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Why I don't feel the least bit guilty about buying my dog from a breeder

I just wanted to quickly share an experience I had with a neighbor.

She has a daughter the same age as my boys and since they were playing in my front lawn, she saw Hanna and we struck up a conversation about dogs. She used to be a dog walker and now that her daughter is going to KG, she is starting up her own dog walking business. Of course she was curious about my dog's coat and I was telling her that I used to be a groomer and bought her to practice show grooming on. She then told me that she wasn't into dog shows and she got her dog from a shelter, a Thai dog. Apparently, she had to get rid of her dog because her dog never got used to the baby. I don't know exactly what her opinion is of buying from a breeder, but my other reason for going through a breeder is because I wanted a dog that I was fairly confident would be SAFE for my family, that I wouldn't have to return. I did detect a hint of looking down on me for not getting a shelter dog, but I don't know. What I do know is there are people out there who think all breeders are bad and that breeding should be illegal. I'm glad people can make a choice for whatever they feel is right for them. I support shelter and shelter dogs, but also the right to choose. I have absolutely no regrets, my dog is very good with my boys as well as the neighborhood kids. Every dog is an individual, even within breeds, but people buying from good breeders have a good idea of what temperament their dog will most likely have, and there is little guarantee of that with a rescue. My shepherd rescue was awesome, but other people aren't so lucky.
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I agree with you completely. I'm very happy for people who have a good experience with shelter dogs... and I have a HUGE amount of respect for those who willingly take on shelter "challenges". (and there are lots of those that need home too!) But I also understand completely why someone would want a purebred dog. I only hope they have the sense to purchase one from a reputable breeder. If they do, they are NOT part of the problem, they are part of the solution. That's a dog who will, most likely, never BE in a shelter.

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I agree. Having done both (my Hav, Hobbes, now is a puppy mill rescue and my "family" aka my dog before a borzoi I showed in jr showmanship and regular conformation) I can see the great things about both. I haven't decided what my next dog will be, as I won't add a second for quite a long time I imagine, but I can make convincing arguments for both.
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I totally agree although being a breeder myself might have a lot to do with that

In all seriousness though I've had many rescue dogs and been involved with rescue and while I loved them they weren't a good mix for what I was after and I won't apologise or feel guilty about it. Not every dog is good in every situation. I have specific wants and needs from the dogs I own and pedigree Samoyeds and Havanese suit that perfectly.
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I don't know why people chose to frown on other people's choices for no real reason other than it's not what they would have done... Sigh. You know what is right for your family and you have to responsibly follow that instinct. We get to spend a dog's lifetime with them if we're lucky; It's crucial our home is the right fit for them.

That said... I have a soft spot for people who take in or foster shelter dogs and those can be puppies wrongly placed from breeders as well.

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The judging for adopting from a breeder drives me nuts. Especially from people who chose to have biological children instead of welcoming one of the many many foster system children into their home. Everybody has the right to make choices about their family including spouses, children, and pets.

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The judging for adopting from a breeder drives me nuts. Especially from people who chose to have biological children instead of welcoming one of the many many foster system children into their home. Everybody has the right to make choices about their family including spouses, children, and pets.

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I couldn't agree more with this sentiment. There are always children and pets that are in need of good homes. To those that can offer them homes, it is a loving and beautiful thing. In fact, I'd love to adopt a child one day, and perhaps someday we will. But that does not make it right for everyone. We have had a shelter dog and, unfortunately, we were not able to keep her in our home. She snapped at our young children and ran from the house towards the road each and every time a door opened. It was a difficult time for us. It pained our family and hurt our children when we had to make the decision to give her to another family without young children. We chose to go with breeders because knowing the background of our pups was important to our family. Knowing they were loved, nurtured and cared for as well as genetically and temperamentally sound was important considering this is a serious commitment. People should not be made to feel guilty for seeking this sort of assurance for their families... and, if a person has birth children, rather than a houseful of adopted children, they have no place making that argument.
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People get mad because they think breeders are the reason there are so many dogs in shelters. They need to be mad at back yard & bad breeders and puppy mills. Ethical breeders dogs don't wind up in shelters because they have a buy back clause. I saw a show on Ophra and they guy from animal rescue even said what I just stated above. He said he didn't have a problem with ethical breeders and this guy owned a huge rescue near me. I understand why people wouldn't want to rescue a dog. Maybe they don't feel they have the time, money or experience to deal with a dog that might have potential issues.

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You think it is bad getting a dog from a breeder? Never tell people that you got a CAT from a breeder!!! Fifty times worse. Hypoallergenic dogs are acceptable. You are somewhat forgiven if you have allergies. Same family, same allergies - hypoallergenic CAT? OMGOSH! You didn't go to the pound?? The HORROR!

I just tell people that Jack picked us.


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If everyone bought from ethical breeders there would be much fewer shelter dogs (in my opinion).

I don't feel guilty in the slightest for going to a reputable breeder. I wanted to know exactly what I was getting and know that my pet was coming from healthy lines. When I was doing my puppy research, I did look at ads on Kijiji, and people were wanting as much for backyard mixed breed pups as what I paid for my boy from a reputable breeder.

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