from their living space. We perform specialized sensory training on all of our puppies, bathe/groom all puppies weekly from four weeks to 8 weeks, introduce them to sights, sounds, and experiences of a house, and handle and play with them frequently.

We want our dogs to have the best of all worlds.

Our dogs have free access to ten sprawling acres- also known as our front and back yard, as well as 24-hour access via a doggy door to a remodeled two-car garage that is climate controlled and built specifically for them – the garage is accessed off of our home kitchen and the door is often left open and they come and go as they please (unless it rains, and then the stinky butts have to have baths first, lol). They are not kept in kennels and we don’t have a separate ‘puppy palace’ for them away from our home. Not only do they get free play, but they are also each instructed in obedience training several times a week. We are committed to being an ethical breeder and giving our American Brittanys and Brittany puppies the best life possible, keeping in mind the traditional role of the breed.

We don’t overbreed.

There are currently two accepted schools of thought among reproductive veterinarians about when to breed, how long to breed, and how many litters are best for the breeding dam. The first, which is the most traditional, states that a breeder should wait until the dam is 2 years old, has had at least two heats, and to only breed every other heat until the dam is about 6-8 years old – producing 4-5 litters in a lifetime. The other, the more recent and quickly becoming popular among reproductive veterinarians and breeders alike, is called back-to-back breeding. This is where you breed young (after they are One Year of age), and breed consecutive heats until the dog is ‘done’ – retiring the dog early – still producing 4-5 litters in the dog’s lifetime. We strive to be the most ethical breeder possible, and that means using science and technology to be progressive.

We Make Sure our Dams and Sires Retire early, healthy and to good, established homes!

Some Brittanys want a one-on-one lifestyle with their owners, while others relish the busy, loud pack life we have created. For those dogs, we consider having them retire with an established home. We just want the very best for our dogs, and if we think the transition will be handled well, we give it a try. We have a limit on how many dogs we can handle in our household. Retiring our Brittanys allows us to continue doing what we love, giving our dogs the VERY BEST life possible and keeping our breeding program small and personable.

Why do we rehome some of our retired dogs?

Because we love them, and in order to be a preservation breeder, we have to. Let me explain:

Let’s assume if you are wanting a purebred dog, you believe they should exist because of their predictability and heritage. In order for a breed to evolve and exist, there need to be knowledgeable stewards of that breed. One cannot just breed one litter and pass the torch on to another, as knowledge of that line, health and temperament is tantamount to improving and moving generations forward. Ethical breeders learn the nuance of breeding; each breeding done is done for a purpose for their line. As such, they should keep a puppy or puppies intact from each breeding. So, the breeder often keeps one back in her home. Simple math will tell you that this number can grow very quickly.

So a breeder is faced with how to handle this, and many do it differently: guardian homes, large kennels, and retiring adults that either do not work out for breeding or who have been bred and might excel as a single dog or one of just a couple. A combination of these program management strategies may be used.

Does it mean that a breeder doesn’t love these dogs they retire and place? No.

One of the hardest parts of breeding responsibly is choosing to place a retired dog. At a certain point, how much attention can a person give 5 dogs? 8? 10? For a breeding program to continue for decades breeders must keep puppies from their breedings. What happens if one doesn’t pass health testing? Would that puppy enjoy a better life as someone’s beloved and cherished pet as opposed to part of a large breeding program?

In my home, my dogs live as pets. They play in our living room, play fetch with my kids, go on trips with us to town, ride around in the CanAm, shed fur ALL OVER MY HOUSE (LOL), lay under my feet while I am cooking, and are in general a part of our life. I am honored to bring them in to the world in my hands and I love them from day one.

Breeders who are breeding for the improvement and love of a breed often are faced with the necessity of retiring and placing adult show dogs. It can be a difficult decision for breeders. We are lucky to find excellent homes that become like family to us, but that does not make it easier to do. We thank those who have opened their homes to a beloved retired dog and thank those of you supporting breeders by doing so because this allows them to continue to contribute to their breed’s preservation by being able to continue to breed.

If you are interested in a retired dog, please contact me early on. The placement process for one of our retired dogs is lengthy since we do not charge a fee for placement. All participants must be within 300 miles of us and be willing to meet me and the dog in person. You can learn more about our retired dog program by contacting me.

Edenbright Brittanys serves mostly Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee, but we have puppies in homes ranging from New York to Washington State. Buyers come from all over the USA for our highly ethical and responsible breeding practices of Brittanys. Our American Brittanys and our American Brittany Puppies are healthy and we often have Brittany Puppies for sale several times a year. Edenbright Brittanys is considered one of the Best Brittany Breeders in the Nation for our healthy pups and our progessive, ethical breeding program.

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