What there be something to show for her effort then (i.e. titles)? And if not, again the question should be asked why the desire to breed unproven dogs without clearances? How is that practice helping the breed?
Even the best and most knowledgable breeders do have girls that are bred that do not have titles. My Bailey, who is the foundation to all Harborview dogs(and will soon be 16 years old
) does not have titles. Yes, she was absolutely shown and shown quite a bit. She is lacking a major for her American championship and has 17 major reserves. I also have other girls whom I have bred that do not have titles. If that makes me a bad breeder, so be it.
I do not know this particular breeder that is being talked about at all. But, what I do see is that she is making an effort to do things the proper way. Was she always doing that? No. But, isn't what a big part of the forum is for education?? I personally applaud her for going back and doing all the OFA clearances on her dogs.
Not every person in dogs starts out the same way. I am approached quite often by people who have a girl they want to breed and are looking for a stud dog. Some of those people can be educated about clearances and what needs to be done and some cannot. It appears to me, that somewhere along the way, this breeder found that there was a different and better way of doing things. She is going back and doing OFA clearances and is starting to compete with her dogs and recently got her first title(I believe her post said a JH) She has joined a member GR club. She certainly would not be the first person to breed first and learn later. There are some breeders who are often given out as referrals on the forum who started in much the same way.
Sometimes I do think we need to give people the benefit of the doubt when they are making an effort in the right direction. I guess time will tell what happens.
In another thread, we were having a discussion about hobby breeders and if they could fill the need/desire for purebred GR's. My answer was there are not. If this breeder is now doing clearances/has clearances on her dogs, goodness knows, people looking for a puppy could do much worse. Some will come back and say that they could do better......I suppose it is all in how you look at the glass.