|10-11-2013 01:03 PM|
No worries! You haven't scared me off! I'm guessing that the rewards will be well worth the frustration.
Sent from Petguide.com Free App
|10-11-2013 12:09 PM|
|10-11-2013 11:50 AM|
I'm playing a game of chance no matter what, and I know that.
|10-11-2013 11:24 AM|
I didn't take any offense I was just trying to point out even the best breeder dogs can get issues. They take work and tons and tons of training, no matter where you get them. German Shepherd puppies are land sharks... so just be aware, no dog is 100% issue free all the time. When my kids were young is when I got my dogs from a breeder. So I totally get that.
|10-10-2013 07:03 PM|
The person who questioned me is one of my nearest and dearest and there wasn't judgment, so I chose to be open. But then I was curious as to whether that kind of curiosity about breeders was common. The culture around here seems to be really rescue oriented, so I don't know anyone offline to ask!
|10-10-2013 06:46 PM|
I do not understand why anyone feels the need to defend or justify any purchase, especially to disapproving people.
Last time I looked, this was still a free country.
|10-10-2013 06:22 PM|
If my opinion counts for something, I've spent all my working years working in the trenches at open admission animal shelters(read:kill shelters) with the one I work at now being your average southern US shelter with a poor live-release rate so I don't think I've gone more than a couple days without hearing or encouraging some spay/neuter/adopt message to the public in years. Out of my crew of 3 GSDs and a cat all but one was a rescue, and the non-rescue GSD was actually given to me as a puppy when I was a teenager and originally came from a BYB.
- The cat I have now was a death-row kitty is hands down the best cat I've ever owned.
- The 9yr old male GSD(Sir) I adopted from the shelter when he was about 4yrs old, I do have quite a bit of background on him and knew his previously owner had kept him outside all his life, hit him and starved him - he's a good dog, blended into my home flawlessly(I have many pictures of him 'helping' me take care of foster kittens), he has the most stable temperament of my group and has never shown any concerning behavior issues - unfortunately he's had bad hips and knees since I got him and they are starting to affect him now that he's getting older. Other than his bad hips and being sick with pneumonia when I brought him home from the shelter he's never had any medical problems, not a single one serious or not in 5 years.
- The 11month old male GSD(Gunner), a recent rescue who was originally picked up running in a highway quite thin with ribs and hip-bones prominent, hasn't been in my home long enough to really gauge his health and behavior but he has gotten along well with my dogs and the cat from the start and no health concerns as of yet. He has been more work than Sir was - had clearly never been on a leash before and is fear-reactive towards other dogs(doubt he'd start a fight but from a distance he puts on a show that tends to send other owners fleeing in the opposite direction) but we're working on it and I don't see any serious long-term behavior issues on the horizon but who knows. He is generally a breeze to train/work with but as a 70+lb dog we had to start from the very beginning with training and manners that a 4month old pup in good hands would probably have down already. I could see how he could be a bit much for someone in a different situation from me to bring home.
- Cheyenne, the now 10yr old female that came from a BYB as a puppy, was and still kind of is the most problematic of my crew. Most of her problems were probably due to the fact that when I first got her I was just a teenager with minimal experience in dog training/raising a puppy, raising her with almost no outside help but still, it was rough for a long while. We went through years of serious dog aggression(she once bit me pretty good when I pulled her back while she was on leash pulling to get at another dog) and to this day I'd only consider the aggression 'under control', not gone. She hasn't shown any really serious long-term health issues but she's had the poorest general health out of any of my dogs.
That said, I have zero problem or question raising when people choose to get their dog from a breeder instead of rescuing. If I was looking for something specific, had serious training goals, or wanted a puppy I would be all over finding a reputable breeder myself. I've had a few coworkers over the years that went to breeders as well. I fully expect that some time in the distant future that I will invest in a puppy from a reputable breeder, it just won't be in the cards for me anytime soon.
I can completely understand why someone would want to go to a breeder instead of taking home a rescue dog and pass no judgement at all for that. I'm all for educating people looking at backyard breeders and petshops if they're willing to listen, but ultimately to each their own and I'd never question someone looking at a reputable breeder.
If someone ever really got a serious attitude on a breeder vs. rescue debate I'd be one to tell them frankly, unless it was acquired illegally, it's not really anyones business where you got or plan to get your dog.
|10-10-2013 04:09 PM|
I think once you start getting into that world, though, people are quicker to accept that you probably (hopefully?) know what you're doing. So like people will advise me toward or against particular breeds or breeders, which I appreciate and am grateful for, but nobody asks why I want a purebred performance puppy in the first place.
It of course helps that I have one of those multi-champion rescue mutts already.
(Pongu's actually been doing pretty well lately, too, I've been surprised and really pleased with his progress. I even took him off his crazy pills a couple weeks ago and he hasn't imploded yet. Woo!)
|10-10-2013 04:02 PM|
I just thought it'd be interesting to pose the question because I realized no one else I know offline has gone to a breeder. Like, ever. Which is sort of surprising but at the same time, I guess not really. The default thinking is a shelter or breed rescue, always.
So I wondered! I don't think there's any judgment? but there was definitely surprise. I figured I'd get a better sample of people here who actually used a breeder! Along with people who did choose rescue, of course!
|10-10-2013 11:13 AM|
|Rangers_mom||Why worry about it. You should do what is good for you and not worry about what others think. The only time I give people advice is when they are considering getting a dog from a pet store. I really discourage people from doing that but I don't say anything to them if it is after the fact. I find that they are usually well meaning people who don't understand where pet store pups come from.|
|This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.|