- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Honestly, have one of each and our rescue was sort of an accident.
We purchased our full english lab from a VERY reputable breeder. They’re very well known within the english lab world, and their puppies have also been used in several movies (although the movie stuff didn’t happen until after we purchased ours – who is now almost 10). My Darling Husband researched for months to find the perfect breeder, and he spent a lot of time on the phone with “breeders” that totally turned him off.
Our reasoning for going with a puppy from a breeder was that temperment was very important to us. We knew for certain we wanted a lab, and particularly of the english vareity. We wanted a dog that is a good family dog and great with everyone that had a laid back personality. The American Field Lab is a very hyper and high strung breed and that was NOT soemthing we wanted. A dog that loves the water is a must, because much of our free time is spent on our boat and at the beach. Our dog is the kindest, gentlest dog ever. She is good with everyone, especially kids and lets them climb all over her. My niece and nephew dress her up and litterally walk her all over my house.
The argument that pure bred dogs have more health problems is one I hear a lot – but our pure english lab has no health problems while all our friends with resues have tons of them. No two breeders are the same and like others posted, a true breeder isn’t in it for the money but because of their love for the breed. It’s like any profession in the world – you’ve got your true professionals and your weekend warriors. I’m a wedding photographer that works very hard at what I do with years of expereince, and I see some pretty horrible stuff posted here on the bee (and IRL) from people’s “professional photographers” – ANYONE can all themsevles a professional at their trade but it doesn’t mean they are.
FWIW, we also have a rescue, but we didn’t seek her out. She kept showing up along with another dog at our house. They constantly lived tied to a tree in their owners yard. After months of constantly taking them to the SPCA, they finally relinquished the female but kept the male. The SPCA called us and we went and adopted her. She’s a VERY sweet dog and super lovable, but she is certainly not without problems (that we’ve never had with our other dog).
While she is terribly sweet, snuggly, and loveable – the growling is a huge issue. She’s gotten leaps and bounds better since we’ve had her but for several months she growled at everything she felt was getting into her space. It wasn’t her fault, but just something she was used to doing to fend off whatever was coming near her while tied to a tree. She is also a digger, which we’re working on. She’s 3 and has already had two litters before we adopted her with very minimal health care. We have no clue what sort of problems we’ll encounter health wise in the future with her. While she came from a house with kids, she lived tied to a tree. I can only hope that when we start TTC here in the future that she will be almost over her issues.
All that being said, and while I love her very much, any future dogs will come from our old breeder. There will always be a sitma that those who purchase from a breeder are yuppies and that those with shelter dogs are far superior. Personally, it’s non of my business how and where you get your dog. Nor is it my business how and where you get your child. For the sake of the argument – we could all argue that it’s irrisponsible for anyone to have children when there are thousands of children needing adoption!