I just read an excellent statement about buying from a reputable breeder. It said: "Saying "I don't need a dog from a breeder who shows" is like saying "I don't need a house from a builder who builds to code.""
Same.My thinking has come a full 180 on this subject since joining this forum. I literally did not know better before.
It's just such a one-size-fits-all slogan for a deeply complex issue. If the only people buying dogs were the ones buying from unscrupulous shops and breeders, and everyone else was "rescuing," there'd be no end to the problem. We'd only be chasing the symptoms,Yes, rescues certainly do not work out for everyone!
My rescue girl would not work out living in most homes. I lucked out finding a poodle that ended up being the perfect fit for me.
This is a rare and excellent perspective—one which acknowledges and honours the complexity of our companion choices while providing practical guidance. Thank you for sharing.If you don't NEED those special abilities or the predictability of a particular breed, you should not be buying a dog at all. You should go rescue one. That way you're saving a life and not putting money in pockets where it does not belong.
I'm sorry you lost your poodle in such an awful, unexpected wayI am living with the hard consequences with my desperate uneducated buy after I lost my first poodle in a freak accident.
My sweet Beatrice I wouldn't trade her for the world but I am devastated that she has had such an avoidably painful short life and that she won't live to be old.
As for buying the very best dog I could, well there is Leonard purchased from one of the best show toy poodle breeders, he is wonderfully healthy, a excellent temperament and so ridiculously handsome.
Nope I cannot just get a poodle from anywhere anymore.
I have to remember this !"Saying "I don't need a dog from a breeder who shows" is like saying "I don't need a house from a builder who builds to code.""
YES! To all of this. I always assumed "good" breeders were only breeding for looks. I didn't realize those aren't actually the good ones.I think purebred people (who often spend their whole lives devoted to dogs and dog-research) sometimes miss this as a reason people choose crosses and unregistered dogs.
This drives me crazy! We need to find homes for the dogs in this country first! And people do not consider the diseases these animals are bringing here. We had a group of very sick dogs brought to my state last year, and what they had could not be cured. But that's a whole other issue. Sorry for the rant, lol.Our trainer said the absolute worst cases are people who import rescues from overseas. People just have no idea what they're getting themselves into. It's a noble project for someone who's extremely dog savvy, but unfortunately that's NOT most people.