Adding a new family member to your home is a big decision. Please take the time and do your homework.
Reputable breeders invest in the health and well-being of their animals, unscrupulous and commercial breeders cut corners to maximize sales and profits – the breeding dogs are subject to substandard and deplorable living conditions.
Unhealthy dogs and cats are sold to consumers who may end up paying thousands of dollars in veterinarian costs.
Places to buy or adopt puppies include:
- Animal shelters and rescue organizations.
- Breed Rescue Organizations (English Bulldog rescue, Poodle rescue, Boston Terrier rescue)
- Reputable Breeders – Get a reference from the breed club for that breed. (French Bulldog Club of America)
Adoption through shelters
Many people don’t take advantage of this option. However dogs at most shelters are fully vetted which includes shots and spay/neuter. In addition, most shelters attempt to match the right dog and breed of dog with the right person or family.
Adoption through breed rescue
Every breed of dog has a rescue organization(s) associated with that breed. The volunteer groups consist of members who love and appreciate the merits of the particular breed their organization is involved in. A search of the animals up for adoption from a breed group can include everything from puppies to adult dogs.
Typically, these dogs are socialized and live in foster homes that are the residences of the volunteers of the organization. They have also had veterinarian care, shots and are or will be spayed and neutered. Just Google the name of the breed you are interested in with the word rescue after it and the area you live (e.g., “pit bull rescue Illinois”) and you should find a local or local breed organizations that can help you.
Purchase from a reputable breeder
Reputable breeders breed dogs because they love and respect the dogs which they breed. They will want to meet you so they know where their puppy is going. They are part of that breed’s club where they will show their dogs, or enter them in breed field trials, or agility or other events.
These breeders breed for the betterment of the breed. Google the breed club of America for the breed you are interested in. They will refer you to a responsible breeder. Go to their property, meet the mother of your puppy, see where they live.
Responsible breeders don’t sell to pet stores or online to consumers sight unseen. Responsible breeders don’t hand one of their puppies to a puppy broker or stick them on a truck with hundreds of other puppies to be shipped cross country with no food or water. Visit http://www.pupquest.org/
Whether you want to support animal cruelty or not let’s talk about the puppy you may be purchasing online or at a pet store.
These puppies cost the puppy farmer anywhere from $50 to $100 to raise and produce. They sell them directly to you online or they sell them to puppy brokers who sell them to pet stores. Consumers buy them for $300 to $3,000. Most of these puppies will have parasites or some kind of disease or genetic defect that may not show up for years. There is a good chance that half of the puppies could die or become seriously ill within the first year of life.
You are most likely buying a defective product at a very high price.
Buying puppies in a pet store or online are mostly emotional impulse purchases. You see the dog in the pet store or online, you fall in love and never think about the mother or father of that dog and how they are living.
The pet store or online “breeder” who is about to get your money is not going to tell you the puppy is from a commercial facility. This industry is all about money and they are banking on the hope that you fall in love.
Most consumers do not return a sick puppy. Instead, they do whatever they can to save the puppy. That is what the stores and breeders count on.
The following statements from a reputable breeder shows the kind of concern and commitment reputable breeders will display. Compare this to what you now know about pet stores and otherwise suspect “breeders”…
“My reasoning against shipping puppies…….
When the airlines offered counter to counter shipping I was fine with it. I would take my pup and crate to an office where all shipments requiring special handling were checked in. Someone would come for the pup and I would go to the departure gate and watch to see my crate loaded with the baggage into a pressurized, heated/cooled compartment. I would wait until the plane left. The person receiving the pup had stern orders to call me the minute the the pup arrived. The pup was always the first thing off the plane.
Then 9/11 happened. I was no longer permitted to go to the departure gate. My pup was removed from the crate and the crate was x-rayed and inspected.
Then the airlines stopped the counter-to-counter service.
I flew to Georgia. I had a window seat right above the compartment where cargo was being loaded. I saw a dog crate sitting on the tarmac in the hot sun. The flight was delayed. The crate just sat there. I started complaining to the flight attendant, to no avail. A Bulldog would have died from heat stroke.
Reports of dogs dying on flights increased. Several incidents of dogs escaping from crates and not being recovered occurred.
I am no longer comfortable putting my dogs on a plane.
Breeding Bulldogs is a very hands-on experience. I decide to bring my puppies into this world. I am responsible for their existence. I am responsible for their well-being. They go from my loving hands to the new owners.
It’s not about the money for me. I can and will care for them as long as I need to in order to find the right home. In the rare event that it is necessary, I will take the pup or dog back.
Puppy Mills (commercial breeders) don’t have the emotional involvement that I do. I put my heart into every puppy born here.”
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