No, It’s Not Wrong To Buy A Puppy From A Breeder – Here’s Why!

As dog breeders, we’ve encountered a few puppy parents over the years who have been torn between rescuing a dog from a shelter or finding a pup from a reputable breeder. Some have even expressed guilt over their decision to adopt a purebred puppy.

There are certainly valid reasons for rescuing a puppy; however there are also a number of good reasons to purchase a pup from a reputable breeder. Many view rescues and reputable breeders as polar opposites; however each is equally important to the future well-being of dogs.

Irresponsible breeding is an issue any dog advocate should be seeking to avoid and oppose. Reputable breeders, by definition, do not contribute to the overpopulation of shelters as true reputable breeders are contractually tied to their dogs for life and will be responsible for the re-homing of any of their previous puppies as needed. Quality breeders also know what to look for in potential customers to ensure they’re a good fit.

Many people don’t realize this, but reputable breeders also have a significant role to play in the future success of the species of dog! Quality breeds are responsible for keeping the wonderful variety in the dog world alive and well. Their health testing and careful selection of dog parents ensures good health, physical structure and stable temperaments for future generations.

The common phrase “it’s all how they are raised” is not truly supported by science. As with humans, nurture is only part of the equation. Nature/genetics also play a vital role in the development of each dog. A dog’s health, size and other physical features are clearly a byproduct of his heritage, however each individual dog’s personality is also strongly affected by their family history and breed; not all breeds are the same!

A recent study out of Harvard University showed physical variations in each dog’s brain based upon their breed. While each dog has its own unique and individual personality, there are also clear breed distinctions. For example, some breeds are bred for hunting, others for herding; others are bred simply for companionship. While all dogs are truly wonderful, you will certainly have a preference of different breeds if you are looking for a dog to perform a specific task such as herding cattle, protecting your house or even being a therapy dog at a nursing home.

More Reasons You Can Safely Buy Puppies From Trusted Breeders

The greatest benefit to finding a pup from a trusted breeder is the relative certainty and reliability when it comes to what your pup will be like as an adult. Your breeder can tell you a lot about your pup’s future size, coat and most importantly, temperament, simply based upon knowing their parents.

Reputable breeders also typically do temperament tests on their pups and are able to help guide families about which pups will be a good fit for their needs and lifestyle. As a result, these breeders have a much higher likelihood of placing a pup in a home for life!

In addition to having a greater understanding of the “nature” or genetic side of the equation when purchasing a pup from a reputable breeder, you also have more say in the “nurture” side as well. The right breeder spends an incredible amount of time and energy to ensure that their pups get the best possible start in life. Furthermore, you as an owner can decide exactly what boundaries you want to set and how you want to train your dog from the very beginning. You can make sure he or she continues to be well-socialized and avoid certain stressors.

While many, many rescue dogs have great and stable temperaments, there is always a level of risk when adopting an older dog – such as not knowing the details of their life background.

Many rescue dogs may have negative, ingrained behaviors that were not corrected early on as puppies. Others may have missed out on important socialization early in life. While there is much an owner can do correct and shape such behaviors, it does require significant time and patience and you may not initially be aware of a dog’s triggers.

Buying a Dog From a Breeder Isn’t Morally Wrong

Therefore, some owners may be good candidates to rescue a dog. Families with past dog experience, confidence in handling a dog with difficult behaviours, and families who are flexible when it comes to specifics such as size, breed, etc. should definitely consider rescuing a dog.

Families who need a dog to perform a specific task or desire a specific temperament, size, etc. are a good candidate to adopt from a reputable breeder. Families with young children typically prefer the temperament stability of a well-bred dog.

No matter which side of the spectrum you find yourself on, doing your research and making a careful decision will ensure you find a wonderful companion for your family!

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