'Only A Pet'

This is unashamedly stolen from 'Dill' who posts on the Champdogs Forum. Serious breeders are sometimes dismissive of buyers who are looking for a puppy that is to be 'only a pet'. Similarly, buyers are often wary of approaching a show breeder, because they are looking for 'only a pet'.
Being 'ONLY A PET' is possibly the most demanding job a dog can do!


'Only a pet' needs a good, sound temperament to cope with living in a family with the various personalities, foibles and attitudes of the different members and their friends (not to mention their children and their friends) and the different animals they will live with and meet. In addition they need to be able to cope with all the different situations they will experience.

'Only a Pet' needs good health to cope with the stresses of living with their family and all that this entails. A sick/ill dog is a drain on family finances which, sadly, may not be able to cope and a strain on the family's emotions too.

Ridley Milenka

'Only a Pet' requires good, sound construction in order to live a fit and active pain-free life with their family.

Ridley Pamatka


'Only a Pet' doesn't get a day or even an afternoon off, they are on duty 24/7 diligently doing what a dog does best.

Ridley Radmila

The majority of show dogs, regardless of successes or failures, are first and last family pets. Even if shown once every week this still leaves 312 days of being 'Only a Pet' The breeders of these dogs usually charge no more (and often a good deal less) than puppies from a pet supermarket, puppy farm or Back Yard breeder.

What about the puppies destined to be 'only a pet' - don't they deserve the best start in life possible, with health-tested parents of good temperament and sound construction that will be passed on to them? Surely they deserve to be fed an appropriate diet and brought up in a way which enables them to move on to their permanent new homes with confidence and trust?

And what about the owner of 'only a pet'?? Do they honestly believe that a dog doesn't need to be fit for the job of being a pet? Don't they realise that pups cannot be produced to order unless large numbers of dogs are being bred and that to raise a litter properly is time consuming, costly and not possible in large numbers? Doesn't the owner of 'Only a Pet' deserve a healthy, confident well socialised pup who goes on to to be the right size and have the looks, coat and temperament of the breed they wanted, bred responsibly by a breeder who will give a lifetime of support and advice and doesn't just have money as a motive?