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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-21-2019, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Adopt or buy?

Did/would you adopt or buy your puppy?
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I bought my doberman ten years ago...and I'm buying my GSD as well. (Put down the deposit on a current litter that will be ready to come home in March.)

I know great dogs can be found in shelters and rescues....but I also feel comfortable supporting the practice of reputable breeding. I also like to mitigate as much risk as possible with regards to temperament and health issues.

I think they're both equally viable options for dog ownership, but a very individual kind of choice.
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Bought my current GSD as a pup. Previous 2 dogs were adoptees.

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I agree completely with you, Judy Untamed!
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You’re buying no matter where you get your dog from. The important thing is to support either good, responsible breeders who know what they are doing and health test, or responsible rescues that value making correct placements and not sugarcoating any issues the dogs may have.

My current dogs were all bought from breeders. One was a lesson on what a good breeder actually is, and the other two have turned out to be exactly what I was told they would be.
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I've had shelter dogs. I've had strays that ended up staying. I've had rehomed, free, dogs. I've had BYB's. I've had dogs from good breeders.

None meant less than the one before.
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ALL dogs, even mixed breeds, come from some kind of a breeder. One's choice depends a lot on what kind of a breeder one chooses to encourage and support.

I have owned strays, backyard bred, poor bred and well bred. I do believe that temperamentally the well bred dogs were more stable overall with fewer behavioral issues.
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We bought ours after researching and learning lots about the breed. However, and speaking in general terms, when it comes to temperament, aptitudes and lineage inclination; breeders can likely fit those basic wants more so, than dogs that are up for adoption. Having said that, I whole hardly agree with Mr Jax pronouncement; and would venture to go even further: A GSD will love you more than he/she loves him/herself, no matter where it came from. Try finding that same loyalty and unconditionality, in the world that we live in today..
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I have had very good dogs in my life. As a child my mom brought home a pup from an oops litter, 3/4 lab 1/4 GSD (good mix by the way) I've had a couple of adopted mutts that were fine dogs and an wonderful GSD from the city pound. My latest GSDs have come from a good breeder. I would consider adopting some of her retired dogs when I am old and my current dogs have passed.

We contacted a local GSD rescue before going to the breeder but there were so many hoops to jump through and it was pretty much a one way process with them making all the decisions. So we went to the breeder and worked with her to get a pup that would match our lifestyle.

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All of my current dogs were bred by me. I have had one shelter dog and then the rest came from breeders.
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