Hi, I am looking to get a puppy. What are your feelings on adopting one from the humane society verses buying one from a breeder? Obviously, buying from a breeder is more expensive but is that the best choice? My friend had a Maltese that she bought for one thousand dollars. It died from a seizure disorder at age 4 and she found out that she was an inbred! That worries me. But, can you get a healthy dog from the humane society? Please share your thoughts and stories. Thanks!!
You can get extremely healthy dogs from the humane society and unhealthy ones from breeders. You can also get healthy dogs from breeders and unhealthy ones from the humane society. However, if you do your research and are careful about what purebred dog breeder you select, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting a dog that has an inheritable disorder or disease, and if it does, you can get a full refund on the price you paid for the puppy or a new puppy. If you really don't have a preference on dog breed, go to the humane society just to look. Don't make a choice that day, but go and see what all they have. Anytime you get a dog from the humane society, you are saving an animal's life. Also, many shelters have purebred dogs, it's estimated that about 25 to 40% of all dogs in humane societies are purebred, so you might be able to find a purebred dog there too. If you decide you want to go with purebred, search around for a breeder that is a member of the AKC sanctioned national breed club, like for instance, the Newfoundland Club of America. Often, if you go to the actual club site for each breed, they will have a breeder referrel section that gives names, addresses, and phone numbers of breeders around the country. Look for a breeder who shows their dogs, does extensive health testing, and offers a lifetime health guarantee against genetic defects and diseases. You will pay more for a puppy that comes from these breeders, but you have a much lower chance of getting a 'lemon', and the breeders are genuinely interested in the wellbeing of their puppies throughout their whole lives, not just until the money exchanges hands. Here is a link straight from the AKC that gives a breeder referrel selection. Each leads to the national breed club for that particular breed (well in most of them). http://www.akc.org/breeds/breederinfo/breeder_search.cfm
if you decide on a purebred then read up on that breed to know the potential problems and what to ask breeders about in health and genetic testing. you can ask to see a pedigree to see how much inbreeding there is.
you can get wonderful puppies from both the pound and a breeder. i think it all depends on what you are looking for. if you adopt a dog from the pound it could have either personalities of the breeds it is mixed with . if you want to guarantee a certain disposition or size or colr you would need to get a purebred. do some research on what breeds interest you and then see if you can find a purebred in the shelter or a mix of the breed(s) you like.
I think everyone here has been given pretty good advice. Wouldn't your friend have known the pedigree before she bought? I think she got scammed. If you want to go the breeder route go to a reputable breeder and not a BYB. They make a world of difference. Your chances of getting an unhealthy dog from the shelter are probably the same as getting them from a BYB, accidental litter, friends dogs litter, ect thats where most of the dogs in shelters come from and those dogs are not breed with health in mind so buying from a BYB and getting from a shelter are about the same, so I'd rather go to a shelter and save a dog than buy from a BYB and give them my money. What ever you do don't go to a pet store.
Sometimes rescue dogs can have a lot of health problems . A friend of mine just saved a pit pup from being euthanized ,but the pup has a lot of problems. She has a calcium defincincey,and is riddled with mange. The pup has to have surgery done by a specialist,which she's having done tommorrow ,it's going to cost 2000 dollars.She has to foot all the medical bills because the pup was taken from Flannery Animal Hospital ,other wise she would have been put down. She's only 3 months . What a cutie to.
I have never bought a dog from a breeder. I haven't ever had any health problems with my adoptees so far. The breed specific rescues ussually areaware of medical history and will restore the health of the dog if possible. Adopting from anywhere else they ussually do a basic vet exam so there could be problems that they are unaware of. Most shelters will allow you to return the dog and pick a different one if the health problems are beyond your ability to handle. Happy Hunting!