There is often a frenzied debate over whether to adopt or buy an animal straight from the breeder. This is often centered around cats and dogs, but can apply to any animal that shelters will accept and care for.
Most people cite their reason for buying a newborn animal from a breeder to be the bond and training experience. They often fear that any previous owners will have messed up, or not properly cared for their animal, making it harder to care for and train.
Those who prefer to purchase from a shelter cite humanitarian and empathetic reasons for their decision. They often believe that it’s wrong to encourage rapid breeding when there are so many abandoned and homeless animals in shelters already.
Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to either side of the debate. Both arguments have their merit, and it comes down to the individual to make that choice on their own. Ultimately, the decision is yours, so don’t rush it and be sure to stick with it.
If you plan to adopt a puppy from a breeder, be sure you’re ready for it, as they are a lot of work and often end up abandoned in shelters.