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By Anonymous - / Friday 5 October 2018 14:00 /
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Adopt don’t shop it ridiculous. You do know that rescues make up stories for the dogs with horrible, bred in temperaments, right? I hate how it’s pushed on people. It is known that some dogs are sensitive to vaccines, and vets don’t check, instead give them every single shot at once causing permanent issues (like on my dog too).

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  maroongrad  |  7

No they don't. Who told you THAT? Exceptions are the ones like Gentle Giants, that are actually breeding for money.
The others? If they give you a dog that doesn't fit, you end up putting it in the shelter AND IT COMES RIGHT BACK TO THEM. And they have to do all this AGAIN.
The goal is ONE home, and the RIGHT home, the first time. They run off donations and volunteer time. Every time they get a dog back, it's time and money wasted. That makes...no sense.

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  maroongrad  |  7

.....no they don't.
In the US we have puppy mills out the butt. There is an excessive of dogs. Drowning pups you already put money into is just a ridiculous idea. There's enough of a glut that unless all the breeders just decided to simultaneously take a few years off, there will still be plenty of dogs.

Backyard and puppymill breeders don't consider their dogs as "pets" just investments. Hobby in-house breeders do, and they will usually take great care of them but are clueless about producing good dogs. AKC breeders will spay or neuter and sell pretty much at-cost for a couple hundred their rejected dogs. Those are ones with defects that aren't good examples of the breed; underbites, undersized, etc.

Car dealerships don't wreck cars to reduce inventory and drive up demand, either ;)

By  ojosRojos  |  17

Wouldn’t you ask about that stuff before getting the dog? I’m assuming the breeder would have known about the food allergies at least. You need to get all available info before making such an expensive purchase.

By  Kitsi  |  13

No such thing as a "reputable breeder'. Period. Animals are not toys. They are living beings. Not here to look and act a certain way. No here to make assholes with "rape racks" money. Now, because of you and the breeder there is at least one dog, possibly the whole litter who are genetically unsound. They will suffer. Wake up.

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You are an asshole for using that as manipulation. It is not our job to grab a shelter mutt, if we want a purebred we can go for a purebred. You’re sad? You adopt them all.

By  mayaklast  |  2

I don't know how long ago this story was but why didn't you take the dog back to the breeder if you've discovered that during the first week of having the pup? That's why you go to a reputable breeder: if there is a problem with a dog, they'll take them back and offer a refund or a replacement. It might sound callous but with an animal who has that many issues from the get-go you are setting yourself up for an endless pit of medical bills and possibly early heartbreak.
If you've decided to keep the pup, I'd contact the breeder to get at least a partial refund anyway...
I hope your dog gets better. With food sensitivities, I'd try going with raw or honest kitchen. Considering your kibble is already super pricey, it might be worth it to experiment outside of kibble (some dogs are less sensitive to raw ingredients).
To the other people who commented : getting a dog from a rescue doesn't prevent the dog from having unforeseen issues (from my time in rescue I'd say it even happens quite often... most food allergies only come up when the dog is around 3 years old or older so getting an adult isn't fullproof either), there are purebred in rescues and a lot of mutts have a ton of health issues... adopting is great and good for you if you did but saying there aren't any reputable breeders, that all purebred have issues or that the OP deserves to have a dog in poor health because he got him from a breeder is plain stupid. Where do you think the dogs in rescue come from in the first place? The best case scenario is they came from reputable breeders. Worse, they are from backyard breeders or puppy mills. They are the same puppies you are hating on, just older.

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  John Griffin  |  3

Mutts can have health issues as well, but they are more prevalent in purebred dogs, because purebred isn't actually a thing. More like inbred. Dog breeds are an invention created by humans, where we selectively bred animals for desired traits. A lot of that selective breeding leads to all of the health issues that come with inbreeding. A dog is a dog, whether it is "purebred" or a rescue mutt, and they all deserve to be loved, but dog breeding really does need to go by the wayside. Creates more issues than it helps, just so you can have a bulldog with a wrinkly face that only lives 3 or 4 years because of all of its other health issues.

Also, rescue dogs aren't just from puppy mills/backyard breeders, etc. A lot of them are just random stray mutts, people that didn't get their female fixed so got unexpected puppies that aren't "pure" shepherd or whatever the dog type may be. Breeders, whether reputable or not, are creating issues with making dogs "purebred." As I said before, purebred = inbred.

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