The Reckless Breeder

‘This post is dedicated to all the ‘little dudes’ of the world who ain’t got a choice and gotta depend on humans to make that choice for them hopefully the right choice.’

Hey comrades. The dictionary definition of the word ‘reckless’ is a lack of thought about the danger or other possible consequences of an action. Let me break down that definition in simpler terms and relate it to breeding. It means that if a person sets out to mate two hamsters and if that same person ain’t educated in the basic facts of hamsters and their care and all the details involved in breeding and if that same person buys hamsters from a ‘pet store’ without knowing the ‘genetic backgrounds’ and ‘bloodlines’ of both the male and female then that same person is in my mind a ‘reckless’ breeder.

I started using the word ‘reckless’ because I think it works better than ‘amateur/beginner’. All breeders begin as ‘amateur/beginner’ breeders and in time go on to become ‘reputable’ pro breeders but ‘reckless’ breeders ain’t the same as ‘amateur/beginner’ breeders. A ‘reckless’ breeder flies blind into unexplored territory where he/she ain’t got no business being there in the first place. When it comes to the serious responsibility of breeding hamsters and yeah even breeding hamsters is a serious responsibility the fact is all the knowledge that a brain can hold concerning the little dudes ain’t enough. It’s a start but it still ain’t enough. To breed ‘responsibly’ and not ‘recklessly’ the breeding pair should be of good breeding stock and the ‘genetic backgrounds’ and ‘bloodlines’ of both the male and female is important info to know and that’s why the breeding pair needs to be obtained from a ‘reputable’ breeder who can supply that vital info and not from the average ‘pet store’ because typically the average ‘pet store’ ain’t got a clue concerning the ‘genetic histories’ in fact half the time the average ‘pet store’ can’t even determine the genders of the hamsters let alone the ‘genetic histories’. A good example of why the ‘genetic backgrounds’ and ‘bloodlines’ are extremely important to know is in the case of the ‘Campbells’ dwarf hamster.

A ‘Campbells’ is at a high risk to develop diabetes and the diabetic tendency is passed from one generation into the next. A good way to stop the widespread occurrence of diabetic Campbells is to stop breeding ‘Campbells’ with ‘unknown’ genetic histories. It don’t make sense to risk breeding ‘Campbells’ with ‘unknown’ genetic histories and to take the chance that as the pups develop and grow that at some point they will be subjected to a life full of complications from the devastating affects of diabetes that will also in the end more than likely result in a shortened life span. Bottom line. Before an attempt to breed is made equip yourself with knowledge and learn from the knowledge of those who got experience and then go buy a breeding pair from a ‘reputable’ breeder emphasis on the word ‘reputable’ and be prepared emotionally and financially to deal with all the potential problems that can happen when things go wrong with the litter of pups because even hamsters of good breeding stock and even hamsters with ‘known’ genetic histories can still produce unhealthy litters.

Breeding ain’t a game. Breeding is a serious responsiblity. Don’t fly blind. Enter the breeding world at your own risk and then proceed with extreme caution. The Rebel is over and out.

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