We have a tuxedo "moggy", or European domestic shorthair, from a humane society. I grew up with purebred dogs and cats (had an Applehead Siam ("Thai" in Europe) for 23 years,in addition to several stray alley cats, a Dalmatian, Beagle, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Boxer, Airedales and Black Labs - generally 2 - 5 dogs at any given time, and at least 1 cat), but most of them were from the SPCA, and once I was "out on my own" I decided that any pet I had would be from the "pound". My family now only adopts pets. Although I find many purebred cats beautiful (Bengal, Siam, Russian Blue, Angora, among others), I find that the moggies are the true cats, not "mutts", and are often healthier than purebreds. There are so many unwanted/unloved animals out there that I couldn't justify it to myself to buy an animal from a breeder. That is not meant as criticism of breeders! However, I do object to irresponsible people who "model" cats with questionable attributes, for example Sphynx and Munchkins. I realize that most breeders are not out for profit, and spend a great deal of time and effort on perfecting their breed, but it's just not my thing.