There is only one store that sells pets here in San Antonio (that is dogs and cats). They have the poorest quality pets and the health is even worse. They now accept financing on these sad little pups and kittens. It drives me nuts everytime I go in there to see sick dogs and cats way over priced and now on layaway. I agree if you just want a pet for love then go to the shelter or if you want a good quality purebred then go breeder. DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE BREEDER FIRST. Just because they breed does not make them good. It could be the same breeder selling those sick pups to pet stores.
If the answer has to be either breeder or shelter, than I think everyone will have the unanimous (sp?) answer: Breeder! (Although there are some breeders who are irreputable.)
Pet stores = puppy mills. (Most of the time.) A pet store usually gets their dogs from puppy mills. All they base their goal on is for profit. They have no cares about the pets. Also, most of their dogs are actually mixes, although they might say that the dogs are purebred. I am generalizing here, with everything I said in this paragraph.
Breeders, for that matter, are usually much better, sometimes even less expensive!! Reputable breeders care deeply about where their puppies go. They sometimes even show their dogs. They also lamost always only breed purebreds. Breeding, for them, is something they love doing, so that's why they do it; and they most likely don't care about making money.
There are some breeders who are not reputable. They disguise themselves and pretend to be high-quality breeders, so you have to be careful...
The dogs from breeders are usually much, much more healthy, and with better temperament, because they are socialized. Pet stores pups, well, they usually aren't all that healthy. And they spend a good part of their lives behind that glass wall with people staring at them before they are bought, so they may not have good temperaments. (Again, I'm generalizing. Some pet stores do spend some time with the dogs in their care. Some.) You do find some healthy pet store pups, of course, but in general, the pet store pups have more of a chance of being unhealthy than a puppy bred by a reputable, responsible breeder.
So I say breeders.
Wow, I made a novel out of a simple question! :D Sorry.
Danaro good post but any breeder who is USDA certified can sell puppies to pet stores. I questioned where a Bulldog puppy from a petstore came from and it was a local breeder. She would appear to be a great breeder if you went to her house to buy a puppy. I do not know why she sells her puppies to pet stores other than getting money on the spot and not having to wait for a family to come along. It is a tricky thing buying a pet now but there is always a catch 22 in every situation.
breeder hands down, but just because they have a pretty webpage doesnt mean they are good breeders, you need to do as much resurch on a breeder as you can before buying. Meet them if possible, talk to them many times about their dogs and the breed, go to a dog show and see their dogs in action if you can. Make sure they are doing things other than breeding with their dogs. Make sure they are doing the proper health testing on their breeding dogs.
I concur (I'm in a I-wanna-use-intelectual-words mood, sorry...;D) with you Utopia that it's so hard to know if a breeder is reputable or not nowadays. Usually you can tell buy how the dogs look and act, but still...If only people can be more honest and caring.
Ruffian: good post.
***Edited By: Dana Ro on 7/24/2006 5:00:08 PM*** Reason: added. You know, this edit reason thing really can get annoying sometimes. I should stop editing so much...*sigh.*
I would definetely get a dog from a breeder (if I wanted a purebred) or out of the paper/shelter. Pet store puppies are muchly overpriced. And their health is questionable. Puppies should not be in cages that small! I saw an English Bulldog puppy for $5000. Why would I pay $5000 for a puppy at a pet store when I could get one from a reputable breeder with a health guarantee/papers/shots, for $2500?
There is no good reason to buy a dog from a pet store. You should learn all you can about the breed you want. Next visit websites with message boards that focus on that breed and similar breeds. Most breeds have a crowd of people who are more than willing to congregate on those websites and give advice and recommendations (just like here, lol) about their favored dogs. Usually you can ask if they have dealt with one breeder or another and get more honest answers than if you look up a breeder and check the references they give you. This way you will also have begun to develop connections online to others who fancy the same breed and will have insight into the training issues and quirks of that kind of dog.
there are many sheters that will call you if they get that tpye of dog in..
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