Originally Posted by cococat
Me too. Anyone at all can go out and buy (have shipped or pick up in person) two cats and become a "breeder". That is why reputable breeders send pet quality cats home already altered. Anyone can (on purpose or "accidently") be a breeder of mixes or purebreds, and many do during the course of life, a quick internet search or look in the paper will show this. But there is A LOT more to reputable breeding than just buying two cats and breeding. Even if you do pay for the shots on the kittens, and have a pedigree in your hands, it matters little if you don't know a thing about it or the cats in that pedigree or really have hands on knowledge of the breed standard, there is so much more to breeding than that to be reputable and responsible when breeding cats IMO.
Everyone can buy pretty cats, breed them, show them and do well. That is not my
definition of a reputable breeder.
Mine is a breeder who puts the wellbeing of their cats and their breed in general first. Who when forced to choose between a cat show and a health seminar in the same weekend will skip the show anytime. Because beauty is only skin deep but knowledge about health and behaviour is so much more important. A breeder who rather spends her money on for example yearly HCM and PKD ultrasounds and DNA tests than on showing.
I know such breeders and their kittens still do well in the show ring.
I also know breeders whose cats do extremely well at shows and therefore have a very good reputation, but they do not do all the health testing. They often inbreed to fix traits and all seem to use they same lines that do well at show. IMO that is doing a far bigger disservice to a breed than not showing because they are creating a genetical bottleneck.
I've always agreed with the adage that when breeding responsibly health comes first, temperament second and beauty definitely last. That is what I base my evaluation of who is a reputable breeder on.
I'm amazed by the way breeders who do not show are written off by some people here. There are definitely more important things to breeding cats and the cats will still look like breed X