So with campaigns like this, you get varying degrees of what people think should be done. You might be thinking something along the lines of “well, why keep pet shops at all? Get rid of them!”. My stance on this is to keep the middle ground. One of my very first posts showed how big of a factor convenience was to shopping at pet shops. Keep the location, but sell the rescue dogs. I’d say that’s a win win!
But on to my main topic for the day: breeders. It can be pretty controversial. I’ve certainly heard the phrase “there’s no such thing as a good breeder” more than once.
Is this really true? Not really. Just like many other groups, a broad label cannot be applied to all breeders.
It’s most certainly encouraged to give a shelter dog a chance first, but if a certain breed is unavailable at a shelter then a good breeder is a worthy second choice. Many breeders don’t even make a profit due to the level of care they are providing for their dogs!
Here are the RSPCA’s guidelines for finding a good breeder:
Plan ahead and aim to find good homes for every puppy they breed
Provide a high standard of care and living conditions for all their dogs
Are genuinely concerned about the welfare of their dogs
Are open to questions and provide a complete history of the puppy
Make sure that you will suit the puppy and the puppy will suit you
Breed to produce happy, healthy pets, free from known genetic disorders
Provide ongoing support and information to new owners
Provide a guarantee
Provide references on request
Meet all their legal requirements