Last week we lost our puppy. We decided to rescue a third dog (my birthday gift) and she was amazing. She was with us for less than a week when she got sick. She passed on a week later. I’m still crying myself to sleep. It’s awful. Riley died from parvo and we’ve since learned many things about the disease, dog rescue, and shelters that made me understand another reason why some people are choosing a reputable breeder instead of dog rescue.
A Few Common Reasons to Choose a Reputable Breeder
Many people I know who purchased a puppy from a reputable breeder did so, because they wanted a pure bred, they wanted a particular temperament, or they wanted a show quality dog.
I know that there are many more, but these are the ones I’ve always heard consistently.
More Reasons to Choose a Reputable Breeder
After Riley passed away, we realized that we knew nothing of her history. Where did she come from? All we do know is that she came from a shelter in Eastern Washington. She had an owner, because she knew to go to the door when she had to go potty. She was very well mannered and really smart.
When someone buys a puppy from a reputable breeder, they get their puppy’s history. They even get their puppy’s parent’s history. They know about any genetic issues they may have to face, they have someone to call to ask questions, and hopefully they’ve taken the time to research the breed.
Rescue dogs may come with a laundry list of behavioral and health issues that people are simply not prepared to deal with and I can understand the fear of taking on a troubled dog.
Ultimately We Want a Dog to Go to a Good Home
I would prefer that everyone rescue their dog, because there are so many who need a good home. But if a dog from a breeder finds a wonderful forever home, then that’s one less dog that will end up at a shelter. I’m starting to understand a little more of the appeal of the going to a reputable breeder, but I believe that I’ll always go the route of dog rescue for our family.
Where did you find your dogs? A Reputable Breeder or rescue group?
Kimberly Gauthier, a perpetually happy person, lives with her amazing guy, their spoiled dogs and cats, and loves dog rescue, photography, reading, and laughing. She’s the author of Keep the Tail Wagging, where she shares tips on raising happy, healthy dogs and promotes dog rescue and reputable breeding. You can also find her at Girl Power Hour as The Fur Mom.