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  • Writer's pictureLeilani Nichols

The Unsettling Reality of 'Saving' from Breeders

As a breeder I have heard countless times: When I bought my last puppy the conditions were awful, but I just had to save "Fido" from that situation. As big hearted as these puppy buyers are, I cringe thinking about how their purchase of those puppies continues to perpetuate the problem of unethical breeding. We've all made these mistakes at some point or another, but continuing to support breeders using unethical tactics to home their puppies does harm to more animals then it helps. I'm an expert on my opinion, and famous for "sticking my foot in it" in the breeder world so here it is.

Puppies are undeniably adorable, and it's hard to resist the urge to rescue one from what seems like a difficult situation. Many people are driven by the idea of saving a puppy from a breeder, thinking they're doing a good deed. However, it's essential to take a closer look at the bigger picture. In this blog post, we'll explore why buying a puppy from a breeder out of sympathy can perpetuate the problem, and we'll discuss the significance of supporting responsible breeders who play a vital role in improving the overall well-being of dogs.

1. The Unintended Consequences of "Rescuing" a Puppy:

While the intention behind rescuing a puppy from a breeder might seem noble, it can inadvertently contribute to the problem. Purchasing a puppy from an irresponsible or unethical breeder might relieve the suffering of one dog but indirectly supports the breeder's practices, ensuring they continue to profit from the mistreatment of animals. This demand-driven industry can perpetuate puppy mills, backyard breeding, and poor breeding conditions, perpetuating the cycle of animal exploitation. If these unethical breeders have a difficult time finding homes for their puppies they are much less likely to bring more of them into the world. A breeder using tactics such as posting a picture of a scared or sad looking puppy that "Just needs a home and someone to love them." is ridiculous. Puppies should be happy, healthy, confident, and cared for while in the breeders care.

2. The Importance of Responsible Breeders:

Responsible breeders are dedicated to the health, well-being, and ethical treatment of their dogs. They prioritize the welfare of their animals over profit, adhere to breeding standards, and provide proper care, nutrition, and socialization. Supporting these breeders means supporting a community of individuals who actively work to improve breed genetics, promote good health, and raise dogs in loving environments.

3. Health and Genetics:

Responsible breeders are committed to breeding dogs with sound genetics and health in mind. They conduct health screenings, genetic testing, and thorough research to ensure the dogs they breed are free from hereditary diseases and conditions. By choosing a puppy from a responsible breeder, you're more likely to get a healthier pet with fewer medical issues down the road.

4. Ethical and Legal Considerations:

Responsible breeders operate within the bounds of the law and adhere to ethical breeding practices. They prioritize the well-being of their dogs, providing proper housing, veterinary care, and socialization. Purchasing a puppy from these breeders ensures that you are not contributing to the suffering of animals in substandard conditions.

While the urge to rescue a puppy from a breeder out of sympathy is understandable, it's crucial to think long-term and consider the broader implications. Supporting responsible breeders promotes ethical practices, healthier dogs, and the betterment of breed genetics. Instead of perpetuating the problem, make an informed choice to support breeders who prioritize the well-being of dogs. By doing so, you contribute to a brighter future for our canine companions and help put an end to unethical breeding practices.

5. My expectations When I Buy a Puppy:

The puppy should be reasonably clean (they should not stink), their toe nails should be trimmed, they should be started on a de-worming and vaccine series, they should not be fearful of people, and their coat should feel slick under my hand. If the puppy MUST travel a long way in a crate (for instance some international imports with no other options) they should be provided an absorbent bedding that will clump to accidents so that the puppy is not stuck in a soiled towel or bed. We've found puppy nannies that will fly in cabin are not much more expensive and definitely worth the investment of a more comfortable flight for our precious cargo. I also expect to be provided with registration papers, a medical history, and some food to transition the puppy with. These are all things we do for our puppy buyers.

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