I guess I look at it differntly, because in Norway we don't have shelters like the ones in the United States, but of course, homeless dogs we have many of.
I think its important to realize how much work it is behind serious breeding. It takes a lot of time and money to breed, if you take it seriously. You need to check all of your dogs for any illnesses, attending dog shows(atleast in Norway) ++ It cost A LOT of money and takes a lot of time. Of course there are bad breeders too, but you need to use a lot of time finding a serious breeder you trust, who has healthy dogs and who is willing to follow up on you and your dog for the rest of your dogs life.
I bought my dog from a serious breeder, and I'm not ashamed of it just because we got homeless dogs in the world. For me a "mutt" or a dog without a pedigree was never an option, because I would not be able to know anything about the dogs parents and their history of illness or temper. For me the most important thing was to get a healthy dog, and his pedigree makes me sure of it. When looking at his pedigree I'm sure that his parents and grandparents are healthy, and the odds for my dog getting sick is smaller. Buying a dog from a breeder also makes me sure that my dog has not been smuggled from other countries, which is illegal, and it wont carry any disease. When adopting a homeless dog you would not be able to know anything about where the dog came from and its genetics.
Maybe I will adopt a homeless dog next time I'm getting a dog, but for now I am happy with the choice I made buying from a breeder. When I look at my healthy boy, and I see how many sick chihuahuas there is in Norway, I know I made the right choice.. Wanting a healty dog doesnt make me a bad person, though..
Exactly. You don't become a serious breeder overnight. You develop the skills and PROVE yourself with your work, research, time and yes even money spent on what you plan to improve on your breed of choice.
Not to mention your average breeder breeds more than 2 breeds. A SERIOUS breeder picks 1 breed, and finds traits/or health issues that need to be improved and possibly completely removed from the linage.
I do seriously believe in looking in your shelters 1st. No wanting a healthy dog doesn't make you a bad person. My little pug came with severe skin allergies. And when I finally found out what it was and how to fix it. It was a wave of relief. Not only could she now rest and relax whenever she wanted. So could I and my husband. I didn't have to yell at her because she was chewing on her arse for the past 5 mins non stop. I don't have to mummify her up every time we leave her alone or go to bed. Both of us could finally comfortably sleep. I say both because hubby could sleep through a nuclear bomb
My point is, even a rescue dog can be healthy. Tho like I said before, 90% of dogs come with allergies and other health issues. So if you get a pup with allergies or health issues, you need to put forth the effort to make him or her comfortable and healthy. Even if you find a reputable breeder, your pup is likely to come with allergies and other health issues. UNLESS that breeder can PROVE their pups will not have such issues. Then you more than likely will get a pup with allergies or health issues.
My doberman, yeah he is likely to have inherited the wobbler syndrome and may show signs when he gets older. But you know what? It is worth it to help out the doberman breed. And I am prepared with what I will have to do when the time comes.
I am firm believer in you shouldn't buy from a breeder unless he or she can prove that they are improving the breed. Why spend over hundreds of dollars on a dog that isn't making it's mark on it's breed when you can get a dog in a shelter and make a mark on IT'S life.