The Definition of Backyard Breeder- Low Wider Kennels

Iowa has over 300 “puppy mills”, these are the USDA licensed breeders… But what about the state licensed breeders?

Probably the best definition I have found so far to answer “What is a back yard breeder (BYB)?” comes from

“The average pet owner that breeds their dog(s).”

So, why are back yard breeders a problem? These are the people that are just breeding for the heck of it. They may have an amazing unaltered pet they want to try to replicate it by having puppies.  Or they think that their dogs are quality because they have “papers” and/or are registered with some registry. These people just put new puppies in the world, without having homes for them. Even if the dog is purebred, these are the breeders that you see on craigslist… The ones that are trying to hock their wares because they didn’t take the time to find homes for the dogs BEFORE they were bred. 

Far too often, BYBs breed dogs with faults. This perpetuates fault and problems in the breed. They do nothing to prove their dogs are of sound temperament and that they are breeding good representatives of the breed. They just breed. These are the breeders that “create” designer dogs…  THEY AREN’T EVEN MAKING PUREBREDS! Breeders that create these expensive mutts are just in it for the profit, as opposed to bettering the breed. The following is the heartbreaking story of Bosin, a purebred pitbull who’s life ended far too early, all because of bad breeding. 


“I’m still really hurting.  I loved him soo much, you know? He taught me how to love. I prayed so hard for a miracle to save his little life, and I was crushed when he died.”


Bosin as a puppy

This statement came from a woman who, out of the kindness of her heart, took a pitbull puppy from one of these backyard breeders, knowing that chances for survival were dim. In one of those “take him or he will go to the pound situations”, Cindy adopted this pit puppy, not knowing that her life would forever be changed. These BYBs had no state license, no registered papers, and no desire to even make sure their animals were healthy.  His legs were retaining water, and he was later diagnosed with 4 major heart defects- congenital heart failure and a fixed ring around his aorta, pulmonary stenosis, aortic stenosis, and wall-eye syndrome, from his parents being too closely related.

 Upon contacting the breeder, they were told (in much worse language) that all sales were final. His last weeks were very painful… He was throwing up constantly and losing weight. After much consideration, his family helped him over the rainbow bridge… Bosin didn’t make it to his first birthday, but he spent his last 8 months knowing that he was loved. 

Ashley and Cameron Edwards run LOW WIDER KENNELS in Waterloo, Iowa. According to Ashley’s facebook page, they have five breeding dogs and as you are reading this, I am waiting back to hear if they are even state licensed.  According to their webpage, Iceie, their first breeding dog, was only 10 months when they started breeding her. How many other sick puppies have been sold from this breeder? Underneath one of the puppy pictures on her facebook page she states that the pups are “300 for pick of litter 250 each after that” and “this is our last litter of cheap pups”. This just goes to show that this family is breeding for profit, and not to better the breed. 


If you are against backyard breeders and have been touched by Bosin’s story, please like this facebook page and show Iowa that we need to crack down on these types of people! 

If you have bought a sick puppy from this breeder (or any other) please contact me and I will put you in touch with the right people to make a complaint. YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY UNLUCKY ONE, these breeders must be punished for what they are doing to their animals. 


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0 thoughts on “The Definition of Backyard Breeder- Low Wider Kennels

  1. Cameron Edwards

    wow i ge bashed without even being able to tell my side of the story of first off yess i dident sell the puppy but it had its shots and we wazent aware of any heart problums i recived a rageing phone call from a guy who got a puppy that came from my cusion that origanaly came from me he blew up on me saying what a shitty person i waz for selling the dog i never sold the dog i gave it to my cosin she gave it to them we just thought he had big paws if i waz aware of any helth condition it would of ben put down imedetly u can ask my vet wer up to date on every thing and always have been and and as for iceie she wazent bread at 10 months so get ur facts love the story tho but if he waz in so much pain why not just do the humane thing and put him to sleep to begin with so whos the crule one?????

  2. Holly Harman


    I believe your exact words were, “Sorry about your luck man but I got my money!” We called in an attempt to reach out to you to tell you that these are genetic defects that could continue down this line of dogs if you continued to breed Lilly and Danger together. We reached out in an attempt to get you to do the right thing and donate to his vet bills. The total vet bill just to determine what all was wrong with him ended up being just over $3000. You promptly told us in so many words that you don’t care and that it was our problem because you got your money for him. In one of your pictures we saw that before he left your home someone had asked if you knew what was wrong with the “bow legged puppy.” You were clearly aware that he had health issues before you sold him. The girl who gave him over for rescue explain to me that there were no vet records because he never recieved any care.

    Bosin was watched and under constant eye of the veterinarian. He spent eight months not being in pain but being loved and knowing what a family is. He was loved by many people all over the country that followed his story and donated to his original vet bills. It was not until a week before his family helped him over the bridge that the condition became painful for him.

    We will not argue with you and we will not discuss it with you further because we spent three hours with him before realizing he needed immediate vet care. You spent four weeks (BTW puppies should always remain with mom for eight weeks.) and knew something was wrong but did not care. Had a vet seen Bosin before he left your home it would have been clearly noticed that he had health issues.

    Regardless Bosin was loved and changed lives. We are clearly done discussing this with you. Take responsibility for your actions, get your state licensing as required by law, and better the breed, especially in Waterloo, rather than tarnishing it further.


  3. cameron edwards

    after u made it clearly to me i found danger and lily a difernt home i dont produce dogs withe defects we thought he just had big paws and id be glad to help with the vet bills if u kept reciepts im not the way u promote me to be i just got defincive wen u called screaming at me and apolgise for the foul laungauge but i would love to help in any way i can im happy u reached out and im verry sorry for ur loss my dogs are FAMILY!!!!!!

  4. Cindy

    You want to help with the vet bills? Seriously when you didn’t take him to a vet in the first place? His vet bills are paid, including his creamation. He was extremely loved, and you can’t replace him or bring him back. The best thing you can do is spay and neuter your dogs and never breed again. If you LOVED your dogs, and think they are your FAMILY you would do that much.

  5. Holly Frein

    Cameron, I appreciate your honesty and your openness. The vet bills from taking him to Ames Veterinary Hospital are property of Waverly Pet Rescue who agreed to take him on once he was handed over to me. I am not sure that I can get a hold of these as I don’t have them because I was just a volunteer foster home that received the call from your cousin. I can tell you that you are always welcome to donate to the rescue and send any money you can to:
    Waverly Pet Rescue PO Box 291
    Waverly, Iowa 50677

    Like I said before, over 200 people from all over the country donated to his vet bills and that was just to determine what all was wrong and if surgery or anything could save him. That’s $3000 does not even include the amount of money that was spent by his adoptive family on pain medications and vet visits. A lot of which the vet was willing to do for them for free because of the situation and how sorry she felt for Bosin as he had no part in any of it and was just a baby.
    If you would like to discuss this further please email me directly at:

  6. Cameron edwards

    I only have 2 females and 1 male and can only breed 1 of the females because the other one is not old enough and we haven’t decided if we wax gonna breed her any way

  7. sarah

    If you are going to be breeding dogs you should at least learn how to spell correctly. There are way too many unwanted dogs in the world, people need to adopt more and breed less, especially pits. They are amazing dogs but people are ruining the breed and they are getting an extremely bad reputation. Most of these dogs end up getting put to sleep at shelters.

  8. cameron edwards

    i just dont see why every one is bashing me its not like i put out a million bad dogs we have only one puppy out of the 10 litters in the last 8 years and he was the only one and we were under the impression he had a forever home u can contact 90% of the ppl i sold dogs to and see for ur self i have a very strong passion for this breed and care for all my animals we have placed dozens of shelterd pits all around black hawk county so thay wouldent get put to sleep and as for me being all about my money we have donated to the ceder valley humane socity for the last 5 years and also trying to start a cat rescue so for 1 puppy to have the helth issues that we were un aware of i am verry sorry but at least he was loved and cared for not in some shitty place or being in dog fights and mistreted i am only one person so im not gonna aruguge with every one every one has there own opinion but at least i have defended my self so dont judge me like im a bad guy im just a small voice in all this pitbull confused world

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