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Q: Why get a pure bred?

July 15, 2008 | By Josiesue02 | 10 answers | Expired: 2191 days ago

Josiesue02

Why do people insist on spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on pure bred animals if they are not planning on using them as show dogs. I will admit, there are many pure bred dogs that I think are amazing, however, I could never ever spend hundreds of dollars on a pure bred dog when there are so many sitting in shelters that really need homes.

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Lynn C.
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Jul 16, 2008

Pure bred or mutt. Who cares? Unless you need the papers to show or compete. (don't plan on that) I have had both and have loved both. I had a shepherd mix that won my heart and I will always have shepherds or shepherd mixes. I don't think I will ever pay a bunch for a dog. It's up to the individual. There are just too many wonderful dogs out there that need homes. If you look, you can find all breeds, mixes, ages and sizes.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 15, 2008

I personally love the looks of Aussies, and can't ever see myself not owning one. I've fallen in love with the breed's looks, temperament, and just everything about them! Does that mean I think Aussies are "better" than other breeds or mixes out there? Of course not... however in the future if I plan on getting more, I will look into adopting one from a rescue versus a breeder.

In some cases not just people who show their dogs "need" a pup from a breeder; many people participate in sports such as flyball, agility, dock diving, hunting, etc, where you really want a puppy bred from a stock line versus conformation, so there are other reasons to obtain a dog from a breeder versus a shelter. However, for a companion dog I agree with you 100% - go to a shelter or breed rescue!

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Jessica F.
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Jul 15, 2008

There are a couple of reasons that apply in my household:
1.) Allergies-- buying a purebred "hypoallergenic" dog, we won't have to return it due to my husband's allergies

2.) Kids-- most times, rescues won't adopt to people with young kids. Little dogs are likely to snap at kids unless they grow up with them. Big dogs are likely to knock over and bite kids unless they grow up with them. Does that mean that people who have young kids shouldn't have pets?

3.) Knowing what you're getting into. Different breeds of dogs have different temperaments. Some people want a calm "lap dog", others want a running partner or a playmate for their kids. Knowing the breed of dog is only part of it, because there are all kinds of temperaments within a given breed. If you know the parents and relatives of a dog, then you have an excellent idea what to expect of that dog's temperament.

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