The answer isn’t as clear-cut as you think.
If you have ever been, or have considered being, a dog owner, chances are you’ve heard that adopting from a shelter or rescue facility is way better than buying from a breeder.
In actuality, though, it’s not quite as clear-cut as “shelters are good” and “breeders are bad.”
Is it OK to get a dog from a breeder?
A good breeder will take their dogs back, for life. Many don’t care where their dogs end up. This is something on which rescue advocates and reputable breeder advocates can agree: Dogs end up in shelters by no fault of their own. You are not killing a shelter dog if you purchase a dog from a responsible breeder.
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).
Should I get a dog from a breeder or rescue?
You won’t have to go through that expensive puppy year, unless you adopt a puppy. Also, shelters usually spay or neuter all of the dogs leaving their facility, saving you those extra expenses. It’s much less expensive to adopt than purchase from a breeder. Most shelters charge $150 adoption fee.
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.
What is the difference between a dog breeder and a puppy mill?
Puppy Mills Verusus Responsible Dog Breeders
Go beyond the surface, though, and the difference is quite obvious. Responsible breeders put the well-being of their dogs first and strive to improve their breed. They tend to operate on a smaller scale than puppy mills. In many cases, they make little to no profit.
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.