Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt 💕

4 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

On my blog, I spend a lot of time talking about adopting instead of shopping. It’s something that I believe very strongly in. When given the choice, you should always adopt instead of shop.

However, I wanted to point out that breeding dogs isn’t all bad, but irresponsible breeds and too much breeding has made it bad over time. So, when is breeding acceptable and when is it not?

When is Breeding Acceptable?

Of course, without breeding, dogs wouldn’t exist. All animals would go extinct if they never had children. However, breeding is an issue for dogs because they’ve been domesticated, but there aren’t enough homes for them all.

Dogs are currently very overpopulated. Too many dogs are euthanized in shelters each year, and breeding is only adding to this issue. The more dogs that are bred instead of adopted, the more dogs that die. It’s a sad reality that we face. Plus, many dogs that are bred in puppy mills, which is unacceptable!

However, there are some reasons as to why dogs should be bred. The list is short though:

Breeding Specially Trained Dogs

Dogs like service dogs and police dogs often need to be certain breeds. Not every dog has the right temperament to be a guide dog or to work on a search-and-rescue mission. So, dogs have to be bred to fill these roles. These dogs can change people’s lives, so they are greatly needed on this planet.

Specially trained dogs need to start learning at a very young age. They are almost always bred specifically for that purpose, so they are not bred simply for a profit like many other pups. It’s important that dogs like this are bred so that they can help make the world a better place.

Making Sure Breeds Don’t Go Extinct

Of course, if not dogs were bred, some breeds would go extinct eventually. No, I’m not talking about Labradoodles or Teddy Bears because those aren’t real breeds, they’re just mixes. I’m talking about purebred dogs like Golden Retrievers and Poodles.

I wouldn’t want some of these amazing dogs to go extinct due to a lack of breeding. Although some dogs like Shih Tzus and French Bulldogs have been bred so much that they have too many health issues. This is when I would argue that these breeds (even though I’m a Shih Tzu and I know how awesome we are) would be much safer if they weren’t bred at all. I know many people love these dogs, but that’s just the sad reality that I’ve noticed.

That being said, breeds going extinct isn’t really an issue at the moment. So many dogs are being bred that there is even too many of certain breeds. This would only be an issue if all breeding just stopped completely.

I think a certain amount of dogs should be bred each year to keep the breeds from going extinct, but beyond that, breeding has just gotten way too out of hand! Why would you choose to breed a puppy when there’s plenty of dogs already waiting for a home?

How Has Breeding Gotten Out of Control?

The issue is that too many people want to breed the perfect puppy. There are lots of families that don’t even consider adopting. Instead, they just decide that breeding is the only option.

What people fail to realize is that you can find nearly any dog at a rescue or shelter if you look hard enough. Yes, even puppies and purebreds can be adopted! Many people will use “but I want a purebred puppy” as an excuse for not adopting… but that’s not a valid excuse at all.

Breeding has gotten out of control because not enough humans are aware of the real issues that many dogs face every day. Many dogs are being abandoned, euthanized, and harmed every day just because of a breeding craze. If more people chose to adopt over breed, a lot of dogs could be saved.

Don’t let people make up excuses anymore. Adopting is always an option.

How Can We Fix This?

Adopt, don’t shop is the simplest way to put it. But it’s more than that. Word needs to be spread.

Many people will argue that them breeding one puppy won’t make a difference. That one purchased puppy isn’t hurting anyone. But think about how many people are making those excuses. If every person that thought they weren’t hurting anyone by purchasing a puppy adopted instead, imagine how many dogs could be saved!

If you know someone that’s shopping instead of adopting, do everything you can to steer them in the right direction. You could save a dog’s life.

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10 thoughts on “Is it Ever Okay to Breed Dogs?

  1. Always adopt dont shop firstly. Puppy mills are the scum of the earth, sorry for the horrible phrase but I honestly believe that people who can “breed” dogs in such disgusting conditions that blight many of the mills, have absolutely no conscience whatsoever. Breeding dogs to save the breed, fine go ahead. However you are correct that breeds such as the Frenchie, English Bulldog etc have been bred and bred and they now have so many problems with breathing and their bodies in general, that it is awful. Unfortunately the breeding “authorities” have some complicity and blame to be attributed to them, in that they have overlooked some of the reputable breeders and allowed the malign practises to continue and have not put a stop to it. Money is always the main driver for the puppy mills and some breeders. However I think there is also an element of snobbery when people think “lets get a puppy” they think (wrongly) that shelter or rescues are in some way inadequate or damaged. Until this aspect is also addressed I fear that the number of dogs will increase incrementally and the authorities will continue to struggle to cope with the number of dogs left stray and abandoned.

    Finally, it should also be remembered that the service dogs, of which there are a large and different type and number, do not al make the grade so then need to be adopted to responsible people to become house dogs. This adds to the number of dogs looking for new homes.

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    1. Molly Weinfurter says:

      I completely agree! Too many people are making excuses for why they breed dogs when there’s really no excuse at all… I wrote this article because I’ve heard so many people trying to defend breeders, but the reality is, breeding has gotten so out of hand because people keep buying dogs instead of adopting. It breaks my heart. 😦

      And you are absolutely right about service dogs, yes they need to be bred, but many of them go up for adoption if they don’t make the cut (yet some people sadly still choose to breed instead of adopt these dogs). As for what you said about puppy mills, “scum of the earth” is definitely the best way to describe them, I can’t express how angry puppy mills makes me! Bottom line: always adopt! Every person that adopts a dog is making a difference.

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  2. Sharon says:

    Fantastic post! Rescues can make the best most rewarding dogs. Agree totally with the comments too. I suspect some of the rescues would also make good working dogs as well.

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    1. Molly Weinfurter says:

      I actually recently read about an organization that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters and trains them for different positions like police dogs and therapy dogs, so yes, some rescues can be trained as working dogs which makes me very happy! 🙂

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  3. Sadly the dogs that are bred if not purchased will be killed or thrown away…very catch 22 though I agree adopt don’t shop.

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    1. Unfortunately, that is often the sad reality… people need to stop treating dogs like they’re just objects, it breaks my heart 😦

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