It’s been arguably stated that ethics could play a big role that would make one withhold from buying a pedigree dog.
Yes, you can follow the steps of getting the right kind of dog. That it would be relatively balanced mentally & otherwise healthy. Getting proud when others ask you about the type of dog you have. But all this is egging on an industry that’s ultimately making dogs hurt all over the nation.
Yes, you may be justified into thinking that buying from a licensed pedigree handler. Yet this type of legit business further enables illegal outfits to the same. The latter is allegedly responsible for almost two million dogs a year. This is the result of about 10 000 illegal breeding places nationwide.
Then there’s their production of producing sub-healthy canines, not to mention appalling environments into which these animals are kept until purchased (if at all). Buying such dogs isn’t taking canines from circulation, but rather compounding the problem.
A dog that’s going to be in real need is a mixed breed. We’re talking about double the amount of purebred purchases, going into shelters annually. & of those, over 30% are purposely killed. In other words, we could reduce to over 60% the shelter problem, by not buying purebreds.
Buying a canine it’s as if announcing through actions that you’re good with allowing another creature that could’ve been saved, to be killed. It seems there’s a system created to buy, then dispose of a living creature.
Just the act of choosing to get a dog from the local shelter, is a vote against illegal purebred creation. & of course, the added benefit is getting you a hardier companion. With less money, you also get something that lasts longer.
Mixed breed will also have a unique look, not a cookie-cutter purebred specificity. Then, without an apologetic tone, straight-out tell those that ask, you simply have a dog. Your act would hopefully inspire others to also do likewise.
That is what we’ll abound on the last installment of this mini-series of mutts vs pure-breeds.