We bought our dog from a breeder. We wanted a GSD and wanted to make sure it was actually a GSD, hence the breeder. At first, we considered adoption but the process was irritating and overwhelming (getting squashed by an over-excited lab-something turned us off).Did/would you adopt or buy your puppy?
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.
In a better world, that is how people ought to be. Do the research. Check the breeder. Check the shelter. Look at the Pros and Cons and choose with your brain and your heart. This doesn't have to be an either / or decision. Being educated consumers / adopters means less profit to poor breeders and better run shelters.Do with what you feel in your heart,maybe one from a breeder and one from the plain old dog pound (that’s what I do).
Same here. Had dogs from breeders and from humane societies and found strays that stayed. Health issues either way. But I never "adopted" from rescues as they were way too picky.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.
All of my dogs have been to some extent recycled, although I managed to start with several pups along the way. And a few BYB dogs thrown in for good measure. I said I wanted just one dog that came with no baggage, just one that I chose and then I would happily take the seniors out of the shelters. I hate old dogs in shelters, they should never end up there.Ive bought, gotten one through rehoming, and had a couple given to me. My next go around will be purchased from a breeder with specifics in mind and I'll probably adopt senior gsds after that.