Dec 28, 2019

Stop telling me purebred dogs are a “poor choice”

Let’s put the first things first:

1. My family has always owned dogs.

2. Those dogs have always been from breeders. We have never rescued a dog and we probably never will.

3. That doesn’t make us irresponsible dog owners. It makes us dog owners.

Every single year, mostly around the holidays, there’s the age-old debate around dog adoption. It’s almost a daily occurrence online and it goes something like this:
A family is interested in a certain type of dog. The parent has done his or her research, but posts to social media that they are looking for a breeder for X breed of dog. The parent is then bombarded with those lovely and oh so aggravating “adopt don’t shop!” messages. Mom walks away with little to no recommendations on breeders, but loads of frustration and that wonderful feeling of being judged for simply asking about a certain breed of dog. Today, I read a response that said “rescues are the best because they have far less health problems….and are more loving”.

Okay, WHAT? “More loving”? Because WHERE a person gets their dog makes it more or less loving?

Can I just tell you how annoying that is?! It’s top-shelf annoying and here’s why.

Adopting a rescue dog does NOT make you a better dog owner. It also doesn’t give you permission to judge those who choose not to.

The truth is? The idea of going with a purebred puppy is not wrong. It never has been.

My family has almost always had young children around when making the decision on what dog is best for us. We wanted to be certain that our puppy was going to be amazing with children. We wanted a puppy that would love to play, but also love to relax when need be. Our family needed a dog and a breed with a clean bill of health; one that we were guaranteed would be a healthy dog.

That’s why we researched breeds and local breeders like crazy. We visited friends and family with the same breed. We waited and absolutely did our work before picking a dog. Ultimately, we decided that English Labradors are the perfect dogs for our family. We love English Labs and we are confident in their personalities. We’ve always had a love for the breed and, therefore; most certainly have the right to find the dog that works best for us. We choose purebred every single time and that’s okay.

We don’t want a rescue so don’t push it on us. It doesn’t mean rescue dogs are bad dogs. It means…pay attention here…it means they are not for OUR family.

Besides, do you know what makes the biggest difference in the life of a dog? The owner.

Do you know what doesn’t? Where the dog came from.

The research that is done before choosing a dog or breed, along with the family’s dedication to the animal, is what is important. Where the animal was “adopted”? Well, that really isn’t a factor in how great of a life the dog will have. (and don’t get me started on the idea that rescue dogs are “adopted” and purebred dogs are “bought”)

Now listen up, I’m not saying purebred is best nor am I suggesting that rescue dogs are bad. Rescue dogs are absolutely adorable and yay to those people who have rescue dogs. But listen closely to what I *am* saying….“HEY. How about you let people decide on their own? And then when they decide on a breeder, you don’t give them crap about it? How about that?”. Not many things are more frustrating than someone trying to talk me into something when I’m already settled in my decision. Especially over social media. And especially in their judgemental tone.

Because being judgemental doesn’t make your point any more valid. It does, however, make you a judgemental twatsicle. (Can I say ‘twatsicle’ online?)

So if someone wants a purebred puppy? How about everyone shuts their pie hole and allows them that right? Adopting a rescue doesn’t mean there are fewer dogs out there in the world. Because guess what? There’s still a highly reputable breeder with a new litter of pups every year or so. Where are those puppies going to go? Oh! I know! They could go to a sweet and happy family like mine who’s looking for that particular breed and wants to guarantee health, bloodline, and temperament.

Adopting a dog that’s a rescue doesn’t make you a better dog owner. It just makes you a dog owner. Same as me.

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  1. Angela says:

    YESSSSS. Another one of the big points the rescue side uses is that you can know what personality of dog you’re really going to end up with. This sounds great to a mom (like me) but then in reality most of the dogs I’ve found are either for sure NOT going to be great with kids, or the rescue organization just doesn’t know. In fact, a lot of the organizations around me have policies stating they won’t adopt to families with children under the age of 12 (which I find amusing because I consider 13 and up to be teenagers, and yet these same dogs get listed on Petfinder as good with children…). I’ve also seen ads for a rescue puppy saying that – because it was still a puppy – it could still adapt and learn to live in a home with children.
    And actually, I did find some dogs that would probably have been fantastic. Except I live in a high-adopting area, so much so that the demand for dogs to adopt can’t keep up with what’s actually available. They ship dogs from other states and other continents to our region! Which means that preference will almost always go to those families with children over the age of 12. All the judgy “adopt, don’t shop” posts really sting when you’ve been rejected several times after lovingly and carefully considering and applying and interviewing. We’ve added another baby instead since I went through that process, so we’re waiting again, but when we are ready for a dog, we’ll most likely end up “shopping” for a puppy. With all the same amount of love and careful consideration.

  2. Sue Bahen says:

    I agree with every single word of this post.  I’m so sick of the preachy #adoptdontshop-ers.  If that’s your thing, great, but stop judging the rest of us who love their purebred dogs.  My cousin, who I love, rescued a dog (good for her) FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND HAD IT FLOWN TO CANADA!  WTF???? That made ZERO sense to me.  She shares local adoptions on Facebook daily?  

  3. Natalie says:

    Many purebreeds are riddled with problems. I have two mutts and neither have had a single health problem. Plus it saves lives so win-win.

    From the other side – I get just as annoyed by the purebred crowd complaining that their 8 year old Great Dane died of heart disease – why are you complaining? You literally signed up for that.

    I expect to enjoy the company of my mutts for 15 years. I stacked the deck in my favor for long lifespans by choosing smaller, sturdy mutts that needed a home. One is from Puerto Rico, one is from Kentucky. We gave pit bulls up here more time to find a home. Labs are prone to so many problems now – hip dyplasia, cancer, fatty tumors, allergies, heart disease like DCM, joint problems, bloat etc.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts on purebred vs. rescue. Our family chose purebred because what’s good for the goose and all. 🙂