Originally Posted by fredh
To each his or her own, but I share your views on this subject. I really respect people that adopt rescue dogs but I don't like the uncertainty that comes when following that route. I went the Breeder Route with my first GSD Jake (now 3) as well as Amy our 13 year old Mini Schnauzer, and based on the positive experience I have had with both these dogs would never consider not buying from a reputable breeder in the future.
I would like to say I would consider a rescue one day when I have more experience with dogs and have one successfully raised puppy under my belt, and when I don't have any cats.
The truth is that I doubt I'll ever be comfortable with that uncertainty. Particularly when I am so attracted to a breed that people genuinely fear; I think a cute puppy with a mama who is working hard to socialize and train it well will stand a good chance of winning over the skeptics in my life, but a rescue dog with issues would probably mean some people would refuse to visit us or let us keep their kids.