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I had that debate with a friend of mine who is against breeders. I told her responsible ethical breeders are not the reason dogs are in shelters. She needs to be mad at the puppymills. Responsible breeders have a buy back clause, so their dogs are not in shelters. Oprah did a show on puppy mills and even the guy from the rescue agreed, responsible breeders are not the problem.
Not all people can rescue. I never had a dog before my 3. So I didn't feel I had enough experience to deal with a dog with issues. When you rescue a havanese, it might have issues and you never know if it will have the temperament of a havanese. Who knows what the parents were like etc. Also, when you rescue, the pup might have tons of health issues. Maybe someone would feel more comfortable buying from a breeder who does all the health testing and has a health guarantee. I don't think it makes me a bad person because I chose to buy my 3 from a breeder. I just didn't want to deal with a puppy with a lot of issues.....end of story. There are a lot more havanese in rescue than when I was buying my guys. I would consider rescuing a puppy, but would be concerned about health issues. Buying from a breeder doesn't mean you won't have health issues, since I am proof of that, but at least you have a breeder behind you. Bella for instance had a liver shunt and the breeder paid me back what I paid for Bella.
People can get a little crazy when it comes to rescuing.