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It's ALL Shopping

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While we are getting a constant reminder to "adopt don't shop" by various entities. Meanwhile, in the US, breeders of purpose bred dogs are being maligned by the media and legislation is being promoted by Animal Rights organizations making breeding dogs difficult or impossible (even at the hobby level).

When I see a LITTER of Golden Retriever puppies "advertised" as being "rescued" from the Dog Meat Trade in Korea or China I remember PT Barnum stating "There is a sucker born every minute." Foreign "rescue" dogs also have the ability to bring disease into (the US in my case) that is unique to dogs here who have no immunity to strains endemic to the country of origin.

When you decide to "adopt don't shop" I HIGHLY recommend that you go to your local animal SHELTER or POUND and NOT to some "rescue." Rescues have become big business. The mantra that there are "many purebred dogs" in the shelter has, in recent years, become a myth. My local shelters have one type of dog and that type is Pit or Pit Mix. Rarely you might see a hound.. but it is rare. Why? When a dog comes in that is NOT a pit mix, the dog is immediately taken by a breed specific rescue and the price you pay is inflated hugely.

A recent discussion with an acquaintance is they went to the local shelters. Their insurance company will not cover Pit Mix dogs and the shelters only offered those dogs for adoption. She then went to a rescue and quickly discovered the prices were as high as any pure purpose bred dog and there were no young dogs. The result was she went to a breeder and found an retired, but young dog. Trained and in the prime of life.. a perfect match and the price was actually less. The dog had its health tests done (the breeder wanted hips and elbows certified for soundness in sport competition) and the dog was already spayed. In addition, the dog had extensive training.

In the end, wherever you get a dog, it is ALL shopping. You bought a dog and it is not much different than buying clothes.. even from a second hand store.

Rescues are BIG business and the Mantra of "adopt don't shop" has made many rescue "operators" very wealthy. The following article, from 2016, explains this. No matter where you get a dog, you have purchased it. If it is NOT from your local shelter then you have likely helped someone get wealthy. Meanwhile, I know of NO dog breeders that are truly good breeders (health tests, competitive titles, genetic temperament considered, purpose of the breed and so forth going into breeding) who are "wealthy." OTOH I DO know of a few "rescue owners" who are doing far better financially than many.

For more back ground, read this. Yes it is from 2016 but it is no less poignant today than it was at the time of its writing.
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I can it from both sides, but the fact is without someone somewhere doing the breeding there would be no pedigree dogs at all. However a few extra rules to ensure how pedigree breeders place their dog and making their long term commitment to the animals they produce would not be wrong. Maybe some of them would be less willing to churn out litter after litter if they knew the buck stopped with them.,..

I got my first beagle from a private adoption, the son had tried to drown the dog and they had him chained to a back yard fence in their words because the f***** dog kept running off. When I saw his papers I was amazed he came from one of the so called best breeders in the country. This man breeds top champion beagles yet he sold a male beagle to a woman who weighed some 400+ pounds and who could barely walk so he knew that dog would not get the exersize it needed. Years ago my father rescued a GSD from a scrap yard and it turned out her parents were both crufts class winners.
In both cases the breeders had taken the $$$ and not really done the checks to make sure their pups were in a good place.

These type of breeders are the reason why there are calls for stricter laws than there used to be and why the ordinary person often views a breeder with suspicion.

As for adoption, there are agenecies, often fronted by a celeb they pull at the heartstrings of the adoptee with cute puppies and sad stories but often fail to tell how it might take months or even years to settle a dog who has been mistreated or abused.

There are many breed rescues run by people passionate about a particular breed and specializing in finding suitable homes for that breed. The problem there is that people who just want that type of dog no matter what end up back at the breeder who couldnt give a ... as long as he gets his $$$$$

If we all stood back and realized that owning a dog is a privelige not a right and that dog regardless of where they are from are living breathing beings with feelings , not dolls or playthings not status symbols or fashion accessories then we might be doing the dogs a bit of good. This isnt about pitting people who adopt against those who buy its about stopping idiots breeding dogs , stopping idiots buying dogs and idiots dumping dogs when they are no longer wanted.
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