I’m so glad that I don’t have to be concerned with buying a puppy (because I only adopt older dogs). It’s a confusing proposition, especially if you are conscientious about avoiding puppy mills, pet stores and bogus Internet sites. I’ve always coached people to first go to shelters and rescue groups. But some people are set on a specific breed and don’t always want to wait until a puppy comes into one of these organizations.

If you want a certain breed, the next step is to find your local breed clubs which usually consist of responsible AKC breeders. Many of these breeders in the clubs are involved with showing their dogs in dog show competitions. A friend of mine recently tried to find a reputable breeder by contacting several breeders in a local club and she met with significant resistance. She called and emailed these breeders and only one of them responded. Only one?? If the public is being told to stop buying puppies from questionable breeders, what are they supposed to do if the so-called reputable breeders won’t respond to potential buyers? The one breeder who did call my friend bad-mouthed other breeders who were not breeding their dogs to show them competitively.  Apparently, breeding dogs to be “just pets” is looked down upon by some breeders, regardless of the high standards they employ when breeding their dogs.

Then my friend spoke with the breeders who bred “pets” and those people spoke disparagingly of the competitive breeders. They claim that the competitive breeders are charging too much for their puppies; the competitive breeders say that the pet breeders are charging too little. Who can you believe? My poor friend didn’t know what to do. (Thank goodness, she found an amazing older dog and rescued her!)

So where does that leave the potential puppy buyers? Very confused, that’s where. It’s no wonder why people buy their pups wherever they can find them – pet stores, Amish farms, Craigslist, etc.

Can’t the AKC help? Let’s explore that question in another post.