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Are people bad people if they don’t adopt a dog? A friend wants a French bulldog or a golden doodle and is unsure what people will think. I’ve said do what you want

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Getting a dog is a very personal decision. People need to choose a dog that fits best with their lifestyle. While adopting is very noble and a good practice. If your friend has never owned a dog before, doesn’t have the time/capacity to train a rescue or thinks that a rescue won’t fit their lifestyle then it’s better they pick a dog that works for them because then they will be less likely to have to give the dog up and feed the cycle on dogs requiring adoption. I will say the two breeds that you mentioned are very trendy right now but they are also two VERY different breeds. As a long time dog owner I would ask that your friend maybe consider what type of life they want to have with this animal and then maybe do a bit more research into what dog would fit that lifestyle. I wouldn’t just pick the two breeds that are popular on social media.

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Of course not. I've owned and trained dogs nearly my whole life. Some were breeder puppies and some were rescues. You need to know what you're doing before you try for a rescue. I would NEVER recommend a first time dog owner get a rescue pup. A new owner needs to learn how to train a dog and how to train themselves to be a dog owner. I've had a few rescues and their temperaments are never spotless. Most are recovering from some type of physical or psychological trauma and that's a layer of difficulty that a new owner should never have to worry about. Getting a dog from a breeder doesn't mean you're supporting puppy mills. There's a range of good and bad breeders. As long as you do your research, there is nothing wrong it.

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This is bad advice. I do not agree with you. Rescues have the whole range of personalities and emotions. You don’t just walk into a shelter, point to one, and take them home. Play with them, get a feel for their personality, make sure it is a match for you. The people who work at the shelters will help you. They know the dogs and their personalities. They will tell you if a particular dog is tough to deal with. Rescue or not, a dog is not an impulse buy and no two are the same, regardless of where they come from.

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I bought from a Breeder and folks can kiss my right butt cheek if they have a problem with it. Just make sure the Breeder has humane practices for your own morals.

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Opinion on what? It’s a fact that selective breeding has had very negative health consequences for many popular breeds of dogs. If you don’t care, that’s your problem, but the abhorrent reality of modern breeding is a fact. Not all canines have been afflicted in this way, but buyers rarely consider health abnormalities and focus instead on aesthetics.

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Not bad per say, but just to mention that if your friend is interested in a specific breed there’s lots of rescues that cater to particular breeds. If they’re really just not interested in going the adoption route, then buy, those pups need love too.

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I bought my teacup morkie for $1500 directly from a breeder and I’m proud! We’re living our best lives unbothered. ✌🏽

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At that time I didn’t have a cheating husband to feed it to.

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All of them need a home regardless where they come from

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Genuine question, a lot of commenters here seem to imply that buying a dog as opposed to adopting is essentially immoral. Do those of you who feel this way also believe that if you choose to have children, you should adopt rather than have your own? I’ve been wracking my brain as to whether this is false equivalence, and am happy to hear arguments as to why it’s not a fair comparison, but to me it seems like a relevant enough one.

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AA1- I honestly have no idea how I feel about this, but I want to validate that it’s a great point, but I could be biased because I’ve had thoughts that feel like they might be in the same vein. Sometimes I feel like we look at (human) adoption with a weird scrutiny. It feels like a LOT of people see it has the inferior choice. “We tried, and weren’t able to...so we adopted.” While I absolutely feel for those who want to get pregnant and can’t, I also feel for all of the folks who were adopted (I wasn’t), and maybe didn’t have parents who either tried to or successfully squished the little voice that says “I’m what you got when you couldn’t have the child you wanted.” It’s weird to me that there are so many people with the attitude “oh! You have to adopt, if you get a dog, there are so many that need love and good homes.” But somehow we aren’t that way with humans? I guess it’s because if dogs (and cats) don’t find a home, they are killed. Which we don’t do with humans. We just leave humans unadopted to grow up feeling unwanted and unsupported.

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I don’t believe in shopping for dogs when shelters are full of dogs that need homes. My whole life all of our dogs have been from shelters. I don’t think you’re a bad person, that is your choice. Ask yourself why you are buying a designer dog, and if you’re ok with dogs in shelters being put to sleep because no one adopted them.

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Yeah I say it’s fine but do research and make sure it’s a reputable breeder. Anything to minimize the dog having major genetic issues due to inbreeding 😢

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You’re not a bad person. But it does feed into the system of breeding dogs for certain traits no? Isn’t that why certain breeds have issues with just staying alive? (Genuine question since idk) heard there were issues with pugs and bulldogs. Don’t know if it’s for all breeding. But if your dog costs 1.5-2.5K$ , remember - you could get a tiger for 2000$ lol #tigerking

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Yes

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I wouldn’t be mad, but I’d laugh at you for spending thousands of dollars on a dog when you could get one for like $50 bucks from a shelter

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In my city 99% of rescues are pitbulls. Unless you are interested in having one you'll have to go elsewhere.

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I don’t know if we’ll have children but if we do, I want to especially make sure I know everything about the dog and its potential behavior. I can put my hand in my dogs bowl and pull it away and he just looks at me like “well that is rude.” You can pull on him like my niece does and he just gives her a kiss and wants to play. He came from a reputable breeder and doesn’t get sick or have significant health issues beyond breed associated aging traits. He’s my friend and a very good boy. If we get another, I’ll go to the same breeder.

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As opposed to a home with multple people and guests or neighborhood

I’d add to Acc2 and say that there’s probably every type of dog available in rescues/shelters and you may just need to be patient and do more research to find the right fit. We found our dream dog at a rescue and it fit all our requirements - does not shed, young enough to introduce to our family dog who is aggressive to other dogs, and small size.

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Yes!!!! 💖💖💖💖💖 my first cat was from a shelter. Clearly abused. He was super shy. But he ended up being legit my best friend. Everyone loved him. He was super cuddly, kind, generous. even up until the day he died.

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Lol is this a real question? Are people bad bc they don’t adopt? Come on...

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Unfortunately you’d be surprised by the reaction other dog owners give you if you say you bought your dog

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Who cares what people think! Agree with advice above, research and look at rescues too. I bought my German Shepherd puppy because I wanted a specific working dog kind- East German not the typical slope back west German. Breeder got caught posing as a DEA agent, shut down his shop and where did the rest of the puppies go??? Fosters and rescue.

I’d tell them do what they want and don’t fall for the “this is Rex, we rescued him” marketing gimmick.

Marketing gimmick? Wow you sound like a wonderful person.

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If the general consensus is adopting a dog is 'better' than breeding... does that apply to humans as well? Lots of kids without homes too, folks

Well dogs are also spayed and neutered more frequently by responsible owners and stewards There are also methods of canine abortion

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