The problem still is the breeders. I still do not disagree with breeding mixes. Puppy mills yes I detest them byb who are not concerned with their health and living quarters are just as horrible.Don't think for a minute an educated buyer can't find themself a well bred purebred. The buying process is no different than with any other breeder. It's just that if you know how to buy a pup, a designer dog breeder would be erased from the list sooner, not later.
My brother recently bought a purbred labrador. I didn't assist in the purchase in any way, nor have I asked how much he paid for the dog. Frankly, I would have preferred he rescued a dog, but knowing his personality, I know buying a purebred was his only option. This is the difference between his dog and a designer dog breeder...his dog, since she was brought into his home at 9 weeks of age, has had exactly zero accidents in the home. ZERO, meaning it came fully housetrained. He has a contract that requires him to have his dog spayed. His contract details without refute that the dog must go back to the breeder should he ever need to surrender it. He has a health guarantee until the dog is 7 years old. His contract specifies which training school he must attent. I could go on and on, but the question is, and as far as I can tell it's been avoided, who would you rather patronize? My brother's breeder, or the pet store you bought your dog from? This is what we're saying. We're saying there are better ways to do things, and as long as people continue to buy dogs from pet stores, flea infested, under socialized, and under trained dogs will be bought from pet stores. It's really sad.
My Malti-Poo is housebroken. His accedents on the floor in the begining are so trivial compared to the big problem. Yes I think after reading all the info posted here I could problably tell the difference between a reputable breeder and a poser.
Still not everyone is on a forum. Not everone minds housetraining a pet shop dog. And I know a great many people with pet shop dogs that are in excellent health and make wonderful pets.
That is not the problem. I think laws need to be passed to ensure healthy breeding practices and yes even if they are breeding Malti-Poos or Golden Doodles or Shi-Tzus or Schnauzers.