Post # 1
Just curious. I know the majority on WB adopt from shelters, which I think is so awesome. We’re probably going to adopt when we get our second dog.
This time around we went with a breeder. I wanted a specific breed (and have wanted one since I was a kid), and the breed is rare in North america, so there was no chance of adoption.
I think that people (here on the internet – no one in my real life has said anything) look down on this! I don’t think this is very fair, but I am not here to start an argument.
Does anyone else have a doggie they got from a breeder?
And just for fun, here he is:
Post # 3
He’s so cute! I have adopted both of my dogs, but if it makes you feel better in my puppy class I am the only one who has a shelter dog. Everyone else knows exactly what breed their dog is and their birthdates.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I think there’s a huge distinction between a breeder who has maybe a litter a year, the mom is their actual pet and not some piece of livestock in a shed, and has a rigorous application process, as opposed to breeders who supply to stores. I don’t have a dog yet, but the breeders I’ve looked into have extensive applications and even contracts to spay and neuter the puppy.
Post # 5
Well, I know the trend here in NY is to adopt pets, but I think people are entitled to do whatever they want!!! My family pets were from breeders – like the ones described above. They were totally adorable and lovable but their behavior was always a little strange (we alway joked that their parents were brother and sister – lol), but I think that the first dog of my own will be from a shelter. BTW – your dog is just TOO cute! He looks like a stuffed animal!!!! 😛
Post # 7
@ribbons – I think one of the big issues is that a lot of people think breeder = puppy mill. I would never ever buy a dog from someone who sells to pet stores. Reputable breeders would never sell to a store.
Interestingly, Leroy’s mom was rescued from a puppy mill from BY (whhoops!) our breeder 🙂
Post # 8
@ladybug – Thanks! My Fiance and I were just saying this morning how he looks like a cartoon or something lol.
Post # 9
We have gotten both of our dogs from breeders. Our family dog was a rare type that is hard to find especially as a puppy. They parents were show dogs and they took pick of the litter and sold the rest as pets.
My dog now, I wanted a boxer and found him in an add in the newspaper. He came from a good home. I would try to get a dog from a shelter but around here its hard to find specific breeds if thats what you are looking for. I wish there was like a breed specific wait list. If I could go to a shelter and say, I want a 1 year old female boxer, call me if one comes in, that would make it SOO much easier. I think shelters if they had a better system this might help.
Post # 10
I agree with Miss Ribbons! I don’t think there is anything wrong with purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder. One where you can go and visit the dogs in their home, the dog is their pet, and the breeder is honest about their breeder practices. In most cases these types of breeders are after producing a high/show quality dog and a loving companion and not a profit. It’s when you run into “breeders” that just want the money that becomes a problem, in other words, a puppy mill.
I think so many people on the internet (and in society) find the words “breeder” and “puppy mill” to be synonymous when they are not! I do believe shelter adoption is the best option because those pups need some loving too (as do puppy mill dogs for that matter), but if you want to go to a breeder, do you research.
Post # 11
I got my dog from a breeder, because I knew I wanted a Pom and I wanted to raise her from a puppy. If I’d gotten a puppy from a shelter I would have had no idea how big she’d get and I couldn’t have more than a 10 lb dog in my apartment complex. It was the right choice for my situation.
Out other Pom is rehomed from craigslist and he’s a sweetie.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2009 - Ceremony: The Kraine Theatre, Reception: Midtown Loft & Terrace
He’s so cute! I love his adorable little face.
We have one of each. Our Cavalier was a rescue and our Yorkie was from a breeder. I know what you’re saying about sometimes feeling judged for buying from a breeder, but you shouldn’t! As long as you do your research and buy from a great breeder (sounds like you did!), then you have nothing to feel guilty about, though I sometimes struggle with it myself!
These are our two babies:
Post # 13
Aww, he’s adorable! I’m torn on this myself – I’ve always adopted from shelters and I think it’s the best option, but my husband is allergic and we really want a dog. We’d like to get a schnauzer since they’re one of the better breeds for people with allergies so we’re considering getting one from a breeder.
Post # 14
@star – Awww! They are both adorable! Your yorkie is totally smiling in that pic lol 🙂
@amour toujour – You might also consider something mixed with poodle, or purebread poodle, they are great for people with allergies, and you could probably find one to adopt!! 🙂
Post # 15
I got my puppy from a breeder 😀 I would NEVER buy from a pet store or a puppymill. We have a Puggle and the mom & dad were the breeders pets. If i had been able to find a puggle puppy from a shelter i would have gotten it.
I dont think there is ANYTHING wrong with buying from a breeder if you are looking for a certin type of dog.
Post # 16
Both of my dogs are from breeders, but as Ribbons mentioned, there are big distinctions between a “backyard” breeder and a professional one. I also don’t really think people are looking down at people who buy from breeders, just as long as you make the choice to buy from a responsible one.
Both of our dogs are from professional breeders. Both were purchased with specific hunting purposes, and it really makes a world of difference in that regard. You can’t expect a lab mix from the pound to have the drive and temperament to be an outstanding duck dog. Just as we wouldn’t have expected a great field dog from a breeder who has never hunted with an English setter. Both of our breeders had extensive contracts and application processes. They also cost far more than the average backyard bred dog.
On that note, I love shelter dogs! I also feel that if you are looking for a specific breed, but are looking for just a “pet,” that breed specific rescues can be an awesome choice.