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Mutt or Pure Breed dog?

Obviously there are both good and bad to both sides of this. We got a very nice dog from a rescue organisation and before that ended up with a freak dog that we got from a very good breeder. I have friends who have gotten dogs from good breeders that are very nice dogs and I have other friends who ended up with freaky rescue dogs.

Different personalities, good or bad fits with people...
I am sure there are really nice dogs in shelters, like there can be very bad ones. Same with the breeders. One just never know.

I think a lot of the time people just don't know how to treat or care for a dog right. They just get it and have no idea and then things go wrong.. Then there are people that know how to deal/care for a dog and it just clicks. Harmony.

It this made any sence..It is late. wink:

My stories: We had two pure bred German Shepherds who supposedly had come from a good breeder, but they both wound up with serious health problems, one had mega-e and another had hip dysplasia. Neither of their parents (who were brother and sister btw) had any signs of health problems, but the grandparents did, which they neglected to tell us.

Now we've rescued a cocker spaniel who was also bred and bought through a reputable breeder, but after a year, the owner had to give her up because she couldn't take care of her anymore.


Back to the debate: It is really a very serious and sad reality that there are so many dogs and cats in the world and not nearly enough homes. I think the back yard breeders/puppy mills have indeed given reputable breeders a bad name and it does seem that nowadays a lot of people are taking it upon themselves and getting into this business just because they have "purebreds" and think they have the right to breed their dogs and the motive sometimes is for "fun", "good for kids", "to make money" but there is no responsibility there. There is no health screening and there is no screening to make sure that the person buying the animal is responsible and suitable. Also, most purebred dogs are not breeder quality.

And even reputable breeders are still adding to the huge problem of pet overpopulation. Can even they guarantee that all their pets will be placed in good, loving, responsible homes? As you see from my second paragraph above, they can't. The cocker spaniel was bought by a loving person, but circumstances happened where she could not take care of her anymore. If we wouldn't of adopted the cocker, then she would have wound up in a shelter. She had even tried a cocker spaniel rescue, but they couldn't take care. The cocker rescue had too many already.
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IMHO reputable breeders take back a pet for any reason at any time in the dog's lifetime. They keep in touch with the family who purchased the dog to ensure that no late-life ailments happen or at least to be able to monitor such things. In many cases, they require co-ownership.

I wouldn't consider the breeder of the Cocker Spaniel reputable.
IMHO reputable breeders take back a pet for any reason at any time in the dog's lifetime. They keep in touch with the family who purchased the dog to ensure that no late-life ailments happen or at least to be able to monitor such things. In many cases, they require co-ownership.

I wouldn't consider the breeder of the Cocker Spaniel reputable.
Originally Posted by WebjockeyGuide
I agree. I wouldn't consider the breeders in my cases reputable,either even though they had all the proof of being reputable with proper papers, great, sanitary facility, etc., and belong to national, regional, and local dog clubs and definitely loved and had info on their breed. You never know, though.
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I don't know about reputable, professional dogbreeding at all. What happens to the dogs that may be runty or not have the exact temperament characteristics or physical characteristics for which they're bred? Are they sold at a reduced price so people will take them? Are they donated to any sort of program for helper dogs or anything like that? I've often wondered what becomes of them, but didn't know anyone to ask.
I don't know about reputable, professional dogbreeding at all. What happens to the dogs that may be runty or not have the exact temperament characteristics or physical characteristics for which they're bred? Are they sold at a reduced price so people will take them? Are they donated to any sort of program for helper dogs or anything like that? I've often wondered what becomes of them, but didn't know anyone to ask.
Originally Posted by Discgirl
They are sold at a discounted price compared to show quality, but the selling process is the same for a pet quality puppy as it is for a show quality puppy. The same rules apply and a reputable breeder will still take the puppy/dog back if the need arises.
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I don't know about reputable, professional dogbreeding at all. What happens to the dogs that may be runty or not have the exact temperament characteristics or physical characteristics for which they're bred? Are they sold at a reduced price so people will take them? Are they donated to any sort of program for helper dogs or anything like that? I've often wondered what becomes of them, but didn't know anyone to ask.
Originally Posted by Discgirl
In some cases they are surrendered to a breed-specific rescue organization who works on trying to rehabilitate the dog before placing into an adoptive home.

I can only speak from my experience, but the rescue org that I got Chelsea from often asks for updates on her progress and health. Her breeder may have been reputable but the rescue group couldn't track down the breeder the former owner got her from.

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