(Closed) Advantages of purchasing a dog from a breeder over adoption?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: My pet was:
    adopted from a shelter : (176 votes)
    62 %
    selected from a breeder : (106 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 48
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @mrswestcoast: rescues are often very different from shelters. I grew up in a big city where the municipal and humane society shelters were large and well-funded with lots  of animals, and with a vet reference and am adoption fee, you could take home a new pet that day.




    as I’ve found living in in more rural areas,, limited shelter budgets often mean rescue groups have the majority of the adoptable animals. Rescue groups in those areas also often pull the most desirable animals as soon as they’re cleared  adoption, leaving only much older animals and restricted breeds in the shelter. Ad although there are some great rescues, some are run by, to put it charitably, the person who, uh… is the craziest. After we had adopted Junebug and our cat from that rescue, both of whom came from foster homes we visited who are affiliated with the group, I tried to stop by their actual facility to drop off a donation of cat food. 




    It was a straight-up hoarding situation. The stench hit me before I got out of the car. No one was there to let me in, but it was horrifying even from outside. 




    And this is one of the more functional groups locally- they attend adoption events, they actually adopt out animals from time to time-albeit in a very frustrating and difficult way even to the most qualified adoptive homes. Some groups are not even that together. Even in the group I volunteered with, it took strong leadership to keep the more virulently anti-lletting-go-of-animals-ever members from dominating the policies. 




    Post # 49
    283 posts
    Helper bee

    We bought one of ours from a breeder because we had a neighbor down the street who had bought her dog from the same breeder, but hers was a bichon/schitzu and was sort of a half brother to ours, who was a full bichon. We loved the nature of her dog, she had a home daycare and had 5 kids there from in diapers to just before preschool so he put up with a lot, and at the time myself and my siblings were fairly young so he needed to be family-friendly.

    Before getting our bichon, we adopted a dog who had just lost her owner to a nursing home. However, the dog was just not used to our type of situation, and bit everyone in the entire house and one of my siblings twice within 24 hours. It was just not a good situation for the dog or our family, and so she went back to the woman who was fostering her. They had told us she was good with children, however I just think it’s impossible to tell especially after an animal is taken from all that’s familiar to them, and so we just couldn’t risk it.

    My dog was purchased from a couple in their 70’s, it was their second litter and they bred their own female dog with another senior couple’s male dog a few streets over. The puppies were wonderfully socialized, I was fortunate enough to pick my dog out when he was 6 weeks old, and since I had a name for him they called him by it and sent me weekly photo updates until I picked him up at 13 weeks (runt). He does have some health problems which I believe are genetic and a more knowledgeable person might have known, but he was an absolute pleasure as a puppy from having been around people so much.

    In the future, I would very much like to adopt, and am actually considering adopting a fancy rat when Fiance and I move in together, as I have one currently and he doesn’t get along well with his cagemates which are my siblings’ rats, so I’ll be neutering him and taking him with me and most rats available for adoption are neutered so introducing them will be easier. As for a dog, I’m hoping to adopt a greyhound in the future, as I think I’ll be in a better position with just myself and my Darling Husband to work with an animal who has a history, be it good or bad 🙂

    Post # 50
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    If our shelter had the breed I wanted, I would definitely adopt… but they didn’t so I made sure to track down a responsible breeder… (NO PUPPY MiLLS!) and even visited them at 5 weeks to make sure they were good breeders.

    Post # 51
    4028 posts
    Honey bee

    Both of our pups are rescue dogs. We don’t plan on ever buying from a breeder for a variety of reasons. We love mutts and have had wonderful experiences with all of our adoptions so far. 🙂

    Post # 52
    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    These are my 2 adopted babies. The French Bulldog mix was adopted when he was 5 and is the best dog I’ve ever had. He had been abandoned by his owners twice. We got the Chihuahua mix from a neighborhood litter that was born and they needed a home for her. She’s no angel, but I still love her. And they clearly love each other. 



    Post # 53
    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Fluffmallow:  “It breaks my heart that I can’t bring them all home with me from the shelter. I believe the dog show/breeding industries contribute to the overpopulation and suffering of many animals, including those fancy purebreds with genetic and behavioral disorders. And puppy mills? Ugh, don’t get me started.


    Post # 54
    508 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Ours are from breeders – my husband got them before we met, but will probably always buy from breeders.  We like a specifc breed of dog and want to raise them from puppy hood ourselves so we completely understand their temperement and can train them in the way we like.  If a young puppy of the breed we like was available at a rescue centre, we wouldn’t be anti that, but it’s hard enough finding rescue adult dogs of that breed who don’t have behavioural problems, never mind puppies (we looked for ages for a friend of mine).

    Post # 55
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I happened to have come across a 5 month old westie from a rescue when we were looking for a second dog. We filled out the paperwork, they checked our references, everything went well, then they found out we didn’t have a fenced in yard & that was the end of it. When it’s nice out, we take our dogs to the dog park every night if possible, they go to CAMP, they get numerous walks a day, but no, I don’t have a fence. I think part of the reason why rescues are so overloaded is because they are TOO picky. We were the perfect candidates for that little girl, but we don’t have a fence. Our two year old westie is still alive & thriving without a fence, but that doesn’t matter.

    Post # 56
    3081 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t usually post in these types of threads because they get heated so often but this seems to be remaining respectful. Not going through adopting/shelter was something my husband and I debated heavily, but for this particular dog we ended up going with a breeder for the following reasons:

    We knew we wanted a giant breed (English Mastiff) and while you certainly can find them to rescue, since this was our first time as primary caregivers/trainers to any dog, let alone one that will reach 200 lbs we needed the security of knowing we were getting a pup from a responsible breeder, vetted for no aggression in the bloodline, at 8 weeks. We also planned to have a baby within a year or two so we needed extra confidence at knowing everything to know about her and any triggers. This gave us all the opportunity in the world to train, take her to obedience class, socialize around friends/family/babies/other animals, etc. To date, I honestly haven’t met an English Mastiff with a single bone of aggression in his/her body, so in hindsight it was likely a moot point, but I stand by our decision and would do it again the same way. She’s a gentle giant at 130 lbs / 10 mos old, but I trust her around anyone and anything because I’ve known her her whole life and seen her in thousands of situations (although she will happily sit on anyone to ‘greet them’ so I won’t be trusting her not to sit on my baby haha).

    We’ll rescue mastiffs in the future because so many go into shelters because owners ‘didn’t know how big they would get.’ Grrrrrrr. We also have no interest in showing so that wasn’t a factor.

    Post # 58
    2480 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My dog (a Jack Russell Terrier) came from a very reputable breeder and was bred for temperament and working abilities (not that he’s ever done much work!). I also knew his mother, father, siblings and grandmother and my particular breeder is very well known locally for the excellence of her pups. 

    I would have been prepared to adopt a rescue dog in theory but unfortunately, JRTs are a breed that  are bought by people who think that small and cute = easy! In reality, they are clever but very assertive little dogs who will not tolerate ill-use and who, in the absence of kind and consistent training, will train their owners. Or just become downright untrainable. By the time they get into rescue the often have terrible behavioural problems which in our circumstances would have been difficult to take on. Having had my dog since 8 weeks of age I know that any shortcomings he might have are my fault. Not the fault of a terrible start in life.

    Having said this, my next dog will be a rescue whippet.


    Post # 59
    3051 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    It made me sad when I clicked on the poll that it was almost even =/ Ours is a rescue. We will never do anything but rescue. Successful breeding just encourages back yard breeding & puppy mills. We’ve wanted a 2nd dog for around 4 months now but the right one is no where to be found. Yet. With patience I know the right one will come along. I’ve never understood the “we can’t find one so we’re buying”….the wanting a specific breed thing I can kind of understand. But then again, not really because there are a million breeds out there, why can’t you find another breed?

    My niece has one rescue & one breeder dog. The breeder dog has aggression issues and the rescue has some health issues. My sister has 2 dogs from breeders and they’re awful. Agressive and misbehaved like crazy. My old dog was a rescue and she was the best, sweetest thing ever

    Post # 60
    6107 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We wanted a very specific breed of dog that wasn’t in any shelters or rescues anywhere near us. Unfortunately, 99% of the dogs in shelters in our area are pitbulls and we didn’t want a pit. Not that they’re bad, just not what we were looking for.

    However, our next dogs will likely be from a rescue. Probably a purebred rescue of some sort just because we want to know “what we’re getting”, but we don’t want a puppy ever again. Raising one puppy was enough to last us a lifetime lol. I think I’ll look into a Corgi resuce because I looove those dogs.

    Post # 61
    460 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016


    Successful breeding just encourages back yard breeding & puppy mills.

    I’ve never understood the “we can’t find one so we’re buying”….the wanting a specific breed thing I can kind of understand. But then again, not really because there are a million breeds out there, why can’t you find another breed?

    Because some people have their hearts set on a specific breed and, at least in my case, have done susbstantial research on said breed to make sure that it will fit their lifestyle in terms of temperament/grooming/looks/size/activity/etc. It isn’t as simple as just choosing another breed, because it isn’t a case of “any dog will do” for those people, myself included.

    And successful, legitimate breeders are 100% against puppy mills/backyard breeders and work their hardest to make sure that those are shut down because they cause serious damage to the dogs’ health. Honestly, you will meet very few people who love a certain breed of dog more than official AKC breeders, they are fiercely protective and dedicated to maintaining the integrity and well being of the breed. Not trying to convince you to use a breeder, because I personally think adopting is awesome in every way, I just don’t like false information being put out there without correction.

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