Is Buying A Purebred Dog Ethically Questionable?

Some dog lovers feel that buying a purebred dog is ethically questionable because of health problems associated with overbreeding and inbreeding.

At the same time, two million to three million shelter dogs in the U.S.

are put to death every year.

Is it unethical to buy a dog?

No, buying a dog from a responsible breeder, who breeds for health, standard and tests the dogs for genetic issues, is in no way immoral.

Why you should never buy a dog from a breeder?

Why Some Dog Breeders Should Be Avoided

They pay little or no attention to genetic health issues in both the parents and the puppies. They often charge less money for the puppies than a responsible breeder, but still more money than they should (no one should pay for puppies that were bred carelessly).

Is it ethical to buy a dog from a breeder?

You are not killing a shelter dog if you purchase a dog from a responsible breeder. Morally, it is your decision to have a dog or not, and where that dog comes from is your choice. Reputable breeders are not puppy mills. Most dogs from pet stores come from puppy mills.

Why is breeding dogs unethical?

Breeding Trouble

Inbreeding causes painful and life-threatening genetic defects in “purebred” dogs and cats, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, and epilepsy. Distorting animals for specific physical features also causes severe health problems.

Why you shouldn’t buy a puppy?

There’s A Good Chance That Pup Is Sick

Other diseases prominent among pet store puppies who come from mills include heart and kidney disease, epilepsy, parvovirus and mange. Pet store owners have been known to use antibiotics to mask the signs of these conditions in order to sell puppies.

Is it bad to get a purebred dog?

The main problem with purebreds stems from the simple fact that to create a purebred puppy you need two dogs from the exact same gene pool. You just need to be aware of the risk of defects in your prospective new purebred puppy, a risk that is much higher than in a mix-breed puppy.