Dog breeders dwindling as regulations tighten; 'People are getting out, and no one is getting in,' one breeder says; social pressures also contribute
LINCOLN - Clem Disterhaupt has been breeding dogs for half a century at his small creekside ranch near Stuart, Nebraska.
These days, he keeps around 70 adult dogs - dachshunds, Havanese and soft-coated Wheaten terriers - and sells their puppies as family pets. He's also been a dog show judge and a voice for Nebraska's commercial dog breeders.
But Disterhaupt is part of a dwindling number.
Nebraska Department of Agriculture records show that half of the state's commercial dog ...