Health & Temperament Myth?
Posters regularly tell others to stack the health and temperament of a dog in their favor by buying from "reputable breeders".
Is it true?
I don't know. I have had about a dozen dogs in my life. Three from "reputable breeders". All the rest were from animal shelters or individuals re-homing dogs and one rescue.
I had major temperament problems with the BC from the rescue, he was a fear biter.
Out of all the others I had no major medical or temperament problems. I consider myself very fortunate in that regard.
I had one with HD that had almost no affect on her life and one with epilepsy who was treated easily and lived to a ripe old age.
I do not consider those major medical problems.
For the purpose of this thread I would consider major med or temperament problems to be those that significantly affect either the dog or owners life.
Or if it cost a small fortune to treat.
There is not agreement on what constitutes a "reputable breeder" but usually people seem to think any breeder who charges less than 800 dollars is not reputable but a BYB.
My BC rescue is not an indictment of rescues. It was a one time situation.
How have others experiences been with regard to this topic?
Jack (Hunter) vom Adlerstein 12/20/2006
Zena vom True Haus 8/25/2011