Because I want a puppy whose parents have been carefully selected for health—and who have gone through a series of genetic tests to ensure that the dog I get has the best possible chance of being healthy and well-adjusted.
Because when looking for my puppy, I get to work with a breeder, who loves the puppies like they’re her own children and is available to answer all of my questions, give advice, or just happily accept a flood of photos of my puppy growing up. I get a healthy puppy, yes, but I also get a friend for life.
I’ll be able to predict my dog’s size, care requirements, temperament, and more from 100-plus years of traceable pedigrees. Also, because I have a personal relationship with the breeder, they’ll be able to match an individual puppy’s temperament perfectly to my individual lifestyle.
When training my dog, I’ll have the advantage that the process has already been started for me. My puppy has been handled from the start and has already begun to be socialized, which greatly affects how well-adjusted they’ll be as an adult.
My puppy will have gotten top-notch expert care from day one. Perfect nutrition, the best medical attention, and ample supervised playtime—all the ingredients for a happy, healthy adult dog.
If something should happen to me, my family won’t have to scramble to find a caretaker for my dog because the loving breeder promised in writing to take them back from the start.
There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a dog’s natural instincts that have been carefully, expertly bred into him come to life.
Doing this will also build an unbreakable bond with my dog as we work together as a team.
With that new puppy comes a whole community of people who love their breed and their breeders.
I’ll be taking time to research a breed that fits my lifestyle and personality perfectly. And by doing that, I’ll be practically guaranteeing that the bond with my dog will be like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. I’ll have a partner in crime—a friend who will never judge me and who will share my happiness and my tears for years to come. Who will break my heart when they pass away because they’ve been in my life since they were born – and even so I know I’d do it all again for them.
That’s why I’m buying a purebred dog.
Get to know your breeder and be responsible in your purchase of your new family member.
>Your purchase of a well bred purebred does not sentence another dog to death.
>Your purchase of a well bred purebred does not cause an increase in the number of dogs in shelter.
>You wanting a dog with a predictable temperament from healthy lineage does not cause another dog to not get adopted.
>Your meticulous research and support of only the most responsible of breeders is not the problem. It is not what others should be mad at. It is not what others should be pushing the blame onto.
>You are not the one who brought these unwanted dogs into the world irresponsibly and left them in a shelter. Responsible breeders are not the ones who put dogs into shelters either.
>It is your home, your life, and your choice of what kind of dog to bring into it. Maybe you needed a working dog, a sport dog, or simply a companion puppy to raise of a breed you enjoy. No matter the reason, your choice to support a reputable breeder did not send a shelter dog to its death.
>A breeder who health tests, temperament tests, studies pedigrees, proves a dog worthy of being bred, and only breeds when doing so is of benefit to the breed is not contributing to the number of homeless dogs.
>The number of homeless dogs in the world is a problem, but it is not a problem exacerbated by reputable breeders and those who purchase from them.
>Your neighbor down the street who refuses to contain his unaltered dogs IS contributing to the problem.
>Your friend who impulse bought a dog at Peatland IS contributing to the problem.
>That guy on Craigslist pumping out the trendiest designer mix as fast as he can IS contributing to the problem.
>Your friend or relative who just HAS to let their dog have one litter “so she can experience motherhood” or because “she’s just so sweet” IS contributing to the problem.
>Your old high school classmate who bought a high energy working breed without taking the time to research its needs and realize it was not a good fit for their household ahead of time IS contributing to the problem.
>A reputable breeder offers their lifelong support to every puppy they produce. A reputable breeder would never allow their dogs to end up in a shelter to begin with. A reputable breeder makes it a contractual obligation to return dogs they have produced back to them should you find yourself unable of keeping it.
>It is understandable to be angry about the number of homeless dogs in the world, but if you take a deeper look, you will find your anger is misplaced.
>If you take a deeper look, you will find reputable breeders and those who purchase from them are just as angry, we are just pointing fingers at the right causes.
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