|Barked: Fri Aug 2, '13 11:58am PST |
|Well, firstly, there is the big picture. No matter how "far less worse" someone might be, they are still contributing to the shelter/rescue problem if they don't do the speuter clauses (thereby supplying other backyard breeders) or have take back clauses.
That said, I think there can be less difference between "commercial" breeder and "ethical" breeder at times. Plenty of show breeders have large breeds who, yes, do primarily live in a kennel. Some show breeders usually have a litter on the ground. Can dogs be undertaken as a profit making enterprise and still fall under the "ethical" moniker? Actually yes, sort of. Certainly with something like German Shepherds, some people spend a lot of money importing promising dogs with the intent to, yes, enjoy the breed and try to help it, but also, yes, to make money.
The big picture for you to think about, in addition to the top paragraph, is the "what you put in is what you get out" theory. If you are getting a puppy from parents not screened for health, that money you just saved may come back at you threefold. I have a friend whose indiscriminately bred Maltese cost her around $18,000 in vet bills. No exaggeration.
And then the matter of the parents' temperament. Is that behavior because they are unsocialized, or for something more than that? You don't know, and that may make a difference down the line, particularly when you have kids in the mix.
We talk a lot about ethics as they relate to the S/R crisis, but removed from that are other ethics....are these puppies bred to be the healthiest and best tempered possible? Some are and some aren't. And both require your hard earned dollars to get and care for. Come what may.
In addition, and this SO undermentioned generally, what you in the end are TRULY paying for, the best value, is to have someone (the breeder) always in your corner always sure of your dog's genetics, always able to guide you. On issues of health, on issues of training, on issues of temperament. That is the most fundamental thing I think I am paying for when I get a puppy, and through the years, so many instances, where I'd hate to think of where I'd be without that breeder to query and refer to.
IMO, you are a lot better off saving up for the dog of your dreams if you want to go to a breeder. There also are dogs in rescue, particularly with transport rescues being what they are. If you vacationed in Hershey, who knows....maybe you are regional enough to where I could help you. Or, if you wanted to state the breed of choice, I'd be happy to give you breeder examples that aren't so high as that $2,000.
There are always options.
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