Originally Posted by TheCrabbyTabby
Never EVER buy a dog. NEVER. Why would you? Only cold heartless and selfish people buy dogs. There are millions of homeless dogs out there looking for a person to adopt them and don't get saved in time and wind up being put down. Same with breeding. DON'T EVER BREED. There are are just too many dogs dieing to justify it.
Don't breed or buy while shelter pets die. Opt to adopt.
Hold on there. There are times when breeding IS acceptable. If you are breeding to IMPROVE the breed, and can prove the amount of hours you've put into studying your dogs' genetics, then please do it.
Because of backyard breeding over 90% of dogs have allergies. Compare that to 2 years ago where it was 70%. Still high, but it still jumped because of backyard breeders. My pug has allergies with topical flea solutions. Knowing what I now know about flea topicals I honestly am not surprised she show a reaction to it.
There has only been 1 dog in my lifetime that I purchased from a breeder. And that is because that breeder showed me all the studys he did in his breed's genetics. He 1st worked on removing allergies from his pack. Once his packs started producing allergy free pups he then moved onto a trait that has plagued dobermans for years. Stamina. After 5 years he finally got the perfect female with stamina to die for. Out of her 1st litter only 1 pup got her stamina trait. My doberman. He then went on to breed and pass this gene on. Out of his 3 litters 2 pups in each litter got the trait.
I only purchased from this breeder because he proved his knowledge, research and results. And he is worth 10x his weight in gold. Breeders like him a few and far between. My pug isn't from a breeder(that I know of). I found her running the streets chasing cars. Called rescues, vets, shelters, plastered signs everywhere, even posted her on craigslist, no body called to claim her. 1 guy actually called to steal her :P