Your purchase of a well-bred, purebred puppy did not sentence another dog to death!

Most well-bred puppies take their first breath in their breeder’s hands.
What does well-bred mean? Is well-bred the same as purebred?
No, it’s not! You can buy so-called AKC registered, pure-bred dogs on the side of the road, on Craig’s list, or at a pet store. Many purebred dogs that end up in shelters and rescues are coming from breeders who only breed to make a profit with no care about the health and well-being of their dogs. These dogs are neglected, overbred, inbred, and never health tested for genetic diseases. A well-bred dog is so much more than purebred or “with papers.” A well-bred dog comes from parents who have had proper health testing, and they come from proven lines. Their parents compete at dog shows and prove themselves to be worthy examples of the breed. The parents are of age to even have health testing done and their breeders are educated in canine anatomy, genetics, nutrition, conformation, and selective breeding practices, to name just a few. There are so many diseases and health defects possible in dogs that it is imperative to support only responsible breeders. Blindness, deafness, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, the list goes on and on. By seeking out a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder, you know your dog will be free of most genetic disorders because breeders are only choosing to breed the best of the best to produce wonderful pets and working dogs.
No, your purchase of a well-bred purebred puppy did not sentence another dog to death!
Your purchase of a well-bred purebred puppy did not cause an increase in the number of dogs in the shelters! Shelters and rescues rely on donations, volunteers, and adoptions to function, and they often work closely with animal rights activists. As a result, they discourage dog breeding and spread negative messages about breeders in general, in order to promote the adoption of shelter and rescue dogs. While it is important to recognize that not all breeders are responsible or ethical, it is also important to recognize that breeding can be done responsibly and ethically and that there are many breeders who are committed to improving the health and well-being of their breeds.

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You, wanting a dog with a predictable temperament from a healthy lineage did not cause another dog to not get adopted.
Your desire to find a dog with a predictable temperament and a healthy lineage does not prevent other shelter and rescue dogs from being adopted. It is not fair to blame responsible breeders for the existence of shelters and rescues. Problems are caused by irresponsible breeders who do not properly care for their animals and do not take responsibility for them when problems arise. Responsible breeders, on the other hand, are committed to the well-being of their dogs and will take them back no matter the circumstances in order to keep them out of shelters and rescues. It is important to support these responsible breeders and recognize their efforts to improve the health and welfare of their breeds.
The decision of what kind of dog to bring into your home is a personal one that should be based on your own lifestyle and preferences. Whether you are looking for a working dog to work hand in hand with you and your livestock, a sporting dog, or simply a lap dog companion, it is important to do your research and choose a reputable breeder. 
Supporting responsible breeders does not contribute to the death of shelter dogs.
Contrary to popular belief, the United States does not have an excess of domestic dogs that need to be euthanized. In fact, a significant number of dogs and puppies available for adoption in the United States are imported from other countries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when international travel was restricted, many shelters saw a decrease, in the number of available dogs, or even ran out entirely. It is important to recognize that the demand for puppies in the United States drives the breeding and export of dogs from other countries. Many countries are breeding and supplying American consumers with puppies. By supporting responsible breeders we can help reduce the demand for puppies from these countries and promote animal welfare.
Reputable breeders play a valuable role in promoting the health and welfare of their breeds. These breeders carefully select their breeding dogs based on health and temperament testing, study pedigrees, and ensure that they are worthy of being bred. By doing so, they are not contributing to the number of homeless dogs. In fact, responsible breeding practices improve the health and well-being of individual dogs and of the breed as a whole. The issue of homeless dogs is a complex one, and it is not caused by reputable breeders or those who purchase from them.

“Animal shelters across the U.S. are emptying amid coronavirus pandemic” – NBC News, “Quarantined residents help empty out La Porte Animal Shelter” –, “MCACC: Shelter almost completely empty of animals thanks to community” – Fox News

Then who is responsible for dogs in shelters?
  • those who do not contain their unaltered dogs,
  • those who impulsively buy pets from irresponsible sources such as Craigslist or auctions
  • those who breed their dogs without proper consideration for the health and welfare of the animals
  • those who breed the trendiest designer mix breeds as fast as they can, with rare colors and coat patterns for extra money
  • those who fail to research the needs of a particular breed before bringing it into their home
  • those who just have to let their dog have one litter “so she can experience motherhood” or because “she’s just so cute”
  • those who bought a high-energy working breed without taking the time to research its needs and realize it was not a good fit for their household ahead of time
A reputable breeder offers its lifelong support! A reputable breeder would never allow their dogs to end up in a shelter, to begin with. A reputable breeder makes it a contractual obligation to return dogs they have produced back to them, should you find yourself unable of keeping them.
It is understandable to be angry about the number of homeless dogs in the world, but if you take a deeper look, you will find your anger is misplaced. Reputable breeders and owners are not the problem!
I think it is important for shelters and rescues to recognize that not all dog breeders are irresponsible. Responsible breeders contribute to the health and well-being of their breeds and can be an important resource for those looking for a specific type of dog. By working with responsible breeders and promoting their efforts to improve the health and welfare of their breeds, shelters and rescues can help to improve the lives of dogs and make a positive impact on animal welfare. It is important for these organizations to take a nuanced approach to the issue of breeding and to recognize the value of responsible breeders in the dog world.

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Karen Hansen @Rocky Mountain Biewer Terriers

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