May 11, 2016 - Pet Care    3 Comments

Am I Bad for Getting a Dog from a Breeder, 900th Edition

Another day, another “Am I bad for getting a dog from a breeder?” self-flagellation…

It has become a very tired conversation, but the answer provided in the link above is reasonable (though some of the numbers are questionable), and there is a wise reminder in the final sentence:

“Having a preference for one kind of dog (or person) is not morally equivalent to being hostile to all others.”

There is truth in this. Are you drawn to a specific breed because you have always loved that breed’s traits? Awesome! Does this mean you are hostile toward shelter dogs? It shouldn’t! Is your best friend a dog of unknown heritage that you bonded with while visiting the local shelter? Great! Does this mean you are hostile toward breeders and deliberately bred dogs? Again, it shouldn’t!

And really, we think this may be the ultimate niche issue: there are so many people out there who own — and love — multiple dogs from different backgrounds and sources without feeling a need to beat themselves up over it. It is a shame that otherwise thoughtful dog lovers are wracked with guilt over a simple matter of choice.

At the end of the day, as long as people are informed, behave ethically, and are able to put the interests of their dogs ahead of their egos, there are no bad choices.



  • Celeste Villa

    Thank you for posting this! I’m a huge fan of your organization and the work it is doing for animal welfare! I help manage a facebook page called Support Responsible Breeders, and I link to your site all the time!

  • Annabel Jador

    I support responsible breeders. I have adopted dogs and bought..My current one is bought.

  • The Advocate

    If you paid a dime for your pet, you bought it. We someone gets a dog of any kind they need to understand if you get a dog from a shelter or rescue there is no guarantee, for health or aggression, you may be subjecting your family to serious harm physically and financially by introducing unknowns to your home. Also when you find you have a bad animal for any reason,the shelter or rescue does not give refunds and you will quickly learn they do not have insurance to cover product liability.
    The best place to get your new family member if from a legal licensed facility. If they are not licensed you will subject yourself and family to untold problems. Make sure they offer a guarantee, have a rating from the BBB and have ample references to support their experience and success as a breeder in the respective breeds they offer. It is not rocket science, there are lots of very very good legal licensed breeders in America.

    Good luck in your search for your new addition to your family.