Originally Posted by mamamillet
So what kind of lesgislation are byb and puppymills under? How are they diffrentiated between breeders and the family that wants their dog to have pups? Are there regulations about who can breed and the quality of the environment? What about regulations about the health of the pet? I do not think that all breeding should stop. I am not in that camp; I understand that certain purebreeds are perform very specific jobs that are very needed. However, as I stated in my original post, its my opinion that if you are not needing something that specific that a rescue dog/pup can fill the need of the family pet. When someone sees that a purebreed whatever can sell for as much as 1500-2000 there are going to be idiots thinking that they can buy one for 200 (that they saw advertised in the paper), breed it with another one for 200 and sell the pups for 400.
As Shannon has repeatedly said, rescue dogs are RESCUES. They come with bad behaviors, bad health issues, etc. If you are prepared for that, and can solve those problems, and don't need to or want to breed, exhibit, etc. your dog, then the shelter is absolutely the first place you should go. But many families know their situation well enough to realize that they are NOT ready to solve those problems, or that they DO want to be involved in the world of purebred animals. In that case they should go to a good, responsible breeder.