Mixes vs purebred dogs. Buying from a ethical breeder or going to a shelter, does one make you a better person?
I tend to stay very far from this topic, as a lot of times it causes a heated debate between two sides. First of all I have no issues with adopting mix breed dogs, matter of fact I have had many in my lifetime and plan on having many more. I also enjoy my purebred goldens as well. I don’t view myself as a evil person nor have ill will towards shelters. I never buy from a pet store but research a great deal for a ethical breeder even if that means I have to drive to Canada even to find one. Which I have done… A ethical breeder to me is one that:
1: Has a strong contract with the new pet parents
2: IF the puppy at any age can not be kept the dog must be brought back to the breeder and no a shelter
3: Both parents are health and behavior checked
4: Female or Male parent isn’t bred every heat cycle. ( Once a year or once every other year would be best)
5: The female is retired at a good age (breeding shouldn’t be happening at age 7 and above)
6: Breeder keeps in touch with the owners, this allows the breeder to check in on the health of the litter. This gives the breeder an idea if there is a sickness being passed onto future generations and can stop breeding the pair if this comes up.
7: The breeder wants to better the breed of choice.
8: The breeder focuses on one breed
9: The dogs are part of the home life.. not out in a kennel all day
To me when a owner decide they wish for a purebred dog this is them being responsible by following this list. I understand there are dogs in shelters, and some shelters are kill zones. However, everyone has the right to decide what kind of dog they want and what type of dog fits their needs. It would be like telling humans, no one can breed unless all children are adopted. And with this right a person should not be bullied on the internet or off the internet by people who view rescues is the only way to go.
All dogs have a right to a home it doesn’t matter if they are purebred or mix dogs and owners should not be judged by who they decide to add to their family. What made me surprised is how harsh some of the rescue people really are. I was asking questions about a new law that was going into place the discussion can be found here.
I was a little bit confused because how this shelter had posted it, made me worry if I had gone to get my Golden now from Canada I would not be able to bring her home, nor if I was to rescue say a potcake dog. Others asked more into about the law as they were worried as well. Then one person stated that you can still get a puppy if its six months old. As a dog trainer, I know that is a lot of missed time, so I asked for more details again. This law is supposed to stop puppy mills WHICH IS A GOOD THING.. With how they had posted it, at first it seemed to have a lot of holes, that could cause owners a lot of issues to work with a responsible breeder thus why I was worried.
The poster from the facebook got back to me to let me know as long as no one is reselling the dog you still can import dogs for your own family. That is great news. It was after they had gotten in touch with me when things went down hill the first post was: