You hear it a lot. Adopt, rescue, re-home a pet. But what does it really mean? Are the puppies given up for adoption so they can have a better life? Are the rescue pups in danger for their lives? Is the dog needing re- homing destitute?
The reality is that many dogs are bred without
much thought and puppies are left to raise themselves. Many
mature dogs available for rescue or adoption have had a rough
start to life and as a result, many have difficult behaviours.
Maybe it's biting or howling or fear of people.
Those cute, cuddly puppies at the pet store don't have pedigree
analysis and health testing of their parents. You won't meet their
parents, meaning you won't be sure what you get until they are
mature. How big will they grow? Will they be following a scent
and howling like bloodhounds? Will they want to run without
restraint, like huskies? How long will they be with you? What diseases should you watch out for?
Then there are the puppies advertised online that say they are purebred
but not papered. What does that really mean? It could mean that their
parents were purebred with papers and the breeder never bothered to
apply for AKC registration for the pups. Or it might mean that it was an
accidental or unwise breeding that the breeder does not want publicly
known. Was it a mother-son breeding experiment? or sister-brother?
With mixed breed dogs, and especially those from less reputable breeders, none of these questions have answers. That's why we prefer purebreds - for our dogs, our horses and even our cattle. The beef may not taste too much different, but we know that birthing the calf won't kill the cow. We will know which diseases are most likely and watch for them carefully. And we'll only keep animals to breed that are particularly good, healthy examples of their breed.
Bar TT Entlebuchers breeds and raises dogs that you can live with for their lifetimes, hopefully long and healthy lives, and stable, friendly personalities you don't need to worry about. Puppies raised in a home with the sounds and sights of normal family life are better suited to continuing their lives with humans. With modern health testing, you are able to rest assured that heriditary diseases like prcd-PRA blindness will not plague your dog and that their hips have a good chance of remaining pain free, even as they age.
So, don't feel bad about purchasing a purebred dog. Insist on top quality bloodlines, health tested parents with genetically distinct pedigrees. Meet the parents and previous offspring. See the whelping area and talk about puppy socialization. Get to know the breeders - they will be your first line of support and help if problems arise.
Do your homework and know before you buy that your pup has a full, fun life ahead and that he has been socialized to enjoy all aspects of your life together.