My mom constantly harasses me about getting Ozzy neutered. I do plan on getting a female GSD in the future, so he WILL be sterilized, but I won't neuter him. (Vasectomy).
I personally feel like it's healthier for females to be spayed once they're between 18-24 months old, so that's what I'll do. It's not a spay/neuter issue. It's a responsibility issue. Ozzy's two and hasn't sired a litter. Given, he is ONLY two, but that's a lot longer than I know some people could keep an intact male away from a bitch in heat.
I already have my breeder picked out, and I don't feel guilty at all. The only thing that sucks is that I can't talk to my mom about it because she thinks ALL breeders are the devil.
Honestly, I don't see it as a BYB issue. I see it as an owner issue. Irresponsible owners don't research the breeds they're interested in, nor breeders, and they go out and buy the youngest, cutest, cheapest puppy they can find. Then when the dog gets out of the cute puppy stage, the irresponsible owners realize that a dog actually takes work, or the breed they chose is a bad match for their family, and they dump it off at the nearest shelter and trade it in for the next young, cute, cheap puppy.
If there weren't people to support BYBs, they wouldn't exist.
There are people who will only buy from breeders, people who will only adopt from shelters, and those who don't care, as long as they find a dog that fits their lifestyle.
As far as importing shelter dogs from other countries - I disagree with it. I mean, if someone wants to personally import a shelter dog at their own expense, then good for them. But there are plenty of homeless dogs in shelters here in America.
That's not to say I'm against sending shelter dogs from cram-packed shelters to another one a few states away that has room. I just don't agree with bringing in foreign dogs to the US when our own dogs are being put to death here at home.
Ozzy - Chocolate Pom
-Fastest 2012/2013 U-FLI Pomeranian
"In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog."
Last edited by Konotashi; 10-21-2012 at 11:44 PM.