Originally Posted by ckblv
I have to wonder how many hundreds of thousands of German Shepherd's are in shelters and rescues all of this country. Biden is a jerk IMO
Thousands Cindy. I used to work for Animal Control...it's amazing how many purebreeds you get through the doors of shelters...some even with papers. There are many good rescues and shelters out there specifically geared towards German Shepherds and many good dogs waiting for a wonderful home. It would have been nice if he had rescued one, however we do not know Biden on a personal level and do not know his reasons for choosing a breeder to buy from rather than going through a rescue.
There is one thing to consider though- with a breed like a German Shepherd (which I've had I'm very familiar with.) they can carry certain genetic issues that can greatly effect their quality of life. That is one breed that I would absolutely see no problem obtaining a dog from a reputable breeder for should I not find one suitable for adoption in a rescue.....when you know the lineage and can keep tabs on how well the dogs are bred- it can help you to make sure that you are getting as healthy a pup as possible and can also help you identify certain predispositions in the dogs.
This is a huge factor for me since I'm planning to adopt another dog down the road to go through SAR with (search and rescue, more specifically rubble rescue). I was origionally going to go through the SAR program with my Australian Shepherd, Fosters...but at age 6...it would take almost 2 years to complete the program....which would have him graduating around age 8 if he passed everything...by the time they're 10 they're usually retired...so there's no point to put him through that.
The next pup I adopt will most certainly be one that I can run through a program with...which means as healthy a dog as possible and the temperment is just as important as the health if it's a working dog. (granted there are no gurantees, but when you know the leniage, it helps identify things like tendancies towards dysplasia/etc.) There are several breeders and rescues that work closely with many SAR and other related programs to match handlers with dogs....some handlers prefer to buy their puppy and have it raised and bonded with them from day one -some prefer rescues (often the most overlooked, hyper, crazy dogs in shelters are the ones that make the best SAR dogs....Fosters was one of those crazy nutty dogs that got overlooked for 6 months because he was so nuts....he just needed someone who understood his need to work and would exercise him.)
Certain breeders (some of the very reputable ones) breed shepherd puppies especially for things like SAR, Police Work, Bomb Dogs/etc....they know the lineage of the dogs they're breeding and can often match the pups that would be good canidates for different things with a prospective owner. It's in some of those instances that I do think reputable breeders are ok. Yes, breeders do contribute to the overpopulation (belive me I've seen it first hand) BUT in special circumstances there are some good breeders out there who are willing to take their animals back to avoid them being sheltered- those are the ones I would make an exception for. There are many good breeders out there who also volunteer their time helping rescues out as well...they just have a passion for the breed and want to improve it. Not all breeders are aweful, horrible people- A good breeder isn't in it for the money, they're in it for furthering and improving the breed....improving temper, and reducing genetic health problems.) It's the people who are in it for the wrong reasons that you should dislike...those who don't care about furthering and improving the breed, those that don't care if their offspring wind up in shelters and won't unconditionally take them back....those who support back yard breeding and hoarding...those are the ones who create such horrid problems and contribute the most to the overpopulation.
Ok, so yes, While Biden isn't using the dog as a SAR dog or a working dog...since he has owned german shepherds in the past my point is that he may be experienced enough to know that these dogs are predisposed to certain genetic health issues and to try and find a healthy one, he may have chosen to go through a breeder (hopefully reputable). It would have been nice if he would have adopted through a rescue or shelter, but at least this pup will still have a good home and be provided all it could possibly need.