Breeders vs. Rescue Adoptions – Which Method is Better?
Every year around the time of the Westminster Dog Show, the debate of adopting dogs from shelters versus purchasing one through a breeder is brought up. Each side has their argument, but for somebody looking to bring a dog into their life for the first time, it's a question that needs answering. Which way of finding a dog is better? Rescue adoptions or breeders?
The first question that you have to ask yourself before even considering to adopt a dog using either method is what kind of dog do you want? This doesn't always mean which breed to you want (though that can certainly help), but what kind of temperament are you looking for in your dog. Are you looking for a guard dog or one that will cuddle up next to you in bed at night? Do you want a dog you can carry around in a bag or one that small children can ride? With these things in mind, here are the arguments for both the breeder and the rescue adoption.
Breeders tend to get a bad reputation because of puppy mills that have gained notoriety for turning out puppies en masse that are often less than healthy. While a certified breeder is very different from a puppy mill, looking into a breeder's credentials is a crucial first step when looking to get a dog from a breeder.
One advantage to going to a breeder is that they can give you the dog that you're looking for, usually with documentation to prove the health of the dog. If you're looking for a Boston Terrier or a Poodle, you can find them at breeders that specialize in these particular breeds, and you can even find breeders that specialize in mixed breed dogs such as Labradoodles (Labrador and Poodle) or Puggles (Pug and Beagle). The dogs purchased through a breeder tend to have fewer surprises for the new owner, and often come with guarantees to their health and temperament.