If a person was not breeding for business but rather for love, then why don't they just own a bunch of the breed they like as pets only? Okay nab, I'm beginning to see some of your confusion.I know how much you love Roxie. And Roxie is the right dog for you, and she's a fascinating, loving, wonderful dog.Now, suppose Roxie was an Alabama Hurricane Evacuee Hound, and when you met other Alabama Hurricane Evacuee Hounds, you discovered that they generally had the same personality traits that made you love Roxie? And, over a period of time, you became really fascinated with Alabama Hurricane Evacuee Hounds. And you read up on them, and learned about their backgrounds, and, because you had sufficient space, eventually bought another Alabama Hurricane Evacuee Hound.And she was even better than Roxie, because she was stronger in the traits that you loved in Roxie.And that dog began to get old, and you were sad because you loved her, and you loved all the other AHEH (sorry, I'm not writing that out every time) that you met, so you had her bred to a male AHEH, and had a bunch of puppies, and you sold most of them, and kept one, and took him to shows to compare him against other AHEHs, and he turned out to be a really, really good AHEH, and someone came up to you at a show and said, "I want to breed your dog to my female, and I'll give you your choice of the litter as a stud fee." So the litter is born, and you pick one of the pups, and it's a female, and you start showing it, and eventually you have a professional kennel, that in terms of actual profits, might yield one nice restaurant meal a year. Not a luxury meal, but a good restaurant.Quite a number of people got started this way. They bought one dog or cat, became fascinated with the animal's personality and traits, and were lured into breeding. They are looking for the ultimate AHEH, as it were. But they love the breed, the animal, the personality, the energy, the quirks that come with that specific breed. They have a passion for a particular breed, and have extended that passion throughout their life.These are people who are in the business for the love of a specific breed. Most of them have another source of income. The people who are in it for the money are called "Puppy Mill breeders." (I assume there is an equivalent term for kittens).I've met people who were passionate about coins, or insects, or roses. Dogs are just a bit more expensive in terms of upkeep, and you occasionally sell some of the produce.Nancy
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