I am not afan of buying puppies from a pet store because you just don't know where they are comming from.
but from a breeder, there are lots of good points.
1. you are getting a pure bred puppy, bred conditioned to the best of that breed. here is an example of when this cna be important.
I own a lab and a pyrenees..among other dogs. My pyrenees are LGD's Livestock guardian dogs. they were born in a goat pen and socialized with goats. they now follow the herd everywhere, and keep out all coyotes, foxes, and anything else that would try to kill them.
they also guard my chickens.
one day my lab who is nothing but a pet to me, got out of the back yard..and killed five chickens. she wasnt trained to be agressive with foul...shes a retriever.....thats what they do....
so by getting a specific breed, that dog is going to do a specific job alot better then a mixed breed...my lab will never be an LGD and my pyr will never make it as a retriever.
2. Shelter dogs often require more time and patience than a puppy gotten from a breeder.
they were often mistreated, neglected or abused. some have fear of men, or children, some eat like they wont ever see food again, because at one point..they were starved... or they have no clue how to behave in a hoouse because they were never taught to be a part of the family.
and while you can teach an old dog new tricks, its harder to get them to slow down their eating, get over their fears, and have house manners when they are older.
just a little trivia for you....grey hounds ran for racing are trained not to sit while in the boxes or tracks, or on leads....and once they are retired, they still will not sit in public places, alot of times its because they were beat if they did.....
Shelter dogs do deserve a second chance at life, and make wonderful pets to certan families. but maintaining breed standards are just as important for many reasons....
3. temperment can be bredinto a dog, if the parent is a nipper, mostlikely the pups will be nippers..and breeders breed out bad temperments
4 genetics they breed can now do DNA testing for hip displasia and other common ailments of certain dogs
5.socialization a good breeder makes sure a puppy is well socialized before going to their new home.
6 training, alot of puppys are paper trained or well on their way to being house broke before going to a new hom
hope this helps
I just though of this, and it might help. My brother in law found some half starved puppies at his work site one day and brought them to me. I fattened them up and took them to the shelter thinking they wouldn't have any problems finding a home. I called then next day to see how they were doing, and they told me they uthanized the entire litter because they had mange and couldn't afford to treat it. I was heart broken...
since that day I have NEVER taken another aminal to the shelter...if they would have told me that, I wouldn't have left them and i would have treated the mange myself....
when you support a shelter..this is what you are supporting.....