Thank you for both for your input. I understand exactly what you are saying about not buying a mixed breed....please know I am looking for a companion dog and not to breed. So hope I did not offend anyone. I will definitely keep what you said in the back of my mind.
I was not thinking about whether you were going to breed… That really has no bearing on my comments. When you buy puppies from unethical breeders and puppy mills, you become part of the problem of too many unwanted dogs in the world. Your puppy may end up with a wonderful home. But what about her parents? They will, at best, be churning out way to many puppies at way to short intervals. At worst they will spend their entire lives in cramped, dirty cages. When thy no longer produce large litters frequently enough, if they are lucky they will be umped in some shelter. If they are unlucky, they will be taken out back, shot and thrown in the trash.
And it's not just the breeder dogs who suffer. You MIGHT beat the odds and get a healthy, good tempered puppy who is easy to house train from such a breeding establishment, but the odds are against it. You might pay less up-front, only to be saddled with high vet costs over the life of your pet. Or… you could be faced with a puppy who is almost impossible to fully house train, because s/he learned that it was OK to poop and pee where ever s/he stood on the wire mess floor of the pen the pups and their mother lived in.
You do yourself no favors by purchasing a poorly bred dog, and often they are close to or sometimes HIGHER priced than one from a reputable breeder. Buy form a reputable breeder of quality dogs, who health tests all their stock. It's the right thing to do, for you AND for the dogs. Don't support unethical breeders. If you want to "rescue" (or pay less) and don't mind taking chances on temperament, trainability or health, PLEASE do it through a rescue group or shelter, NOT by supporting people who are only interested in lining their pockets at the expense of innocent animals.