10 reasons to buy a dog from a breeder

Last week I wrote about 10 reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter. I realize that no matter how many homeless dogs there are, some people will always buy from a breeder. For this post, I talked with owners of purebred dogs in order to get their opinions on why they bought from breeders. Here are 10 reasons:

1. You know everything about the pup from day one.
A good breeder will tell you everything about the pup’s life up until that point. She will tell you how it was raised, if it had any health issues at birth, if it is a more dominant puppy, etc. Then, once you bring the puppy home, you have control over how the puppy will be raised from the start. You can continue training and socialization on your terms.

English springer spaniel puppy

2. You can meet the pup’s parents.
The puppy’s parents will tell you a lot about how your puppy will turn out, as far as health, appearance and temperament. With a mixed-breed dog from a shelter, you do not have this option.

3. You know the pup hasn’t had a troubled life.
When adopting from a good breeder, there are no uncertainties about the pup’s past. You know your puppy hasn’t been abused or neglected, resulting in behavioral issues. There are no questions about how it was treated before. With a shelter dog, you often will have no idea about the dog’s past.

4. You are not encouraging irresponsibility.
Mixed-breed puppies are often the result of irresponsible owners who did not have their dogs spayed or neutered. Then they try to make money off of an accidental litter by selling the puppies to anyone. On the other hand, most breeders take pride in the dogs they are breeding. The will spend time researching the lineage of the parents and grandparents in order to produce the best puppies. They plan ahead so they can offer the mother dog and puppies the best care and find the best homes. They know they will not make a profit off the litter.

5. The breeder will have references.
At your request, a breeder will offer you references of dog owners who are happy with the dogs they purchased. This gives you another opportunity to ask any questions you have.

6. You can get another similar dog.
If you really like the dog, you know where it came from in order to get another dog just like it. If you have a mutt, you probably have no idea where it came from, let alone what breed it is.

7. There is endless information on your specific breed.
A breeder of Jack Russell terriers will tell you everything you want to know about Jack Russell terriers. There are also hundreds of others who own the breed and books written on the breed. Your resources are unlimited.

8. A breeder can recommend a good vet for your breed.
A breeder can give you recommendations on vets in your area. Especially if you have a rare breed, the breeder will know of vets who are knowledgeable on that specific kind of dog.

9.  Mixed-breed dogs might develop new health issues.
Certain breeds are prone to certain health issues and sometimes this can be avoided by adopting a mixed-breed dog. Other times, a mixed-breed dog will just develop different health issues, or the health issues it inherited from its purebred parents of two different breeds. For example, a dachshund/pit bull mix might have back issues because of its long, stocky body.

10. A breeder will be available to you throughout your dog’s life.
Many breeders like to stay in touch with the owners they sell puppies to. This is good because you will always have someone to turn to if you have a question about your dog. The breeder has probably experienced similar issues at one time or another.

If you got your dog from a breeder, why did you decide to do so?

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56 thoughts on “10 reasons to buy a dog from a breeder”

  1. I LOVE that you wrote about the other point of view. Even though I seem to leave lots of disagreeing comments I really enjoy your blog. 🙂

    I LOVE our breeder. She is one of those GOOD breeders. It’s sad that there are also bad breeders. They give full breed dogs and breeders a bad name.

    I think a good breeder allows the perspective ‘parent’ to see everything – where the dogs sleep, where the puppies are raised, etc. There should be total transparency. And I think good breeders also care about where their dogs are going to go. I insisted that our breeder meet all of our dogs before we got Trooper. And she came to our house to visit.

    Great article!

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  2. While this was informative, I’m saddened that you felt the need to “sell” the idea of buying a dog, when millions of great dogs are killed every year in our shelters. I understand that everyone has the right to buy from a breeder, but it doesn’t mean we need to actively encourage them to do so.

    1. Those poor unwanted dogs in need of rescue deserve the right home. One where it will actually work out hence the dog will stay there. There are lots of people who should buy a puppy instead of rescuing, not simply because they have the right to buy instead, but simply because they are not the right home for a rescue, and for those homes a puppy has a better chance of working out hence remaining with that kind of home than does a rescue.

      It saddens me that people think there are “sides” here. That you can only be for one side or the other. When really it is about knowing what is the right type of dog to own. That way the dogs win. Because the dogs loose when people make the wrong choices.

      For the homes that should buy a puppy instead of adopt a rescue (because they are not an ideal home for a rescue) we should be actively encouraging them to buy from a reputable breeder. Especially in a time when so many are made to feel guilty or even ashamed when they buy from a breeder. That way they do not add to the problem in shelters.

      The point of this article simply encourages folks to make the right decision when deciding to own a dog by providing them with information about the pros of buying a puppy from a responsible breeder. I am sure that there are articles that “sell” rescuing a dog instead….and it is up to the individual to make their choice.

      1. Of course you have a choice. Its the USA!!! We excel in offering consumers “choices”. But, the question is: is it moral to buy from a breeder when, in LA for example, literally 4k dogs are euthanized in Los Angeles annually. And that’s just LA – many thousands more if you include San Diego, San Fransciso and everything inbetween. And many of those are puppies. Additionally, in Los Angeles there are dozens of rescues – many specialize in pulling purebred dogs from the shelters. But they can’t always get them all. And even once pulled, some languish in boarding kennels, waiting to be adopted. Given the facts, and the many organizations that will transport animals state to state (I have fostered dogs in LA who were adopted by owners in Washington State and New Jersey) there is no reason to purchase from a breeder. To change this, we all need to push for spay and neuter laws to be regulated, and for backyard breeders to be held accountable.

        1. Your objections don’t even address by far the main reason to buy from a breeder (clearly stated in the article). Namely, shelter dogs and rescues are notoriously unpredictable. The very fact of their being up for adoption indicates, almost without exception, that they’ve been raised so far by terrible owners. There’s a lot, in many cases, and pretty much always in cases of serious abuse, that you just can’t train out of a dog with a less-than-ideal upbringing. That’s a simple fact. For my part, I can count on one hand the shelter dogs I’ve met who didn’t at least display some dog-agressive tendencies (especially resource guarding). It’s just not true that adopted dogs, as a rule, make just as good companions as bred dogs raised by the same owner from puppyhood.

          Moreover, if someone wants a specific breed that is also a puppy, he’d be typically hard pressed to find one up for adoption, even if he waited months on months. And the benefits of getting a specific breed are plain as day: almost never will it not be in most respects typical of its breed.

          None of this is to say it’s never a good idea to adopt. Other things being equal, it’s obviously preferable. But other things are obviously not equal. If you want an incredible companion you can do anything thing with, breeders are unequivocally the way to go.

          Also, stop for a minute and ask yourself, would you ever call anyone–as you’re doing to breeder-buyers now, to our faces–obnoxiously to their face, that they’re unethical for having had their own child rather than adopting? Granted, there are way more dogs than kids up for adoption, and the kids are never executed. But if 4k dogs in a shelter is wrong, then so is one dog in a shelter, and the same goes for kids. By you’re reasoning, it is inexcusable, when there are ANY available orphaned children, for couples ever to conceive. I’m guessing, then, you haven’t borne a child and don’t intend to?

          You’re wrong.

    2. Exactly! Totally agree with you. Why buy some nice looking pure bred dog from a breeder (good or not) when there are perfectly great pets out in shelters? There are over 600,000 dogs and over 800,000 cats being killed in shelters per year! Creating more pets in the world kill more pets! #adoptdontshop

  3. As a dog breeder, I was glad to see you taking a look at the other side. There are hundreds of thousands of “good” breeders in the US. We take excellent care of our dogs, provide them with the best health care, the best living arrangements and breed them to improve the breed and the health of the breed. It is sad that there are a FEW bad breeders who get so much publicity that it blackens the name of all of us. My life is pretty much devoted to animals. I breed them, I make a living grooming and caring for them and I have also adopted from the shelter. Comments like “My breeder is one of the good ones” saddens me because good breeders overwhelmingly out number the bad ones, the bad ones just get all the press.

  4. If there are so many “good” breeders out there, well how come they do not help pure breed rescue more? We call Boxer breeders to help us as we can’t save all the boxers in the shelters and no one call us back! Other pure breed rescues say the same thing. Families come to us as their breeder will not take the dog back once it is SOLD! Not their problem anymore!! So the animal is dumped in a shelter where the poor shelter workers who care for that animal have to then kill it because too many are coming in! I do not see breeders being a part of the solution to pet overpopulation, I just see them being on the defensive all the time trying to prove how responsible they are.. Talk is cheap let’s see you all do something to help animals.

    1. I’ve never heard of a reputable breeder not willing to take back a dog they had sold. This article must be understood talking about good breeders. Any other breeders, whether or not they classify themselves as ‘good’, should not be allowed to breed their dogs.

      1. Lindsay Stordahl

        As Emmy said, a breeder is not reputable unless he or she is willing to take the dogs back – at any age.

  5. There are so many wonderful dogs in shelters, yet you have to sell the idea of buying a dog from a breeder. There are many wonderful breeders, but there are more wonderful dogs in shelters.

  6. how about purebred breeding programs killing puppies not up to par, inbreeding causing insufferable genetic problems and the underlying fact that they are bred for looks, not personality.
    A mutt dog typically exhibits hybrid vigor.
    All your points are valid but overlook the bad reasons.

  7. hi 🙂
    please don’t think too badly of folk who buy pure breeds.sometimes there are good reasons for this.i have pyrenean mountain dogs and i chose to buy a pure because i love big dogs but at the time of our first puppy also had 5 children who were still very young.as pyreneans and other mastiff type looking dogs are very powerful animals which could easily hurt a small child i wanted to make sure i had a puppy of whose background i could be certain.now my kids are mostly grown and even my youngest is eleven i have myrtle 1.year old and huggy which is out of rescue.he had a lot of problems to start with including serious food agression but has over time become a lovely dog to live with.i agree that far too many dogs are put down mixed and pure bred.i so wish that there was more understanding between the two factions as in the end the dogs would benefit regardless of origin.
    peace

  8. It is simply sad that people feel that have to have something “new” and “expensive” and “untainted”…all in the name of love and helping animals? I don’t think so…there is a large, large margin of people who breed animals for profit and profit alone. It is disturbing that rescuing needy creatures is looked down upon by many breeders and those who purchase animals to support the breeding industry – I can compare few experiences in my lifetime that can compete w/the joy, safety and fulfillment having resuced pets has brought to me. Millions and millions of animals are put to sleep each year because no one wants them. Some portion of people who may rescue instead choose to buy… I personally will never understand why – but, I blame some of it partly on the government and some of it on individual organizations who are too choosy about who they allow to adopt a rescue! I say if someone wants to adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue organization: LET THE PERSON ADOPT! Maybe then they won’t buy from a breeder. Breeders care little about the huge quantity of animals put to sleep each year – OR THEY WOULDN’T BE BREEDING ANIMALS FOR A LIVING… I could do that too you know, I would be good at it, I have a passion for caring about animals – but I don’t believe in it. Not good Karma.

  9. Cindy…your reference is just one article, so don’t don your Saint regalia just yet. I found many, many online articles stating the exact opposite of yours.

    Here’s one for you.

    http://www.animalrightsflorida.org/CompanionAnimals.html

    Here’s a highlight:

    Did you know?
    Every day 10,000 humans are born in the US. And every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all of the dogs and cats. As a result, millions of healthy, loving cats, dogs, kittens and puppies face early deaths as a form of animal control. Others are left to fend for themselves against traffic, the elements, other animals, and cruel humans.

  10. I think there is a difference between “good” and “bad” breeders as Cindy S says – and Lindsay’s reasons for choosing to get a dog from a breeder are all valid.

    I don’t think it’s fair to taint all breeders as unscrupulous and profit-driven, and there are valid reasons to choose a purebred from a breeder over a mixed breed from a shelter.

    I am lucky that I have a relatively rare breed dog who don’t usually end up in rescue, thanks in large part to very careful and scrupulous breeders who 1) don’t overbreed and 2) carefully screen prospective owners so that the first home the pup goes to is also its furever home — despite these being a “challenging” breed to have and manage.

    There were other more “popular” and “common” breed dogs we considered, but chose our breed because we felt comfortable in knowing that the community is a small one and while people in the community may have their differences, they are primarily dedicated to keeping the breed healthy and strong and free of temperament and health problems.

  11. I personally cannot think of one single reason valid reason as to why it it better to choose a purebred from a breeder over a mixed breed from a shelter.

    I care about animals…that’s why I can’t think of a valid reason. SORRY!

    One can always foster rescues until they find a “purebred” that will rival what heaven holds.

  12. Lindsay Stordahl

    Hi Melissa. I appreciate your points and dedication to adopting and rescuing homeless animals. I feel the same way, and all my animals came from rescue groups or owners who didn’t want them.

    But no matter what, there will always be people who buy purebred dogs from breeders for the reasons I listed above. Many of these people are my friends and family and they have and always will buy purebred dogs. They are responsible dog owners who love and care for their pets and make sure to buy from breeders who care about the breed. Their reasons, like Biggie’s, are valid.

  13. I would like to challenge anyone choosing to purchase an animal from a petstore or breeder to first go to an animal shelter and open your two eyes and look around you at all of those hundreds of poor, possibly abused, frightened and rejected animals in cages w/eyeballs missing, ribs showing, sickness, fleas/ticks and fear in their eyes and then turn around on your heel and walk out so that you can go buy one from a person who has apparently never accepted my challenge either…

  14. Melissa,
    I have a pure breed dog but I spent years, and I mean years, walking around the humane society and rescues looking for a dog. I even adopted one but only to find out it wasnt a great match.

    My breeder only has a litter every two years, she is extremely selective and she also rescues dogs. She breeds siberian huskies and ALL of her dogs have been rescue dogs with an exception to her puppies and her very first dog who has passed. Some of her males have missing ears because they were once fighting dogs or had bad frost bite. All of her dogs are trained as sled dogs to be run in races all around the world. They are all top obedience dogs with good dog citizenship standing. After finding her, I realized how positive buying a dog from her can be. She uses the money to rescue more siberians, have them nutured/spayed, and either keep them or adopt them. She also only has one breeding male and female, all the other dogs she owns are fixed.

    Your comment is ignorant and disprespectful to breeders who DO care about the rescue dogs and who also want to better the genetic lines of a pure breed dog.
    She took unwanted dogs and turned them and their puppies into championship show dogs in Canada. She is truely doing the dog communty a favor.

  15. Lindsay Stordahl

    Thank you Nemo. Excellent points. Although I always want to adopt from a shelter or rescue group, I understand the desire to adopt a purebred puppy from a respectable breeder. I imagine I will do so at some point in my life. Thanks for sharing your side. The breeder you talk about sounds like quite the dog lover.

  16. Yes, it is nice to buy a dog from a shelter, and I am in no way saying that all shelter dogs are bad, but if you have a family or want to start one, it’s better to get a puppy from a GOOD breeder. You know the puppy will be able to grow with your family, rather than a dog that is already grown and needs to be worked into your family. If you do have an established family, a pound dog might be right for you. Also, if we stop giving GOOD breeders the means to keep breeding, then they might lose the money needed to continue. This will greatly decrease the number of dogs bred for health and temperament. The quality of dogs in the world will go down.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Thanks for your comment, Emmy. I do disagree, though. There is something very valuable about rescuing a dog and teaching your child all about what it means to save an animal and give it a second chance. The problem is, people don’t take the time to find the RIGHT shelter dog. They end up choosing a dog based on size or looks and not temperament, personality, amount of training it’s had, etc.

      Going out and buying a puppy from a breeder, even a “good” breeder does not guarantee that puppy will turn out to be a good dog. That all depends on the exercise, training and love the dog is given over time, in addition to its genetics. I know plenty of dogs that are physically healthy and beautiful, but they are very messed up mentally because their owners never exercise, train or spend time with them.

      I also disagree on your points about buying from good breeders so they can continue breeding. All of the good breeders I know do not breed dogs to make a profit. Most of them actually spend more than they make.

      I recommend going to a reputable breeder if you are dead set on a certain breed. But, you may want to search your local rescues for that particular type of dog first. To each her own, though. I can’t say that I will never buy a dog from a breeder.

  17. Thank you so much for writing this. I’m writing a huge right vs. right dilemma paper and it’s about adopting from shelters vs. buying from breeeders. I personally, bought my puppy from a breeder. I did check out shelters first but I had breed restrictions for my apartment. It was on of the best decisions I’ve ever made, she is a min pin and the cutest thing! I’m an army wife and while my solider is away she is all I have and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for not being closed minded about breeding. I know you are not “selling” the idea of buying from a breeder just showing the other option because as you said whether or not you bash it or praise it people will still continue to purchase from breeders.

  18. I don’t care if you’re a good or bad breeder. There are millions of dogs out there that need forever homes. 9. Mixed-breed dogs might develop new health issues. <— Bullshit. A lot of your 'purebreds' have health issues, like the poodle. I've always had mutts while my friends had purebreds that they got from breeders and they had a lot more health issues. 4. You are not encouraging irresponsibility<—- If you are a breeder, you are irresponsible. A big reason why there are so many dogs and cats out on the street and in pounds is because of the mass population. You, breeding is only adding to the problem and having people come to you to buy a dog just for money instead of adopting a dog that actually needs a home is selfish. I've always adopted my dogs from the pound, and they were truly the best dogs ever. My previous dog that I adopted, Angel was the sweetest most laid back dog I had ever met. I often forget she was in the room with me because she was so quiet. 7. There is endless information on your specific breed. <— You can easily get your mix breeds tested to know what your dealing with. You can buy breed testers off of Amazon for about $20. If you're wanting to buy a purebred, go on Pet Finder and look up your desired breed. There are tons of purebreds. Bottom line, if you're a breeder or buy from one you are irresponsible. I was told buy a woman who owns a rescue that there is a spay and neuter law in a county (I can't remember the name) and a young lady had to come and adopt from her because there were -no- dogs in the shelter because of this law. Kind of makes you think doesn't it?

  19. The argument against buying from breeders is an emotionally-fraught one because everyone loves animals too much, and that’s almost always for the worse. There are too many comments from people who think the only way to do something is their way; that the only obligation that someone has when getting an animal is to the poorest common animal denominator. The ignorance and intentional close-mindedness of someone claiming that every breeder and every person buying from one are irresponsible, is staggering and too common, such as Tessa above.

    A person buying an animal is getting one for a huge sum of years. They are sinking a large amount of money, care, time, emotion and responsibility into it. They’re a personal choice, and a real animal lover would understand that there is no obligation in going to the shelter before a REPUTABLE breeder (something that the adoption nazis seem to have a hard time wrapping their minds around). Regardless of the imaginary complex many have built up in their minds, buying from a reputable breeder is not adding to the problem. A reputable breeder selling to a responsible owner is not adding to the problem. These people are making their own choices with no harm to you; they did not create the problem or perpetuate the problem.

    What perpetuates the problem and harms the image of the shelter community is comments like Melissa’s and Tessa’s. When you begin to ostracize people, calling them irresponsible, stupid, heartless and other very uneducated insults, do you think they’re going to be more or less inclined to adopt? When this hardline approach is taken and you belittle anyone for these reasons, responsible or not, what kind of image do you think you’re perpetuating about the shelter community? You don’t sound like animal lovers, you sound like intolerant people with an ideology that you’re trying to force down people’s throats. Sure, there are terrible breeders, and sure there are terrible, irresponsible owners who don’t spay and neuter. You still cannot force people to adopt; if you try to force them, or belittle them for buying from REPUTABLE breeders, then you’re just working against yourself and your goals, because no one, especially responsible people, likes it when they’re devalued for choices they’re clearly not making in a vacuum.

    I mean seriously, come on. I was going to get a cat soon, and am still thinking of a beautiful tortie kitten I saw in a shelter nearby. I’ve read a couple of pieces and forums online, people making condescending remarks about those who go to shelters looking for kittens instead of adult cats; so not only do I need to worry about how people will judge me for my integrity when buying from a breeder, but even if I get a cat from the shelter I’ll still be judged poorly in the eyes of the hardliner shelter crowd for not getting an elderly cat “w/eyeballs missing, ribs showing, sickness, fleas/ticks” or some similar nonsense.

    “Bottom line,” if you’re a shelter advocate who absolutely must uncontrollably vomit their vitriolic opinions on responsible pet owners, then please understand that your condescension and patronizing work against you, and that every time you call people stupid or irresponsible, you erode their desire to visit a shelter and possibly be similarly judged. Remember, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I hear you. There is so much judging going on in the animal rescue world. Good point about adopting a kitten. Even if you go to a shelter seeking a kitten, there will still be criticism since you didn’t get an adult cat. Good grief.

    2. I realize your comment is YEARS old, but I had to say BRAVO. I’ve been vilified and attacked for choosing to BUY instead of adopt. I adopted TWICE in my life and BOTH times were a disaster (one ended in a bite with stitches). My mother adopted a cat that attacked her head while she slept. There are VALID REASONS to buy rather than adopt, and breed standards are only one of them. I also tried to ADOPT a pure bred dog. I was turned down because I WORK. Yep, I work. I know people turned down because they don’t have fenced in yards. When adoption organizations make it REASONABLE to adopt then maybe I’ll believe they really want to solve the problem. And responsible pet owners who buy their pets and take good care of them and give them forever homes with proper medical care and make sure they are spayed and neutered are NOT THE PROBLEM. Irresponsible owners who do not spay and neuter or pick their animals carefully or pick animals they know NOTHING about are the problem.

  20. Wow. this article is a perfect example of small minded people paying no mind to reality and assuming the best out of everything. As if all breeders breed dogs to carry on a clean line of the breed *smh* its so shameful how little people THINK these days about the REAL WORLD!!!

    honestly most of the things listed in this article are just plain crap and fabricated just to see the light in buying from a breeder. pathetic!! Do some real educating about the majority of dog breeders and spread that word, not this CRAP!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Sorry to read such a hateful comment from you. I can tell you love animals, and I wish you the best in your work to help them.

    2. @Amanda

      ” As if all breeders breed dogs to carry on a clean line of the breed”

      We’re not talking about all breeders. We’re talking about reputable breeders. I’ve been researching breeders for the past few weeks, and there *is* a difference. For starters, a reputable breeder isn’t necessarily going to sell a puppy to anybody who wants one. For another, yes, the reputable ones are careful about how they breed their dogs.

      As for thinking about the real world, I am doing just that as I look at my options (shelter, reputable breeder, rescue). Real world? How about the fact that the questionable or unknown backgrounds of some shelter animals can make them snap? Sure, that can happen with purebreds, but, again: reputable breeders make efforts to ensure the appearance of such traits are minimized, as well as raise their dogs in such a way that the trauma that can trigger it isn’t present.

      I understand feeling passionate about finding forever homes for all the animals languishing in the shelters, but berating and ranting at others is not going to change minds.

  21. Get a real fucking job. Bringing helpless life into the world so you can profit is disgusting. What gives you the right to make a profit off your animals babies? While there are the same exact animals dying in our shelter system at this exact moment. If you love the breed be an advocate to save them, not contribute to the overpopulation crisis that we have. Greed is all you are driven by, not by love and compassion, as much as you like to think so. All you are is a pimp, looking for an easy way to make money. Sickening.

    1. I agree. Let the puppy mills and strays on the streets populate the world with sickly, unwanted, unstable animals. I think it is disgusted that there are those out there messing with the natural order. There’s the flip side of the Samantha’s lunacy.

  22. You can paint the picture as pretty as you want… but it’s just irresponsible to breed and profit when there are perfectly sweet dogs sitting and waiting for homes every day.

    There will always be animals who might have behavior issues when coming out of a bad situation, but that is why you do your research. A good shelter will know all about their temperament and won’t adopt to somebody they don’t see as a good fit.

    My own dog (a mixed breed) came from a shelter and I knew exactly what I was getting with her. She was abandoned and you’re right, I don’t know what her life was like before she came into mine. That is why I went to visit her and got a feel for her before I adopted…DUH. But I can tell you that she’s the happiest, healthiest, most well adjusted dog in the world. I don’t need snooty breeding papers or lineage to tell me that. I also didn’t need to meet her parents to find out that she is sweet and healthy.

    Also, mixed breed dogs are much less likely to develop common pure breed health problems. I suppose I would rather have a few more years of good health with my girl than be able to tell people what breed she is. I suppose my priorities are just in a different place. I work at a vet’s office and have to see all the problems that pure bred dogs develop…dog’s that came from “reputable” and “responsible” breeders.

    There is no such thing as a responsible breeder. ADOPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. For those against breeders. Consider this:

    All shelter dogs come spay or neutered. (This is what you want)
    You also want those of us who get a non spay/neutered pet to spay/neuter.
    Now, you can finally subtract all breeders (responsible or not) as you want this too.

    Where does your next pet come from?

    1. Well, I do think having fewer dogs would be a nice “problem” to have considering there are currently so many homeless dogs.

      But of course, I see your point. People love purebred dogs. People would stop their cars, nearly causing an accident to pull over and compliment my friend’s great dane on walks, for example. Where do people think these dogs come from?

      1. One last thing to consider as well.

        Regardless if you adopt a shelter pet or buy from a breeder, you are still paying money to buy a pet.

        We shouldn’t hate one way or another just because they spend their money differently than you choose to.

        One thing that should be promoted is not hate adopters or breeders, but find commonalities such as getting rid of puppy mills and unite on what we can find that brings us together instead of argue how we got our babies.

  24. As the owner of a rescue who has to constantly see death from all the unwanted pets and all the pure bred dog owners who dont spay or neuter because you think your dog is so special — this is where the problem begins….with breeding and the AKC who lets every pure bred dog be registered and breed no matter their faults, etc. I rescued 13 pure bred dogs from a high kill shelter because the breeder wanted to get out of the business….. EVERY one of them had some type of genetic defect or fault and should have never been bred. Pure bred dogs have more health and temperament issues then most dogs from a rescue and like dogs from a rescue/shelter – you still have to deal with manners and behavior issues. Turn your cheek all you want — either you are part of the solution or you are a part of the problem….

    1. That’s awful but there are many great breeders as well. I certainly agree adoption is great for many people, but do think getting a healthy and socialized puppy or kitten is best to have around other pets and children. When you get a shelter animal you put any other animals you have at risk, as it is most common for those animals to have the most serious illnesses and ailments. At the end of the day adoption is the perfect fit for many, but for some going to a breeder is the best option. One day I hope all we will have is reputable breeders that early spay and neuter to avoid these sorts of altercations. Good breeders know pedigrees and breed for health and genetic stability above all else. They know often decades of history of their own lines and they certainly know their animals very well! This allows them to make all kinds of health guarantees as well that you will certainly never get from a shelter!

  25. I just wanted to add one of my main reasons for patroning my breeder: She has chosen breeds that are honestly quite rare to continue breeds that might be lost from the lack of breeding. She also is very careful and precise about it, being sure to keep the family tree from any overlaps and bringing in studs from other countries to assure the true nature of the breeds and eliminate inbreeding that can cause health and temperament issues. In addition, while many breeders and puppy mill dogs sell the puppies at as young as 8 weeks, she keeps the puppies with the mother and other dogs for about 15 weeks which causes the dogs to not only be more mature but also to have amazing social skills with all types of dogs.

    YES not all shelter dogs are bad, YES not all breeder dogs are good. Adopting shelter dogs is an amazing thing to do. But IF you can find a breeder that is very responsible in their breeding, than I believe that patroning a breeder is one of the best things you can do for the canine family.

  26. My overall opinion on some important facts. Lately there have been many humane activists promoting Adopt Don’t Buy slogan. Frankly I find this beyond offensive.

    This is why. Though it may be true however in life you have to think about who is around you. Do you really want to bring home a puppy mill dog or a dog left to die in the cold home to a family with young children.

    Do you also know how people are so quick to lay it out on you about Adopt Don’t Shop that perhaps in someone who they once new made a mistake in buying from a pet store.

    Also why is it that people feed there dogs, cats inhumane food. Such as Meal By Products that are using puppy mill dead dogs, rubbish etc in them. Check that out and promote that on your high horse.

    Finally I bought my dog from a reputable breeder it took two years to find one with extensive researching and numerous phone calls visits to places etc. I bought him out of color, temperament, because I wanted to raise him from the ground up with my little one. I have had this breed before and unfortunately many times its hard to get one that is a baby healthy the right color disposition and purebred from Adopt agencies. Plus it is extremely hard to get accepted for an adoption.

  27. I like to use the analogy of buying new clothes vs opting to obtain used clothing from many sources since there is plenty of used clothing that is sent to the landfill every day. Why do we need retail clothing stores outside of the big metro areas of New York, Chicago, LA etc, the cast offs from the residents of the large centres are more than sufficient to clothe the rest of the country…..

  28. this stigma that breeder dogs are superior to shelter dogs needs to end. in fact, majority of dogs from shelters are from breeders. you may be able to train a puppy from a breeder right away, but shelters have puppies just the same. your dog is going to behave the way YOU train it to, you cannot just leave it up to the breed. also, saying that mixed breeds develop more health issues is very untrue, most pure bred dogs have more health issues due to smaller gene pools and inbreeding from irresponsible breeders. that being said, there is really no such thing as a responsible breeder if they are aware of how many dogs die because someone decided to purchase from them instead of rescue.

  29. Our family adopted an adorable “Puggle” from rescue for Christmas a couple of years ago. I adored this seemingly sweet 10 pounds of cute, as did my 10 year old son and 4 year old daughter. We were incredibly loving to him, and he was sweet 99% of the time, but over time it became but it became clear he had some anxiety/fear and he must have had some sort of abuse in his past: he was about two and a half when he came to us. Without warning, he started to be very possessive of me and to not like my daughter. He was skittish and nervous occasionally, but we were shocked when he bit my daughter’s face bc she put her face right next to his. Even after that trip to the emergency room, we tried classes and behaviorists, but not two months later, with literally no provocation, he bit my daughter again and on the eye. We had no choice but the heartbreaking decision to return him to the foster, who accepted him back gracefully. But BOTH my children were devastated, and frankly so was I; my husband was very angry that my daughter got hurt and that it could have been so much worse. We were lucky. Our daughter could have easily lost an eye. So it’s not so simple. We tried to do the “right” thing by getting s rescue, and taking a dog into our home who needed loving. But obviously you can’t expose your child to a dog who might snap for no reason. At this point, they really want a dog again, but I will not go the rescue route if we do it, which pains me. But when you have little kids they are always first priority.,

  30. Wow what a bunch of judgmental people. Guess what? Dogs are available from breeders, rescue groups and humane society. Where you choose to get your dog is your business not anyone else’s. It is highly likely that we will never have a law that outlaws breeding, it’s going to be around forever and so are shelters and rescue groups. I would suggest the people who are so high and mighty about rescue dogs and strays preach to the a-holes who put those dogs out there in the first place. Because it’s funny, I’ve never encountered a good breeder who lets their dogs carelessly breed a bunch of mongrels that nobody wants. If you get a dog you’re not ready for and abandon it, you suck. If you have dogs that you dont spay or neuter, you suck. If you have dogs that you let breed with no plan as to what to do with the offspring, you suck.

  31. I live in Manhattan and am close with my family who have homes in the suburbs. My mother is allergic to dogs that shed so I grew up with standard poodles. My husband however grew up with labs and after visiting his family’s home I realized that I too am allergic to dogs and especially cats.

    When it was our turn to get a dog we compromised on a labradoodle which didn’t shed and was medium size (under 40 pounds) because it could life happily in our apartment, still run and hike with us, and would not effect my allergies.

    We made an educated and responsible decision on what qualities we were comfortable with.
    – Had we adopted a dog from a shelter, later to learn that they shed, we would have been in a terrible situation.
    – Had we adopted a dog who the shelter guessed would weigh under 40 pounds and turned out to 50 or 60, over out building’s limit, we would have been in a terrible situation.
    – All of my friends who have adopted, even from the most reputable placed in the area, have received dogs that they loved despite growing significantly larger than they were told and also showing signs of being a pit mix. If I opened a home I would be fine with a pit mix but many Manhattan buildings do not accept them.

    I am tired of being judged for being elitist for not adopting. I think adopting is great. I wish I could but it’s not that simple. Shelters can’t guarantee what breed a dog is and therefore cannot predict as accurately what the resulting dog will grow up to be like. I know there is no guarantee from a breeder but my breeder has multiple generations of dogs backing up her ability to generalize on the outcome.

    This is all to say that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. It’s a complex decision for many and it’s too easy and unfair to generalize about why people do what they do.

  32. You know what? It’s nobody’s freaking business WHERE I get my damn dog. End of story. It’s a free country and buying dogs is legal. What upsets me isn’t how people get dogs but how people TREAT dogs. I know shelter dogs that are treated like kings. I know pure bred dogs who are the light of their owners lives. And I know the opposite too. Rescuing a dog does not make you an amazing person…not when you leave Fido in the back yard tethered to a pole for most of his life. The same is true if you buy an 800.00 German shepherd and do the same. Get your dog where ever you want, and treat your dog like a part of the family. Spay and neuter your dog and don’t be irresponsible about their medical care. Choose your dog carefully, no matter where you get your dog. And let’s talk about things that can really lower the number of dogs that are euthanized every year. Let’s make people responsible for their pets. Maybe we should ticket people who don’t spay and neuter. If we took care of the irresponsible dog owners who don’t spay and neuter, all we would HAVE is pure bred dogs who are purposefully and properly bred.

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