Post # 1
Disclaimer: This isn’t meant to insult anyone, just a legitimate question I have.
My mother works at the Humane Society and we were discussing this today. Why do people choose to purchase a dog from a breeder over adopting a dog, when there are thousands upon thousands of dogs up for adoption? Adoption is usually cheaper, and our shelter has many puppies, purebreds, different breeds big and small, you name it. Petfinder also has adoptable dogs if you are searching for a specific breed. I have friends who purchased dogs from breeders, and they tend to be significantly more expensive, and sometimes have more health problems. I know it is also sometimes difficult to distinguish a “good”/ safe breeder from a “bad” breeder. I am asking because I legitimately want to know why people go with breeders; again this is not meant to offend.
If you purchased a dog from a breeder, why did you do so? Have you experienced any problems in dealing with a breeder?
Also- post a pic of your pet if you want! I could use some cheering up today 🙂
Post # 3
When DH got his dog, before I met him, he specifically wanted a show dog. So he went with a breeder as you have to if your doing dog shows. Our dog is 4 1/2 now and has done quite well in the shows he’s been in 🙂
Post # 4
@Glasgowbound: thats awesome! I love watching dog shows! What kind of dog?
Post # 5
If you want a certain kind of dog. Some people have a very specific kind of dog they want, and they dont want an older one or have to track one down in rescue.
For certain sports or showing.
To know exactly where your puppy is coming from, its lineage, health history.
And having a pedigree and all that is important to some people.
Also, I havent bought a dog from a breeder. All of my dogs are rescues (except for my childhood dog.) But I have several friends who breed and show, or do sports with their dogs.
Post # 6
@mrswestcoast: we’re looking for a specific breed in a specific age range. I have been visiting the surrounding humane societies and also checking out other avenues to adopt for over six months. We would prefer a young adult over a puppy which is why we’ve been looking to adopt. However, we’re getting frustrated with the search so we may end up buying one from a breeder. There are two breeders in our area that will be having puppies soon and we will likely buy one if we don’t find one to adopt in the next few months.
Post # 7
This might get heated, even though I don’t think you intend for it to.
I completely agree with you, and I think many of the reasons that people cite for choosing breeders are crap, frankly. If you want a specific breed, there is no reason you can’t find it through a rescue group, or as you mentioned, PetFinder. Also, purebred dogs are known for having more health problems, so I have always found it curious when people insist on purebreds.
I know a lot of people will say they want their dog to have certain personality traits that are specific to a certain breed…but there are pitbulls that are great with kids, and golden retrievers that are downright nasty. Dogs DO have their own personalities, and choosing one breed doesn’t guarantee you certain traits (it might make them more likely, but it isn’t a promise).
I think a lot of people who are insistant on a certain dog that looks a certain way are thinking of their pet as an accessory, not a living breathing thing.
Post # 8
@allyfally: Thats true. I guess most of my friends that have purebreds go to a breeder without even thinking about adoption. And my friends didn’t buy their dogs to put in dog shows or have them compete in sports.
A close friend of mine adopted a black lab a few months ago and spent 700 dollars on it… and there were just 2 black lab pups brought in to our shelter. I suppose that it just seems strange to me that it would be their first thought to purchase over even taking a peek at what local shelters have to offer.
Post # 9
@sara_tiara: 100 percent agree with all of your points
Post # 10
@mrswestcoast: Our fur baby is a rescue from a puppy mill…so this is a HUGE sore spot for me.
Post # 11
@mrswestcoast: There are several rarer breeds of dogs that I want, that I would most likely have to get from a breeder. But if I found one in a rescue, I’d definitely consider that instead.
But Idk, its important to some people that they have to come from a breeder. I dont really get it either.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
@mrswestcoast: We have one adopted dog and one from a person who had planned to breed but their dog got pregnant earlier than planned (so not a registered breeder). Believe it or not, our dogs were actually the same price. Shelter dogs are not cheap, at least not around here. I know one of the reasons people here don’t go through shelters is because the process is so lengthy and the shelter’s have so many rules in place. For example, my FI’s parents have hunting dogs and house dogs they weren’t allowed to adopt a new house dog from the shelter when theirs passed. Thus, they had to buy from a breeder. We also bought from a “breeder” because our shelter’s had very few puppies and the puppies were a majority of pit bull mixes. We didn’t want that breed because of the rules in our city for owning them. We searched for a long time and for shelter’s at a distance, the dog we ended up buying from the “breeder” was actually in a different state. The shelter’s here just didn’t have what we were looking for. We didn’t have any problems with the “breeder” we purchased from except that they had already docked the puppies tails and we wouldn’t have chosen to do that. The shelter we got our first dog from was shut down for bad paperwork on the dogs they were putting down.
Our adopted dog, Brutus:
With our “breeder” dog, Tamis (They HAVE to lay together, even if there’s a separate bed available):
Post # 13
Out of curiosity: What are the rarer breeds that people look for that are unavailable in shelters? Are people talking designer breeds like Goldendoodle or maltipoo?
Post # 14
This is Aspen and she is indeed a rescue. A very special one at that! She came from a high kill shelter when she was 1.5 months and I couldn’t imagine life without her. I understand why people go to breeders because lets be honest, you know what you are getting. I always suggest to anyone getting a shelter dog to get a puppy, if possible. I’ve had some family members get older dogs from shelters that ended up being very aggressive and scary, alas it is not always their fault. Some have been though hell in back, but with a puppy you know they have not had much human conditioning yet. You know their background and their story.
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
We have three purebreds, all adopted while puppies from rescues. Our Golden Retreiver and Llewellin Setter were 2.5 months when we adopted them and our Corgi was 8 months.
Post # 16
Up until recently all of my animals had been from breeders. Mainly because we ourselves bred dogs and participated in dog shows. It was a great hobby for us and we purchased from breeders for some pretty obvious reasons. (linage as far as the regulations for the breed, getting a puppy who could be a stud or bear puppies and had not been ‘fixed’, and knowledge of health problems in previous dogs in the line)
However, I no longer show dogs after my my personal furbaby passed away from a genetic disorder that had not been disclosed to us. I was too heart broken to continue on and have since adopted a puppy from Korea and found a cat that was about to be abandoned on craigslist.
Both buying from a breeder and adopting a dog from a shelter are respectable options and it is a very personal decision based on where a person is in their lives and what type of dog fits into their family at the time.
This was my purebred Wheaten Terrier, Hunter. He passed away September 2012 (I can’t believe it’s been that long!)
This is my rescue Maltese/Westie, Aurora. We found he under our apartment bulding after moving to Korea.
And this is my rescue calico kitty, Muffins. A nice old lady in Georgia couldn’t care for her anymore so we took her in.