Would you buy from a breeder?

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
October 20, 2012 6:00pm CST
I work at a pet food store, so we get a variety of customers. But I personally will never buy from a pet storee, or a breeder. My friend will only buy pure breed dogs. Now I personally will not put my money in for a breeder, most dont care about the animals nor get them properly checked. Many who come in with pure breed dogs from breeders have a lot of health problems. My brother got his dog for $1,500 from a breeder, and got nothing (not fixed, no shots, no food, nothing). Meanwhile, at many shelters you pay $150 - $200 and get the dog fixed, microshipped, shots, and food with them.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
20 Oct 12
well, like you got the siblings, all mine are rescues, some more rescued than others... Kismet was nearly starved and found in a ditch, where I got Rygel and his mother and siblings from a couple who were "tired" of them So, Rygel and his sibs might've been taken to the shelter or maybe just thrown out, as it is, they all got fixed and very good homes...
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
24 Oct 12
I dont disagree on getting them fixed, and shots then giving them to a good home. But I know around here there are limited people I would give an animal too or even trust them with it. I work at a pet food store, and many who come in I just can't believe some of the things that come out of their mouth.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
25 Oct 12
I'm just saying that Ryg and his family weren't nearly as "rescued" as Kismet or Oliver, but that keeping them from having to be rescued later is close enough for me... I agree, I can't tell you the number of times I've directed people away from the Hartz Mountain stuff and to the vet for flea meds... I wish those people were put out of business!
• United States
21 Oct 12
You are describing a puppy mill not a breeder. Puppy mills are the ones that produce dogs for profit and most of them are kept in deplorable conditions. A breeder usually specialize in one maybe two breeds and they do this to keep up the desired breed standard. They are mostly show dog people and they spend a lot of money each year on their dogs. Most breeders prefer to sell their dogs to others that are going to show, but if they are sold for pets they usually require the buyer to spay or neuter. Pet stores most of the time buy from puppy mills and a lot of their dogs have health problems. I used to breed Dobermans and Pitbulls and my puppies were all wormed, up to date on shots and came with a guarantee. I didn't have them fixed that's the buyers responsibility. I won't own a dog that's been fixed. I used to run a canine rescue and when someone adopted one of my dogs I provided them with a voucher so they could take their pet to the vets and get it fixed for about $20. A rabies shot is also the buyers responsibility, even if I had given them a rabies shot the new owner would still have to give them a rabies shot because the records for a rabies shot don't transfer to a new owner. Or they don't here. All of my dogs have had at least 6 vaccines by the time they reach 1 year. They get one at 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks, 6 months and another at 1 yr., then one once a yr thereafter. They are wormed every 3 months and given heart-worm preventative once a month. Would I buy from a breeder? Breeder yes, puppy mill no.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
22 Oct 12
Maybe, where you live, but you just described maybe 1 breeder out of 100. I have phone numberous breeders who do nothing, no vet check, no shots, and many are sick as well. One lady brought in a dog that was severaly sick and end up dying within the same week. I personally will never put my hard earn money into someones elses pocket for them to mate their animals and get money off it. It can cause a lot of problems to the dogs especially the females (even other aniimals for that matter). Your a responsible breeder, I have yet to find a breeder that does all that. Since shots are $85 per visit, worming is $25 per visit, heart worm is $30 per month, being fixed is $200 - $600 depending on the breed, and all that. Also, taking care of the dogs which is why shelters are full now a days as well. Many breeders I have talked to whine about the cost of jsut feeding the animals, and want the money and dont care where the aniimals end up once they are sold.
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
21 Oct 12
I love himalayan cats and if I could I would get one from a breeder because they are rare to come by.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
22 Oct 12
Not around here . We had 2 fostering at work, they have rescues around here, many are purebred. But himalyans and persians tend to have a lot of health problems with their face same with pugs, bulldogs, etc.
@redredrose (1107)
• United States
24 Oct 12
I personally do not care if the dog is pure breed or mixed. What I do care about is where the dog came from and if the dog has the shots fixed etc. usually i get dogs from the pound human society. I now have 2 dogs one is a German Shepard chow mix that my husband and I got from a shelter and yes we paid $200 for her and she got shots was fixed everything micro chipped and all. The other dog is from one of my sisters friends whose adult dog had puppies and she gave us one. It is a pure breed Shi-tzu. we got the dog for free but the dog was in perfect health had all shots all we did was get the dog fixed. I have never gotten a dog from a breeder and never will unless i know the breeder will give the dog shots micro chipping etc. I also have never gotten a dog or any animal from a pet store and never will. My entire life my family and now me and my husband get dogs from humane society shelters kennels etc because they are rescue dogs that have been abused. Also we know the dog will be micro chipped fixed shots etc and well cared for.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Oct 12
I have never had a purebred pet. All of the pets that I've had in my life have either been pets that have come from our local humane society or from one of the various shelters around our area or they have been pets that have been given to us because friends have had pets that have had a litter and there will be one that we fall in love with. The thing that I love the most about getting pets from the shelter is that they have been fixed and they have also had health screenings prior to our acquiring the new member of our family.
• United States
21 Oct 12
I personally have rescued dogs and cats and birds but I also have purchased from puppy breeders for the pure bred chow chow that I wanted very much and also my recent puppy which is a mute but was sold as a designer breed which is the same breed as my rescued dog (she was abused and kicked out of her last home) who is very smart and i wanted another just like her. I also breed cockateils not for the money but because i truly love birds. I have birds I have rescued and some i bought from breeders and many that were born from my own birds that i did not sell don't get me wrong i have sold some I cant keep them all that would make me a hoarder. I am just an animal lover I'm not a bird mill, I'm not money hungry so i think it is not fair to group us all into a group and say we are money hungry and don't care for our pets.
• United States
21 Oct 12
My first choice when getting a dog would be looking at shelters first. Both of my dogs have been rescued in some way or another. The one is a mutt we adopted from a local organization where volunteers would foster the dogs until they were adopted. My other dog is a purebred mini-dachshund that was given to us by the police after she wandered into their barn for their mounted patrol. They didn't want to take her to a shelter so my mom offered to "foster" her until we found her a home. Lol not even a day later that puppy found a permanent home with us. I would never buy a puppy from a pet store because a lot of them come from puppy mills and come along with all sorts of health issues. I would consider buying from a breeder if I wanted a certain breed and couldn't find it anywhere else. But I'd much rather adopt a dog from a shelter and give it a second chance.
@deazil (4556)
• United States
21 Oct 12
All but one of my cats have been strays or ferals that I took in off the street. One was seriously injured. The rest were starving and looking for love. I would not buy from a pet store. I did buy one cat from a breeder but she was very caring about her cats and I don't think it was a major source of income for her. She had one male and one female and not a lot of cats running around. I have seen and read absolute horror stories about breeders - puppy and kitten mills. I would not support them in any way.
@anklesmash (1417)
20 Oct 12
I to would never buy an Animal from a pet shop or a breeder.Every Animal I have had has come from an Animal shelter.I really don't trust some of these breeders a lot don't care about the animals their only interest is in making as much money as they possibly can.They see the animals as commodities rather than living creatures.I read an article the other day about the terrible conditions that some of these breeders keep their animals in.Buying animals from these breeders will just keep the profit in the industry and make it worth their while to keep on being cruel to animals.
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct 12
With the exception of my partner, I have always gone to a shelter to rehome rescued animals, I don't like putting money in the pockets of breeders or people who sell animals for profit. We got our cat 16 years ago from a cat sanctuary and she is still with us, bless her, she's old now but well loved and spoilt. My partner loved rabbits and went to a shop to buy one, I totally disagreed and wasn't happy about it. I am not a rabbit person, but to appease them I agreed, the rabbit turned out to be poorly and it cost a lot at the vet. I found out a few months later the place where my partner got the rabbit was shut down.