Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad breeders that give all breeders a bad name. It's one of those sweeping generalizations that people make. Just as there are people who breed and breed and breed and don't give a rip about what happens to those dogs because they just want to add a few bucks to their wallet, there are some of us who make sure we have homes lined up before we even breed.
I think there is a place for both! I encourage people to go to shelters and to rescues. If you want a purebred Havanese, with a companion personality and will give it companionship, then go for the purebred. If you want some cute mix that is called a Havapoo or whatever, then go to a shelter. You have a lot better chance at knowing what you will get because they are usually older. The mixed breeds, designer breeds, etc. that are sold for big dollars are just a waste of money. That's the biggest gamble out there and so-called "breeders" exploit folks who don't know any better.
All that to say, I think there is a place for breeders, because that is how breeds continue, but I think there is definitely a place for shelters, rescues, etc.