Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Yes, it is horribly sad when you end up on the losing side of the genetic lottery. We got one of our dogs years ago from a family that bred their two 'purebred' German Shepherds. She was the ugliest Shepherd I've ever seen, but she had a lovely temperament. However, she was also one of the most long-lived out of her entire litter as the majority of them seemed to die very early on from various issues.
I think that really opened my mum's eyes to the importance of doing her research first. I find with most domesticated animals, there are breeders, and then there are breeders.
Unfortunately, many people can't distinguish between the two. I see so many people advertising themselves as 'registered' breeders, and the only thing they are registered with is the local council. Ask them for a breeders prefix or anything like that and you get a mouthful of abuse and told to go away.
It sounds like the breeder the man in New York had to track down may have been either a BYB or a puppy farm in disguise. Some of them have very slick looking websites that are designed to give buyers warm fuzzy feelings. You can put lipstick on a pig, but that isn't going to disguise the fact that it is still a pig. I see websites all the time that are just listings for puppy mill puppies, but because they have cute pictures of the puppies, prospective buyers don't realise what is going on.