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I know it's not a popular opinion....
But I find this story completely ridiculous.

You know, I own a purebred dog that I bought from a breeder, and I don't feel badly about it whatsoever. In fact, I'd probably do it again, if I had specific needs and wants in a dog.

I do encourage people who just want a dog in general, and don't want to be as specific to absolutely go to a shelter and adopt a dog. And I'd totally encourage someone to get a dog from a shelter before buying a second rate dog from a store like Petland which supports puppy mills, that's for sure.

But I don't think people who buy from breeders should be made out to be villains. I don't see how someone buying a dog with a signed contract that says you have to neuter/spay the dog or else the breeder is taking it back, and that if you can't keep the dog at any point during it's lifetime you can return it to the breeder no questions asked.....well, I just don't see how that's irresponsible pet ownership.

ETA: And President Obama's new dog totally highlights one of the benefits of buying from a breeder. The dog is actually a six month old puppy that was sold to another owner a while ago, but the owner couldn't keep it and returned it to the breeder, who then worked to find it a new home (and, it just happened to be the most famous home in America!)

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You know I agree with you! We researched breeders for a long time, because we wanted a purebred lab. I've never regretted that, and I'll definitely go to a breeder when it's time to bring home a little brother for Foster.

It's especially important to research breeders with larger breeds like Labs and things like that, because they have so much potential for hip problems. And a good breeder is going to breed stock that isn't as prone to things like hip problems and the like.

And I feel like Obama's going to get the shitstorm down on him for choosing a purebred, although he's said many times he'd love to get a pound dog, but they have to be a little more picky because of their daughter's allergies.

However, the Obama situation--once the haters stop screaming about buying a purebred--especially highlights one of the benefits of buying from a breeder. The Obama's new dog is a 6 month old puppy that was sold by the breeder to another owner...however the owner could not keep the puppy, and returned it to the breeder. And it's being re-homed with the Omabas. So even if they can't get a shelter dog, they are still helping to keep a dog from going to a shelter.

Although I don't begrudge anyone the right to go to a breeder if they want a specific breed of dog, it's worth keeping in mind that there are also rescue organizations for virtually every breed of dog that almost always have dogs who need homes. I know a couple who got their dog from the local golden retriever rescue and are absolutely delighted with how sweet, gentle, and well-trained he is. These rescues tend to have mostly adult dogs but sometimes have puppies.

It does depend on the type of dog you want, of course. I mean, I'm pretty much set on Scottish Terriers, however the local rescue doesn't often have dogs (not many people have Scotties to begin with, so there aren't as many to rescue, I guess.)

But, if there is a rescue for a dog type you want, that certainly is a good option. I'd advise checking out the dog and the rescue just as carefully as you would a breeder.

That story makes me so mad. That poor woman.

Personally, I believe in adopting pets from animal shelters and rescues. But that's how *I* would go about getting a pet (we've adopted almost all our dogs from the animal shelter, and I love my crazy pound puppies). But I'm not going to pass judgement on somebody who wants a particular breed and goes to a reputable breeder. Animal shelters aren't full because people research breeds and buy from a reputable breeder. Animal shelters are full because people are asshats and buy puppies on a whim (usually at the pet store), don't spay/neuter the dog, and when that puppy isn't a puppy anymore, they decide that they can no longer take care of the dog.

Outside of getting a dog from a puppy mill (which are absolutely horrible and bring out all sorts of rage in me), if a family provides a warm and loving home, does it really matter where the puppy came from?

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