It seems like many members oppose mixed breeds like the majority of dogs in th shelters. Why is that? Most everyone I know says that there favorite dog was a shelter dog. Is it because you are trying to preserve the purebreds? Or do you just like the purebreds more? Not trying to start any arguements I was just surprised and now curious.
***Edited By: petstoreemployee on 12/7/2005 11:04:31 PM*** Reason: ?
It's not mixed breeds that most people are opposed to. It's the people that are only trying to make a profit out of coming up with a cute name for some kind of a mixed breed, claiming it is the latest "designer dog".
I am not opposed to mixed breeds. I am not even sure what my rescue dog IS!!! I am not opposed to responsible breeders. I am not opposed to things that happen in nature. HOWEVER, nature is usually not the cause of the majority of dogs, mixed or otherwise... stupid people are.
People always say that they are opposed to "designer mutts"because they often end up in shelters. However, I feel that it just depends on the type of person. If a person is going to give up on their dog because they can't handle it then it doesn't matter if it's a mutt, a designer mutt, or a purebred it's still going to end up there, right?
As for shelter or breeder-nothing wrong with either one of them. Assuming, of course, that it is not a BYB in it only for the money, or because they have "such a cute dog".
By the way-the breeder I got my pup from would not even sell us a dog until meeting us. We also had to sign a contract that we have to give her back if we ever decide not to keep her. Also, limited registration-we can't breed her and register her pups with the AKC. I believe a truly GOOD breeder would NEVER sell pups to a petstore. Maybe your store is different; I don't know. But I can tell you that at 99% of petstores, the only thing that matters is if the customer has money.
I understand. Designer mutts, purebreds, etc... when I look for a dog it doesn't matter to me. What does matter, is that I get a well-rounded, nice dog who is healthy and happy. If I can go to the shelter and get one for $75 or go to a breeder and pay $800 doesn't matter. As long as the dog will be happy with me and me with the puppy, all is good.
I've always said if these 'breeders' of designer dogs behaved in the same way as a reputable breeder I wouldn't have an issue with it! All my dogs have been and currently rescues, some mutts some pure! Why would I go to a breeder when I can go to my local shelter and probably find anything I want? Not only that those dogs will die, because of the irresponsible breeders who sell to irresponsible owners, not the dogs fault. Until there are laws it won't ever change. I'll stick to my 'cheap' dogs from the shelter! If all breeders were actually responsible our shelters could actually focus on cruelty, education etc...
i agree with kdubbs the best dog i ever had (i miss her to this day) was a dog my family adopted from a rescue organization called HART (hart90.org) i just recently found that they have a website. i don't know much about them - we rescued 'snickers' when i was young and she lived out her life with us for many many years. but yes i agree, i think people need to take responsiblity for their dogs. if you are a breeder make sure you are responsible. when you are breeding you are bringing life into this world. i know corney but its true......
kdubbs, some people dont understand about animals. that does not make them stupid. just uneducated. sharing our knowledge with them helps them to become educated. and in doing so it is much easier to teach rather than condemn.
I prefer purebreed canines, especially the larger working and herding breeds. I have owned one mixed breed dog and he was just great. I have little knowledge of the so called designer breeds..other than they are a subject of much heated debate. Never owned one and all things being equal probably will not since they tend to be on the small side.
I'm just like most everyone else....I have preferences. I prefer my dogs to be big to giant, have the behavorial tendencies to suit my needs, have a sound pedigree and from an established breeder that offers a comprehensive health guarantee. All of the breeders I have dealt with (the ones I purchased from anyway) had an established background with references and didn't hesitate to answer any question I asked. They never tried to sell the puppy to me, the puppy in question sold itself.
I am all for spaying and neutering each and every canine that has no business improving their respective breed. Do not have the stats to back it up but willing to bet 95 to 98% of pups should either get castrated or undergo an OVH. My dog is the epitome of health, is rather expensive, from an excellent lineage I suppose and is neutered. Being a conscientious breeder and breed spokesperson is much more difficult than my profession.
I've been around...military, fire/EMT, former Vet assistant and work with kids that have disabilities. What makes me come to tears quickest?? Trip to my local humane society or shelter. Actually thats only half true. I haven't been in a long time since I always cry like a baby. Employees and advocates did/do all they can but not every story has a happy ending.
Pet stores and designer breeds. Prefer not to give them my business...no offense. I'm also a reptile fan, been to some great pet shops that helped me with my herp interests.
***Edited By: obispo44 on 12/8/2005 1:43:02 AM*** Reason: spelling
I have a purebread american bulldog and a mixed breed chi-terrier from our local shelter. While I love both with all my heart, I really see no differance in the two. Boo, our mix did seem to form a closer bond with the family, and I swear he is the smartest little guy on earth! I say go with either but remember how many guys there are in the shelter than need us!
I have had both mixed and purebreeds, and I much prefer mutts!!! And I definitely prefer rescuing a needy animal from a shelter or rescue group than paying out the ear at a pet shop or breeding pace. My parents have two Scottish Terriers that they paid over $500/each for. I just can't fathom spending that kind of money (unless you plan on showing) when you can find a furry best friend for FREE.
Bottom line, a dog is a dog is a dog. Under their furry appearance, they are all the same - loving, devoted, wonderful creatures. So whatever makes you happy is the way to go.
One thing to add, it bothers me when I see snobby people saying that purebreeds are better than mixed breeds - and that mixed breeds are worthless. That's just plain STUPID and narrow-minded. These are the same people that can't look past a union of people of differing colors.