Pro-rescue doesn’t have to mean anti-breeding

Lately, I have been thinking about this post on My Rotten Dogs and about the division between the pro-rescue and pro-purebred camps of dog lovers. Can they peaceably coexist?

There are purebred elitists — people who think the only dogs worth having are from registered breeders — and there are rescue elitists — people who judge the purebred elitists and think the only dogs worth having are from rescues.

I am unequivocally pro-rescue. Both of our shepherds were adopted from Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, and we served as a foster home for SGSR pups for about a year (something I’d love to start doing again one day). The beauty and mercy of rescuing a homeless dog is a matchless feeling, and that is a tie that really binds.

But I am not anti-breeding or anti-purebred dogs. Our dogs are both purebred, and I am an advocate for ethical breeders, because I have seen first-hand what irresponsible, negligent breeders can do to dogs, both physically and emotionally.

Laszlo in the evening
Laszlo, our foster puppy, a German shepherd mix.

A Pro-Rescue Person Defends People Who Purchase Purebreds

I will always have a rescue dog in my life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t see the serious benefits of raising a purebred puppy from Day One. I believe that Pyrrha, for instance, could have been a totally different dog if we’d met her at 10 weeks of age instead of at 1 year.

Rescue dogs, almost by definition, come with some kind of baggage, or at the very least, an element of mystery. This doesn’t mean that they are going to be screwier than a purebred, by any means, but it just means you know a lot less about their background and heritage.

Anecdotally, the most stable dogs I know are purebreds raised from puppyhood by their current owners. The dogs I know who have the most issues to work through are almost always the rescues, even those that were raised from puppyhood. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to have a purebred who is a psychopath, or that it’s impossible to have a totally sound, issue-free pound puppy: both definitely exist. But the odds of having a dog with some form of baggage to work through is greater if you’ve got a rescue pup.

Playdate with Josie
A well-bred GSD (Josie, on the left) and a poorly bred GSD (Pyrrha).

I confess that I sometimes get jealous of the people who have carefree, sound, emotionally stable purebred dogs (like Josie, Heath, and Loki). These dogs all came from responsible breeders, and the dogs are a testament of their breeders’ conscientiousness and their owners’ care. Josie, Heath, and Loki can go anywhere and do anything; they have no fear issues or reactivity; they love people, children, and other dogs. I marvel at them sometimes.

Of course, there are also rescues who are essentially bombproof (Roland and Zoe come to mind, of the dogs I know). They do exist. But when a dog-loving person buys a purebred puppy, I put aside my rescue righteousness and think, “I get it. I really do.”

I was talking with Carolyn, Josie’s mom, about this very issue during our recent play-date. Her first German shepherd, Maya, was a rescue, and Maya had some fear issues and reactivity issues with other dogs, among other things. Josie, however, came from a highly respected working-line German shepherd breeder and entered Carolyn’s household as a puppy. Josie is unfazed by most things and is a very smart, stable dog; she was the most laid-back dog at the play-date.

“Maya was my heart dog,” Carolyn said, “and I would never say anything against her, but my life with Josie is so much easier. I almost feel like I have more joy in my relationship with Josie, simply because she has fewer issues.”

That struck a chord with me. I would never trade Pyrrha or Eden for the world, and anxious Pyr is my heart dog, too, but I sometimes dream of a life with less anxious, high-strung dogs.

Support Each Other

If you’re in the rescue camp, support ethical, responsible breeders. I believe people are always going to want purebred dogs, so if we accept that as truth, we should support great breeders. Champion breeders who do their research, who produce the best possible version of a breed, and who care about the mental and physical health of their dogs. The world needs more breeders like this. If you have friends looking for purebred puppies, point them in the right direction to such breeders as these (and not to pet shops or backyard breeders).

If you’re in the purebred camp, support smart, proactive shelters and rescues. Share your knowledge of a particular breed with a breed-specific rescue (like where our girls came from). Volunteer as a foster home or as a dog walker at your local shelter. Get to know your local rescue organizations and learn about their missions and their needs.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, I am still a person who would tell people to rescue before they bought a purebred puppy, but I will never judge anyone for the decision they make, as only that person knows what kind of dog is best for their family and lifestyle. Even though I think I’ll always have rescues, I still dream about choosing that “perfect” purebred puppy.

When you acquire as much knowledge about a subject as we* have, it’s hard to stop ourselves from becoming unbearably opinionated and judgmental. (*I say “we” because if you’re reading this blog, you probably have a deep, abiding interest in dogs, dog culture, and canine behavior, more than the average person.)

But let’s stop judging each other for our decisions. You bought a purebred puppy from a great, responsible breeder? Good for you! You adopted a mix-breed dog from a shelter? Good for you! Either way, good tidings and blessings in your adventures in dog raising.

Sweet Heath
Heath, a purebred golden retriever.

Do you ever find yourself having to withhold judgment, on one side of the rescue/breeding camp or the other? How do you think rescues and breeders can do a better job supporting each other?

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32 thoughts on “Pro-rescue doesn’t have to mean anti-breeding

  1. Great post! I am totally with you. We have one dog that we bought from a breeder, our Shih-Tzu Gretschen, and two rescues (who, by the way, are both purebred as far as we can tell). I can totally see both sides of the issue. I will say that raising a puppy comes with its own challenges – it’s tough – but rescuing a dog, I think, is a longer, tougher road to stability. I’ll always have a rescue in my life, but I never judge anyone who buys a puppy from a breeder, as long as they do their research. Responsible breeders aren’t evil; they really do a lot to make sure owners get the best possible version of a particular breed of dog, and there’s a lot to be said for that.

  2. Love this! Agree 100%!
    Moses is from a breeder – having, and training, him from a puppy definitely plays a part in his behaviour vs. Alma, our purebred rescue we adopted when she was an adult and had/has some things to work on.

    I would rescue again AND I would get a dog from a good breeder again.

    The responsible breeders aren’t the ones flooding the rescue system with dogs. That’s the irresponsible backyard breeders/oopsie litters and puppy mills/pet stores. Those who target responsible breeders focusing on their specific breed(s) and health issues, etc, as part of the problem are missing the mark (IMO).

  3. I am so thrilled that you wrote this article, Abby.
    I totally agree with you! I am all for responsible, reputable breeders – but working with and among rescue people, I’m sometimes bashed for that. I’m not at all against rescuing! Nor do I say that a rescue will automatically be a problem. I have two rescue dogs in my life at the moment, and I couldn’t ask for better dogs. And, also, not everyone wants a shelter dog – some people want a specific breed. They want to know that dog’s complete history and background, they want that dog to have same traits their breed is known and loved for, they want a dog who’s parents/grandparents/and on have had all the necessary health tests for that breed. Take reputable Golden Retriever breeders for example. They test heart, eyes, hips, elbows, do thyroid panels, and are currently together with the Morris Animal Foundation in order to find a way to eliminate cancer from the breed. A reputable breeder breeds for the betterment of the breed. Many reputable breeders also help support, and even founded a few, rescues. They take their dogs back when the owners can no longer keep them, and they certainly don’t let their dogs go to just anyone – unlike backyard breeders.
    It’s /backyard breeders/ that we all need to be working together to stop. BYBs breed these “designer dogs”, purebreds, etc. That AKC paper doesn’t mean anything when the dog doesn’t fully meet the standard (whether physical or psychological wise). It’s just a piece of paper. It doesn’t mean that dog is automatically “omganawesomepurebred!!”. BYBs don’t show, work, or title their dogs. They aren’t active in their breed club, they don’t health test (and, no, shots are not health testing). A BYB is the average pet owner who breeds their dog. They may be in it for the money, or want a puppy from Fluffy because it’d be cute, or even showing the kids the wonder of life coming into the world. Yeah. Heck of a way to show the kiddos when those dogs will most likely end up in the shelter.
    In short, I am definitely NOT against rescue dogs, and I don’t lump all breeders into one hate bucket. I’m pro-rescue AND pro-ETHICALbreeder. I’m against BYBs.

    Being a naive first time dog owner, I didn’t know the difference. Back then, to me, a breeder was a breeder. I got my Golden Retriever from a BYB. She has dog aggression and fear issues, despite being heavily socialized and raised with three other dogs. We’ve come a long way, but it’s a very difficult journey to own a reactive dog, especially in a multi dog household. I hope others might learn from my mistakes.
    I wouldn’t trade Dixie for the world, we’re very close and we’ve been through a lot together. But, like you, oftentimes I look at people walking their calm, confident Goldens in PetSmart and I feel a twinge of jealousy.

  4. I will be making a big announcement here soon very much relating to this topic. I’m excited that you covered it. 🙂 Great job; I’m in complete agreement with you.

  5. I share your perspective 100%. While I will (most likely) always be a rescue adopter, I have met some wonderful and responsible breeders out there. As long as it’s done right and under control, there are great benefits to having them around.

    And I’m sure you know I often daydream about that “bomb-proof) dog. Maybe someday…

  6. I disagree that rescue dogs are more challenging than purebred dogs from breeders. Zoey was purchased from a reputable breeder with excellent bloodlines but she has been extremely difficult to manage through her life and can only co-exist now with other animals due to old age. It’s not her fault nor that of my parents, who invested lots of time and money into trainers and behaviorists. True to her breed, she is protective, sensitive and hyper-focused on finding or tackling her “job” whether it’s herding, hunting or defending her territory/people. She’d take off your hand if it was in front of the object of her affection and she barks most of the time she’s in the yard. Our purebred Beagle, purchased from a breeder, had issues as well like escaping, running off, destructiveness, eating any food she could get to, barking, hunting, etc. Again, she had strong breed instincts that proved difficult to manage as a family pet.

    Kaya & Norman are 2 of the soundest dogs I’ve ever met. I trust them with anyone in any situation. They have zero interest in harming or even chasing small animals and are great with 90% of other dogs, they don’t bark and basically have no agenda. My first rescue mutt was the same way. Every one of these dogs were raised from puppyhood and I found the rescue dogs to be 10 millions times easier. I’ve also rescued several adult pit bulls & mutts, put them in my car right off the street and knew each of them to be incredible kind, loving, gentle, easy to train and rehome.

    Just speaking from experience. It seems to be basically the opposite of you and your friends?! I know everyone’s is different. I think it’s fair if people want to get a dog from a breeder but they should realize purebreds are bred for specific purposes that need to be fulfilled and understood. I don’t understand the argument of needing to know exactly where a dog has come from and what their background is. Any puppy is a gamble and all take work. Kaya took a lot more work than Norman for example. Looking back, I know now that she was a lot more hyper, mouthy and distracted during our initial meeting. Norman is a textbook starter dog. Easy as they come. Let’s just say I know exactly what I’ll be looking for in my next dog based on him. I think it’s better to assess the puppy for physical and mental health rather than the parents or lineage. Rescuing an adult dog is even easier because you know already who they are fully developed.

    My bottom line is that I appreciate anyone who loves and cares for their dog no matter where they came from. I just don’t understand the argument a lot of people have for needing to get a dog from a breeder vs a rescue.

  7. “The dogs I know who have the most issues to work through are almost always the rescues, even those that were raised from puppyhood.” Raises hand! Silas was likely malnourished as a puppy, taken away from his mother too early, AND genetically fearful. I think he has fewer issues because we’ve had him basically his entire life, but boy howdy he still has them.

    I’ve made similar remarks on my blog before, somewhat less articulately. And, for me, the line in the sand is drawn at rescuing puppies, which I will never do again. If I want a puppy, it will come from an ethical breeder. You have to be much savvier at evaluating dogs than I am (and, indeed, than most people are) to look at a puppy and say what it’s basic personality is, how much exercise it will need as an adult, how intelligent it is, etc. I might rescue an adult dog, after a nice, long foster, but I don’t want a mystery again.

    1. This is so interesting and such a sage point: that picking a rescue puppy is even more uncertain than a rescue adult. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but I think you’re certainly right — and you have certainly earned your place in dog owner’s heaven with all the love and care and concern you’ve lavished on Silas. That sweet, white, rabbit-eared boy.

      1. Aww, thanks.

        I think the downside to the generally-wonderful science of puppy socialization is that we believe it can fix everything. It can’t. Some of Silas’s problems are socialization based, but some of them exist in spite of it. His worst reactions are to our regular neighborhood noise, which he’s obviously been hearing since he was five and a half weeks old.

  8. I am right there with you! I will always advocate for adoption but I also want a puppy from an ethical breeder someday, when I am retired or working less. The breeds I want are fairly uncommon, anyway, and hard to come by in rescue: Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Swedish Valhunds and Norwegian Elkhounds.

    I’ve learned so much from my challenging dogs but I’d really like the best chance at a well-adjusted, balanced dog in the future, and I believe that genetics and early development play a huge part in that – things that are unknown at best and severely lacking at worst in a rescue dog. Patricia McConnell makes some very compelling points about how important even the treatment of the *mother* dog is before the pups are born.

    I was so lucky with my first dog, Lasya – she was easy as pie, trustworthy, socialized and utterly non-fearful (except at the vet). Poor Freya was, I suspect, a puppy-mill pet-store puppy, never socialized and kept in the backyard for the first five years of her life. Who knows what Ruby’s story was in the nine-or-so months before I met her. She came from a horrid, overcrowded, high-kill shelter in the south with tiny concrete runs and water pails that the smaller dogs can’t even reach.

    I think we should be supporting the breeders that are doing it right – ideally they should be the only ones breeding dogs. I get so discouraged by the rescue dogma sometimes – I posted on Facebook yesterday after reading a rescuers blog rant about how stupid everyone is, that sometimes rescue looks suspiciously like misanthropy. There is so much in-fighting and the fact that most animal lovers have the same vision often gets lost in all the high-horse soap-boxing.

  9. Love this post! You summed up everything I’ve wanted to say! I am really drawn to adopting rescue dogs too, but I see the reasons people are drawn to purebred dogs from good breeders. I lucked out with my adopted dog because he is one of those “bomb proof” dogs. But part of that was knowing a bit about his history and meeting his original owner so I knew what his puppyhood was like.

    And thanks for linking to my interview with Tegan. She has so much helpful info to share.

  10. When people say to me ‘how can you be concerned about animal welfare and be a member of (and write for) the NZ Kennel Club?’ I explain that the world would be a very small place if we didn’t learn from each other and work together on matters of importance. I use my column to raise issues and I firmly believe there is a role for good breeders and enforcement against those who are not. I love dogs. Purebred or mixed breed. My current pure bred dog was a rescue and I have loved every minute of getting to know her and caring for her special issues. Thanks for writing this opinion piece. Hugs and pats to Eden and Pyrrha!

  11. Love this article and this is a battle I have argued over and over. I currently have 4 rescue dogs and a rotating foster…BUT we have initiated the process to get a puppy from a great breeder (a GSD!!) in the next few years. I am active in rescue and volunteer at our local shelter but I still believe in and support ethical, good breeders. The rescue I work with is breed specific (dobermans) and we see good breeders taking back their dogs when people try to give them up all the time and that is how it should be. The backyard breeders, yea right give me a break. They don’t have a clue and I really believe that a lot of the problems we see in dogs coming through the shelter are due to their poor breeding practices and bad genetics. I do assessments at our local shelter so I am an unique position to see dogs before they hit the adoption floor (and sometimes they don’t make it that far 😦 ).

  12. I’m in a unique position to be in both camps. All four of our dogs are purebred and three are rescues to some degree. One of the big selling points of Greyhound adoption is that you get a purebred dog with a much lower chance of having a lot less genetic diseases and issues. I can’t imagine my life without a Greyhound or two and there are a lot of things I like about the breed that I know I’ll be getting if I adopt another Greyhound.

    With the Shepherds, we have the mixed bag. I don’t really know about Morgan’s breeder, other than that she was sold on a spay agreement, meaning the breeder deemed her not fit to pass on her genetic legacy. Truthfully, I’m glad. I think a lot of her issues stem from the way she was raised before we got her, but there’s also a component that is inherently within her. With Küster we have had the traditional experience of raising a puppy. His breeder is fantastic and she really knows her puppies. She will steer people to the right puppy based on what it is they want to do with them, whether it’s agility, flyball, schutzhund, search and rescue or obedience. She strongly encourages the people who buy her puppies to give them a job or training of some kind, because idle GSD puppies are the devil’s workshop. She’s realistic with people that these are drivey dogs who need activity and training to keep them occupied and balanced. I’ve seen her move Heaven and Earth to get puppies back that didn’t work out with people, too. She’s currently rehabbing one who ended up in an abusive situation and he’s turning into a fantastic dog.

    One thing about a lot of dogs who wind up in shelters is that often they were too much dog for a family who wasn’t active enough with them. If Küster were “just” somebody’s pet and didn’t have a job, he would be one heck of a handful. We have been very careful in raising him to expose him to a lot of things and socialize him well, but that was part of his training for his job. His personality, though, is just one of a good old boy who thinks everybody likes him. He’s never had a reason to think otherwise, and he’s pretty sure he’s the center of the universe. But out with people, I never worry about him. Yes, we were diligent about training him, but his natural personality is easygoing and friendly. I met both of his parents before he was born, and I knew he would have that kind of personality, though, because his mother and father both do. That’s one of the ways I know that his breeder knows what she’s doing (but there are a lot of reasons, like testing for genetic diseases and weeding carriers out of her breeding program).

  13. I couldn’t agree with you more! I also wish that both sides would please stop fighting each other and will just peacefully co-exist.
    Both of our dogs are purebreeds, which does not mean that I don’t support rescue work! At this stage in our lives, we just felt that the moment isn’t there to take on the responsability for a rescue dog who would probably have some baggage from the past to deal with. However, I definately do not exclude the possibility that we might add a rescue to our family in the further future. What could be better for a rescue than to come to a home with dogs who haven’t had a traumatic past and who can teach the traumatised dog how to really live a dog’s life? 🙂
    Besides, although a rescue at this point is something we cannot take on, there are still other ways to help rescues: I give financial support to our local dog shelter and whenever they organise a special event in order to raise money, I’m usually present to support them.
    When I hear about people who want to rehome their pet, I send out e-mails to my friends (who must get tired of me sometimes 😉 ) and I have helped finding new homes for some animals that way in the past.
    So indeed: pro-rescue shouldn’t mean anti-purebreed and the same goes the other way around: pro-purebreed doesn’t mean anti-rescue!

  14. Great post. I was always adamant that we were going to have a rescue dog and we struck lucky when we adopted our 7 month old cross breed. She hasn’t had too many issues and the ones she does have we’re working through. BUT she was handed into rescue as the result of an unsold litter of puppy farm pups and I’m only just realising that this may mean health issues. As someone has stated above, good breeders try and work to eliminate health problems in the breed but in getting a rescue dog you may end up with a dog that has more health problems.

  15. Hmm, I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about this. I am very, very pro rescue (not that you aren’t!) but I’ve never seen what’s so great about purebreds vs. mutts. I can 100% emphasize with the desire to have a dog with zero baggage (all of mine have their fair share and I daydream about having a bomb proof dog one day) but I don’t think that it’s genetic makeup influences that. The shelter I work at gets pregnant moms all the time and the puppies are born into foster homes where they are cared for and adopted before they ever even have to step foot in the actual shelter. To me, these puppies are 100% a fresh clean slate, with exactly as much hope of being perfectly well adjusted as a purebred, and likely a better chance at good health since there is no chance there was any inbreeding, etc. At this point, I should say that I also understand that good breeders would never do that and I do believe that the elite few great breeders out there do spend the time and do their research and breed for health, temperament, etc. but I just don’t believe that a dogs genetic makeup can have anywhere near the influence on a dogs personality that a loving family would.

    If I ruled the world for a few years what I would love to see happen is that ALL breeding halt. Even the rare awesome breeder. Clear out the shelters. People looking to adopt puppies wait until a pregnant mom shows up and foster her then keep their pick of the litter. Do this for a couple of years while the older dogs get adopted out and all the strays are altered. (Look, this is my dream world lol). Then, once there isn’t a single stray dog and the shelters are nearly empty JUST the wonderful few breeders that know what they’re doing can resume.

    I guess for me the knowledge that literally thousands of dogs die every single day because of overpopulation makes it impossible for me to be okay with breeding in any shape or form. I understand the points you made and love that you suggested fostering, supporting reputable breeders, etc., I just can’t bring myself to be okay with it until the day comes where there is a home for every dog. Great and insightful post! Thank you for initiating respectful debates, that’s how change happens!

  16. I think there are two things I want to add to this debate — first, I was amazed when I read Decoding Your Dog to learn how MUCH of a puppy’s personality IS due to genetics. Things like whether or not the mom got enough food or health care when she was prego REALLY matters. They talk about the biology of it in the book, if you’re interested. It’s the classic “nature v nurture” debate but backed by science.

    Second, as someone who was raised in a pro-breeder environment (both my grandmothers were responsible/good breeders … though arguably one better than the other), it’s always been really hard to hear people bash all breeders like all people who plan litters are the same. A lot of thought and trait tracking goes on with good breeders; they follow their puppies for life and track any issues that DO develop so they can try to avoid health issues.

    I’m on the fence right now about what my next dog will be… either a total mix pup from a shelter, a foster failure (which would mean fostering first until I found someone I couldn’t let go), or a purchased purebred (also debating breed). Since I’m working as a dog trainer, I’d REALLY love to get a puppy and do it all right… my Shep right now, god bless her heart, is a rescue but will probably take several more years of work (she’s 2 now) before I can use her as a demo dog.

  17. This is probably going to seem like a really boring answer, but I agree with your thought process in this, pretty much all of it. I often have this debate with myself, in my head!
    Breeders are always going to exist, as are rescues, so it is a matter of supporting one another. If someone asked me for advice on choosing a dog, I’d say I’m a huge shelter supporter but I’d also explain to them how to find a kennel club assured breeder, for example.
    I have pondered the debate as I am really considering a Basset Hound, as a future dog. I have been researching them for the past year or so, and will continue to until the time is right (which won’t be until we have more job stability, etc). They are not a breed that often appear in rescues in our area, so we would probably have to do some travelling, which is fine. I’d also consider a Basset mix too. But I have thought about breeders, mainly because a. I would love to raise a puppy again and b. Current Basset owners have I’ve met have said that they are ‘like no other breed’ and ‘these are hounds, not dogs’, which makes me wonder how difficult it may be to adopt an adult rescue Bassett, already with its own bad habits. Perhaps I could start with a bred pup, and adopt an older Basset once I’ve got more experience of the breed?
    It’s a difficult decision, but an exciting one all the same! Great post topic!

  18. One thing that I’ve learned over this past year (and I knew it all along, but it was really driven home) is that I don’t know the entire story. I try not to create a story around someone’s choice to adopt or buy. What I think it most important is that they knew what they were getting into and that they gave a dog a happy and safe home.

    We’ve always rescued. Scout and Zoey come from an accidental litter. I struggled with bringing them home, because they weren’t technically a rescue. We’re we encouraging this family to breed their dogs for profit. When we met the family, I knew that they were good people, because they weren’t trying to get rich and they were focused on finding good homes for the puppies and had turned down many people.

    We still send them pictures of Scout and Zoey.

    I worried that people would judge our choice and it’s happened, but I always remind myself that they don’t know our story so their words don’t matter. Scout and Zoey gave us a little bit of Blue’s spirit again and because of that I refuse to judge others. I just want to make sure all dogs have an amazing home. And that all humans are educated about how to raise happy healthy dogs.

    Okay, I’m rambling on your blog. It’s 11:15. My flight is in a few hours. I need to sleep.

  19. I don’t know how I missed this post, but I agree with you 110%!

    I am all for rescuing! Growing up my dogs were all rescues. I volunteered at the humane society for some time in Iowa, and started volunteering at the one in Colorado when I moved. I just became a foster home for the Front Range German Shepherd Rescue. My current personal GSD (who is actually my boyfriend’s dog) is from a shelter in Nebraska.

    However I might add that not only are “bomb-proof” genetics a good thing to look at when deciding on a puppy from a breeder but also sports prospects. I know that my next German Shepherd I want to play agility with, and perhaps other things. With all the health issues so prevalent in the GSD breed, it is extremely risky to attain a sports prospect GSD puppy from a rescue without knowing whether it not it has HD or worse in it’s line. That is my number one concern for my next puppy, and the reason I will be getting one from a breeder who health tests.

    Very good post! I enjoyed reading it. 🙂

  20. This article describes much of what I have gone through with the dogs I have owned. My first girl was from a good Breeder. She was healthy, well adjusted and happy. My rescue boy had major fear aggression, battled health issues for the last 7 years of his life (the entire time he was with me) and had zero of his breeds ‘traits’. Many of my foster dogs for the rescue I work with have come with issues. Very few have been well adjusted or were ever going to get there. When I decided to get another dog – I spent a lot of time talking to good breeders. I ended up getting a 3 year old finished champion. A well adjusted girl that is done with her showdog days. I consider this an adoption as the breeder wants to continue her line and can only do this if she places her finished dogs in good homes. Will I adopt another rescue? Absolutely. But I did want an easier dog and for that reason I went to a good breeder. I think both sides can live together and support each other. I wish everyone was just a little less judgmental of the decisions each person makes.

  21. O my goodness….YES, YES, YES! I know I am seeing this post well after it was first posted but I LOVE it! I am so glad someone finally has the same opinion as me. I have been a four-legged foster parent, but I have only owned purebred dogs during my adult years. I hear so many mean comments about my dogs and that I am only adding to the problem simply because I bought my dogs from responsible breeders. I think that is totally upside down. Anyway love it and I agree we can totally co-exist and help each other!

  22. I am a breeder. Yes they were born in my kitchen to be exact. No, I don’t make money. I spend it on the dogs I have each time I sell a puppy. Breeding isn’t the way to make money, easily. However, I love dogs and the continuation of good genes adds to a breed.

    I will not judge you if you adopt. Good for you, if you do. I have adopted and bought. My breeding pair of Staffordshire bull terriers were bought.

    I do the best I can by my dogs and then some. It is nights of hard work and days of exhaustion, if you are helping the mum. Count yourself co sleeping with newborn puppies. It isn’t easy.

    Then the heartbreak if one pup dies. I cried. Then the sadness when the pups were sold one by one. I have kept one and I have one parent. The other belongs to a friend.

    Not only that, the process of finding a good home for the pups. The pain of things not working out for your pup..We took one back and were extra careful in placing her again.

    I understand adoption from an animal welfare point of view, a good dog being in a shelter through no fault of its own.
    And you want to give the dog a second chance, wonderful.

    By all means, do so, but don’t do so at the cost of fewer puppies being born. I mean, to what extent is this going to go? No more breeding? When all the dogs die, there will be no dogs left. Is this going to end when there are no animals left?

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