(Closed) Did anyone else get their dog from a breeder?

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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!!!!  ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 6
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What a cutie!

Post # 9
3761 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Cute baby!

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
595 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
118 posts
Blushing bee

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 # 15
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I got my puppy from a breeder ๐Ÿ˜€ 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
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.  

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