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I have stewed over this statement for almost a week a now.
Trying to get my thoughts straight in my head, trying to find any logic in that statement.
“There are no responsible breeders” is what an author over at
Without going into what constitutes a breeder as being “responsible” I will agree that there are not as many “responsible” ones out there as there should be, but they are among us.
The author also goes on to state that there should not be any breeding until the pet overpopulation problem is solved. I am sorry but stopping breeding is not going to help that.
From the research that I have read the dogs that are acquired from breeders make up a small percentage of the dogs that are found in shelters, and I am sure that these are pets who came from backyard breeders or the people that thought that breeding their dog just one time would be fine, and opps.. 12 puppies were born.
So what makes up the rest? Strays? Lost pets? Owner surrender?
Doesn’t this all come down to “responsible” pet ownership?
Some people just are not “responsible” pet owners.
Some people need more education before being allowed to have a pet.
There lies your problem.
Breeder or shelter.
It doesn’t matter.
Unfortunately, there is always going to be pets in shelters, just like there is always going to be children in foster care, as long as there is irresponsible people.
Take out the “responsible” breeder.
You will still have Mr. A who goes to a shelter, adopts a pup and then 5 years later decides he doesn’t have time for it. Or Mr.F who adopts a dog, leaves it alone for hours on end, it tears up his house and he takes it back to the shelter because it is “destructive”. Or Mrs B who adopts a pup and 2 years later the pup is bigger than she expected and there is not room for it in her home. Back to the shelter it goes.
So don’t tell me that the breed that I love and cherish, the breed that I will take steps to preserve and protect should go extinct because you, my friend, want a solution.
I am tired of certain people or groups trying to make me feel guilty for owning a purebred dog.
I SUPPORT THE PUREBRED DOG and the “responsible” breeders that breed them,
I also SUPPORT and contribute to local shelters.
You can do both.
If the “responsible” breeder stops breeding you are still going to have a problem.
Probably even a bigger one.